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Pot Pediatrics
Posted by CN Staff on March 15, 2005 at 12:10:47 PT
By Paul Armentano, AlterNet
Source: AlterNet 
Could the human body's own "marijuana" hold the key to a healthy and happy childhood? Scientists in Israel have posed the question, and their answer may surprise you.Recently, researcher Ester Fride of the Behavioral Sciences Department of Israel's College of Judea and Samaria published a pair of scientific papers stating that the brain's cannabinoid receptors (receptors in the brain that respond pharmacologically to various compounds in cannabis as well as other endogenous compounds) and the naturally occurring messenger molecules that activate and bind to them (so-called endocannabinoids) "are present from the early stages of gestation" and may play "a number of vital roles" in human prenatal and postnatal development.
Writing in Neuroendocrinology Letters and the European Journal of Pharmacology, Fride suggests, "A role for the endocannabinoid system for the human infant is likely."She notes that in animals, the endogenous cannabinoid system fulfills several important developmental functions, including: embryonal implantation (which requires a temporary and localized reduction in the production of the endocannabinoid anandamide), neural development, neuroprotection, the development of memory and oral-motor skills, and the initiation of suckling in newborns.A dysfunctional endocannabinoid system, Fride speculates, may be responsible for certain abnormalities in infants, particularly "failure-to-thrive" syndrome, a condition in which newborns fail to properly grow and gain weight. (In animal studies, mice fail to gain weight and die within the first week of life when their cannabinoid receptors are blocked.)Nevertheless, the author does not recommend that pregnant mothers consume cannabis, noting that a handful of studies have observed subtle cognitive deficiencies in offspring with prenatal exposure to pot. (At present, there exists little consensus within the scientific community as to whether infrequent cannabis use may impair postnatal development, as various studies have yielded conflicting results.)Fride does, however, strongly recommend the use of cannabinoids in pediatric medicine. She notes that "excellent clinical results" have been reported in pediatric oncology and in case studies of children with severe neurological diseases or brain trauma, and suggests that cannabis-derived medicines could also play a role in the treatment of other childhood syndromes, including the pain and gastrointestinal inflammation associated with cystic fibrosis.Because the development of the cannabinoid receptor system appears to occur gradually over the course of childhood, "children may be less prone to the psychoactive side effects of THC or endocannabinoids than adults," Fride writes. "Therefore, it is suggested that children may respond positively to the medicinal applications of cannabinoids without [psychoactive] effects." She concludes, "The medical implications of these novel developments are far reaching and suggest a promising future for cannabinoids in pediatric medicine" for conditions including cachexia (severe weight loss), cystic fibrosis, failure-to-thrive, anorexia, inflammation, and chronic pain."It's clear that the cannabinoid system is essential for complete human development, and that cannabis medicines have a great potential to help sick children," says University of Southern California professor Mitch Earlywine, author of the book, Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence. "Given the well established safety of the medication, clinical trials for other disorders, particularly cystic fibrosis and 'failure-to-thrive,' seem a humane and essential next step." Note: Newly published scientific research suggests there may be a role for cannabinoids in pediatric medicine. Paul Armentano is the senior policy analyst for the NORML Foundation in Washington, DC.Source: AlterNet (US)Author:  Paul Armentano, AlterNetPublished: March 15, 2005Copyright: 2005 Independent Media InstituteContact: letters alternet.org Website: http://www.alternet.org/DL: http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/21504/Related Articles & Web Site:NORMLhttp://www.norml.org/The Brain's Own Marijuana http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread19855.shtmlText of Dr. Mitch Earleywine Interview on NPR http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread14712.shtml
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Comment #58 posted by global_warming on March 17, 2005 at 14:56:40 PT
re:57
SiegeAre you saying that anti-matter production is more feasible than zero-point energy?
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Comment #57 posted by siege on March 17, 2005 at 08:56:33 PT
antimatter energy sources
massive antimatter production technique this and not the "void energy" being inexhaustible future energy coming out of nowhere unless one considers the transformation of matter into antimatter by thermonuclear compression as a means of "extracting energy from the void" once antimatter has been produced in this way it can be used to produce more no nuclear explosion is needed in every start this technology is in our hands incredibly. 
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Comment #56 posted by siege on March 17, 2005 at 08:47:25 PT
dumping
I just wish they wolud quit seeding the upper atmosphere to keep it cold. there where 3 flying over last night just dark dumping something over this area and we have snow about 2 1/2 inchs. 
he don't have enough money so he has to kill off the people to stuff his pockets. We have had the technology for many years for energy sources other then Oil. have worked on some of then. 
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Comment #55 posted by FoM on March 17, 2005 at 07:38:59 PT
Patrick
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and everyone. I hope no one drinks too much green beer! LOL!About the news. I am really surprised that I can't find any news about our issue to post. I looked for an article about the raid in LA and I can't even find one about that serious issue. I'll keep looking. I hope the silence is because news is about ready to break. Angel's case is getting close to be decided and one way or the other there will be news then.
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Comment #54 posted by potpal on March 17, 2005 at 07:23:19 PT
ot - 1938
Pharmaceutical companies were rather busy at that time...Colloidal silver was in common use until 1938. Many remember their grandparents putting silver dollars in milk to prolong its freshness at room temperature. At the turn of the century, scientists had discovered that the body's most important fluids are colloidal in nature: suspended ultra-fine particles. Blood, for example, carries nutrition and oxygen to the body cells. This led to studies with colloidal silver. Prior to 1938, colloidal silver was used by physicians as a mainstream antibiotic treatment and was considered quite "high-tech." Production methods, however, were costly. The pharmaceutical industry moved in, causing colloidal research to be set aside in favor of fast working and financially lucrative drugs. http://www.all-natural.com/silver-1.html
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Comment #53 posted by Patrick on March 17, 2005 at 06:51:51 PT
Happy St. Patrick's Day
May all your buds be green with little white, red, or purple hairs!
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Comment #52 posted by goneposthole on March 17, 2005 at 05:54:07 PT
oh yeah
20/42 = 0.476. 57/42 = 1.36 price of a barrel of oil keeps rising..0476 x 3 = 1.42 looks like the dollar buys about 1/3 the gas it did here a few years ago. Think there is no inflation? Think things would be different had the US gov not invaded Iraq and not spent 225 billion dollars in the process. Think fewer things would have been blown up in and around Baghdad?Turns out that Saddam wasn't in a spider hole. Another lie by the lying masters, don't cha know.Who do you think is going to pay for it all? Your Congressman gets a 28,500 dollar raise but can't find enough compassion to vote to raise the minimum wage to 7.25 dollars per hour. Your masters are in control.Get caught smoking a joint, lose your job. Bomb a 100,000 Iraqi civilians to death and get rehired. That's what it means to be an 'elected' president. Somebody's got a lot to learn.There is more to worry about than somebody smoking cannabis.It's green day. smoke on
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Comment #51 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 18:18:40 PT
Just My Thoughts
When things seem tough I try to do something that can take my mind off of how bad things are. I had this page and changed it a little but tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. I am one quarter Irish and even if you aren't the sayings on this page are good. I hope you enjoy it.http://www.freedomtoexhale.com/irish.htm
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Comment #50 posted by goneposthole on March 16, 2005 at 18:03:18 PT
George Bush's scamming of social security
... is just some more 'compassionate coercion.' We're all getting use to it by now.Can George Bush be anymore addled?"No matter his policy, it was his verbal deficiencies that have resonated like fingernails on a blackboard. I remember watching CNN in Israel after a particularly deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem that day. All my friends and I were in a state of shock, when Bush sauntered up to the camera, golf club in hand, and declared that terror would not be tolerated. Then, without pausing, he dropped the forced scowl, beamed into a smile and said ďNow watch me take this shot!Ē I was so stunned I nearly burst into laughter at the sheer stupidity of it. My Israeli friends found it less funny, and far more worrisome."http://www.davidsax.ca/journals/journal_argentina.htmThe blind are leading the dumb. They're your masters, too. How lucky can you get?Toke on
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Comment #49 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 17:36:51 PT
mayan 
Thank you for the links. What is so odd they don't surprise me. I appreciate all these good comments on this thread. Sometimes I feel alone when I wake up every day and wonder what bad things will happen because of Bush today. Thanks again.
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Comment #48 posted by mayan on March 16, 2005 at 17:19:25 PT
FoM 
Here's a comical take on the new bankruptcy bill... This Modern World: Moral bankruptcy
http://www.workingforchange.com/comic.cfm?itemid=18719Here's a very frightening piece on Bush's "New Freedom Commission". Whoever thought this screening program up is obviously mentally ill... Drug makers to profit from Bush scheme to label kids mentally ill:
http://onlinejournal.com/Special_Reports/031505Pringle/031505pringle.html
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Comment #47 posted by mayan on March 16, 2005 at 16:57:12 PT
global_warming 
Regarding the tax-payer funded manufactured news...WANTED: 250,000 Americans to Fight Fake News & Government Propaganda:
http://www.prwatch.org/node/3365From the above linked site... "The Center for Media and Democracy is working with Free Press to gather a quarter million signatures on our petition mobilizing the American public to fight fake news and government propaganda." (snipped)Here's a good piece by Molly Ivins...Government produced "news":
http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/1/2005/1091And here's some cannabis related news from the UK...Doctor suggested cannabis for pain relief, says one in six medicinal users in the UK:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-03/mu-dsc031605.php
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Comment #46 posted by lag on March 16, 2005 at 16:53:06 PT
The people who oppose cannabis research...
...are not interested in science, nor are they interested in facts, or knowledge for that matter.They are interested in promoting their belief system, which is often times more dangerous than they claim cannabis to be.Ah...tis folly to be wise...
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Comment #45 posted by global_warming on March 16, 2005 at 16:31:27 PT
" you sort of described me there in a nutshell&quo
This describes a lot of people in this world, and they are all human beings, faced with this growing thirst of the controlling materialists.These same power mongers, seek to control every piece of legislation, they have corrupted good and decent human beings, through indecent contracts and involuntary obligations, much like our little smirking chimp, that most embarrassing little urchin, that little buffoon and puppet, and disgrace to what this American Constitution is bloodily based upon.Time, is our consort, and our guest, as we push further into this destiny, that is the flesh of God, as we mingle and enjoy each breath, we forget what is promised and what must be protected.This world belongs to everyone, even to the littlest flower and plant, it belongs to every living and breathing creature, it belongs to life, and it is this miracle called life that can reflect and ponder our existence and place in this manifold universe, it is life that can mirror back to God, how we are taking care of Gods gift.Harvest your goodness
And bring back an offering
That we are all "OK"Going back to God,gw
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Comment #44 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 16:07:15 PT
Max Flowers 
I think it's admirable how you've decided to do what you are doing. We have a credit card but the balance stays at about $100 so if we need it we have it ( emergency only ). When we decide to buy something we use a Debit Card. That way you better have the money in the bank before you purchase anything.
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Comment #43 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 16:00:18 PT
Sukoi 
These are very sad times for us here in the U.S. and the world. I don't think a day goes by that I don't wonder how did this happen and so fast ( a little over 4 years now ). Lust for power and wealth is a terrible thing.
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Comment #42 posted by Max Flowers on March 16, 2005 at 15:59:37 PT
Re comment #30
- Just like the states that tried to secede from the union, Cannabis might make one secede from wanting to aspire to such lofty goals of a 30 year mortgage or some some overpriced suv, or other costly venture, that would harness and constrain a human being into the system - That's very interesting, you sort of described me there in a nutshell. I'm 43 and I have never financed anything, nor had a credit card in my life (and not due to bad credit or such problems, just didn't see any real need). Some might see that as underachievment, but I find it liberating. Call me a noncomformist...
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Comment #41 posted by Sukoi on March 16, 2005 at 15:46:27 PT
FoM
Well said and ditto!
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Comment #40 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 15:43:33 PT
JackBnimble
I want the very best for all of you in Canada. It's hard for me to become hopeful because I see the control that this administration has on the world and they make people do what they want. I never thought that my country would become a country that I was raised to fear when I was young. That country was Russia.
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Comment #39 posted by global_warming on March 16, 2005 at 15:22:41 PT
More Info
The man has been badly maligned. For more than four years now, detractors and critics repeatedly have accused George W. Bush of sporting a smirk. They have mercilessly disparaged the Presidentís smug expression that seemed so inappropriate and so disdainful, for so long. Itís time to apologize.George W. Bush does not smirk when he addresses the nation or the world. The man squints. He suffers from a severely distorted version of reality and all that takes place around him. The squint is an involuntary reflex, for which he is not responsible. It is the natural response of a man whose vision for American and the world is irreparably blurred. Itís time to be very, very concernedGeorge W. Bush, with the support of his handlers and sycophants in the corporate media, creates his own truths. Facts and supportive evidence are irrelevant. He sees through the blur of a Divine inspiration that supersedes historical precedent and Constitutional law. He sees through a psychedelic prism of corporate profits and religious fervor, and he ultimately believes his own myths. It is time to confront the farce.THE INTERNATIONAL BLUR  1.
   George W. Bush believes he has the power to determine the leaders and/or forms of government of other sovereign nations. Obviously, he cannot clearly read the Constitution of the US, - a document that clearly defines the role of the President. Somewhere, through the blur of his misinterpretation, George Bush believes he has been endowed with the power to determine the policies of foreign governments. What nonsense. Thatís Article 2, Section 2. Check it out.
  2.
   George W. Bush believes that the invasion of Iraq is the primary battleground of his War on Terror. Aside from its illegality under International Law, the invasion of Iraq was a ruse to divert resources from the terror threat against the US. Terrorist attacks, and recruitment into terrorist groups increased dramatically throughout the world after the invasion. Iraqis experienced more deaths and more terror as a result of the invasion than at any time in recent history. And, for the record, George Bush is responsible for more civilian deaths than all terror organizations in the world combined.
  3.
   George W. Bush believes that his policies have resulted in progress towards democracy in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East. He points to an election under occupation in Iraq as an example of democracy. People in Iraq voted for their religious or tribal leaders. They did not have access to any information about issues or candidates. They now face Shia control and internal competition for power. The chaos continues, the deaths continue, and the insurgency is stronger than ever. So much for success. Democratic elections were held long before George Bush came to office in both Lebanon and among the Palestinians. The Saudi election Ė which excluded women, was a farce. Democracy cannot be ordered by the White House. Blurring the truth creates an illusion that it can.
  4.
   George Bush believes he can order the Syrians out of Lebanon and establish a pro US government by fiat. What a shock to see more than half the adult males in Lebanon out in the streets supporting their Syrian-backed Prime Minister. Surprise, surprise. At least half a million men protested in support of Hezbollah, in a nation of less than four million people, half of whom surely are women and children. George Bush is under the illusion that he can sit back and give orders to be followed by other nations without repercussions. There is a real world outside his blur, and heís about to run into it.
  5.
   George Bush believes that he can selectively threaten and bully sovereign nations he labels tyrannical and evil, while befriending other nations that are truly the worldís worst dictatorships. In February, 2005, a list of the worldís worst dictators was prepared in consultation with Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Amnesty International and Reports without Borders. The leaders of the following countries made the list (in order of greatest violations of human rights): Sudan, N.Korea, Burma, China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and Zimbabwe. HeyÖ.no mention in the top ten of Iran, Syria, or CubaÖ.all recent targets of Bush regime change goals. And, hey againÖ.. George Bushís close friends, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, and his newest ally Libya, are contenders for top dictatorships: http://archive.parade.com/2005/0213/0213_dictator.html
  6.
   George Bush believes that he alone can determine which nations may possess nuclear weapons. While continuing his arrogant disdain for global cooperation, George Bush continues nuclear weapon development in the US, and ignores the possession of similar weapons in countries he needs for his own purposes (such as Pakistan and Israel), or those he will not challenge for fear of confrontation (such as China and North Korea). At the same time, George Bush believes he can work outside the United Nations to disarm nations he arbitrarily accuses of supporting terror.
  7.
   George Bush believes that he and his cohorts are above the law, and that the protections of the US Constitution and Internal laws such as the Geneva Conventions are irrelevant in todayís world. The depravities at Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo, although sanctioned at the highest levels of the US government, have gone unpunished. Flying detainees to other countries for torture will be downplayed and eventually forgotten. George Bush has placed himself in a special blur, immune from prosecution by the World Court and accountable to no one, anywhere. Sadly, heís getting away with it all.
  8.
   George Bush believes that he can go it alone in the world and bring the UN to its knees. The huge protests against George Bush are hidden from his blurred view in every country around the globe. The recent appointment of John Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations was an unbelievable slap in the face to the organization and to the pledge George Bush made regarding improving international relations and mutual cooperation. George Bush lives in a blur that tells him he may do whatever he wants Ė in any matter he wishes, and let the world be damned.THE DOMESTIC BLUR  1.
   George Bush believes that he can control the will of the people by controlling the airwaves. Thatís most probably what Karl Rove learned form Slobodon Milosevic. The Serbian dictator knew that 90% of his people relied on TV or radio for their news. He understood that the people who voted for him didnít read the newspapers, so he concentrated on controlling the airwaves. What George Bush does not see through his foggy vision is that Americans are beginning to see through the manipulation of the corporate media and are turning to the Internet for information in greater numbers than ever. Itís a slow process, but alternative news is reaching more and more Americans, who are slowly beginning to realize that their interests have been totally omitted from the Bush agenda, and are searching for real news in order to make informed choices.
  2.
   George Bush believes he can disguise destructive programs by giving them clever names. .Surely, every good citizen wants No Child Left Behind, and is in favor of Clear Skies and Healthy Forests. Never mind that educational programs are now more under funded than ever, and that millions of children are left behind. Never mind that the skies are filled with more and more pollutants to save money for huge corporations. Never mind that thinning the forests is an environmental disaster. What matters is that it sounds so good. Heck, didnít Operation Iraqi Freedom have a good run? What doesnít filter through the blur is that George Bush has the worst environmental record of any president in history, - and manages to sell himself as a protector of the people.  What doesnít filter through is that George Bush has not created a single domestic program that benefits the average American, and that he doesnít really care.
  3.
   George Bush believes that most Americans believe that he is great leader. Taking the nation to war was priority number one, and George Bush rallied a frightened and misled nation behind him as he invaded Iraq. His blurred self deception after 9/11 convinced George Bush that he could set out to reshape the world with impunity. In the aftermath of the attacks, Bush became the most feared and most hated American leader, ever, in a world cowed by the military dominance of the US. In the years of his presidency, Americans are far worse off than every before. Yet, in his blurred world, despite the falling numbers, George Bush really believes that the large majority of Americans strongly approve of him and his policies. Not so. Not so.
  4.
   George Bush believes that most Americans want to live in a country dominated by fundamentalist religious beliefs. He doesnít understand that most Americans consider their religious beliefs to be personal and outside the realm of governmental interference. He doesnít understand that most Americans want women to have control over their own reproductive systems. He doesnít understand that most Americans believe that gays and lesbians must have their rights protected, not restricted by the government. He doesnít understand that most Americans know how to change the channel on their TV sets, and donít need a return to the censorship days of the 1950ís. In his blurred world, George Bush wants to reshape the Supreme Court into an ideological tool. He doesnít understand that the American people will not allow that to happen if they can help it. He just doesnít understand.
  5.
   George Bush believes that he can spend $100,000,000,000 a year on his wars and deprive Americans of essential domestic programs. He doesnít understand that most Americans want, above all, to live with a sense of well being for themselves and their families. In his blurred world, George Bush doesnít understand that tens of millions of Americans have no health insurance. He doesnít understand that there is no prescription coverage for most Americans, but most important, there is none for the elderly. He doesnít understand that most Americans have no savings and cannot properly educate their children. He doesnít understand that jobs are leaving this country in alarming numbers. He doesnít understand that people worry about losing their homes to the cost of long term illnesses. He doesnít understand that the infrastructure of the nation is crumbling. He doesnít understand that Americans donít want to enrich the credit card companies by ending bankruptcy protection for people who cannot pay their medical bills. He doesnít understand that the price of oil is out of control, while his oil buddies are making out like the bandits they are. He doesnít understand that the deficit is somewhere in Oz and growing, and that we canít keep selling our debt to foreign countries. In his very blurred environs, George Bush doesnít understand very much at all.
  6.
   George Bush believes that he can con the American people into a Social Security scam to benefit the nationsí investment brokers. He believes that if he hires the Swift Boat promoters he can con the people again. He believes that his scare tactics will once again be successful, and that Americans will buy into the idea that Social Security is in terrible crisis. So George Bush took a 60 city tour to sell his privatization scheme as quickly as possible. Never mind that the GAO, a non partisan government agency, just declared SS a non-emergency issue. Never mind that Medicare is in far greater trouble right now than SS will be down the road. Never mind. Ken Lay needs to replenish his coffers, - so letís get the SS trillions into the hands of the investment brokers as soon as possible. That blurry world, with George Bush at the helm, continues to be devoid of reality at every turn.
  7.
   George Bush believes that he can continue to run the most secret government in history. He knows that heís been able to do that so far. Heís been able to hide the details of the Cheney Energy Task Force meetings. Heís been able to hide the PNAC connection to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the PNAC members and supporters in his administration. Heís been able to hide vital information regarding the lead up to 9/11.and the war games being held that day in NYC. Heís been able to hide his relationship to the bin Laden clan and his family involvement in the Carlyle Group. He knows heís been able to hide the Cheney-Halliburton connection and the enormous profiteering from the war in Iraq.Heís been able to hide his fatherís archives that should have been accessible to us all by now. Heís been able to cover up the Valerie Plame investigation that involves his own staff. Heís been able to hide the terrible numbers of civilian deaths in his wars, and refuses to allow a daily body count on the airwaves of American and Coalition deaths. He has been able to hide the more than 35,000 wounded troops, and continues to ban photos of flag draped bodies returning home. He has been able to hide the photos of Fellujah and other devastated cities in Iraq, just as he has refused to acknowledge the outrageous growth of the heroin trade in Afghanistan, and the growing power of the Taliban.But, in his blurred way, George Bush will continue to hide the truth about his corrupt administration and his lost wars until we stop him. The blur can and must be erased.* * *The list is endless. The blur through which George Bush sees his presidency could fill volumes. In an attempt to outline the problem, TVNL offers this diagnosis of the myopic madness that has taken over this country so that those we reach may focus on what has happened and what is still going on. This administration, along with the corporate media, believes that time erases much of history, and if given that time, most people will forget. We have to cut our losses and awaken as many Americans as we can. We have to make sure they donít wander blindly in the same blurred world as those who profess to lead them.The only thing more frightening than George W. Bush having a blurred vision for America, is that he might actually be seeing things clearly.
GEORGE W. BUSHíS
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Comment #38 posted by Sukoi on March 16, 2005 at 15:15:50 PT
That Raid
Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought that the feds could do nothing in that district until the Raich SCOTUS case was decided. This just sucks!More about Canada (I don't like this one either):ĎB.C. budí sounds sweet, but its history is bloodyhttp://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/4685453p-4336865c.html
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Comment #37 posted by JackBnimble on March 16, 2005 at 15:13:38 PT
Cannabis in Canada
Thanks FOM.I must tell you all for the first time in about a year, I feel that we will legalize (yes you read correctly) soon in Canada.De(s)criminalization (it descriminates while not decriminalizing) will come first, we will intentionally get tickets and fight them in court until they relent. Understand: One way or another Canada will HAVE to legalize cannabis.Other countries will do what they have to until their citizens become as vocal in their own government (small g) as Canadians are.Just a reminder to any other Canadians. It costs nothing to mail your MP or Senator. Americans, feel free to mail and email them too. I am sure they will account (probably statistacally) for your input.
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Comment #36 posted by global_warming on March 16, 2005 at 14:57:45 PT
Change the channel
" Bush said government agencies, such as the Agriculture Department and the Department of Defense, had been producing such videos for a long time and he said it was appropriate so long as they were "based upon a factual report...He said it was up to the local news stations to disclose that the segments were produced by the government.""It was not the first time the Bush administration has been criticized for blurring the line between media and government. Earlier this year, the Education Department acknowledged that it paid conservative commentator Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote the No Child Left Behind Act. "This little texas worm just has to keep pushing this garbage. It really sticks in my throat, his use of the term "factual report", when examined, one easily can see the bias and agenda of the producers of such infomercials, they try to hide their agenda, but how can you hide a heap of pig crap, behind a nice fitting suit?I hope that they stop using my precious tax dollar to further their agenda.If you see such a commercial attempting to manipulate your thinking, do yourself a justice, change the channel, at least, know where your mute button is located.This is not news, this is not information, this is a slick salesman trying to sell you a "lemon" car, that will either not work, or fail you and your family when you need it the most.peace
gw
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=584&e=2&u=/nm/20050316/pl_nm/bus
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 14:42:17 PT
JackBNimble
You're welcome. I hope this tragedy can be turned around for the good of all of you.
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Comment #34 posted by JackBNimble on March 16, 2005 at 14:23:50 PT
Cannabis In Canada
Hello all again, Jacky here up in the (not so frozen anymore) North.GCW re #28. From what I have been reading in local print (Toronto) and internet news (of local print elsewhere in Canada) the press has almost all got it now.This was not about grow ops. They are now trying to slant it one way or another towards gun control (more of it or less of it).Or they are parroting the police lines about how they need to be more careful when busting agriculturists. It does sadden me that PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY is almost never the cause of anything tragic anymore. It actually is the cause, but no one wants to 'fess up'.In Conservative Alberta, the politicians want 2 tiered health care (verboten in Canada). I wonder if perhaps the people who gutted MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES in Alberta are proud of their balanced budgets now? (Health care is provincially run with SOME federal dollars)One more thing, thanks FOM for letting us get things out here when related to the cause. And thanks FOM and GCW for your kind words in a previous thread. I am not a religious person (too scientific thinking) but I think we both live our lives according to similar ethics (the good kind :-)
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 12:29:41 PT
Another California Cannabis Club Article
Moratorium Put on Med Marijuana Clubshttp://www.laindependent.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=71&twindow=&mad=&sdetail=1835&wpage=1&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus
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Comment #32 posted by potpal on March 16, 2005 at 11:27:45 PT
civil disobedience
It's times like this, after reading about the lapd busting the mmj clinic, that I'd like to see everyone reading this board and your mother mail a fatty, of oregano or catnip of course, to the lapd headquarters with a note of your choice...Sow every seed.
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 09:57:51 PT
Bad News
DPFCA: LA Cops Raid UMCC Cannabis Dispensary   
  The LA PD raided the United Medical Caregivers Clinic cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles yesterday evening (March 15, 2005). Arrest warrants were issued for some staff.  Officers were said to indicate that they planned to raid other LA dispensaries shortly.  Note: UMCC is one of only two listed cannabis dispensaries within the city of LA. Seven other dispensaries are located in West Hollywood, a separate city not in the LAPD's jurisdiction.    - D. Gieringer, Cal NORMLDale Gieringer (415) 563-5858 // canorml igc.org
2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114
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Comment #30 posted by global_warming on March 16, 2005 at 09:00:24 PT
re:comment 29
There is a striking similarity between Jesus and Cannabis, for they both make you think, they both make you reflect into your inner self, they both make you question authority.Just like the states that tried to secede from the union, Cannabis might make one secede from wanting to aspire to such lofty goals of a 30 year mortgage or some some overpriced suv, or other costly venture, that would harness and constrain a human being into the systemThe government needs unquestioning people, loyal, ready and able to follow. Cannabis scares the hell out of them, when some day they raise the flag and nobody is around to salute.I suggest that Freedom is about being able to decide for ones own self and family, what government programs are really necessary and what has appeal to a connected few.
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Comment #29 posted by ngeo on March 16, 2005 at 08:40:59 PT:
GCW
I don't believe in the literal truth of the Bible but I believe it as historical 'truth' (barring the propaganda). Genesis chapter 3, verses 6 & 7 - Eve "saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom" . . . . They ate, "Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked". It has been found that cannabis was (Exodus chapter 30, verse 23) used in the holy anointing oil of Moses' time, and speculation is that Jesus, the Messiah (the 'anointed one')used cannabis, which helps makes sense of some of the Jesus passages in the Bible. He was making too much trouble, the powers that be had to kill him, then they used his story to create 2000 years of confusion. Which brings us to now.
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Comment #28 posted by The GCW on March 16, 2005 at 08:31:51 PT
Welcome insight...
After reading the following letter, which misses the bulls-eye,,,, the remark by the rag helps Us know what is going on in Cannada.(read the editor's note)...CN AB: LTE: Drug Trade Responsible For Deaths Of Mountieshttp://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n453/a02.html?397After watching the memorial service held recently in Edmonton for the four RCMP officers, I felt compelled to write this. Seeing the fellow officers and families mourning the loss of their sons, brothers, husbands and fiancee, it could not be described as nothing else but an utter waste of four young vibrant lives. I applaud the law enforcement community and the people of Canada, as well as the American officers, for sharing in the loss of these great men. I hope and pray that their murders should send a message to all people who support the drug trade. It is for their illegal drug purchases that caused these officers to be killed. Just maybe, someone involved in this drug trade, will see this correlation and give it up for themselves and for the safety of our law enforcement community. I end with a thank you to all law enforcement for protecting us. It is now that many must do their part and help protect our police by stopping this industry and continually putting them in harms way. Jason, Red Deer Editor's note: Both politicians and the commissioner of the RCMP have backed away from earlier claims that the shootings had much to do with the few marijuana plants growing in the killer's quonset. 
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 08:27:36 PT
Max Flowers 
You're welcome. I've never understood how clubs are legal under Prop 215 but I'm not a lawyer. It doesn't take much to have things turn on us these days. 
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Comment #26 posted by Max Flowers on March 16, 2005 at 08:23:06 PT
FoM
Thanks for posting those top ones; some of those stories are local for me and I might have missed them. I live near Santa Rosa, where the Press Democrat story is located and am sorry to read that they're blowing it at that one dispensary. Actually their customers are blowing it for them, but they (the dispensary) are blowing it by allowing a lax enough atmosphere outside for those things to happen. They are making a target of themselves. If I had opened that place (or anywhere else) I would have a security guy outside watching the way people behave when leaving, to avoid those problems. 
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on March 16, 2005 at 07:44:19 PT
News Articles About California Issues & Clubs
Medical Marijuana Clinic Pulling Out of Chicohttp://www.chicoer.com/Stories/0,1413,135~25088~2765077,00.html***What's the Big IDea? Pot Cards Formalize Processhttp://www.theunion.com/article/20050316/NEWS/103160076***SR Medical Marijuana Club Leaves Neighbors Fuminghttp://www1.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050316/NEWS/503160303/1033/NEWS01***Medical Marijuana Voted Downhttp://www.dailybulletin.com/Stories/0,1413,203~21481~2764698,00.html
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Comment #24 posted by Patrick on March 16, 2005 at 07:06:23 PT
afterburner
Thank you for the update on pot-tv!
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on March 16, 2005 at 06:13:08 PT
It passed out of committee!
http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/
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Comment #22 posted by afterburner on March 15, 2005 at 23:13:54 PT
#10,11,13 RE Pot-TV
My understanding is that they are rebuilding the web server from scratch after a system disk crash. They are looking for programmers to help. At last message the server was 25% rebuilt. It is providing limited access.
Pot TV Video Activist Network
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on March 15, 2005 at 20:44:45 PT
DPFCA: The UN's INCB Concerned About Med Cannabis
DPFCA: The UN's INCB Concerned About Medical Cannabis The UN at the International Narcotics Control Board on medical cannabis [Note: Disturbed by the increasing medical use of cannabis in the U.S. and elsewhere, the UN bureaucrats are pressing to have the US institute a national cannabis agency, as called for in the Single Convention Treaty. Will the US kowtow to the UN's pressure for cannabis socialism? Don't bank on the Bush administration to stand by free-market America-first principles when it comes to drugs! - DG]From http://www.incb.org/e/ind_pres.htm Cannabis is included in Schedules I and IV of the 1961 Convention. According to article 3 of the 1961 Convention, drugs in Schedule IV are those considered particularly liable to abuse and to produce ill effects. Since the end of the 1990s, scientific research on the therapeutic usefulness of cannabis or cannabis extracts is in progress in several countries, including Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.166. In 2004, the Board contacted the countries where such research was known to take place, asking for the findings of the studies in question. The replies received so far from the relevant countries indicate that results of such research regarding the potential therapeutic usefulness of cannabis or cannabis extracts remain limited. The Board therefore wishes to voice concern about the medical use of cannabis in Canada and the Netherlands and in some jurisdictions of the United States, in the absence of conclusive results on the effectiveness of such use. The Board confirms that it welcomes sound scientific research in this respect, as stated in previous reports,30 and trusts that the results, when available, will be shared with the Board, WHO and the international community.167. Articles 23 and 28 of the 1961 Convention provide for a national cannabis agency to be established in countries where the cannabis plant is cultivated licitly for the production of cannabis, even if the cannabis produced is used for research purposes only. The Board notes that the Government of the United Kingdom plans to establish a national cannabis agency by the end of 2004 and that the Government of Switzerland is taking steps to provide a legislative basis for the establishment of such an agency in that country.168. The Board notes with concern that the Governments of several countries where research on the medical use of cannabis or cannabis extracts is taking place or where the medical use of cannabis is permitted have had difficulties furnishing in a timely manner relevant estimates and statistical reports on production, imports, exports and consumption of cannabis or cannabis extracts, in accordance with the 1961 Convention. The Board wishes to remind the Governments concerned that the relevant treaty provisions must be implemented and reiterates its request to those Governments to take the necessary steps to ensure their compliance with those provisions. -- ---- Dale Gieringer (415) 563-5858 // canorml igc.org 2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114
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Comment #20 posted by siege on March 15, 2005 at 20:43:23 PT
suppressed
Additionally, natural medications that actually cured disease would have to be suppressed. The more effective they were, the more they would need to be suppressed and their proponents jailed as quacks. After all, it wouldn't do to have some cheap, effective, natural medication cure disease in a capital-intensive monopoly market specifically designed to treat symptoms without curing disease. 
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Comment #19 posted by ekim on March 15, 2005 at 20:27:34 PT
Long Riders Guild
yha FoM i got the drift when he said most self made people are conservative. and the liberals are idealist. and he liked the tort laws just [passed] . he was voted mayor of Carmel and got bored said he wanted to make movies and do something. 
Hey Clint go Film Howard's ride if you are a Conservative.On Friday, March 4, 2005, Misty and Howard left Los Angeles on their way to complete the second leg of a monumental round trip from sea to shining sea, starting in Los Angeles and finishing in New York City. They have already completed a journey from Georgia to Oregon, taking the red roads across America, to end prohibition.To volunteer or for all questions, contact:
Norma Sapp
800 SE 180th Norman, Oklahoma 73026
Phone: 405-321-4619
Email: sapp leap.ccAccording to the Long Riders Guild, no one in recorded history has ever ridden both directions across North America. The Long Riders Guild selected Howard as one of the top dozen Longriders in the world and Howard is currently on his way to be honored in London with a weekend of events at the Royal Geographic Society Headquarters. 
"I am still nearly punch-drunk for the honor given me. I am excited like a 6 year old before Christmas to meet the other 11, share a pint and stories of the road," says Howard.
http://www.leap.cc/howard
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on March 15, 2005 at 20:01:09 PT
ekim
I watched Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday but we changed the channel when Clint Eastwood was on tonight. We never liked him. I did see Arnold say something like don't do drugs. 
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Comment #17 posted by ekim on March 15, 2005 at 19:52:07 PT
glad to see such research in Cannabis being done
gee the middle east. i had the good luck to see the dead sea scroll traveling exhibit. i asked about hemp and how it was used back then. the tour was with a head set and no real human there would give me a answer. i would have thought that this plant that has been found in the great pyramids not far from Judea would have been written of to safe guard future generations. As it was done 5000 years ago in China. hey middle east where is the written history of Cannabis. where are the designers that know the history of cloth and natural fibers and where the old pieces of clothes are that are made from hemp.
Where are the records of plant oils and its use and how the people respected it. 
Where are the records of using water pipes. what mixtures were concocted as solutions to encapsulate the smoke and bind to and taken in to the lungs. how many solutions and how did they vary for different effects. middle east use Cannabis to make peace. use the plant to heal all that suffering that has gone on for so long. realize that people want to come see you and you can sell them a hemp shirt or pants or hat to remember the trip with. anyone see Hardballs interview with Clint E tonight last nite it was Arnold. ol Clint says he is a libber and he doesn't care what anyone does as long as it don't bother him. Both the Terminator and Dirty Harry had the chance to say something about the Cannabis issue and how so many are suffering and arrested loosing jobs and families. The vary things that these Actors fought for for so many Millions. {of what}
http://www.leap.cc/howard
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Comment #16 posted by mayan on March 15, 2005 at 18:09:25 PT
more unrelated...
Pot business growing in Chilliwack, says study:
http://www.mytelus.com/news/article.do?pageID=bc_home&articleID=1872489
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on March 15, 2005 at 17:59:17 PT
GCW
Excellent brainstorm mode!You bring up some very interesting points to consider.
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Comment #14 posted by siege on March 15, 2005 at 17:54:04 PT
hemp 
This gos right back to Hemp food and govt will not let the citizens grow\have it. 
HEMP with .01-2 % THC in it. researcher: She notes that in animals, the endogenous cannabinoid system fulfills several important developmental functions, including: embryonal implantation (which requires a temporary and localized reduction in the production of the endocannabinoid anandamide), neural development, neuroprotection, the development of memory and oral-motor skills, and the initiation of suckling in newborns.
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Comment #13 posted by siege on March 15, 2005 at 17:48:15 PT
pot tv
pot tv is down (disk failure) sorry for the inconvenience
www.pot-tv.com/ - 1k - Cached - Similar pages
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on March 15, 2005 at 17:47:14 PT
Cannabis prohibition is a Biblical issue.
Signs of the root cause and effects of THC deficiency.CANNABIS ISNíT JUST GOOD MEDICINE; IT IS GOOD CREATION.EVERYTHING IT DOES, IT DOES IT BEST.It seems a lot is culminating right below the surface that has congruent points converging right before Our eyes.Cannabis prohibition is a Biblical issue. That cannabinoids effect and may play "a number of vital roles" in human prenatal and postnatal development, is part of they way We have been created.This story, coming from Israel, implicates another Israel university doing research on cannabis in a way that is relating to Biblical truths at the same time. It might be no accident that Israel is the place exposing these truths.Note also gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and research its significance. It is only available in 5 obscure places including hemp seed oil and motherís milk; but note it is not just human motherís milk; GLA is available in animalís motherís milk. GLA is responsible for a strong immune system.  Note that all the green plants that God gave Us on the very 1st page were not just given to Us, but all other creatures too.She notes that in animals, the endogenous cannabinoid system fulfills several important developmental functions,Children that have not breast fed and come from a few generations of that could be effected by having less GLA in their system.??? And couldnít that be eficent with highr rates of cancer, like the US has? (SICK BASTARD GOVERNMENT).AND like those cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain waiting for THC to bind to them; WHO DO YOU THINK PUT THOSE THINGS THERE?CHRIST GOD OUR FATHER, thatís who.Cannabis helps many things and is part of the original plan; is part of the creation and it will all point to this fact.Just like bad and good fat; there is good smoke and bad smoke.  THCU"Therefore, it is suggested that children may respond positively to the medicinal applications of cannabinoids without [psychoactive] effects."???????Does THC help Us think like children? That would be a good thing. It seems like a child has the ability to learn that adults do not have in certain ways. Do We like cannabis because it helps Us think with more potential including the child like thought patters in addition to all other thought patters; and do it all at the same time through the added benefit of cannabis which makes it all possible.We were not meant to be THC deficient but that is what it seems the government wants.Does the government know it has the purge THC out of the races in order to better control them?Does THC, help keep Us from being controlled?I put nothing past cannabis.What there is to still learn will prove to be more and more remarkable.But one thing is for certain:Cannabis prohibition is the work of the devil and cannabis prohibitionists work for Him.Do not sacrifice truth to SWATSTIKA.Brain storm mode. 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 15, 2005 at 17:44:15 PT
Patrick
I was told that it was down but I don't know what's wrong.
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Comment #10 posted by Patrick on March 15, 2005 at 17:37:16 PT
Pot-TV???
Probably not appropiate here but has anyone else been able to bring up the homepage for pot-tv for the last couple of days??? I saw Richard Cowan berate the RCMP the other day on a segment of the 420 Marijuana News and now nothing???
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Comment #9 posted by mayan on March 15, 2005 at 17:34:37 PT
unrelated...
Here are a couple links where you can post comments regarding NORML's cannabis arrest data. Many interesting opinions... NORML Releases "Most Comprehensive Analysis Of US Marijuana Arrest Data To Date":
http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/40438The Futility of Pot Busts:
http://www.reason.com/hitandrun/2005/03/the_futility_of.shtml
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on March 15, 2005 at 17:19:08 PT
Sukoi
Not yet.
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Comment #7 posted by mayan on March 15, 2005 at 17:18:45 PT
Sends the Wrong Message
Fride does, however, strongly recommend the use of cannabinoids in pediatric medicine. She notes that "excellent clinical results" have been reported in pediatric oncology and in case studies of children with severe neurological diseases or brain trauma, and suggests that cannabis-derived medicines could also play a role in the treatment of other childhood syndromes, including the pain and gastrointestinal inflammation associated with cystic fibrosis.What kind of message does it send to children by denying THEM medicine which could help them?It sends the WRONG message!THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77:
http://www.sierratimes.com/03/07/02/article_tro.htmHijack 'suspects' alive and well:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1559151.stm7 Of 19 FBI Identified Hijackers Located Alive After WTC Attacks:
http://www.rense.com/general20/alives.htmAt Least 7 of the 9/11 Hijackers are Still Alive:
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/hijackers.html9/11 Airport Surveillance Video: What's the Time?
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/hijackers_video.html
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Comment #6 posted by Sukoi on March 15, 2005 at 16:01:11 PT
Hope or anyone else
Any word on Texas HB 254? The session just closed and I haven't heard anything!
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Comment #5 posted by Sukoi on March 15, 2005 at 15:53:36 PT
A couple of OT articles
Agencies Can Distribute Video "News", White House Insistshttp://www.jointogether.org/sa/news/summaries/reader/0,1854,576426,00.htmlSmoke shops up for debate in Pascohttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7188087/
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on March 15, 2005 at 13:52:27 PT
Drug Warriors
would most certainly rather let the children die than let them be treated with cannabinoids. Remember the little boy in California? It's better that he be institutionalized than be allowed to consume cannabis muffins, which had worked for him. 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on March 15, 2005 at 13:49:44 PT
Cannabis is Good Medicine
I hope that those that fight us so will understand soon.
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Comment #2 posted by knowhemp on March 15, 2005 at 13:15:08 PT
amazing
nothing can surprise me anymore. this plant is just what the doctor orderedthe truth will set you free,
if you set the truth free
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Comment #1 posted by potpal on March 15, 2005 at 12:50:00 PT
it is a crime...
...against humanity to prohibit research into mmj...
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