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Posted by CN Staff on February 19, 2007 at 07:37:34 PT
By Errol Castens, Daily Journal Oxford Bureau 
Source: Daily Journal 

medical Oxford, MS -- A judicial opinion may end the University of Mississippi's monopoly on growing marijuana for researchers in the United States.

A field at the Oxford campus is the United States' only legal source of cannabis. Since 1968, the university has had contracts with the National Institute for Drug Abuse - competitively bid and renewed every three to five years - to grow the plant and distribute it as NIDA directs to researchers nationwide.

Dr. Lyle Craker, a horticulturist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst petitioned the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to become a second grower of marijuana. He contends DEA's enforcement mission prejudices the agency against approving research projects that could show promise.

"Science is based on replication," Craker told the Daily Journal. "I always worry when the agency that is charged with keeping people from using a substance is the one that controls all the research on it."

Craker said some researchers have also expressed needs for varieties of marijuana not grown at Ole Miss - a more potent variety often found in The Netherlands, for example.

Preliminary Ruling

Administrative Judge Mary Ellen Bittner of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued an opinion last week that Craker should be allowed to grow the experimental drug.

The ruling is only an initial step toward a possible second grower. Higher DEA officials could overrule Bittner's opinion. The agency's stated position is that "marijuana has no medical value that can't be met more effectively by legal drugs." Some researchers, however, say the drug and its derivatives show promise, especially to relieve pain and nausea in patients with cancer or AIDS.

If Craker's petition is ultimately successful, his project will be funded by the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), which for two decades has promoted medical research of marijuana, MDMA ("ecstasy") and psychedelic drugs.

While MAPS officially emphasizes academic efforts, some critics contend its leaders promote generalized drug legalization. The group's president, Rick Doblin, has served on the board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), which advocates removal of all penalties for personal marijuana use.

Research professor Mahmoud ElSohly oversees the marijuana project as part of the National Center for Natural Products Research at Ole Miss and is a prominent marijuana researcher in his own right. Among his accomplishments in the field is a patent for a marijuana rectal suppository that eliminates the risks of smoking. The technology also lessens the psychological effects common to smoking marijuana and reduces the risk of abusing the drug.

ElSohly could not be reached Friday for comment on Bittner's ruling.

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Source: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, MS)
Author: Errol Castens, Daily Journal Oxford Bureau
Published: February 19, 2007 - Section A, Page 1
Copyright: 2007 Journal Publishing Company

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Comment #23 posted by afterburner on February 21, 2007 at 21:55:14 PT
"I wish [David Crosby] a speedy recovery."

I add my prayers for healing.

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Comment #22 posted by FoM on February 20, 2007 at 10:18:55 PT
I thought of the Freedom of Speech Concert that you and Stick and I saw together and I wonder if David will ever tour again. We were fortunate to see them together. I wish him a speedy recovery.

Illness Forces Crosby, Nash To Cancel Tour

By Staff

Feb 19, 2007

Veteran rockers David Crosby and Graham Nash, half of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, canceled their U.S. tour because of Crosby's medical problems.

"Medical issues that have arisen for member David Crosby," the Web site said.

The tour was scheduled to kick off next month in Shawnee, Okla., and end in April in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Copyright: 2007 The Post Chronicle

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Comment #21 posted by Celaya on February 19, 2007 at 21:57:14 PT
Lou Dobbs
They start it out featuring the controversial children's book, "It's Just A Plant." [ ] Making a point of saying it was aimed at "6 to 12-year-olds." A cheap way to establish this is about kids.

A prohibitionist "grass roots" group is featured who cry that the book "totally neutralizes the idea that there may be anything hazardous associated with using it!" - Right.

Finally we get to who's behind marijuana legalization, and yep, it's Soros, Lewis and Sperling. Big surprise. And no pictures of the Seattle Hempfest, of course. So it's just those 3 crazy rich guy's fault. Despite videos of them walking around, they didn't interview any of them - which would seem an obvious thing to do.

Instead they moaned about the money, then cut to who's getting most of it, MPP - with Rob Kampia saying, "I have to laugh when people think that we're a well-funded legalization machine. My response to that is, Hey. I'd take the government's budget over our budget any day!" Thus painting a picture of a flippant Kampia who is after the government's budget.

So you'd think they'd compare budgets, but no, they just loudly announce (with big flashing letters across the screen) $25 million --- is what the crazy rich guys spent to legalize marijuana.

Of course they top it off with the "grass roots" prohibition folks moaning some more about how legalization would destroy their messages even more.

Then, by a great coincidence, the next story is about a marijuana bust of "a Mexican man" at the border. How often does Lou Dobbs do a drug bust story? Thus going full circle to the beginning of marijuana prohibition in an excercise demonizing marijuana and Mexicans.

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Comment #20 posted by afterburner on February 19, 2007 at 21:42:29 PT
Culture War: Follow the Money
"There's a deep pocketed lobby that wants to legalize pot in this country. Who are marijuana's backers and what do they want?" --Lou Dobbs, The War Within, Lou Dobbs Tonight


"There's a deep pocketed lobby that wants to criminalize pot in this country. Who are marijuana's detracters and what do they want?"

The Pharmaceutical industry? The Treatment industry? The Drug-testing industry? The Prison industry? Police, Lawyers, Judges? Alcohol producers? Tobacco producers? Holier-than-thou moralizers? The Nanny state?

"Whatever course we follow in prosecuting other wars, we must commit ourselves as members of this great society to only one option in the War on Drugs -- victory." --Lou Dobbs, The war within, killing ourselves

Lou just doesn't get it. The abusive use of narcotics, prescription and unregulated, is a logical consequence of the lies of cannabis prohibition and the resulting confusion of youths and adults.

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Comment #19 posted by The GCW on February 19, 2007 at 20:17:40 PT
Congressman Mark Souder's accomplishments.
Some days ago, CNEWSers exposed the transcript where

Republican Congressman Mark Souder of Indiana

is quoted as stating,

today’s cannabis (kaneh bosm / marijuana) is, “more like cocaine.”

(read Transcript: Tucker Carlson, aired Feb. 9, 2007 ).


That is interesting because today at MAP ( ),

there is a story titled:

US IN: Fentanyl Around, Coke Coming Back

from Souder's home state, exposing that Coke (is) Coming Back

Reporting, "an apparent resurgence in cocaine popularity."


I wonder...

When citizens try “today’s” cannabis and realize it is safer than alcohol are they more likely to believe cocaine is no worse?


When government lies about cannabis how will youth know they are telling any truth about honest hard drugs like cocaine, meth and heroin?


Is Souder partly to blame?


Souder seems like a staff germ to America.

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Comment #18 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 19:43:19 PT
Lou Dobbs Video
This should be the link to the piece on marijuana. It's not available but should be soon I would think.

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Comment #17 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 18:59:21 PT
It was interesting. It was talking about how much money the DPA and MPP get per year. It was a huge amount of money. It made my jaw drop. There will be more on tomorrows show. They did mention that marijuana isn't as shunned as it was. They mentioned the children again. I wish we didn't have to talk about the children. This is for adults. It isn't legal for a person to drink until they come of age.

Mayan you're welcome.

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Comment #16 posted by freewillks on February 19, 2007 at 18:28:07 PT
odd find.
found this looking for lou dobbs footage.

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Comment #15 posted by mayan on February 19, 2007 at 18:15:45 PT
Fox Guards Henhouse
"Science is based on replication," Craker told the Daily Journal. "I always worry when the agency that is charged with keeping people from using a substance is the one that controls all the research on it."

Science is about learning and discovering the truth. The truth is is the enemy of the government for they thrive in the darkness and rely upon our ignorance. The cannabis plant is a means to the truth so it's no wonder it is banned in all of it's forms.

Thanks for the poll, FoM. Once again it looks like a landslide!


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Comment #14 posted by Toker00 on February 19, 2007 at 18:07:55 PT
Action, if you will.
Dear MoveOn member,

On Friday the House voted to condemn the president's plan to escalate the war. A good first step. But we have to keep moving. The night before the vote, Rep. Jack Murtha—who's been leading the fight to stop the escalation—told MoveOn members, "The time to act is now...We can get this done. We can bring our troops home."

Congress is in recess this week and we need to keep the pressure on. This Thursday, MoveOn members are showing up at hundreds of local congressional offices to deliver letters asking Congress to stop the escalation.

The more of us who add our voices, the more pressure they'll feel to act. Can you take a moment to write a short letter that other MoveOn members will hand-deliver for you on Thursday?

Rep. Murtha told MoveOn members that the most important thing we could do during this critical week is write letters to our representatives and visit them while they're home for recess. With progress being made in the House, but a handful of Senate Republicans continuing to dodge the most important debate in the country, his call to action couldn't be more timely.1

The president is out of control and Congress has to rein him in. President Bush's plan to deal with the mess in Iraq is to escalate the military conflict. He's not just escalating war in Iraq, he's provoking an escalation with Iran—a confrontation that could inflame the entire Middle East. This is a situation of the most serious proportions and we have to make sure Congress stops him.

We've made a lot of progress together since January alone. Through petitions, calls to Congress, rallies, movie nights and other work we've done together, we've helped make it clear that a vast majority of Americans oppose escalating the war.

If we keep the pressure on now, we can make sure Congress does the right thing by blocking the escalation and taking steps to bring our troops home. Can you write a letter to your representative and senators that we will hand-deliver this Thursday? Click below:

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Comment #13 posted by Toker00 on February 19, 2007 at 17:57:52 PT
FoM/Currenter Results of Poll. : )
Yes - 8864 - 79%

No - 2382 - 21%

Total votes - 11,246

You shouldn't oughta asked Lou, if you didn't want to know the Truth.

Freedom vs. Greedom


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Comment #12 posted by freewillks on February 19, 2007 at 17:53:27 PT
Lou Dobbs
Did any one catch the show. I misssed it. was it worth watching?

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Comment #11 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 16:20:28 PT
Current Results on Poll on Lou Dobbs
Yes -- 79% -- 7844 votes

No -- 21% -- 2148 votes

Total: 9992 votes

POLL: Do you believe marijuana should be legalized in this country?

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Comment #10 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 16:14:26 PT
I agree. It's what it is worth that stirs up violence.

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Comment #9 posted by OverwhelmSam on February 19, 2007 at 16:10:14 PT
Activist found shot to death.
For over 20 or 30 years, (Gorman) has been at the forefront of the issue, but if marijuana was legal, this would not have happened," Tvert said

If marijuana were legal, Gorman wouldn't have been shot. So much for public safety.

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Comment #8 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 16:01:38 PT
That's great about the poll. I didn't like it because it brings up the children and this is about adult's rights to pick a safer choice. At the end it was mentioned that marijuana is become more ok in society's eyes and that is true. I see pot humor now more then ever on tv.

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Comment #7 posted by Graehstone on February 19, 2007 at 15:54:41 PT
76 - 24
I thought the piece was poor but the polls look promising!

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 14:32:54 PT
Thank you. I hope the interview goes well for them tonight.

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Comment #5 posted by Graehstone on February 19, 2007 at 14:08:02 PT
52 -48
I voted!

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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 14:02:03 PT
Just a Note
The poll when I voted was 50% for and 50% against.

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 14:01:01 PT
Poll: Lou Dobbs
It appears from an e-mail that MPP or NORML might be on Lou Dobbs and I thought I should pass it on.

POLL: Do you believe marijuana should be legalized in this country?

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Comment #2 posted by potpal on February 19, 2007 at 08:37:13 PT
Live and let grow
Craker should be allowed to grow...everybody else is doing it!

'Growing marijuana' totaled up 1.7 million web .05 seconds (how they do that?)

Over grow the gooberment.

Cannabis prohibition is the crime.

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Comment #1 posted by FoM on February 19, 2007 at 08:15:28 PT
Off Topic: Healing The Whole
State will broaden its approach to treating addiction, Gov. Strickland says.

Monday, February 19, 2007

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