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Purdue Extension to host industrial hemp production workshop


Originally posted on WISH-TV:

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana farmers interested in industrial hemp’s economic potential can learn about the best production practices for that still-illegal crop at an upcoming Purdue Extension event.

Hemp was an important source of oilseed and fiber in the U.S. until a 1937 federal law ended the industry.

Commercial hemp cultivation remains illegal in Indiana for now, but a state law changed last year permits hemp research.

Purdue University researchers are growing hemp to assess its best production practices, yields and pest- and disease-management.

Purdue Extension experts will discuss those findings and hemp’s legal issues at an Aug. 25 workshop at Purdue’s Meigs Farm near Lafayette.

Hemp seed is a valuable oil source and a good protein source for animal feed. Its fibers can be used for both textiles and building materials.

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Ron Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Campaign Against Rand Paul


In his pursuit of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Rand Paul has made sure to put lots of distance between himself and his father—and Dad appears to be firing back.

Ron Paul does not approve of his son Rand Paul’s position on the Iran deal, and he let him know Thursday evening in a speech that called him out—though not by name.

“Right now one of the big issues, you know, in the news, probably on foreign policy, is whether or not the Obama administration should talk to the Iranians,” the elder Paul told the crowd at the Young Americans for Liberty Conference on Thursday evening. “If anybody listened to any of my speeches over the last five or 10 years, I advocate diplomacy! A long time before you advocate war!”

Five or ten years ago, Rand did, too.

In 2007, when he was campaigning for his dad’s presidential campaign, Rand was vocally skeptical not just of the idea that the Iranians could obtain a nuclear weapon but also of the notion that if they were to, it would present much of a threat to the United States. “If you look at it, intellectually look at the evidence…Iran is not a threat,” he told radio host Alex Jones. “It’s ridiculous to think that they’re a threat to our national security.”

Today, presidential candidate Rand Paul takes a very different position—one completely at odds with his father’s.

In response to the agreement reached among Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany, Paul released a statement calling the deal “unacceptable” because “sanctions relief precedes evidence of compliance,” “Iran is left with significant nuclear capacity,” and “it lifts the ban on selling advanced weapons to Iran.”

This is, according to Ron Paul, nonsense.

Last Monday, the elder Paul wrote a column for the Ron Paul Institute that characterized the deal as “one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency.” On Thursday evening, he explained why he believes those who disagree with him—flesh and blood or not—are dead wrong.

Opponents of diplomacy with Iran, Paul told the crowd, say, “Oh, they’re bad people. There’s a bunch of nutty people in Iran, and they say nasty things. Well, if you were in Iran and listened to some of the nasty things our leaders say about them, you probably would understand this a little bit better!” The crowd erupted into applause.

“There’s two individuals right now who have sort of caught the attention: Trump and Sanders.”

“But my practical argument for this is that the founders actually gave us pretty good advice: We should stay out of entangling alliances and mind our own business and trade with people. But in my lifetime, there were certain episodes that I was very glad our government was willing to talk to other governments that were considered evil and monstrous.”

Drafted into the military in 1962, Paul said, “Do you think I complained when Kennedy called up Khrushchev and said, ‘Hey, maybe there’s a better way? You take your weapons out of Cuba and I’ll take ’em out of Turkey, and the thing was over. So I would say that diplomatic conversation was very beneficial. So, to say that the Iranians aren’t perfect people and we shouldn’t talk to them? You know, we have been so obsessed, for probably 30 years, on the emergency of a nuclear weapon next week, next month, or next year—on a weapon that doesn’t exist. The Soviets had 30,000 of them, and then they’d come back to us and say that we’re a bunch of kooks for wanting to talk to these bad people? I would say that the advice is that friendship is a wise idea.”

When the younger Paul first began testing the waters for a presidential run, in spring 2014, one of his pseudo-campaign’s central priorities, it seemed, was to dispel the notion that he was his father’s clone. The emancipation is now complete, but the effect has been catastrophic for his presidential ambitions. Being a watered-down version of Ron Paul, the evidence suggests, doesn’t make Rand Paul more appealing to other factions of the GOP his dad couldn’t reach—it just makes him less appealing to his natural base of supporters.

No one can know what goes on within a family, of course. But the elder Paul seemed to be sending a message to his son on Thursday evening.

At another point in the speech, he noted that in the presidential race, “There’s two individuals right now who have sort of caught the attention: Trump and Sanders.”

His son, who is polling at 6 percent—behind not just Trump but Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee—did not receive a mention.

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In major policy shift, Israel will allow sales of medical marijuana in pharmacies


Written By Emily Gray Brosious Posted: 07/28/2015, 02:29pm

The Israeli Health Ministry will allow medical marijuana to be sold in pharmacies alongside other prescription medications, according to Haaretz.

This policy change means Israeli medical marijuana patients will be able to fill their prescriptions at local pharmacies, rather than buying directly from growers and distribution centers.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Israel – which represents the country’s pharmacists— supports the move as a safer option than Israel’s current system where patients get their medical cannabis directly from growers.

Haaretz reports about 22,000 Israelis are currently eligible for medical marijuana. That number might increase sharply after this new medical marijuana policy goes into action.

Once medical marijuana is readily accessible for patients, more doctors will have the option of prescribing the drug, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The Israeli Ministry of Health, which issues medical marijuana permits to patients, is likely to experience a few growing pains handling the expected deluge of new patient permit applications.

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Medical Marijuana to Reduce Depression


Originally posted on living in stigma:

Scientists are studying chronic stress and depression, with a focus on ‘endocannabinoids’, which are brain chemicals similar to substances in marijuana.  The findings raise the possibility that components of marijuana may be useful in reducing depression that results from chronic stress.

“In the animal models we studied, we saw that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, leading to depression-like behavior,” says RIA senior research scientist Samir Haj-Dahmane, PhD.

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Some Delaware County residents turn to heroin after pain doctor arrested


ShereeKrider:

This is very important information because many people who have been “fired” by their doctors or refused medication refills because of positive drug tests for Marijuana are in this group of VICTIMS!

Kentucky IS ONE OF THOSE STATES which is seeing a escalation of heroin epidemic because of this!

This has to stop being the norm as it has caused a genocide of people who formerly were just casual or medical marijuana smokers to be condemned to death because the pain medication has been revoked!

Originally posted on Fox 59:

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MUNCIE, Ind. (April 14,2015)– In the months following the arrest of a Muncie pain doctor, some Delaware County residents have turned to street drugs. Federal and local authorities raided Dr. William Hedrick’s pain clinic in the fall of 2014. He was later arrested and charged with reckless prescribing and conducting a corrupt business. Prosecutors have linked him to several overdose drug deaths in Delaware County.

“I have turned to the streets, I’m in a lot of pain,” said a former patient of Hedrick.

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In pain and nowhere to turn, that’s how one former patient describes his current condition. He says he was a patient of Hedrick’s for several years and relied on powerful narcotics to subdue the pain.

The former patient says other physicians refuse to treat him since he was once under the care of Hedrick. He tells FOX59 that he turned…

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STOP the F/G Fracking in Kentucky! Send the message now!


 

Governor Beshear, the General Assembly and the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) are seeking comments on how the Commonwealth should move forward with regulating the oil and gas industry — including fracking. Around the country, fracking has been known to create toxic air pollution, contaminate drinking water and lead to health problems in communities near fracking sites.

¹ Tell Governor Beshear’s administration that regulations won’t protect the people of Kentucky from the consequences of fracking.

Fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, is the destructive process of extracting oil and gas from deep underground by injecting millions of gallons of fracking fluids — a mixture of chemicals, water and sand — into a well at high pressure to crack open underground rock formations and release oil and gas.

Since the early 2000s, fracking has been growing rapidly across the country, producing massive volumes of toxic waste, causing accidents, leaks and spills that threaten drinking water, and releasing hazardous air pollution. It has also created explosion risks in homes, marred landscapes and fragmented forests, damaged roads with heavy truck traffic, and lowered property values. Take a stand against fracking in Kentucky.
Over the last six months, New York and Maryland both rejected moving forward with fracking after damning health reports showed that the health risks posed by fracking were too high. If it’s not safe in those states, then it’s not safe here, either.

Send a message to your lawmakers: Kentuckians don’t want to be part of an uncontrolled public health experiment.

Fracking isn’t safe for our communities, and it only prolongs our destructive reliance on fossil fuels. We can meet our energy needs with clean, renewable resources. Instead of spending time trying to regulate a polluting industry, the Governor, the General Assembly and the EEC should put their efforts into energy solutions that don’t poison human health, damage local economies or trash the environment.

Speak out and submit your comment against fracking today.

 

Thanks for taking action,

Renée Maas
Senior Southern Region Organizer
Food & Water Watch
rmaas(at)fwwatch(dot)org


1. Toward an understanding of the environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development: an analysis of the peer reviewed scientific literature, 2009-2014, PSE Health Energy, December 10, 2014.

If they can "repeal" Obamacare then they can REPEAL the CSA and end the "War on Drugs" …


Yesterday the news came out about Sen. Mitch McConnell about to REPEAL OBAMACARE with a  "Simple 51-Vote Majority".

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Hallelujah!

It is my opinion that the "Repeal" option should be utilized more often when good people get hurt by a bad law! 

That is the reason that I post about "repealing" the laws surrounding the criminalization of the Cannabis plant.

The whole plant!  Marijuana and hemp are terms used to distinguish the differences in the THC ratio/level of a given plant, however, they are both one in the same species, "Cannabis". 

The Cannabis plant is a god-given or "earthly" gift to all of the Human species to do with as they will. 

As Humans have "free will"  by the law of "nature" or "karma" or even using the famous quote of Newton, "…for every action there is an  equal yet opposite reaction…", and that for every good there is an evil -( it’s what evens things out) there will be those people who will misuse it.  We cannot control that.  Just as there will always be people who abuse Alcohol and Codeine.  (I could list about a zillion more drugs of abuse here but I wont)  Cannabis IS THE ONE PLANT that can be safely used without much intervention.  It is safe for most people and I do not believe in addiction to Cannabis.  I’ve smoked most of my life and have also done without for periods of time with no indications of addiction. 

So using this logic I ask you should not the laws surrounding the "Drug War" be repealed?  The laws which sent and are continuing to send people to corporate run prisons?  Any law that turns a good citizen into a common criminal should be repealed, not the least of which is the laws surrounding Cannabis.

You cannot just continue to add more law on top of more law to correct the old laws which were enacted to further the law of commerce and enslave people to begin with.

But you can damn sure go back and get rid of the bad laws via repeal, which will give people free will once again and then you can guide them in the best direction possible without incarcerating them for doing something just because you do not like it. 

The "REPEAL OBAMACARE" attempt is going to be a good case to watch.  It could set a precedent for the "repeal" of other bad laws. 

In the meantime I’ll continue to post and educate people concerning the differences between "legalize, tax and regulate", or putting Cannabis into a Schedule II substance under the CSA (Controlled Substance Act) which is one of the worst things we could do right now, as putting it among common pharmaceuticals only increases the regulation and control thereof leading to even more arrests and possible prison time for "misusing a drug". End prohibition now!  Free our prisoners!  REPEAL !.

Here is a link to a petition on Change.Org which I put up some time ago:  REPEAL PROHIBITION!

The following statement was published: 

McConnell, Lee Continue Effort to Repeal Obamacare Through Reconciliation

Jul 28 2015

WASHINGTON – United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statements Tuesday on the important tools in the Senate’s balanced budget that allow Congress to pass legislation repealing Obamacare and its broken promises.
Leader McConnell: "Earlier this year, Senate Republicans passed a balanced budget, and with it the necessary procedural tools – via the budget reconciliation process – to bring an end to the nightmare of Obamacare.  Americans have faced skyrocketing health care costs, rampant fraud and more government between them and their doctors. And Republicans are united in working to repeal the broken promises of Obamacare and allow our country to start over fresh with real health reform that Americans deserve.  We will continue our effort to use reconciliation – as the budget makes clear – to fulfill the promise we made to our constituents.”
Sen. Lee: "Americans deserve quality health care at affordable prices and Obamacare is giving them the exact opposite. A Senate vote to repeal Obamacare on a simple majority basis through reconciliation is the best way to pursue that goal. The Majority Leader and I are committed to using reconciliation to repeal Obamacare in the 114th Congress.”

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http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/bulletin/bulletin_1966-01-01_1_page002.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_on_Narcotic_Drugs#Role_in_drug_scheduling

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controlled_Substances_Act

 

Bad laws are made to be repealed! 

re·peal

rəˈpēl/

verb

verb: repeal; 3rd person present: repeals; past tense: repealed; past participle: repealed; gerund or present participle: repealing

  1. 1.

    revoke or annul (a law or congressional act).

    "the legislation was repealed five months later"

    "the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed in 1933"

noun

noun: repeal; plural noun: repeals

1.

the action of revoking or annulling a law or congressional act.

"the House voted in favor of repeal"

Repeal of Prohibition in the United States. Enacted by the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, it proved to be so ineffective that it had to be repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. This is the only constitutional amendment to be repealed in the U.S.

Additionally, see this information when Ireland Repeals laws dating back several hundred years!

  • The massive Statute Law Revision Act 2007 in the Republic of Ireland, through which 3,225 Acts were repealed, dating back over eight centuries to 1171 and the earliest laws enacted by England when it began its invasion of Ireland. The statutes repealed include a number of Acts of significant historical interest, including an Act of 1542 providing that the Kings of England shall be Kings of Ireland. This Act is the largest single repealing statute in the history of Ireland.
  • TWENTY YEARS OF NARCOTICS CONTROL UNDER THE UNITED NATIONS

    excerpt from http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/bulletin/bulletin_1966-01-01_1_page002.html#s120

    III. The problems in 1946: the first solutions

    In order to attempt an assessment of the work done and the evolution which took place since the Commission first met in November 1946, it is first necessary to ascertain what the narcotics situation was at that date. Three elements have to be taken into consideration: the first is the legal basis of the control, i.e. the international treaties then in existence. The second is the disruptions that the war had caused, and the third is the changes which occurred in the world during and immediately after the war. The Commission could not tackle these tasks one after the other and it had to work on all of them simultaneously. Still, it may be stated that, generally speaking, the task of bringing the narcotics situation of the world back to normal was the first undertaken. This occupied part of the first few sessions of the Commission. The Commission was, however, aware of the fact that it was not just taking over directly from the League of Nations, since there lay a six years’ gap in between. It had therefore to assess the changes which made it necessary to adapt the treaty system to the demands of the international community and to work out improvements to that system (through interim measures before addressing itself to the long-term exercise of drafting a single convention).

    The treaty system in 1946

    In 1946, the international control of narcotics was regulated by six treaties: the International Opium Convention signed at The Hague on 23 January 1912; the Agreement concerning the Manufacture, Internal Trade in and Use of Prepared Opium signed at Geneva on 11 February 1925; the International Opium Convention signed at Geneva on 19 February 1925; the Convention for Limiting the Manufacture and Regulating the Distribution of Narcotic Drugs signed at Geneva on 13 July 1931; the Agreement for the Control of Opium-Smoking in the Far East signed at Bangkok on 27 November 1931; and the Convention for the Suppression of the Illicit Traffic in Dangerous Drugs signed at Geneva on 26 July 1936.

    The Hague Convention formulated the basic principles for the international control which have retained their validity to the present day. The two Agreements on opium smoking were very limited in scope and in fact had very little influence in terms of actual control.

    Life Dripping Away: Making Billions from Suffering Addicts


    Originally posted on Applied Faith:

    I have to speak out.

    I minister at an inpatient detox facility I minister at an inpatient detox facility On my weekly teaching visits to our local detox facility, I see the faces behind the numbers that the “intelligentsia” of addiction services bandies back and forth. To me, the numbers have their use, but the suffering of the people matters so much more. I’ve seen many sick things ministering to addicts, but one of the sickest I have discovered is the insidious “fix”; the false premise, and false promise of addiction replacement therapy.

    Heroin - The next thing after the Pill Mill bust Heroin – Next after the Pill Mill bust With the ebb of “pill mill” pain-management clinics, the epidemic of cheap, easy-to-find heroin has grown to staggering proportions to replace the pain pills. Most Americans discover the crisis of heroin after it has snuck into the home with a loved-one. Families and addicts are almost always unprepared and unequipped to deal with their loved-one’s addiction…

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    The Harrison Narcotics Tax act (1914)


    Originally posted on chrysalaneous:

    The Harrison Narcotics Act (1914) was enacted to ensure the government got their cut in the addiction game. Usage of heroin or cocaine was not illegal, but selling it without paying the taxes was akin to bootlegging.

    Here is where the seeds of addiction were being sewn bureaucratically. This hustler Francis Harrison from New York used his power as a Representative to narrow the control of “dope” and industrialize addiction.

    This was before the “anti biotic” time so pills didn’t cure they treated symptoms. Since everything from syphilis to bronchitis had pain or discomfort as a symptom, cocaine or heroin were commonly prescribed creating addicts.

    I recently saw several intake forms from an addiction clinic in Louisiana from the early 1900’s. The form asked when the addicts first started taking the drugs. All the answers I saw were from medical problems; so when the problem went away the prescription stopped…

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    Help the Drug Policy Alliance Legalize Medical Marijuana


    Originally posted on Heroin Is My Heroin:

    The CARERS Act, which the Drug Policy Alliance had a significant hand in developing, is the first-ever bill in the U.S. Senate to legalize marijuana for medical use and the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress. This bipartisan legislation is essential to end the federal war on medical marijuana. You can help by pressuring your Senators to cosponsor the bill today! The Drug Policy Alliance has made it easy by providing you with a pre-written template that you just have to attach your name and contact information to and it’s ready to send away.

    Click here to send a message to your state senator to legalize medical marijuana today! 

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    Falsifying History on Behalf Of Agendas. “US Civil War was about Money not Slavery”


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    In an article on April 13, I used the so-called Civil War and the myths with which court historians have encumbered that war to show how history is falsified in order to serve agendas. I pointed out that it was a war of secession, not a civil war as the South was not fighting the North for control of the government in Washington. As for the matter of slavery, all of Lincoln’s statements prove that he was neither for the blacks nor against slavery.

    Yet he has been turned into a civil rights hero, and a war of northern aggression, whose purpose Lincoln stated over and over was “to preserve the union” (the empire), has been converted into a war to free the slaves.

    As for the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln said it was “a practical war measure” that would help in defeating the South and would convince Europe, which was considering recognizing the Confederacy, that Washington was motivated by “something more than ambition.” The proclamation only freed slaves in the Confederacy, not in the Union. As Lincoln’s Secretary of State put it: “we emancipated slaves where we cannot reach them and hold them in bondage where we can set them free.”

    A few readers took exception to the truth and misconstrued a statement of historical facts as a racist defense of slavery. In the article below, the well-known African-American, Walter Williams, points out that the war was about money, not slavery. Just as Jews who tell the truth about Israel’s policies are called “self-hating Jews,” will Walter Williams be called a “self-hating black?” Invective is used as a defense against truth.

    Racist explanations can be very misleading. For example, it is now a given that the police are racists because they kill without cause black Americans and almost always get away with it. Here is a case of a true fact being dangerously misconstrued. In actual fact, the police kill more whites than blacks, and they get away with these murders also. So how is race the explanation?

    The real explanation is that the police have been militarized and trained to view the public as enemy who must first be subdued with force and then questioned. This is the reason that so many innocent people, of every race, are brutalized and killed. No doubt some police are racists, but overall their attitude toward the public is a brutal attitude toward all races, genders, and ages. The police are a danger to everyone, not only to blacks.

    We see the same kind of mistake made with the Confederate Battle Flag. Reading some of the accounts of the recent Charleston church shootings, I got the impression that the Confederate Battle Flag, not Dylann Roof, was responsible for the murders. Those declaring the flag to be a “symbol of hate” might be correct. Possibly it is a symbol of their hatred of the “white South,” a hatred that dates from the mischaracterization of what is called the “Civil War.” As one commentator pointed out, if flying over slavery for four years makes the Confederate flag a symbol of hate, what does that make the U.S. flag, which flew over slavery for 88 years?

    Flags on a battlefield are information devices to show soldiers where their lines are. In the days of black powder, battles produced enormous clouds of smoke that obscured the line between opposing forces. In the first battle of Bull Run confusion resulted from the similarity of the flags. Thus, the Confederate Battle Flag was born. It had nothing to do with hate.

    Americans born into the centralized state are unaware that their forebears regarded themselves principally as residents of states, and not as Americans. Their loyalty was to their state. When Robert E. Lee was offered command in the Union Army, he declined on the grounds that he was a Virginian and could not go to war against his native country of Virginia.

    A nonsensical myth has been created that Southerners made blacks into slaves because Southerners are racist. The fact of the matter is that slaves were brought to the new world as a labor force for large scale agriculture. The first slaves were whites sentenced to slavery under European penal codes. Encyclopedia Virginia reports that “convict laborers could be purchased for a lower price than indentured white or enslaved African laborers, and because they already existed outside society’s rules, they could be more easily exploited.”

    White slavery also took the form of indentured servants in which whites served under contract as slaves for a limited time. Native Indians were enslaved. But whites and native Indians proved to be unsatisfactory labor forces for large scale agriculture. The whites had no resistance to malaria and yellow fever. It was discovered that some Africans did, and Africans were also accustomed to hot climates. Favored by superior survivability, Africans became the labor force of choice.

    Slaves were more prominent in the Southern colonies than in the north, because the land in the South was more suitable for large scale agriculture. By the time of the American Revolution, the South was specialized in agriculture, and slavery was an inherited institution that long pre-dated both the United States and the Confederate States of America. The percentage of slave owners in the population was very small, because slavery was associated with large land holdings that produced export crops.

    The motive behind slavery was to have a labor force in order to exploit the land. Those with large land holdings wanted labor and did not care about its color. Trial and error revealed that some Africans had superior survivability to malaria, and thus Africans became the labor force of choice. There was no free labor market. The expanding frontier offered poor whites land of their own, which they preferred to wages as agricultural workers.

    A racist explanation of slavery and the Confederacy satisfies some agendas, but it is ahistorical.

    Explanations are not justifications. Every institution, every vice, every virtue, and language itself has roots. Every institution and every cause has vested interests defending them. There have been a few efforts, such as the French Revolution and the Bolshevik Revolution, to remake the world in a day by casting off all existing institutions, but these attempts came a cropper.

    Constant charges of racism can both create and perpetuate racism, just as the constant propaganda out of Washington is creating Islamophobia and Russophobia in the American population. We should be careful about the words we use and reject agenda-driven explanations.

    Readers are forever asking me, “what can we do.” The answer is always the same. We can’t do anything unless we are informed.

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    House passes bill to prevent mandatory GMO labeling


     

    "We should not raise prices on consumers based on the wishes of a handful of activists."

     

    Posted: Thursday, July 23, 2015 5:39 pm | Updated: 6:01 pm, Thu Jul 23, 2015.

    Associated Press |

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Food companies would not have to disclose whether their products include genetically modified ingredients under legislation passed by the House Thursday.

    The House bill is backed by the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling efforts in several states around the country. The legislation, which passed 275-150, would prevent states from requiring package labels to indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

    So far, Vermont is the only state set to require the labels. That law will take effect in July 2016 if it survives a legal challenge from the food industry. Maine and Connecticut have also passed laws requiring the labeling, but those measures don’t take effect unless neighboring states follow suit.

    The country’s largest food companies say genetically modified foods are safe and that labels would be misleading. They say a patchwork of laws around the country would be expensive for companies and confusing for consumers.

    "The reality is, biotechnology has time and time again proved safe," the bill’s sponsor, Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo, said on the House floor. "We should not raise prices on consumers based on the wishes of a handful of activists."

    Advocates for the labels say people have a right to know what is in their food and criticize the legislation for trying to take away states’ ability to require the labels.

    "What’s the problem with letting consumers know what they are buying?" asked Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat.

    Genetically modified seeds are engineered in laboratories to have certain traits, like resistance to herbicides. The majority of the country’s corn and soybean crop is now genetically modified, with much of that going to animal feed. It also is made into popular processed food ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soybean oil.

    The food industry says about 75 percent to 80 percent of foods contain genetically modified ingredients.

    The Food and Drug Administration has said GMOs are safe, and the federal government does not support mandatory labels. Even so, the House bill would make it harder for the agency to require labeling nationally by laying out additional standards for such a policy.

    At the same time, the legislation would step up FDA oversight by requiring that any new genetically engineered products be reviewed by the agency before they can be sold. That process is now voluntary for most modified foods.

    The bill would also create a new certification process at the Agriculture Department for foods that are labeled free of GMOs. That would mean anyone wanting to use that label would eventually have to apply. Organic foods would be automatically certified, since they are already required to be free of engineered ingredients.

    A December Associated Press-GfK poll found that two-thirds of Americans support labeling of genetically modified ingredients on food packages.

    Many of those who support the labels say they have no problem buying food containing GMOs, but they think there should be more accountability in the food industry. Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said Wednesday in a speech opposing the bill that he buys genetically modified foods but thinks it should be a choice.

    Michael Gruber of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the industry group leading the fight against mandatory labels, says those who want the labels are trying to scare people away from genetically modified foods. "This is to tear down brands in the name of right to know," Gruber said.

    There is no similar bill in the Senate, although Sen. John Heaven, R-N.D., has said he is working on legislation.

    It’s unclear whether President Barack Obama would sign the legislation. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has been supportive of genetically modified crops and has praised voluntary labeling solutions like special bar codes on packages to allow consumers to access information via smartphone. But the White House has not said whether it will endorse the House bill.

    Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said after the vote that people who want to know what’s in their food will eventually win the fight.

    Americans "are demanding the right to know," Shumlin said.

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    Associated Press writer Wilson Ring in Montpelier, Vt., contributed to this report.

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    “Somebody bring me weed. I’ll pay for it,” Twitter user @Rosa_Sparkz said


    GoddessA careless marijuana procurer who goes by the name @Rosa_Sparkz received a shock, when her quest to buy the drug online was met with a keen response from the Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), and then went viral.

    “Somebody bring me weed. I’ll pay for it,” Twitter user @Rosa_Sparkz said.

    In just minutes, PBSO’s Twitter account responded with a joking "Where should we meet you?" The tweet spread like wildfire, and has since received over 30 thousand shares.

    “My first reaction was that I thought it was a troll account. That was until I saw the verified check mark and all of the retweets started coming in,” Sparkz told the Deep Commotion blog.

    Rather than being scared by the unexpected respondent, Sparkz embraced the moment, also calling out for vodka, and later confessing that she was “high laughing.”

    “When it went viral I got really excited. I was having a pretty boring night after work but this definitely sparked some life [in]to my night!” said Sparkz.

    “I definitely don’t regret it. I am relishing … these five minutes of internet fame!”

    Sparkz said the police made no attempt to contact her in the aftermath, despite possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana being a misdemeanor with a possible jail sentence of up to one year in Florida.

    While most approved of the light-hearted exchange over a crime that is quickly disappearing from the US legal landscape, due to a raft of legalizations, others were not amused.

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    Funtown Mountain owner tells his side of the story (arrested for Marijuana in Louisville, Ky)


    Will Russell drives a trolley away from Funtown Mountain on Thursday

     

    Posted: Friday, July 17, 2015 12:01 am

    BY GINA KINSLOW / Glasgow Daily Times

    CAVE CITY — Police were called to Funtown Mountain on Thursday, after responding to two separate calls there Wednesday.

    The police received a 911 call around 11 a.m. Thursday regarding a disturbance.

    “When we arrived there wasn’t one,” said Police Chief Jeff Wright. “Everything seemed to be normal.”

    All three calls were regarding Will Russell, owner of Funtown Mountain, who was allegedly damaging property in the attraction’s gift shop.

    Russell spoke to media on Thursday as he sat in a red, white and blue lawn chair in front of the gift shop.

    He told members of the media from the Glasgow Daily Times and WDRB – a television news station in Louisville – he had been detained most of the week in handcuffs.

    He indicated he sustained injuries when he was arrested last weekend during The Lebowski Fest in Louisville.

    Russell was charged with possession of marijuana, menacing and resisting arrest Saturday. He was arrested at Executive Strike & Spare, a bowling alley where the fest was celebrated, the Daily Times previously reported.

    On Thursday, Russell said he broke 19 years of sobriety during the weekend event when he accepted a beer from someone in the parking lot of the bowling alley.

    He also said police found him smoking a corn cob pipe.

    When asked if he was smoking marijuana, Russell said he didn’t know what the substance was.

    “It was green and it smelled a little bit like cotton candy. It was probably bluegrass, you know Kentucky bluegrass or hemp or something like that,” he said. “There’s a lot of names for it.”

    Russell said he suffers from a bipolar condition and is taking medication. He also told reporters he was under the care of a psychiatrist and had been seeing the same physician for 20 years.

    He said he had been hospitalized last year.

    “I was given electric shock therapy. I have no short-term memory,” he said. “It’s been fine. I’ve got a lot of people to help me keep track of things.”

    On Wednesday, after the second time police were summoned to Funtown Mountain, Russell was taken to a facility in Bowling Green.

    Russell wrote about the incident on his personal Facebook page, and talked about it on Thursday with reporters.

    “They interviewed me. They determined I was not a threat to myself or anyone else,” he said. “So, they let me go.”

    Russell said he was dropped off at the White Squirrel Brewery in Bowling Green, where he was given a free hot dog and French fries, before being sent on his way.

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    Marijuana time-release pill gives med patients ‘cannabis alternative’


    Originally posted on WTVR.com:

    BOULDER, Colo. — A Boulder marijuana company has produced a breakthrough marijuana capsule that looks and acts more like traditional pharmaceuticals.

    The company, Wana Brands, has produced capsules called Wana Caps, that it says are an alternative to smoking or edible marijuana.

    “We feel like we are making an important step in giving patients another alternative in consuming cannabis,” said Wana Brands owner John Whiteman, in an interview with CBS 6 affiliate KCNC, in Denver.

    Wana Brands worked with Israel-based Cannabics to develop the first extended- release formula to make marijuana last up to 12 hours. The capsules are filled twice — first with a dose that kicks in almost immediately, and then with a dose that starts to work after about four hours, according to KCNC.

    Multiple sclerosis patient Hoot Gibson said the pills were the “most helpful things” he can take for his symptoms.

    “This lets you get…

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    Industrial hemp producers may be able to transport their crops across state lines thanks to an amendment to the Senate’s $148.3 billion agriculture spending bill offered by McConnell.


    Hemp finds place in appropriations bill

    Industrial hemp producers may be able to transport their crops across state lines thanks to an amendment to the Senate’s $148.3 billion agriculture spending bill offered by McConnell.

    The bill cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 28-2 vote on Thursday.

    “Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper and I want to make sure our legal hemp producers can safely transport their crops between states, including to States that maintain processing facilities, so they can fully capitalize on the commercial potential for this commodity,” McConnell said in a statement.

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer praised McConnell’s efforts to boost hemp production in the U.S., saying the state’s agricultural sector “continues to be indebted to Senator McConnell for his continued leadership on industrial hemp.”

    The GOP majority leader also worked with a pair of Democratic senators — Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Jon Tester of Montana — last month to maintain state-level industrial hemp pilot programs despite the illegality of marijuana’s botanical cousin at the federal level, according to a news release.

    “This latest language reemphasizes that industrial hemp from a farm bill research program is an agricultural commodity,” Comer said in a statement. “The ability of Kentucky to research the full potential of industrial hemp through processing, marketing, and sales is vital to understanding the future possibilities for industrial hemp.”

    Kentucky is one of 13 states that allow the commercial production of industrial hemp, with seven others operating research-only plots, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

     

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    All activities at Funtown Mountain NOT canceled


    By Sarah Eisenmenger

    Funtown Mountain in Cave City, Kentucky (Source: Google Maps)

     

    LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A family fun park has closed following the arrest of its founder.

    The roadside attraction’s facebook page said activities at Funtown Mountain were canceled as of Wednesday, July 15.

    [RELATED: Lebowski Fest founder arrested at event]

    Funtown Mountain founder Will Russell was arrested on July 11 and charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.
    In addition to the park, Russell founded Louisville’s Lebwoski Fest and the WHY Louisville store.
    No further details on the fate of Funtown Mountain have been released.

     

    Will Russell (Source: LMDC)

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    Peruvian President Ollanta Humala suspended U.S.-backed plans to begin eradication there and replaced the Peruvian drug czar who was advocating it


    LIMA, Peru — Colombia surpassed Peru last year in land under coca cultivation, with Peru experiencing a 14 per cent drop in acreage for the plant used to make cocaine, according to UN data released Wednesday.

    The UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s annual report on Peruvian coca’s crop said it encompassed 42,900 hectares. It’s the crop’s fourth straight year of decline and the smallest area under cultivation since 1998.

    The finding does not necessarily mean Colombia is now the world’s No. 1 cocaine producer, however. Much of Peru’s crop is more mature and higher yielding, having never been subjected to eradication.

    Peru’s government does not destroy coca in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro river valley, the world’s leading coca-growing region, citing security concerns. The size of Belgium and Israel

    combined, the valley accounts for 68 per cent of Peru’s coca crop.

    Last year, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala suspended U.S.-backed plans to begin eradication there and replaced the Peruvian drug czar who was advocating it.

    The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates Peru’s potential cocaine production for 2014 at 285 metric tons, versus 245 metric tons for Colombia.

    Peru’s drug czar, Alberto Otarola, said his government is not finished measuring potential cocaine production but estimated it at currently “no more than 270 tons.”

    Two weeks ago, the UN said Colombia’s coca acreage skyrocketed in 2014 from 48,000 hectares to 69,000 hectares. That’s in large part because of reduced aerial spraying. The herbicide used, glyphosate, was recently classified by a UN health agency as a probable carcinogen.

    Peru only eradicates manually.

    “We are the Andean region country that has advanced most in reducing coca leaf,” Otarola told reporters. Peru destroyed 31,000 hectares of coca last year and has set the goal of destroying 35,000 hectares this year.

    The policy provokes resistance from the tens of thousands of Peruvians who depend on coca for their livelihood.

    On Tuesday, at least one person was killed and 25 people, including seven police officers, were injured in a clash between coca farmers and police in the Amazonian town of Constitution, local officials said. The farmers were protesting eradication and a lack of alternative development in the region.

    One indicator of cocaine production is the amount of coca leaf harvested per country.

    In 2014, Peru produced an estimated 100,800 metric tons, compared to 132,700 metric tons for Colombia, said Flavio Mirella, the Peru country representative for the UN agency.

    The vast majority of coca leaf grown in both countries is used to produce cocaine.

    The UN and the U.S. both agree that Bolivia is the No. 3 cocaine-producing nation after Colombia and Peru. The White House put Bolivia’s estimated potential cocaine production at 210 metric tons, up from 145 metric tons in 2012.

    Bolivia has become a major transit and refining country for Peruvian cocaine in recent years.

    The U.S. ended counter-narcotics assistance to Bolivia in 2013, five years after its government expelled the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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    D.C.’s State Fair will have a marijuana growing competition this year


    By Perry Stein July 16 at 9:34 AM

     

    It’s been five months since marijuana was legalized in D.C., and now there’s a public opportunity to show off, if you’ve been letting that liberty take root.

    The DC State Fair — a seemingly Pinterest-inspired event showcasing the culinary, artistic and agricultural talents of the District — is adding a marijuana growing competition to its lineup of events this year. The “Best Bud” category now joins the fair’s growing list of competitions, which already includes the honey contest, the homebrew contest, the knit and crotchet contest, the funkiest-looking vegetable contest, the pickled food contest and more. The fair also added a pet parade for the first time this year.

    “Now that it’s legal for residents of the District to grow their own plants, we wanted a way to highlight this new freedom while also showing off the agricultural talents of the District’s people,” Anna Tauzin, a board member and outreach director for the fair, wrote in an e-mail. The event is held each year in September. DC State Fair is a nonprofit run by residents.

    Each submitted marijuana plant will be judged based on four categories, according to the competition forms:

    1. Appearance: Is it well-manicured? Does it have Trichomes (sparkling crystals)?
    2. Odor: What does it smell like? Does it have a sweet, spicy, or murky smell?
    3. Touch: Is it sticky? Does the stem snap or bend?
    4. Your Story: Did you grow your plant organically? Did you use artificial light, natural light, or a combination? Was the plant grown hydroponically or in soil? All of this information and anything else you would like the judges to know should be included in the Your Story category below in the registration from.

    Participants must submit one small bud, about 1 to 2 grams, from their plant in a small Mason jar.

    The buds, however, will not be judged on how effectively they can get someone high and what type of high they trigger. Judges will not be sampling them because, Tauzin said, the fair will be adhering to the law. and it’s still illegal to smoke marijuana in a public space. The DC State Fair will be held Sept. 12 at Shaw’s Old City Farm and Guild, a public space on the 900 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.

    [Read more: How to stay out of jail now that pot is legal in D.C.]

    The judges have not yet been selected, but Tauzin assures they will all be experts of the product. Adam Eidinger — the chair of the DC Cannabis Campaign who spearheaded efforts to legalize marijuana in the city — is the volunteer coordinator for the bud event.

    D.C. isn’t the only place to try to showcase marijuana at its fair. The Denver County Fair added cannabis-themed competitions to its fair last year. But, it canceled the competitions and marijuana exhibits amid controversy this year: More than a dozen people claimed they were unknowingly served chocolate-infused marijuana and sued, even though actual pot was prohibited on the premises. (The fair organizer, according to the AP, said marijuana was not dropped because of this incident, but because sales at marijuana-related vendors were slow.)

    Entry forms for the “Best Bud” competition must be submitted by midnight Sept. 5, and participants will be capped at 50. The judging will begin, of course, at 4:20 p.m. the day of the fair.

    And what will the winner of D.C.’s first sanctioned growing competition go home with? “A beautiful blue ribbon and lots of glory, but also likely some swag items from local businesses,” Tauzin said.

    Perry Stein covers the happenings in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

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    Marijuana could be a $35 billion market by 2020


    Published: July 15, 2015 1:36 p.m. ET

     

    If all 50 states were to fully legalize pot, it could generate big sales

     

    By

    KathleenBurke

    Reporter

    If all 50 U.S. states were to approve the consumption of marijuana for medical and recreational use, it could become a $35 billion market by 2020.

    That’s according to GreenWave Advisors, an industry research firm that tracks retail sales in the four states and the District of Columbia that have already legalized it. Those markets have experienced explosive growth since marijuana was approved, demonstrating the strong opportunity for industry players and state governments eager to gather the tax on sales and replenish their coffers.

    The sale of recreational marijuana in Washington began July 8, 2014, and has steadily grown to $31.9 million in June from $2 million in that first month, or a total of nearly $180 million for the first 12 months, according to an analysis by Marijuana Business Daily of data from the state’s Liquor Control Board.

    The Washington market is catching up on recreational sales in Colorado, which began in January 2014. Colorado state retailers brought in about $305 million in sales in 2014, according to GreenWave Advisors.

    See also: Get marijuana on demand for $95 a month

    Analysts attribute the growth in sales to a variety of factors, primarily the conversion of a long-existing black market to a regulated one.

    “We’ve never had an industry that was a black market industry of this size,” said Leslie Bocskor, founder of cannabis industry consulting firm Electrum Partners.

    Steve Gormley, chief business development officer at OSL Holdings, Inc. (OSLH), a company focused on consumer advocacy and social activism, compared legalization to the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933.

    “As was the case in advance of the federal repeal of alcohol prohibition, there is a landscape of opportunity in states that allow for the use of recreational or medical marijuana,” Gormley said.

    Analysts identify California as the watershed state that would lead to the rest of the country approving full legalization. State voters will decide on the issue on the November 2016 ballot.

    “California is the big kahuna,” said Matt Karnes, founder of GreenWave Advisors.

    Gormley agreed. “…It is a tremendous market, with its proximity to Washington and Colorado, there is an advantage from a revenue standpoint of legalizing recreational, and we will start to see other states moving rapidly in the same direction.”

    As the recreational industry grows, there will be increasing opportunities for businesses to enter the market.

    “This is an industry that is allowing people to come in and start businesses that they otherwise might not have been able to start,” Bocskor said. “The events and pressures—pressure for regulation of markets, federal legality versus state legality—create a unique business environment never seen before.”

    See also: Marijuana moms shatter the grass ceiling

    Though the budding market might seem attractive to potential investors, Gormley advises careful research before dedicating funds.

    “The reality is you want to make investments in companies with solid fundamentals rather than concepts, specifically publicly traded companies in the space,” Gormley said. “If investors are going to go in privately, you need to have a well-developed network of people inside the industry. There are a lot of crooks out there, and investors can get fleeced. ”

    Despite the potential risks, analysts expect the market to continue its upward trajectory for the foreseeable future.

    “It will eventually plateau, but we still have a few years of growth,” Bocskor said. “Growth begets growth.”

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    Congressmen Push to Get Us Out of United Nations


    Rep. Michael Rogers (R-AL) has put forth legislation to repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and has several supporters in favor of the bill.

    Currently Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY), Jeff Duncan (R-SC) Westmoreland (R-GA), and Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) has co-sponsored the bill.

    According to the bill, it would:

    • Repeal

      • The United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (Public Law 79–264; 22 U.S.C. 287 et seq.) is repealed.
    • Termination of membership in United Nations

      • The President shall terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations, and in any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.
    • Closure of United States Mission to United Nations

      • The United States Mission to the United Nations is closed. Any remaining functions of such office shall not be carried out.

    The bill would also agree to withdraw from the agreement between the United States of America and the United Nations regarding the headquarters of the United Nations.

    It would also terminate fund that are "authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available for the United States contribution to any United Nations peacekeeping operation or force."

    Additionally, it would not allow for funds to be used to "support participation of any member of the Armed Forces of the United States as part of any United nations military or peacekeeping operation or force" nor would it allow for any "member of the Armed Forces of the United States" to "server under the command of the United Nations."

    On top of that, the US government would basically kick the United Nations out of New York as it would not allow the UN to "occupy or use any property or facility of the United States Government."

    Diplomatic immunity would also go away with this bill and UN officials, employees and anyone associated with the UN would lose such status, making them subject to the laws of the land in which they are in.

    It would also repeal the following:

    • Repeal of United States membership and participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
    • Repeal of United Nations Environment Program Participation Act of 1973
    • Repeal of United States participation in the World Health Organization
    • Repeal of involvement in United Nations conventions and agreements

    There are many reason for the United States to remove itself from the United Nations. Among those are five things that Jim Fitzgerald had pointed out:

    1. The complete text of the UN Charter’s Article 25 states: "The Members of the United Nations agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter." That clearly stated requirement supersedes adherence to the US Constitution. That any US government official would agree to that is incredible. When the UN’s Security Council decides to act, our nation’s membership requires the United States to "accept and carry out" what the Security Council wants done.
    2. When the UN Security Council decides to send military forces to carry out its decisions, all member nations are required to participate.
    3. In 1990, a UN Security Council resolution was sought and obtained by President George H. W. Bush for the first invasion of Iraq and that was in line with advancing a "New World Order." This was summarily the same proposition pitched by Bush, Jr. for the second unconstitutional invasion of Iraq.
    4. Articles 52-54 of the UN Charter permit nations to form "Regional Arrangements" to conduct military operations. Under these three articles in the Charter, NATO and SEATO were created, which have gotten us into more unconstitutional wars.
    5. Article 2 of the UN Charter states: "nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state…" But the UN meddles in an array of matters, which are certainly within the jurisdiction of individual states (countries), including our own.

    Take time to contact your representative and senator at every office they have and demand that they support HR 1205 for the future of our posterity and for the survival of America!

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/07/congressmen-push-to-get-us-out-of-united-nations-is-your-representative-on-board/#d7L4ecX8yIcI1eAT.99

     

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    Book Review—WE SELL DRUGS: The Alchemy of US Empire by Suzanna Reiss (2014)


    Originally posted on Blog of the American Studies Journal:

    We Sell Drugs Suzanna ReissWE SELL DRUGS: The Alchemy of US Empire. By Suzanna Reiss. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2014.

    Suzanna Reiss, in We Sell Drugs, presents a novel and compelling argument about our changing notion of the war on drugs. She argues that the war is not, and never has been, actually about “drugs” at all. Instead, the drug war has long been centered on policing the boundaries between the licit and illicit and exercising increasingly international systems of control, whether that applies to people and their behavior, substances and their use, or the actions that governments and corporations take to preserve their grasp on profit and power. Her intensive research into the post-war activities of groups like the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the American Pharmaceutical Association show how controlling licit and illicit drugs was instrumental in developing the role of American hegemonic imperial power that developed in the years…

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    Marijuana may be helping to overcome painkiller abuse in America


    Originally posted on Quartz:

    It’s yet another feather in the cap of those who champion legalizing pot in the US.

    In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (paywall), researchers observed that in US states with medical marijuana dispensaries, the number of admissions to rehabilitation facilities for pain medication and opioid overdoses has decreased by 15% and 16% respectively.

    Other studies have looked at the relationship between legal marijuana use and opioid overdose, but this is the first study to track addiction to opioids as well.

    Researchers examined the number of patients admitted to treatment centers in the US for painkiller addiction from 1992 to 2013; opioid-related deaths from 1999 to 2013; and the amount of prescription opioids legally sold to each US state from 2000 to 2011. They found that in states that maintain medical marijuana dispensaries, opioid painkillers are being prescribed at a similar rate to those state without marijuana dispensaries.

    That suggests that most…

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