NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- April 14, 2005

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- April 14, 2005
Posted by CN Staff on April 14, 2005 at 14:31:36 PT
Weekly Press Release
Source: NORML
Heavy Cannabis Use Not Associated With Cognitive Deficits, Study SaysApril 14, 2005 - Belmont, MA, USABelmont, MA: Heavy, long-term use of cannabis appears to have a negligible impact on cognition and memory, according to clinical trial data published in the current issue of the American Journal of Addictions.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School performed magnetic resonance imaging on the brains of 22 long-term cannabis users (reporting a mean of 20,100 lifetime episodes of smoking) and 26 controls (subjects with no history of cannabis use). Imaging displayed "no significant differences" between heavy cannabis smokers compared to controls."These findings are consistent with recent literature suggesting that cannabis use is not associated with structural changes within the brain as a whole or the hippocampus in particular," authors concluded.For more information, please contact either Paul Armentano or Allen St. Pierre of NORML at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "Lack of hippocampal volume change in long-term heavy cannabis users," appears in the January-February issue of the American Journal of Addictions. Synopses of previous clinical trials on cannabis use & cognitive function are available at: Offer Novel Approach For Treatment Of Prostate Cancer, Study SaysApril 14, 2005 - Madison, WI, USAMadison, WI: The administration of synthetic cannabinoids inhibits malignant cell growth in human prostate cells in vitro in a dose-dependent and time-dependent manner, according to clinical trial data published in the March issue of the journal Cancer Research.Researchers at University of Wisconsin's Department of Dermatology reported that the administration of the cannabis receptor agonist WIN-55,212-2 inhibited cell growth in certain human prostate cells, and also induced apoptosis (programmed cell death). Administration of a cannabis receptor antagonist prevented these effects."Our results suggest that ... cannabinoid receptor agonists (a drug or chemical that combines with a receptor to produce a physiological reaction typical of a naturally occurring substance) could be developed as novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of prostate cancer," authors concluded.Previous trials have found cannabinoids to induce tumor regression in rodents and in human cells, including the inhibition of lung carcinoma, glioma (brain tumors), lymphoma/leukemia, skin carcinoma, and breast cancer.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "Cannabinoid receptor as a novel target for the treatment of prostate cancer," appears in the March 1 issue of Cancer Research.DL: Causal Link Between Cannabis Use And Schizophrenia, Study SaysApril 14, 2005 - Honolulu, HI, USAHonolulu, HI: Behavior suggestive of schizophrenia generally precedes the onset of cannabis use, according to survey data published in the current issue of the journal Psychiatry Research.One-hundred and eighty-nine volunteers responded to an anonymous questionnaire inquiring about cannabis use and schizotypal traits (behavior suggestive of schizophrenia but not of sufficient severity to warrant a diagnosis of schizophrenia). Among recent cannabis users, average age of schizotypal symptoms significantly preceded age of first use of cannabis. When cases were analyzed individually, authors affirmed that the majority of respondents in the "Recently Used" group reported schizotypal personality disorder (SPD) symptoms prior to their initiation of cannabis use."Although researchers recognize an association between cannabis use and psychosis, whether or not cannabis contributes to the development of psychosis remains less clear," authors wrote. "The current study ... suggest[s] a temporal precedence of schizotypal traits before cannabis use in most cases. These findings do not support a causal link between cannabis use and schizotypal traits."For more information, please contact Paul Armentano or Allen St. Pierre of NORML at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "Symptoms of schizotypy precede cannabis use," appears in the March issue of Psychiatry Research.DL: Users Likely To Be Well Educated, Top Wage Earners, Survey SaysApril 14, 2005 - Ottawa, ON, CanadaOttawa, Ontario: Lifetime cannabis users are likely to be single, well educated, and earning an above average salary, according to a recent survey of 13,900 Canadians conducted by Health Canada and the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions.Approximately 45 percent of the Canadian population over age 15 reported having used cannabis during their lifetime - up from 23 percent in 1989, the survey reported. Lifetime cannabis use increased with education and income. Among those with some post-secondary education, 52 percent reported having used cannabis. By comparison, among those without a high school degree, only 35 percent reported having tried cannabis. In addition, 55 percent of those respondents with a "high income adequacy" said they had used cannabis, as opposed to only 43 percent of those with a "low income adequacy."Among those who reported consuming cannabis, most said that they used it infrequently and did not "experience serious harm due to their cannabis use."For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of NORML at (202) 483-5500. Full text of survey available from the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions website at: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: April 14, 2005Copyright: 2005 NORML Contact: norml Website: -- NORML Archives
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Comment #37 posted by observer on February 23, 2006 at 22:50:05 PT
Sieg Heil Sensenbrenner!
Sieg Heil Sensenbrenner!, the similarities are just too much!
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Comment #36 posted by FoM on April 20, 2005 at 15:55:12 PT
MPP: Congress To Impose 5 Years in Prison 
Congress To Impose 5 Years in Prison for Passing a JointMarijuana Policy Project Press Release April 20, 2005Take action! Urge your U.S. representative and two U.S. senators to oppose harsh new mandatory minimum sentences.Your immediate help is needed to defeat harsh new mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will soon consider a bill that would create draconian mandatory minimum sentences for a variety of nonviolent drug offenses, including marijuana. If this bill becomes law, anyone convicted in federal court of the crime of "enticing" someone "who has previously been enrolled in a drug treatment program" to "possess" marijuana will receive a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. That's right: Passing a joint to someone who used to be in drug treatment will land you in federal prison for a minimum of five years. Please visit to e-mail your U.S. representative and two U.S. senators today. It only takes a minute to send one of our pre-written e-mails urging them to stop this bill in its tracks. In addition to the shocking joint-passing provision described above, the bill would also create a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first-time conviction of distributing a small amount of marijuana to a person under 18 years of age ... and a 10-year sentence for a second offense of distributing marijuana to a person under 21. By comparison, the average time served by convicted rapists in this country is about seven years. MPP does not condone the distribution of marijuana to minors, nor do we advocate the use of marijuana by people recovering from substance abuse problems. But we do believe that judges should have the discretion to determine whether or not offenders in these circumstances deserve to be imprisoned for sentences as long as five or 10 years. If these mandatory minimum sentences are enacted, judges' hands will be tied. This bill has traction because it also contains a section that serves as the House Republican leadership's response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made the Federal Sentencing Guidelines advisory, rather than mandatory.* The Republican leadership is highly motivated to pass this bill ­ and with it, the harsh new penalties related to marijuana. The "Defending America's Most Vulnerable: Safe Access to Drug Treatment and Child Protection Act of 2005" (H.R. 1528) was introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on April 6, and it has already passed out of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security. The bill will now be debated and voted on by the full House Judiciary Committee and ­ if the committee passes the bill ­ the full House will then vote on it. Please visit to e-mail to your members of Congress today. Thank you. * Visit for more information about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on mandatory minimums.
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on April 16, 2005 at 09:54:50 PT
You're very welcome and thank you for all you do!
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on April 16, 2005 at 08:28:57 PT
Just a Comment
I'm looking for news to post on the front page but it always is hard on the weekends to find almost any news. I have archived over the last few days some medical marijuana articles from California. I'm sure that everyone is aware of the problems with the cannabis clubs and a Canadian problem with a web site. The closer we get to bringing change the more problems seem to surface. Here's a link to all the articles I've posted.
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Comment #33 posted by John Tyler on April 16, 2005 at 06:51:23 PT
Amy come back
Amy seems to have gone over to the “Dark Side” of her Christianity. People should not be put in jail for their own good for using cannabis. Cannabis is an artificial crime designated so by the stroke of a pen. It is not a sin, like stealing. Seem like maybe she is attending Tomás de Torquemada High School. 
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Comment #32 posted by mayan on April 16, 2005 at 03:41:11 PT
Thanks for the heads-up regarding H.R. 1528. I just let my representative know how I feel and I hope everyone else does also. It figures that Sensenbrenner is behind it! He is making himself look really bad. The people are turning against dinosaurs like Sensenbrenner. 
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on April 15, 2005 at 15:54:13 PT
Congress Considers Increased Marijuana Penalties! 
Take Action Now! am writing today to urge you to take action against a dangerous bill that is currently making its way through Congress. H.R. 1528, "The Safe Access to Drug Treatment & Child Protection Act of 2005" would dramatically increase mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug offenses. Under the proposed legislation, sponsored by House Judiciary Chair James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), any person age 21 or over who attempts or conspires to offer marijuana to someone younger than 18 years old shall face a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. The mandatory penalty for a subsequent violation of the statute is life in prison.Defendants found to have distributed marijuana near a drug treatment facility, or who have offered cannabis to someone who is currently or has been previously enrolled in drug treatment program, would receive a mandatory prison sentence of five years to life under the proposal. This effectively means that anyone caught passing a joint near a treatment facility, or to anyone who has even been in drug treatment, will face a mandatory five years in prison.Please take two minutes to write your member of Congress today and urge him or her to oppose H.R. 1528, an outrageous and expensive addition to an already failed public policy. NORML has provided pre-written letters that you can access at: 1528 has already passed the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and will likely be considered shortly in the Judiciary Committee. If your Representative serves on the Judiciary Committee it is vital that you call him or her today and voice your opposition to H.R. 1528.The following Representatives serve on the House Judiciary Committee:Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI 5th), Chair - (202) 225-5101 Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI 14th), Ranking Member - (202) 225-5126 Representative Spencer Bachus (R-AL 6th) - (202) 225-4921 Representative Howard L. Berman (D-CA 28th) - (202) 225-4695 Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA 9th) - (202) 225-3861 Representative Chris Cannon (R-UT 3rd) - (202) 225-7751 Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH 1st) - (202) 225-2216 Representative Howard Coble (R-NC 6th) - (202) 225-3065 Representative William Delahunt (D-MA 10th) - (202) 225-3111 Representative Tom Feeney (R-FL 24th) - (202) 225-2706 Representative Jeff Flake (R-AZ 6th) - (202) 225-2635 Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA 4th) - (202) 225-6365 Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ 2nd) - (202) 225-4576 Representative Elton Gallegly (R-CA 24th) - (202) 225-5811 Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1st) - (202) 225-3035 Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA 6th) - (202) 225-5431 Representative Mark Green (R-WI 8th) - (202) 225-5665 Representative John N. Hostettler (R-IN 8th) - (202) 225-4636 Representative Henry J. Hyde (R-IL 6th) - (202) 225-4561 Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC 4th) - (202) 225-6030 Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th) - (202) 225-3906 Representative William L. Jenkins (R-TN 1st) - (202) 225-6356 Representative Ric Keller (R-FL 8th) - (202) 225-2176 Representative Steve King (R-IA 5th) - (202) 225-4426 Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th) - (202) 225-3816 Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA 16th) - (202) 225-3072 Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA 3rd) - (202) 225-5716 Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA 5th) - (202) 225-3411 Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY 8th) - (202) 225-5635 Representative Mike Pence (R-IN 6th) - (202) 225-3021 Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D-CA 39th) - (202) 225-6676 Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA 29th) - (202) 225-4176 Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA 3rd) - (202) 225-8351 Representative Adam Smith (D-WA 9th) - (202) 225-8901 Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX 21st) - (202) 225-4236 Representative Chris Van Hollen, Jr. (D-MD 8th) - (202) 225-5341 Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA 35th) - (202) 225-2201 Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC 12th) - (202) 225-1510 Representative Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY 9th) - (202) 225-6616 Representative Robert I. Wexler (D-FL 19th) - (202) 225-3001To support NORML's Congressional legislative efforts, please visit: you for your help on this important issue.Regards,Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director NORML
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on April 15, 2005 at 15:38:26 PT
That was kind of you to say. Strength comes from sometimes very hard times and that is how we learn I believe. It's a strange thing to me.
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Comment #29 posted by global_warming on April 15, 2005 at 15:35:21 PT
Wish I had your strength,
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on April 15, 2005 at 13:51:31 PT
I agree with you.
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Comment #27 posted by global_warming on April 15, 2005 at 13:40:10 PT
re:Red and Blue
What I am trying to say, there is no red or blue, we are all stuck on this berg, and we need to come to terms with this reality.The enemy is our brothers and sisters our mothers and fathers, it is in our house that that this problem exists.We have to live together for a long time, it is best that we learn how to live together.We can continue to hate and kill each other, while time may not be endless, we often do not get second chances.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on April 15, 2005 at 12:54:49 PT
You mentioned blue and red states. It isn't where we live but how we think about issues. That is why I am not any political party and never will be part of one. There is good everywhere and bad everywhere.
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Comment #25 posted by global_warming on April 15, 2005 at 12:43:19 PT
Nature and its Mysteries
With all the benefits that the Cannabis plant has to offer, it would be funny if there are other plants that offer the same liberation of mind and soul.I know, the experts have not been able to isolate the active ingredient, and while the experts are trying to figure out this world, we continue to lock human beings into prisons and jails, for what they consume, for what they put into their mouths, inspite of herbal lore and history, these prohibitionists greatest fears, are hidden behind there fears of the unexplained, behind that simple plant or insect bite that will send them into the endless night.It is a natural and living phenomena,and all this effort to explain this magical world, is wasted on the dumb and foolish.Someday we will understand, it is not our blue or red states that confuse our politics, but rather, a bunch of idiotic and frightened people, who jump at any chance to survive, to come to the front a winner, and the price, that awful price, when you add it all up, you may have had a good life, but as long as there is one human being in your prison, or one child whose mother was taken, neither science or religion, will shave a moment off from our hell.peacegw
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on April 15, 2005 at 12:15:54 PT
I don't know anything about them but they sure are pretty berries from the picture. Nature and it's wonder has always fascinated me.
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Comment #23 posted by global_warming on April 15, 2005 at 12:11:25 PT
ot:re:other plants
Apologies for this OT, if someone has some insight on this plant, would appreciate.. Berries have been used in Tibet for at least 1,700 years. Tibetan Medicine includes these berries in the treatment of kidney and liver problems. They are also used in Tibet to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and cleanse the blood. Goji Berries have a long history of use in the treatment of eye problems, skin rashes, psoriasis, allergies, insomnia, chronic liver disease, diabetes and tuberculosis. Goji Berries are used by the people of Tibet to increase longevity and as a general health strengthening tonic.The Garden is just another wildcat in our household.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on April 15, 2005 at 09:47:42 PT
NORML Alert Texas: Bill Moves To The House Floor 
Bill To Amend Marijuana Penalties Moves To The House Floor Take Action Now! is pleased to announce that House Bill 254, which seeks to amend penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana to a Class C misdemeanor (punishable by a citation and a fine), unanimously passed the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee! The bill received a hearing in March, where testimony in favor of the bill came from a variety of witnesses, including newly elected Texas NORML Director Judie Niskala.House Bill 254 next faces a vote on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives, where we believe that it has a significant chance of passing. However, it will only receive serious consideration if state Representatives hear an unmistakable message of support from their constituents.Please take two minutes to send a pre-written letter to your Representative urging him or her to support House Bill 254 by visiting: help support NORML's state legislative efforts, please donate today at: you for your help on this important issue. NORML will keep you informed as this bill works its way through the Texas Legislature.Regards,Kris Krane, Associate Director NORML
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Comment #21 posted by dongenero on April 15, 2005 at 08:39:39 PT
Good going Petard!
Nice work Petard and DankHank.
Good luck with your summer presentation Petard. Efforts like yours are so important.Next, this thoughtless piece of work about making pot laws harsher! To be fair, this is written by a high school student. It is a good reason our country and society is not run by high school students. They have limited capacity to make reasonable, sensible decisions. This article by Amy is a good example of the lack of thinking the issue through, and frankly to debate her issues is a waste of time. I guess this would be one time to apply the old adage, "Children should be seen, not heard." Especially the brainwashed ones. Oh well, it's just a prohibitionist, propoganda, preach to the choir article. Think of the children, ho hum. As if any of us don't.
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Comment #20 posted by goneposthole on April 15, 2005 at 07:09:14 PT
la di frickin' da
your 'government' at work!They want you! for their 'profit'!
prison labor for profit! It's fun!
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Comment #19 posted by Dankhank on April 15, 2005 at 06:15:35 PT
silly me
Petard ....congratulations on using the CRL to such a superb result!!!!
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Comment #18 posted by The GCW on April 15, 2005 at 05:09:41 PT
Overcome and be granted to eat of the tree of life
"Amy Stubblefield, senior from Trinity Fellowship Christian School"Did Trinity Fellowship Christian School teach Stubblefield to deny Christ God Our Father? Or did Her parents do that?Who has taught this child that it is ok to cage one another for using what God created and says is good on the 1st page of the Bible?Who is responsible?420 Christian school? What kind; there are 2 kinds; obedient Christian schools and disobedient Christian schools.Christ God Our Father is selling something; are they selling something different?Be good fruit.THCUThe Federal government would like citizens to think cannabis is a chemical weapon of mass destruction; in reality, the table of the Lord is not defiled -- see Malachi 1:6-14, subtitled ¨Sin of the Priests" ( New American Standard Bible ). reason to stop supporting cannabis prohibition is because when We obey Christ God Our Father and love one another (see John 14-16 & 1 John) We are able to receive the "spirit of truth"; You can not love someone and cage them for using what God says is good. cont. through 1 John 4...THCUOvercome and be granted to eat of the tree of life -see Rev. 2:7.
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Comment #17 posted by Taylor121 on April 14, 2005 at 23:02:29 PT
Contact Info For that paper
Contact: letters
Website: again Texans, it is important to note we have some opposition out there. Let's not let it get ahead of us. Reply with a letter showing how Amy is wrong.
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Comment #16 posted by Taylor121 on April 14, 2005 at 23:00:29 PT
Amy Stubblefield: make pot laws more harsh!
ATTITUDES ON POT LAWS HEADED THE WRONG WAY I do not think punishment for marijuana possession should be reduced. If anything, it should be increased! As a teenager myself, I know how kids would react to that. If the penalty were reduced to a mere ticket, I guarantee drugs of all sorts would become more rampant in schools and the lives of students. My friends and I are fighting an uphill battle to reach friends already on drugs. I notice as we get older, more of my friends are getting into it. Once they do, it seems impossible to get them out. Our parents and government are supposed to lead the next generation; instead, they are holding us back. Here we are, trying to stop our friends from ruining their lives, then the "adults" offer to make it easier. Adults consider the present and not necessarily the future. I don't want my children to view drug use as a common crime they can commit without fear of serious consequences. I hope government will rethink drug possession and consider the past, present and especially the future. We wouldn't legalize shoplifting if the number of shoplifters increased - why should we do it with drugs, which can be so much more dangerous? Amy Stubblefield, senior from Trinity Fellowship Christian School. Amarillo Original letter: by point rebuttal version by me (Lothar121): rebuttal is kind of long so I didn't post it here, but I encourage you to read it.If this kind of thing ticks you off, please write the paper if you are in the area with a letter in support of HB 254. 
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on April 14, 2005 at 22:40:52 PT
You're very welcome. I'm glad so many good people care about our issue and CNews. PS: Nice poster!
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Comment #14 posted by Dankhank on April 14, 2005 at 21:32:07 PT:
Petard,I do what I can ...In my mind it never seems to be enough ...Every once in a while I think I have helped ...Your thanks are welcome ...You're right about the incredible wealth of knowledge contained in the beautiful, caring minds that inhabit this site.thank all of you for coming here ...FoM again thanks for having a place where we can meet ...
and thanks for the Neil link ...If you haven't seen the GMM2005 poster yet ... try my site ...
Hemp N Stuff
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Comment #13 posted by BGreen on April 14, 2005 at 21:08:37 PT
How do you know, runderwo?
How do you know that the "losers" that use cannabis wouldn't be even bigger or more destructive "losers" without cannabis?Be careful not to be caught up in the rhetoric.It's not important for us to acknowledge any prohibitionist rhetoric to gain any ground.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #12 posted by runderwo on April 14, 2005 at 20:58:55 PT
"Cannabis doesn't make you stupid, it makes you smarter and more creative."Be careful not to overstate the truth. Some people do use cannabis to "get stupid" or as an escape from responsibility just like others use alcohol to do so. It highly depends on the user's personality and attitude towards cannabis. Denying that some people use cannabis in a counterproductive manner is not a good idea if we want to appear honest about the entire issue. Note that acknowledging this fact actually gains us political ground while not undermining the legalization position at all.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on April 14, 2005 at 18:51:09 PT
CBC: More Uses for Hemp!
Hemp: Coming Soon To a Kitchen Near You *** April 14, 2005 CBC News WINNIPEG – It has taken a decade to develop, but a Gretna-based company thinks it is on the verge of making it big with counter tops made with hemp fibre.Harry Funk, president of Avanti Polymers, says the countertop has the look of granite or marble. The main difference, he says, is how light the hemp product is."The market is asking for a product that is lighter. There are certain industries – like the educational industry and the medical industry – that would have applications for this, to get away from some of the standard, heavy-top products. It's really an unusual product."The hemp item is also more environmentally friendly than traditional countertops."It's a natural product, and the industry has been directed by concerned environmental groups that they should try to become more 'green,'" says Funk.The hemp, which is grown in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, is crushed or chopped and mixed with other solutions to create the countertop. Funk says more than half the product's composition is hemp or hemp fibres.Funk expects production to begin within the next six months, with products available to consumers in the fall. Copyright: CBC 2005
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Comment #10 posted by mayan on April 14, 2005 at 18:18:44 PT
Debunked Myths 
How many more myths can the prohibitionists pitch? It doesn't matter because we will hit them all out of the ballpark. It's getting late in the game and it doesn't look good for the prohibitionists! Now, if only the media will start parroting the truth like they have been parroting the government's lies.  
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on April 14, 2005 at 18:09:45 PT
Woo! Woo! Woo!
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Comment #8 posted by Taylor121 on April 14, 2005 at 18:08:37 PT
The Texas committee vote 
I checked on the website to see the official results. The bill passed unanimously giving it even more momentum. Committee: Criminal Jurisprudence 
Status: Out of committee 
Vote: Ayes=6 Nays=0 Present Not Voting=0 Absent=3
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on April 14, 2005 at 17:09:40 PT
You're very welcome. Maybe one of theses days we will finally win! 
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Comment #6 posted by global_warming on April 14, 2005 at 16:48:00 PT
Here We are 2000 and 5 years later
Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house a house of merchandise. Joh 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Joh 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body. Joh 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. Joh 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. Joh 2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, Joh 2:25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. ---
This world is our journey, blind oaths and ignorant judgments, are mere efforts, that cannot stifle, this birth, as this new child, the son of man, gasps for the first breaths, be we holden to this new moment, or do we destroy this this little child and breath?There is no human that can take this breath, the stars and the higher ascendencies foretold and minister to this grateful birth, the heavens await.peacegw
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Comment #5 posted by observer on April 14, 2005 at 16:28:20 PT
Cannabis users: smarter, saner, less cancer
Heavy Cannabis Use Not Associated With Cognitive Deficits ... Cannabinoids Offer Novel Approach For Treatment Of Prostate Cancer ... No Causal Link Between Cannabis Use And Schizophrenia, Study Says ... Cannabis Users Likely To Be Well Educated, Top Wage Earners, Survey SaysEnjoy cannabis as ever.Cannabis doesn't make you stupid, it makes you smarter and more creative.* You'll have less cancer, and, no, you won't get "reefer madness".No Causal Link Between Cannabis Use And Schizophrenia, Study SaysAnd while we're on the subject, check out a standard Schizotypal Personality Questionaire which is used as a diagnostic tool. Do you admit that you "believe" in "telepathy", for example? Hey, that proves it! You're schizo! This is the type of "scientific methodology" (read: thinly disguised witch test) used for the "proof" that reefer brings madness. ___* see: et al.
pot news: fast moving, raw breaking news feeds
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Comment #4 posted by Petard on April 14, 2005 at 16:15:00 PT:
FoM and all, Thanks!
A great BIG thank you to all the posters here, and distinctly to DankHank for his assistance. Due to the information provided by this site, and it's posting readership, I was able to put together a rather in-depth patient care paper, and then a presentation to both the Senior and Junior radiologic technology students, and professors, where I attend. I have also been asked to expand the short presentation and present it at a statewide convention of students and professionals this summer.Without the people, and website, like this it would have been very difficult to accomplish this feat. Everyone who participates here IS a part of the ever expanding dissemination of the scientific evidence of medical utility for the wonder plant we all know and love. Keep doing what you're doing. Unlike the prohibs, WE are making headway :-)
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 14, 2005 at 15:25:08 PT
I'm so happy for you and Texas! Thank you too!
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Comment #2 posted by global_warming on April 14, 2005 at 15:12:50 PT
Keep The Science Coming
It's so ironic that this wonderful plant has so much good to offer to this world, and yet it is still so demonized in the minds of prohibitionists.Prohibitionists have so deeply aligned themselves with law enforcement, sometime it is difficult to separate the true officers from the wannabees.It appears that some of these prohibitionists are so caught up in their disinformation, they could never accept truth or what evidence science has to offer regarding the blessing of this plant.They are so afraid of what they have been told, they think that every person who uses cannabis is a criminal, some horrible mental illness, that is waiting to explode, to devour their children and lay waste to their communities.Someday, people will be able to look back with greater understanding, they will be able to see the connection between cannabis and the criminal.They will see tormented souls who used cannabis in an attempt to self medicate their social and physical problems, and it will seem so obvious, and they will wonder about all those people that are now long dead, and what went through their minds, while living in a society, that treated cannabis users so harshly.May God have pity on our wretched souls,Peacegw
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Comment #1 posted by Taylor121 on April 14, 2005 at 15:10:49 PT
Texas pot decrim bill PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE!
From Grits:"That's more like it. I was starting to worry.After sitting around for one day shy of a month after its hearing, HB 254, which would restructure sentences for low-level marijuana possession, passed out of the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee today at a desk meeting. (See a fact sheet on the bill.) There's still plenty of time for it to move through the process. I haven't seen the vote tally, yet, but muchas gracias to committeemembers who supported it.HB 254 would restructure sentences for possession of less than an ounce of pot to become a stiff fine, boosting local revenue and freeing up space for more dangerous inmates. A similar law in Columbia, Missouri actually boosted enforcement. See previous Grits coverage here and here."
Source: Take Action now, email and call your representative to support HB 254! just wanted to thank everyone here it that has helped make it possible for us to make it this far. The 2003 bill never got this close to becoming law, but we still have alot of ground to cover. Please follow the links I provided above and email/call your representatives and tell them you support H.B. 254. Remember, it has to pass on the house floor, in a senate committee, on the senate floor, and finally Gov. Perry has to put his signature on it (or at least not veto it and allow it to become law). We have never been this close to victory in Texas, so spread this around to your friends and family and make sure they are writing in to support this bill! Thanks again to everyone that called that committee!
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