NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- December 22, 2004

  NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- December 22, 2004

Posted by CN Staff on December 22, 2004 at 22:53:11 PT
Weekly Press Release 
Source: NORML 

Older Americans Overwhelmingly Support Legalizing Medical Pot, AARP Survey SaysDecember 22, 2004 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: Nearly 75 percent of those age 45 and older support the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, according to a national poll of 1,706 Americans conducted for the AARP.
Overall, 72 percent of respondents agreed with the statement, "Adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if a physician recommends it." Support was highest among respondents who resided in the West (82 percent) and the Northeast (79 percent), regions where several statewide medical marijuana laws have previously been enacted. The AARP survey results are similar to previous findings, including a CNN/Time Magazine survey which reported that 80 percent of Americans backed the legal use of medical cannabis. The AARP is the largest US advocacy group for seniors. The organization has not taken a political position regarding the medicinal use of marijuana. For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500. A complete summary of national and statewide medical marijuana polling data is available on NORML's website.DL: Examines Medical Marijuana Support Set To Authorize Prescription Use Of First-Ever Medical Cannabis SprayDecember 22, 2004 - Ottawa, ON, CanadaOttawa, Ontario: Health Canada has issued a "Qualifying Notice" for the approval of Sativex, an oral spray consisting of natural cannabis extracts, for the treatment of neuropathic pain associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Health Canada is expected to finalize marketing authorization for Sativex by early 2005. Produced by the British biotechnology firm GW Pharmaceuticals, Sativex is a whole plant medicinal cannabis extract containing precise doses of the cannabinoids THC and cannabidiol (CBD). In clinical trials, Sativex has been demonstrated to alleviate numerous MS-associated symptoms compared to placebo, including pain, muscle spasms, and bladder incontinence."This approval will be a major milestone for GW and for people with Multiple Sclerosis who have long awaited a prescription cannabis-based medicine for the treatment of neuropathic pain," GW's Executive Chairman Geoffrey Guy said in a prepared statement. According to a 2003 University of Calgary survey, 16 percent of Canadians with MS have used cannabis therapeutically. Under Canadian law, patients with authorization from their physician may apply for permission from Health Canada to grow and possess cannabis for medicinal purposes. GW is expected to seek further approval from Health Canada to market Sativex for additional indications, including chronic pain. Regulatory approval for Sativex in the United Kingdom remains pending. Earlier this month, an advisory body of the British Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that it required further clinical evidence of Sativex's ability to alleviate MS-associated spasticity in a "clinically relevant" manner before the agency would consider approving the drug for licensing in the UK. For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500.DL: Approves Cannabis Drug Cannabis Drug on Path To Approval Cannabis Facilitates AIDS Treatment In Patients With Nausea, Study SaysDecember 22, 2004 - Stanford, CA, USAStanford, CA: Patients who use medicinal cannabis to combat the nausea associated with anti-HIV drugs are more likely to remain on their prescribed drug therapies than those who do not, according to clinical trial data published in the January issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Researchers at Stanford University's School of Medicine determined that among patients suffering from nausea associated with anti-retroviral therapy, those who used medical marijuana were 3.3 times more likely to adhere to their medication regimens than non-users. "These data suggest that medicinal use of marijuana may facilitate, rather than impede, anti-retroviral therapy adherence for patients with nausea, in contrast to the use of other illicit substances, which was associated with decreased adherence," authors concluded. Researchers had previously presented their data in July at the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500. Abstracts of the study are available online at: Medical Marijuana Archives Nursing Association Unanimously Backs Patient Access To Medicinal CannabisDecember 22, 2004 - Chicago, IL, USAChicago, IL: The Illinois Nursing Association (INA) supports the use of medical marijuana by qualified patients, and is calling upon Congress to reclassify cannabis so that doctors may prescribe it, according to a resolution passed unanimously by the organization earlier this month. "It is the position of the Illinois Nurses Association to: Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision; ... [to] support legislation to remove criminal penalties including arrest and imprisonment for bonafide patients and prescribers of therapeutic cannabis; [and to] support federal and state legislation to include cannabis classification as a Schedule III [non-prohibited] drug," the INA resolution states. The INA is the thirteenth statewide nursing organization to endorse the legalization of medicinal cannabis for authorized patients. The American Nursing Association (ANA), which represents some 2.7 million Registered Nurses nationwide, overwhelmingly approved a similar resolution in favor of the therapeutic use of cannabis in 2003. For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the INA's position paper: "Providing Patients Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis" is available online at: Medical Marijuana Archives NORML Foundation (DC)Published: December 22, 2004Copyright: 2004 NORML Contact: norml Website:'s Weekly News Bulletin -- Dec. 16, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Dec. 09, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Dec. 02, 2004

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Comment #25 posted by dr slider on December 24, 2004 at 12:29:07 PT:
2 kines of (sh)people
It seems the only collective "hallucination" we're allowed to see is the man in the moon. That's O.K. but no Brezchnen...In timeWhen the observers really do come screaming out of the woodwork (shortly...hold your breath) those that deny them out of fear are lost, those that welcome them are saved.
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Comment #24 posted by afterburner on December 24, 2004 at 11:20:48 PT
RE How Dope Unleashes the Demon Within
This entire article is based on *one* testimonial, Dave, and two *anecdotal*, or self-reporting, studies from Maastricht University (again) and George Patton (Melbourne) and indirectly two other *anecdotal*, or self-reporting, studies by Louise Arseneault (London with New Zealand data) and Stanley Zammit (Sweden)!The concept of cannabis and other psychedelics *causing* psychosis is as old as the discovery of psilocybin, mescaline and LSD. Early researchers were split into two camps: the psychotomimetic (psychosis-inducing) group and the psychedelic (mind manifesting) group. The vested interest in *treating* mental illness is evident in the psychotomimetic group. In fact, prior to the much-maligned 1960's all of psychology was caught in a paradigm that studied only abnormal brain functioning. The wellness movement and the human potential movement happened in the 1960's when some enlightened scientists and researchers started studying preventative and *alternative* medicine and normal brain function. Alternative, that is, to traditional Western medicine (pills, injections and surgery) using new (to the West) techniques including acupuncture, herbal medicine (Native American, European, Ayurvedic, Chinese), shiatzu massage, yoga, guided imagery, and biofeedback to name but a few."Castle, ...edited a recently released book, Marijuana and Madness" which is a recycled edition of the Harry Anslinger's (drug czar) propaganda of the 1920's and 1930's which was used as a justification for banning "marihuana" [sic] and hemp with the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act."...the rates of anxiety and depression among young people have gone up markedly each decade in the past 50 years, Hickie says." Gee, with all the environmental damage and social damage being perpetrated by business and governments today, why would any enlightened youth *not* be depressed or anxious? They would have to be stupid, ignorant, or an incurable Pollyanna *not* to react with horror to the world they are inheriting. The general health of the population has also been in decline for decades due to de-natured foods. For example, doctors during the Korean War found 18 year old soldiers with signs of advanced circulatory problems previously seen only in the elderly."That [the increased rates of anxiety and depression found in the Melbourne study] doesn't prove that drugs are the cause," [Hickie] says.A final note, the Native Americans of the Plains used fasting to induce visions. Schizophrenia-like symptoms were also found in populations that were dependent on corn as a staple grain (accidental fasting), before the discovery that soaking corn in lime water would allow it to be processed more fully. The previous imbalance of nutrition was diagnosed by nutritional anthropologists as a shortage of vitamin B3, niacin. Niacin has been used by some mental illness specialist doctors, like Dr. Abram Hoffer, to successfully treat schizophrenia. Could the use of refined carbohydrates, lacking in the B-vitamin complex, be responsible for schizophrenia-like symptoms, anxiety, depression, and a host of neurological and physiological diseases increasingly common in "modern" humans with their "modern" diets?Backgound of the studies:[George Patton at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia.]
{Patton's team followed over 1600 Australian school pupils aged 14 to 15 for seven years. Daily cannabis use was associated with a five-fold increased risk of depression at the age of 20. Weekly use was linked to a two-fold increase. The regular users were no more likely to have suffered from depression or anxiety at the start of the study.}
British Medical Journal (vol 325, p1195, p1199, p1212, p1183)Links to studies (Thanks, Dr. Russo):Cannabis Link To Mental Illness Strengthened
Comment #4 posted by Ethan Russo MD on November 22, 2002 at 09:37:29 PT: 
Reprise Here are the links to the PDF's of the 3 articles and the editorial from the BMJ. It is possible that you will not be able to access them without a subscription. {--Arseneault study [self-reporting]}{Cannabis use in adolescence and risk for adult
psychosis: longitudinal prospective study
Louise Arseneault, Mary Cannon, Richie Poulton, Robin Murray, Avshalom Caspi
and Terrie E Moffitt
BMJ 2002;325;1212-1213 
doi:10.1136/bmj.325.7374.1212} {--Zammit study [self-reporting]}{Self reported cannabis use as a risk factor for
schizophrenia in Swedish conscripts of 1969:
historical cohort study
Stanley Zammit, Peter Allebeck, Sven Andreasson, Ingvar Lundberg and Glyn
BMJ 2002;325;1199- 
doi:10.1136/bmj.325.7374.1199} {--Patton study [self-reporting]}{Cannabis use and mental health in young people:
cohort study
George C Patton, Carolyn Coffey, John B Carlin, Louisa Degenhardt, Michael
Lynskey and Wayne Hall
BMJ 2002;325;1195-1198
doi:10.1136/bmj.325.7374.1195} {--editorial} 
{*[comments] and titles added}Merry Christmas from the mental "health" community!
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on December 24, 2004 at 08:57:27 PT
When I read news that is way out in left field I wonder how many other things are way out there in left field that we are told are right. We need honesty not hype. 
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Comment #22 posted by rchandar on December 24, 2004 at 02:51:24 PT:
oh what a bunch of bulls $t!!!---as if clean people never get angry, use violence, get in trouble! as if they never have sudden moments of rage and harm others!!! this super-sleuthing bs sometimes just makes me sad. so now we're "psychotic" people??? There's just no truth to it.--rchandar
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Comment #21 posted by dr slider on December 23, 2004 at 23:35:33 PT:
Good night
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on December 23, 2004 at 23:31:46 PT
dr slider
I'm about ready to go off line for the day. I'm very tired right now but tomorrow I'll e-mail you. I think I should be able to view an image. Thank you.
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Comment #19 posted by dr slider on December 23, 2004 at 23:09:05 PT:
I'd love to send you half a meg of image. Please show me the Way.
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Comment #18 posted by dr slider on December 23, 2004 at 22:44:29 PT:
whose mentality?
So the boy recognizes that a tree is another of God's critters, faces yet. I call 'em my Brezchnen. Off to the booby hatch with us all!I'm really gonna trust some prohib payed for bureauocrat or the leech like critters that speak for them with my childrens mental health...Oh yea we have the Ole Slavery Initiative so this kid'll get his U.S.R.D.A. of pharm candy. God help America.
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Comment #17 posted by ekim on December 23, 2004 at 20:48:14 PT
How Dope Unleashes the Demon Within- Prohibiton!
Charlie Rose just had on a person from the UN and he said that Africa -- Dar for sorry about spelling. has not had their regular rain fall for 20 years and the people need to have help farming. they are starving we send food after their crops fail. To try to make this young man forget about this planet must be met with a stern rebuke. Seeing goodness in all things is healthy to say other wise is not.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on December 23, 2004 at 19:36:34 PT
On A Very Strange Note
How Dope Unleashes the Demon WithinDecember 24, 2004 
Using cannabis during adolescence and young adulthood "increases the risk of psychotic symptoms later in life", a recent study found.Marijuana is still seen as a "soft" drug, despite growing evidence it can cause severe mental torment - especially among the young. By Jock Cheetham.Dave's sister worried when he began spending days staring at the backyard. He saw faces in the trees, but she saw nothing. And Dave got angry because the family couldn't see the faces. "I felt like God was talking to me," Dave says. "You know, showing me signs like the clouds in the shape of a peace sign, the faces in the trees, the way the trees used to dance to the music in my head."Dave, 22, has smoked cannabis since he was 16. He has also used ecstasy. His story fits a disturbing profile. Australians are smoking more - the number of 20-year-olds who have smoked cannabis has trebled in 30 years, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says. And Australians are starting younger - almost 40 per cent of those born in the early 1980s had smoked cannabis by the time they reached 16.Complete Article:
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Comment #15 posted by mayan on December 23, 2004 at 18:56:02 PT
On a lighter note...
Fiore presents: A very Bushy Christmas Modern World: How the Fox News team saved Christmas
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Comment #14 posted by mayan on December 23, 2004 at 18:09:50 PT
Wonder Weed
Researchers at Stanford University's School of Medicine determined that among patients suffering from nausea associated with anti-retroviral therapy, those who used medical marijuana were 3.3 times more likely to adhere to their medication regimens than non-users. "These data suggest that medicinal use of marijuana may facilitate, rather than impede, anti-retroviral therapy adherence for patients with nausea, in contrast to the use of other illicit substances, which was associated with decreased adherence," authors concluded.The benefits from cannabis that we've long known about are now being proven by scientific research. Those who prohibit this plant belong behind bars.Bypassing the mainstream media blackout...Ohio Electoral Fight Becomes 'Biggest Deal Since Selma' as GOP Stonewalls: to Enter Ohio Recount Fray: Blasts Election Firm Over "Cheat Sheets": Firm had Remote Access to Machines: Video Suggests Voting Firm Triad Sought to Thwart Recount of Paper Ballots: Continues to Dodge Questions: Obstruction or Incompetence by Blackwell? WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...9/11 Was an Inside Job - A Call to All True Patriots: 
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Comment #13 posted by goneposthole on December 23, 2004 at 16:34:59 PT
Greetings, earthlings
Shortest day of the year right now. Waxing and waning, pitching and yawing, just another day that is out of control.That is why people get angry: they have no control. Somebody wants this, but another says 'no'.George Bush attacks Iraq because he had no control over what Saddam Hussein was doing. They didn't see eye-to-eye, so George Bush wouldn't see eye-to-eye. He had no control. George Bush doesn't know what he wants, but what he's got ain't much.Then he got angry and sent in the army. Wise move weedhopper.
The invasion was all too coy and smooth-going for it all to go as planned.So it is with the cannabis: Really, it is out of control, the US gov really has no control and so it is angry with some of its citizens. It will continue as such. There is no winning, only losing. It doesn't end it a draw. Seems as though the prohibition against cannabis is relentlessly neverending and stays stuck in the muck. We are all losers until prohibition against cannabis ends. No winners, none.The US gov will never win the war on drugs, and, apparently, doesn't really care. The US will never win the war in Iraq, and, unfortunately, will stay there and fight until they lose.Doesn't really matter anymore. I'm going to smoke cannabis, regardless of what the maha reishis say. I'm going to use the original substance, not the reasonable facsimile thereof.Is it legal or illegal to say 'Merry Christmas'? Do you need authorization to say 'Merry Christmas'? Appears as though you do:
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Comment #12 posted by E_Johnson on December 23, 2004 at 15:19:58 PT
I hope he's 100% honest this time
Michael Moore for some reason isn't happy enough when the facts are on his side and he has to bend the truth to make them seem even more on his side, like the job he did on Prince Bandar, making him out to be a sinister Bush family connection to Osama Bin Laden, when the truth is Bandar donates to very liberal causes in America and his list of pals includes Jimmy Carter and Elaine Pagels.Moore's hatchet job on Bandar spoiled Farenheir 9/11 for me. I hope he resists the temptation to manipulate people in his film on the drug industry, because there are scandals there that people need to know about that should not be demeaned by the pandering and borderline lying that Moore occasionally stoops to in his rush to make his film have emotional impact.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on December 23, 2004 at 13:00:32 PT

Off Topic: Michael Moore
Watch Out for Michael Moore, Say Drug Companies: thank you for the article. Since news is slow and what I post on the front page might stay there for a long time I thought I should archive it.
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Comment #10 posted by potpal on December 23, 2004 at 12:32:53 PT

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Comment #9 posted by FoM on December 23, 2004 at 11:41:57 PT

That was beautiful! Thank you so much. Happy Holidays to you.
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Comment #8 posted by AgaetisByrjun on December 23, 2004 at 11:37:48 PT

A little bit (ignore if you feel like it)
Well, this thread has taken a bit of a literary bent, so I thought it'd be an okay time to drag out a little bit of poetry I scrawled the other night while pissed off at the recent developments in the SC case. It's a bit high-falutin' and not very good (it was written on the fly, and shows), but it's about cannabis, and I thought it ought to go somewhere:Where shall we be in future time?
When age and infirmity o'er us have crept,
And bedridden, insensible we slip beneath
This veil of earthly life, in time
Of our extremity, past hope and pity-
A step from death, and all alone,
Past worldly comforts; vain boastful glories
Are naught to us, then.
But what, at death's threshold
Shall comfort us? When death is near
And all mammon and pride is
But an empty and mocking charade?
Not our cruel excesses, nor false vain morals
(so falsely called; self-serving morality
Is but a mean parody of what is right).
The warriors, so proud to bear the standard
Of King and Country, and phantom Children:
They all, in their last breaths,
Will be all alone, in sole company
Their blackened consciences shall be.
But what of us? We, the righteous,
Call'd sick, and profane, all for
The crime of doing what is good,
And decrying the sinners;
We, who fight for freedom,
Virtuous and glorious;
We, who would heal the sick,
Who repel the sycophantic hordes
Who'd kill us for to kill a plant;
For want of their conscience, our freedom is lost;
For want of our freedom, our image is lost:
In league with junkies and depraved
Vermin, they would call us,
For fighting for what we've lost;
For want of our image, their egos are stroked;
In consequence, their vanity built
On wordly foundation of decadence and cruelty.
From secular decadence comes moral decay
And from loss of human dignity,
Their souls, starved, collapse to ruin;
For want of a conscience, a soul is lost.
For want of a soul, in mental Hell
The false prophets shall fall
To eternity, to suffering.
But we who fight for the truth, and for life,
And for conscience, and for dignity, and
For our souls: we, though deprecated,
Shall be happy in the life to come.
Theirs is this base and vulgar world,
Ours is Paradise.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on December 23, 2004 at 11:35:40 PT

A Christmas Wish
I was surfing and found these words from one of Carole King's songs. This sums up what I would want for Christmas.***All I Want is a Quiet Place to Live***And all I want is a quiet place to liveWhere I can be free in a world of my makingInstead of takingWhat they decided to giveI wouldn't want what they have - noIf I could only findA quiet place to liveŠ 1973 Elorac Music (ASCAP)
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Comment #6 posted by dr slider on December 23, 2004 at 10:37:35 PT:

on message
On the first day of Christmas two thousand three,
A job JahJah gave to me.Three paintings later I'us ready to see,
So JahJah make me very oily.Oh four is tribulation plain to see,
Time rejoin th'joy of Three.Through parsecs of Time a stranger shown to me,
Saw that he was thee.So its "he,he,he,he,he" and its "thee,thee,thee,thee,thee",
No Time waste on "me,me,me,me,me".On the first day of Solstice two thousand four,
JahJah open wide the door.Three contrail later JahJah gave to me,
Little buddy name of Blondi.On the second day of Solstice JahJah gave to me
Presence for under mine trees.Through parsecs of Time a strange shown to me,
Saw that she was free.So its "she,she,she,she,she" and its "free,free,free,free,free"
No Time waste on "me,me,me,me,me"Why its "he,he,he,he,he"-ntz-"she,she,she,she,she,"
Ntz "thee,thee,thee,thee,thee"-ntz-"free,free,free,free,free"
Forgot all about "me, me m.........."

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Comment #5 posted by E_Johnson on December 23, 2004 at 09:54:29 PT

NORML should have a Writer's Group
I'm working on a novel and I'd love to interact with other writers and talk about writing about pot and the pot movement from a writer's perspective.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on December 23, 2004 at 05:59:56 PT

Drug Policy News
NORML Names New Head Honcho.
December 22, 2004{The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has named Allen St. Pierre to replace founder and retiring executive director Keith Stroup. St. Pierre joined NORML in 1991 and has worked as the director of its educational arm, the NORML Foundation.{"Comfortable in hemp apparel as he is in Harris Tweed, necessarily, Allen has one foot in the button-down world of NORML's K Street environs and the other in a muddy, rain-soaked hemp rally," said Stephen Dillion, chair of the NORML board of directors, in a statement. "Serving as the organization's archivist and chief information officer since 1991, Allen's forgotten more about marijuana and marijuana policy than most scholars will ever know about the subject matter. Allen is generous with his time and knowledge, regularly providing valuable assistance to scholars, students, and activists."}
--NORML (USA) Names New Head Honcho.
Posted by Jody Pressman,
Executive Director,
NORML Canada,
Wed Dec 22, 2004
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on December 23, 2004 at 05:04:58 PT

Fix the sechedule 1 lie.
Schedule III -Schedule !!! Illinois.Unscheduled.This is an important move.Congress is the group that must answer this facet.There are many facets to re-legalizing this gem; Congress rescheduling cannabis is one.
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Comment #2 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on December 23, 2004 at 04:03:53 PT

Our local paper had a poll - with less than 100 respondents, of course - which closely mirrored the above 75% pro figure. They've also had a lot of callers talking about med-pot in their call-in pages... and this time it's not all me!
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Comment #1 posted by lombar on December 23, 2004 at 00:00:58 PT

If you hear the dea crow about lower usage rates 
Tell them the kids have moved "up":Survey: More teens passing up marijuana for Oxycontin, glue
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