Marijuana and Medical Science

  Marijuana and Medical Science

Posted by CN Staff on December 15, 2007 at 06:09:19 PT
By Linda Williams, TWN Staff Writer 
Source: Willits News  

USA -- The rhetoric surrounding marijuana, or cannabis sativa, as medicine ranges from calling it everything from "the killer weed" to "the miracle drug." Each side in the debate pulls snippets from scientific studies to confirm or rebut their point of view. One need only review information provided by groups like the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws or the White House policy room to see this effect.
The most comprehensive look at the issue to date is Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, conducted by the U.S. Institute of Medicine and published in 1999. With minimal research being conducted in the U.S. on marijuana as medicine, in 2000, the California Legislature created the University of California's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research in San Diego. The center was tasked to assess the use of cannabis as an alternative for treating specific medical conditions. Research is now being conducted in institutions around the world, trying to unlock the potential medical benefits of compounds called cannabinoids found in cannabis sativa. A summary of research published in 2007 is at the end of the article.One of the spurs to this increased interest was the discovery in the 1990s of special receptors in different areas of the brain, which respond to cannabinoids. This led to the identification of a substances created naturally by the body that resemble THC the main active ingredient in marijuana.Most people smoke marijuana to get "high." This high provides a "sense of well-being or euphoria and increased talkativeness and laughter alternating with periods of introspective dreaminess followed by lethargy and sleepiness. A characteristic feature of a marijuana 'high' is a distortion in the sense of time associated with deficits in short-term memory and learning. A marijuana smoker typically has a sense of enhanced physical and emotional sensitivity, including a feeling of greater interpersonal closeness. The most obvious behavioral abnormality displayed by someone under the influence of marijuana is difficulty in carrying on an intelligible conversation, perhaps because of an inability to remember what was just said even a few words earlier," according to the 1999 IOM study."Although marijuana smoke delivers THC and other cannabinoids to the body, it also delivers harmful substances, including most of those found in tobacco smoke. In addition, plants contain a variable mixture of biologically active compounds and cannot be expected to provide a precisely defined drug effect. For those reasons, there is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication," concluded the IOM study. The study further concluded that for some patients, such as the terminally ill, if marijuana would possibly benefit the patient, the long-term risk was "not of great concern."For other patients, the study advised that physicians could consider marijuana for a narrow range of short term health issues such as AIDs wasting diseases, severe nausea and vomiting associated with cancer and its treatment and relief of neuropathic pain. While the study concluded marijuana had the potential in some patients to relieve the symptoms, the study also suggested stringent guidelines for physicians recommending marijuana to their patients. The prescription guidelines were established to relieve symptoms considered debilitating such as intractable pain or vomiting. The key points were for marijuana to be tried after all approved medications had failed to provide relief; the prescription be for less than six months; a follow up program be implemented to assess effectiveness; and the recommendation be supported by an oversight review board within the hospital or clinic. For chronic debilitating conditions such as pain or AIDS wasting, the IOM study recognized that the issues of long-term medical use of marijuana was more complex. Patients who had exhausted the other available medical options could not be reasonably expected to wait until some time in the unknown future for someone to isolate and synthesize the precise cannabinoid drug cocktail that provided the best benefit or to develop a "nonsmoked rapid-onset cannabinoid drug delivery system." Since the IOM study, a number of vaporizers, which claim to provide the user with the benefit of marijuana without the hazard of the smoke, have been developed. A recent pilot study tested one such device on 18 healthy volunteers and concluded it had the potential to provide the benefit of marijuana without the toxic smoke.The psychoactive effects of marijuana make it difficult for users to function in society while on a marijuana high. Those desiring to operate a vehicle or machinery, conduct a conversation, get to work on time, stay awake or learn new things may find it difficult to conduct routine business while high on marijuana. These side effects were found particularly hard for patients not already familiar with marijuana use. Other physiological effects from marijuana use such as increased heart rate and its effects on blood pressure make it a concern for older patients already suffering from heart disease, potentially leading to heart attacks or other cardiovascular event. Medical TreatmentsA review of the literature shows that very few rigorous studies have been conducted on the use of marijuana to treat disease. While cannabinoid receptor locations in the brain offer some insight into which diseases may be helped by drugs developed from marijuana, most studies have involved few participants and were not conducted following traditionally recognized methods for evaluating treatments. Despite this, some synthetic derivatives from marijuana are now available and are being prescribed to patients for specific ailments. A large part of the medical research community has recommended increased research into how marijuana compounds can be harnessed to reduce suffering while minimizing any negative effects.Despite recognizing the substantial potential for future benefit, the IOM study believed that only a small group of patients would actually benefit from using marijuana. The study observed that for most symptoms marijuana was being considered to treat there were other more effective treatment options, which most patients responded to. For cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the study found the public was not aware of the major strides made in medicine to treat nausea and side effects. While cannabinoid substances were only effective in 24 percent of the cases, a combination of currently available drugs is considered nearly 100 percent effective if started before chemotherapy begins. Because pills are less effective once a patient starts vomiting, an inhaled fast acting drug, such as the THC from marijuana could provide some benefit. For HIV patients, while marijuana may provide some relief from wasting diseases it has also been linked to suppressing the immune system. For unknown reasons the relative 12-year risk of death from marijuana smokers with HIV is nearly twice that of those not using it. Many HIV patients are effectively taking synthetic derivatives of marijuana for wasting diseases. In a 2003, 23 percent of HIV patients in a public health study in San Mateo used marijuana. Of those users, only 17 percent met the strict definition of medical marijuana use for the relief of nausea, anorexia or pain. Some used a synthetic to treat AIDS wasting and smoked marijuana recreationally.Marijuana is no longer believed by most to be an effective treatment for glaucoma. While it does temporarily reduce the pressure within the eye, it acts for a short period of time and reduces the blood flow to the optic nerve, potentially damaging it. Other treatments are now considered significantly more effective in managing glaucoma.For multiple sclerosis, the studies have not shown marijuana to be particularly effective in managing the pain, spasticity or the disease. Studies have had mixed results, although the cannabinoid receptors are particularly abundant in areas of the brain controlling movement so further study is being conducted. 2007 Research DevelopmentsSome new studies show the importance of being able to deliver predictable and repeatable dosages of THC to patients and clearly established that more is not always better.A study of 15 healthy volunteers found that medium doses of marijuana relieved some neuropathic pain in healthy volunteers while higher doses actually made the pain worse. Neuropathic pain is associated with cancer, AIDS, diabetes, etc. Low doses had no effect. Report published in October 2007While low doses of THC seem to alleviate depression, higher doses makes the depression worse, concluded McGill University researchers in a report published in October 2007.These studies show the value of being able to control and adjust the amount of THC delivered to a patient to get the desirable outcome.Other Developments Foot pain associated with HIV (neuropathic) shows some relief from smoking marijuana over a placebo according to a study in February 2007. Smoking one joint causes the same lung damage as three to five tobacco cigarettes according to an August 2007 Danish study.A cannabinoid called CDB in marijuana has shown early promise in laboratory tests for treating metastatic forms of breast cancer. Very small quantities of CDB are present naturally in marijuana. Published in November 2007.THC may help the virus causing Kaposi's sarcoma both infect healthy cells and then multiply according to a study conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers and published in August 2007. Kaposi's sarcoma is a cancer affecting those with depressed immune systems such as HIV and transplant patients. A team of Swedish researchers has identified how the brains of unborn babies are damaged by mothers smoking marijuana, published in May 2007.Harvard researchers have shown in lab and mice studies that certain THC treated lung cancer cells grew at half the rate of untreated cells, published in April 2007.Research done in Cardiff University in Wales, suggests that marijuana use could increase the risk of developing psychotic illness later in life by 40 percent, published in August 2007.THC may help reduce the symptoms of allergic skin disease according to study on mice by an international group of researchers published in August 2007.GW Pharmaceuticals in Britain has been conducting tests for eight years on Sativex, a prescription drug derived from cannabis to relieve symptoms of neuropathic dysfunction and pain. The drug is being reviewed in Canada for market approval.EDITOR'S NOTE: Information on the medical effects of marijuana was gleaned from research published in a variety of scientific journals. The basis of much of the article came from the Institute of Medicine Marijuana and Medicine study published in 1999, which was requested by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1997. While the study is much referenced by medical marijuana support groups, it is less quoted in White House drug policy. The IOM is one of four US National Academies and is a not-for-profit and non-governmental agency established as an independent think tank to advise the nation on matters concerning health and medicine. It remains the most comprehensive treatise available on the issue. The Canadian Senate authored a similar study in 2002 that mirrored much of the IOM findings. Many of these findings were also supported by several sponsored reports from the UC Center for Medical Cannabis Research and the Medical Board of California marijuana policy. An effort was made to focus this article on the science associated with marijuana's medical value and not explore other medical marijuana issues. Source: Willits News (CA)Author: Linda Williams, TWN Staff WriterPublished: December 15, 2007Copyright: 2007 Willits NewsContact: editorial willitsnews.comWebsite: Report Medical Marijuana Archives

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Comment #42 posted by John Tyler on December 18, 2007 at 18:08:55 PT
politics and money
With regard to the first tee thread. Making the world a better place through golf.  It’s a total waste of taxpayer money. We all know that, but that is what representative democracy is all about. No matter what party you belong to, your first obligation is to get elected and re elected. You do this by doing your very best to bring as much of the governments money (that is to say other taxpayer’s money) to your district through constructions, buildings, gov. offices, even moving whole gov. agencies to your district, pretty much funding anything you can find. Of course, there are more than enough eager constituents ready to take that money. The more money you bring back, the more you can get re elected. The longer you stay around the more power you acquire and the more money you can direct back to your district. More money, more power. On and on. It‘s weird, but that’s how it works. That is why they say that money is the mother’s milk of politics.   
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Comment #41 posted by John Tyler on December 17, 2007 at 20:06:45 PT
drunk conversation
“The most obvious behavioral abnormality displayed by someone under the influence of marijuana is difficulty in carrying on an intelligible conversation, perhaps because of an inability to remember what was just said even a few words earlier," according to the 1999 IOM study.” This is ridiculous. Have they tried to talk to a dunk? When one is really drunk they can’t even have a conversation of any type. How is drinking any better in terms of intelligible conversation? Please. Why is cannabis illegal? 
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Comment #40 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 11:22:01 PT

Had Enough
There is so much stuff that goes on with money that I don't think about it. The bridge to nowhere was the only example that ever stuck with me. I'm glad we might have a totally new administration with a new president that cares about things like this.
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Comment #39 posted by Had Enough on December 17, 2007 at 11:08:32 PT

First Tee’s mission
Ya gotta see this waste of coin.CAGW Names Rep. Clyburn Porker of the Month 
Washington, D.C. - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) November 2007 Porker of the Month for airdropping a $3 million earmark for the First Tee golf program into the fiscal 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Act conference report. First Tee’s mission, according to its website, is “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”  and…On November 8, 2007, Rep. Clyburn defended his wedge of pork on the House floor, “[T]his request was made by me, and my name is attached to it because I’m very, very proud of it.” The earmark is not the only project with which his name is associated. In August 2007, the City of Columbia Golf Center was renamed the James E. Clyburn Golf Center and a statue of him was erected outside the facility.more…First Tee has received $7.5 million in earmarks since 2003. First Tee won CAGW’s “The Taxpayers Get Teed Off” Oinker Award in 2004 for receiving $3 million in two separate appropriations bills. One earmark was for $1 million from the Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Education and its Character Education Program, added in conference. These funds are intended solely for state and local education agencies, and they are disbursed through a competitive grant program. In addition, the grants are supposed to be limited to a maximum of $500,000. Based on these criteria, First Tee was not eligible for any of this funding.and.... the whole works… is where some of our money goes.Not being a golfer, I don’t have anything against other people enjoying a game of Golf, I have many friends who love it, to each their own, but I really don’t think the taxpayers should be paying for this.

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Comment #38 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 09:21:33 PT

You are such a kind person. I love these old Christmas Shows. I can't find a good video of Heat Mizer on Youtube. We have a little snow but it is cold here. Merry Christmas!
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Comment #37 posted by fight_4_freedom on December 17, 2007 at 09:05:58 PT:

I don't think I'll ever outgrow those clay
animation Christmas movies. It just wouldn't feel like Christmas without those movies airing on tv. I'm 22 but when I watch those movies I feel like I'm 6 love it.I hope you all are enjoying the holidays. We just got nailed with 9 inches of snow overnight saturday into yesterday. I sure did my share of shoveling I'll tell you what. I did both my neighbors sidewalks then I noticed this little older lady was out there struggling with her big driveway so I went and did it for her. She offered me money and of course I refused. But she wouldn't let me leave without some of the Christmas cookies she had just made :)All the schools are closed and a lot of side roads are still covered. It's a mess out there. It sure is beautiful though. 
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Comment #36 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 09:03:53 PT

Interesting Article To Me
Commentary: Drug Rumors about Obama Playing on Stereotypes?By Ruben Navarrette Jr., Special to CNN   
SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) -- Ever since Barack Obama began to pierce the inevitability that we were told surrounded the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, I've wondered how the Clintonistas would react. Now we know: not well.Ruben Navarrette Jr.: The harder Team Clinton tries to destroy Obama, the more damage they do to Hillary. For one thing, as we learned in the 1990s, the Clintons don't like to be challenged. And when they are, they don't just try to beat you. They set out to destroy you.Complete Article:
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 08:44:14 PT

Last night we watched our favorite Christmas movie. Here is Snow Mizer doing his song in the Year Without a Santa Clause. LOL! Merry Christmas!
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Comment #34 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 07:49:24 PT

It was over my head and weird to say the least. I don't have any interest or knowledge about cocaine or crack so I didn't think it was funny. If it was about marijuana I would have laughed and maybe understood the articles purpose.
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Comment #33 posted by Hope on December 17, 2007 at 07:43:56 PT

I got the feeling 
that Dowd was sort of threatening Clinton, in a veiled way, on some level, and that she was sort of defending Obama... then again, maybe not. She seemed to be implying that Clinton has something wrong with her. Drinks too much, maybe? I don't know. Maybe Dowd's piece is supposed to be more about the stupidity of bickering more than anything. I kind of get the feeling Dowd knows quite a bit about cocaine, herself. Hmmm. It is a weird piece though. Kind of out and over my head.:0)
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 07:26:24 PT

It was so bizarre. I just stared at it and I was trying to figure out why she would do something that could hurt him even though it appeared as satire. Some people don't get humor that would read it. 
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Comment #31 posted by Hope on December 17, 2007 at 07:15:11 PT

FoM comment 29
Maureen Dowd.She made it up.
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 06:47:18 PT

nuevo mexican 
That's nice to read. I know you are upset about the impeachment issue but remember that all good things come to those that wait. The future will show the facts and patience is a virtue. 
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on December 17, 2007 at 06:15:54 PT

The Most Bizarre Article I Have Ever Seen
Reefer Madness in Iowa
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Comment #28 posted by Hope on December 17, 2007 at 03:02:04 PT

John Tyler comment 15
I think you're right!
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Comment #27 posted by nuevo mexican on December 16, 2007 at 22:44:56 PT

Obama looks good by his stars!
TOT (totally off topic)Obama has THE birth chart to win, as it has what we call his 'destiny' the North Node, (of the Moon) as of the election next year, to make his mission in life to 'save the world', (Uranus, the Humanitarian, and the North North conjunct in Leo, the Leader), plus he has Venus, the planet of Love, and appreciation, on his North Node too, in Leo, the leader, president, star. Strong aspect for a Victory!So when you compare 'progressions', his forecast for 2008, or as I like to say, schedule, Obama could be the nominee,
though with the Democratic Party being destroyed by Harry and Nancy, Dennis could lead a new Party, and compete with Obama if the Democratic leadership keeps enabling bush at every turn, if he is seen as too friendly to the corporat-syst.It could happen!Guess what Obama's Rising sign is FOM? Scorpio, yep! (according I knew you'd get it! LOL! Integrity Rising (the way your 'appear' to yourself and others, a mask we wear to introduce ourselves to the world! Since most here would actually be happy with FOM, and many posters heres' first choice, Obama, and I mean that, it would be great to have a black president, so what do you think about an unbeatable, LANDSLIDE election, with Obama/Edwards or Obama/Dennis, Edwards/Kucinich, if Dennis Kucinich should rightly be the New 'Speaker of the House or Senate, with Ron Paul as head of the Treasury, perhaps! Cindy Sheehan will easily be replacing Nancy as a Rep in San Fran at this point, and Dennis would be heir to the Presidency if he were Leader of the House, and would likely keep Obama and Edwards honest. And he would have GREAT influence, and guess who would be an excellent choice to lead us into the Mayan Calendar, beginning on December 21st, 2011, when Neptune enters Pisces, and we end the OLD Mayan Calendar! Dennis Kucinich, that Spiritual New Agey Guy that supports Cannabis legalization and has a Co-equal in love and partnership, Elizabeth. (listening to her interview this week on AirAmerica, on Ring of Fire).Seems like the Universe is setting us up for a very positive scenario, if not Al Gore and Dennis in 2008, then Obama and Dennis/Elizabeth, the next paradigm, to end the Clinton/bush love fest we've all become prisoners of.66,000 signatures for Impeachment of Cheney, and counting!Somebodies signing up, why not make it 500,000?Here's an update for anyone interested, tomorrow it should double!We Did It! 50,000 signatures calling for immediate Cheney impeachment hearings collected in 1 day!
all&address=389x2477661Looks like we will have to make at least that many V for Vendetta masks, for the next march on D.C., eh?Lots a work to do!It would be great to have a C-News poll, though I would think you'd have one here if you could!
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Comment #26 posted by afterburner on December 16, 2007 at 21:10:31 PT

Mandatory Mayhem
CN BC: PUB LTE: Tough On Crime?, South Delta Leader, (14 Dec 2007) NK: PUB LTE: Online Readers Respond To MP, Moncton This Week, (15 Dec 2007)
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Comment #25 posted by The GCW on December 16, 2007 at 20:20:07 PT

The Scorned
If I remember right, the scorned Mrs. Clinton became a politician in N.Y. only to lead on the track to become preZident.It would be a nice gift to the Her to make that effort a waste...I'm also uncomfortable with 2 families running the show for the last many years.
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Comment #24 posted by afterburner on December 16, 2007 at 19:54:48 PT

Max Flowers
I also worry that the "did drugs as a teen" thing might cause him to shrink from defending medical cannabis so as to distance himself from the issue. In other words, that he will sacrifice us in order to survive in his perception or that of his advisors. I mean think of the field day that the opposition will try to have with it... I can just hear Romney or Huckabee intoning the idiotic anti-drug platitudes...
}The "War" on Drugs and all that "Tough on Crime" mumbo-jumbo and the ONDCP's obsession with the "threat" of "marijuana" has allowed the real financing of terrorists by opium-producing Afgani farmers in hock to opium-selling warlords. When will the American government wake up and allow the Afganis and other fine cannabis-producing nations to produce medical cannabis? Romney and Huckabee are throw-back dinosaurs of the status quo to perpetuate the oil patch / big pharma money machine that is destroying the planet. This election could/should be about the future before it's too late. 
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on December 16, 2007 at 18:18:39 PT

Max Flowers 
I think Obama can stand up against them and I believe he is a man of conscience on social issues and it would be out of his character to turn from doing the right thing when cannabis becomes a serious issue again.
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Comment #22 posted by Max Flowers on December 16, 2007 at 18:11:18 PT

Obama v. Clinton
I also worry about how things would go if Senator Clinton were president. The truth is pretty much out that she is a neocon in dem's clothing. She is the dem whom the neocons want in there if the repugnican nominee must lose. I don't believe that she would truly act with the interests of the people at heart... she is a political animal through and through and cannot relate to the common person's plight very well at all, in my view.Obama seems to want to do fresh things, and so may be a better bet, but with him I worry that he is too green to do battle with the repugs. I hope I'm wrong about that and that he learns to wield knives very quickly.I also worry that the "did drugs as a teen" thing might cause him to shrink from defending medical cannabis so as to distance himself from the issue. In other words, that he will sacrifice us in order to survive in his perception or that of his advisors. I mean think of the field day that the opposition will try to have with it... I can just hear Romney or Huckabee intoning the idiotic anti-drug platitudes... 
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on December 16, 2007 at 18:06:46 PT

That makes me smile that you even mentioned him. Thank you.
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Comment #20 posted by Sam Adams on December 16, 2007 at 17:49:28 PT

obama gets the nod
I see that the Boston Globe has decided to endorse Barack Obama: was quite a surprise to me as it appeared they loved Hilary from their articles over the last few months. The Globe is one of the biggest Democratic newspapers in the country so I think this is good news for Obama, and definitely a surprise, usually they pick the Democratic insider type person.I am SO relieved that Obama appears to be overtaking Clinton! I think the support of Oprah is HUGE. I remember when I was in college you could go out of the dorm at 4:00 when Oprah ended and see dozens of doors opening up at once as everyone finished watching the show.  He can win with Oprah's support.
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on December 16, 2007 at 17:02:10 PT

It's doesn't matter what I want. It will be the people who vote for a candidate that will make the choice. I'm just one person and it takes many people to change the course we are on.
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Comment #18 posted by Richard Zuckerman on December 16, 2007 at 16:43:52 PT:

In my prior comment, I put a link to a video clip entitled "Merk Drug Company Vaccines: Admits Injecting Cancer Viruses", but the link does not work. Instead, you can download it by typing into the WEB SITE search the words "Merk Drug Company Vaccines" to pull up the video clip.
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Comment #17 posted by Richard Zuckerman on December 16, 2007 at 16:29:14 PT:

This past Friday, I made a telephone call to the House Judiciary Committee asking them to hold hearings in the spirit of Congressman John Conyers' intention to stop the DEA threatening landlords as per the recent posted article on this web site. Why don't all of you people call the House Judiciary Committee and request it, also?I called the ICE Hotline about six months ago, e-mailed Homeland Security Agency, about Fresh Direct, in New York City, employing illegal aliens, from my personal observation while residing next door to the Fresh Direct building in the Salvation Army Borden Avenue Veterans Residence, 21-10 Borden Avenue, Long Island City, N.Y., 11101, (718) 784-5690. Much to my delight, being a participant in activities of, on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, the New York Daily News newspaper ran an article on page 62, entitled "FreshDirect's staff scrooged", written by John Lauinger, Daily News Staff Writer, describing the possible layoff of dozens of employees because of their failure to substantiate their legality in this country. You can pull up a few similar [but not identically entitled] articles about it by typing "FreshDirect" into the website search engine of THE POWER OF ONE PERSON!!! On December 10, 2007, I I attended and was given three minutes to complaint about overpopulation, fiscal deficits, and the flouting of immigration/labor/tax laws of illegal aliens, to New Jersey Governor's "Blue Ribbon Immigrant Advisory Panel", a Kangaroo Court consisting mostly of people with dark toned skin from other countries, in Governor Corzine's plan to give illegal aliens drivers licenses, in-State college tuition rates, and other subsidies. Governor Corzine had voted for open-border immigration during his dark reign as U.S. Senator. Now he wants to carry on his tradition of selling out New Jersey citizens while holding public office as Governor of New Jersey. YOU PEOPLE MUST GET YOUR POLITICAL ISSUES IN ORDER. IF YOU SUPPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS, THEN YOU SUPPORT UNITED NATIONS RULE. IF YOU OPPOSE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR OVERPOPULATION, FISCAL DEFICITS, CRIME, SUPPRESSION OF LABOR WAGES, LOSS OF TAXES WHICH ARE SENT HOME TO THEIR HOME COUNTRIES, HOUSING SHORTAGES, THE DISEASE THEY BRING HERE, WHICH ACCOMPANY THEIR PRESENCE HERE IN THIS COUNTRY, THEN YOU SUPPORT MAINTAINING OUR SOVEREIGNTY!!Knucklehead Americans voting for the GOP, such as U.S. Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton [Bilderberg], U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein [Council On Foreign Relations & Trilateralist], Congressman David Dreier [Council On Foreign Relations member who stated in around 2002 that he wants to "break the back of the Marijuana movement" through the use of "Gestapo Tactics"]; U.S. Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator Obama, whose WIFE is a member of the Council On Foreign Relations. FoM, who regulates THIS WEBSITE, wants UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, but the people she will probably vote for are one of the aforementioned whose loyalties are to foreign interests and OPPOSE "MARIJUANA" ACROSS THE BOARD!! Mike Huckabee's promises to stem the tide of illegal aliens is as bogus as the campaign promises of George Herbert Walker Bush's "Read my lips: No new taxes", George W. Bush's smaller government and non-internvention, and Jon Corzine's promise to reduce the fiscal deficit of The State Of New Jersey [Since having been elected as N.J. Governor, Corzine is giving MILLIONS of dollars for stem cell research, even though New Jerseyites voted against it in a ballot measure a few months ago, and signed Bills giving millions of dollars to Rutgers University for Autism research, but I have a hunch there will be no recommendation to monitor the Mercury in vaccines!!!]. YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU VOTE FOR, EVEN IT IS "THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS"!! As for me, I voted for Ralph Nader for U.S. President, notwithstanding the criticism from  "Ralph Nader's Skeleton Closet",, and Len Flynn, N.J. Libertarian candidate for the lower public offices,, at the last U.S. Senator election [without knowing this particular candidate supports open-border immigration], and I plan to vote for Ron Paul at the upcoming U.S. Presidential election, the only true Republican who is not an industrialist/corporatist/fascist/communist in disguise. Any "Universal Health Care" plan FoM so much supports would bankrupt this country, considering we are already in debt over our heads from the money spent on wars and other foreign interests, though I do have empathy with FoM and other people with medical illness!!! When Mike Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas, he flew a State owned airplane into Mexico to arrange for a Mexican consul to be established in Arkansas. He was successful. What he tells us in English is not the same of what he told Hispanics in Spanish! Since the end of the Cold War, the C.I.A. has controlled major media from OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD. Rupert Murdoch has also done this, though he is giving his Fox 5 television and New York Post newspaper to his Son. Thus, you probably will not hear about the dark side of Mike Huckabee from T.V. and newspapers!!! IF YOU DO NOT VOTE FOR FREEDOM, THEN YOU DO NOT DESERVE YOUR FREEDOM!!!! This includes those of you who do not vote at all!!! It is the GOP politicians whom are poisoning your children with forced-vaccinations and compulsory school "education"!! Watch the video clip "Merk Drug Company Vaccines: Admits Injecting Cancer Viruses", received an e-mail today about a U.S. Naval Base about 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles known as "China Lake". The web lists it as a naval base which has experimented with weapons. The e-mail I received today described a fenced in portion as being the location where there is a source of energy underneath the earth's surface which the e-mail claims could provide energy needs of this country for over 500 years and could end our dependence on fossil fuel. The e-mail mentions that MIT was in on it. I spoke to a local friend who has worked at MIT. He told me they've been working on it for over ten years now, that it involves a "uniform energy field", and that people have died during the experimentation with it.American Renaissance,, is planning to hold a conference in Washington, D.C.. Jewish Defense Organization is asking people to call the hotel where the conference is scheduled to be held to oppose the conference because American Renaissance has views supporting the White race. I have participated in a few protests with Jewish Defense Organization, but they want to deny freedom of speech and assembly to the Ku Klux Klan, Nazis, and American Renaissance. Today, I e-mailed the hotel asking them to allow the conference because I respect freedom of speech and assembly!Gun buy back program in Washington, D.C., is now being described on Lou Dobbs television show, on CNN at 7 P.M. (EST) on weeknights, at 6 P.M. (EST) on weekends. Let's hope the U.S. Supreme Court holds in District Of Columbia v. Heller,, that the scope of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is also for the individual citizen to keep and bear arms for personal security AND AGAINST GOVERNMENT OPPRESSION!!!Richard Zuckerman, Box 159, Metuchen, N.J., 08840-0159, richardzuckerman2002,
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on December 16, 2007 at 11:42:57 PT

Just a Comment
I honestly hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. This has been a very hard year for many of us emotionally but I see a better tomorrow. I hope that by the time the New Year is in gear that others will see hope too. This is a remarkable time to be alive and I am glad I am witnessing it all as it evolves. I wish peace on earth goodwill to mankind. United we stand but divided we fall. It's up to all of us to decide which one it will be. Merry Christmas.
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Comment #15 posted by John Tyler on December 16, 2007 at 08:47:42 PT

re #12
This is rather revealing about the lifestyles of “drug experts”. They seem to be socially inept and awkward, and jealous because they are not getting any action. When was the last time they ever went on a date? 
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on December 16, 2007 at 07:52:24 PT

Thank you so much for your comment.
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Comment #13 posted by Cannabis_oglalas on December 16, 2007 at 07:19:45 PT:

Medical Marijuana shrinks my tumors
i never smoke, anything. Smoking is bad, if you have to use your lungs to medicate you should always only vaporize.
Having been told by some professionals that i'm terminal due to all my tumors i have run out of options and time. The surgical oncs at the Denver Cancer Center said they have never seen so many on a patient before.. Anyway.Eating medical marijuana, in combination with tumor-reducing fungi, makes my tumors shrink. Thank god.Sincerely,
Brooks Kelly,
Shrinking Tumors
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Comment #12 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on December 16, 2007 at 01:11:33 PT

GCW #9
Amazing, this "drug expert" thinks a "date rape drug" is any drug used on a date.He also thinks methamphetamine is ecstasy and calls PCP PCB!Then there's this assertion -"...drug users are now relying on snorting and topical applications."Um, hemp lotion???LOL!

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Comment #11 posted by nuevo mexican on December 15, 2007 at 22:32:06 PT

The Dems are now WORSE then the Repugs!
Impeach Pelosi and Reid, it's over for the Democratic Party folks, election, smelection!We have been had, really HAD, and it is our fault for thinking the Dems would EVER stand up to bush.Rub this in the face of any Democrat, this video I mean, and you KNOW we ALL feel EXACTLY the same way about 
Reid and Pelosi, the bush enablers who sold the USA!I'm tired of having my face smacked by the DEMS, gut-punched, and slapped over and over, aren't you?I say: WORSE THAN BUSH!Watch this and post!Great rant by Cenk of the Young Turks at AirAmerica, expressing what we all need to say to any Dems we know, as complicity is complicity, and complicity is a crime!And Nancy and Harry know it, and they will be held equally responsible, let it be known, all of you friendly lurking jounalists', get on it! Spread the word, no more money for the Dems, NO more money for the Dems!I donated to Dennis Kucinich's campaign of course, and still recommend him, Edwards is my second choice, as he could pick Dennis as a V.P.Obama is the Right Wings Bill Clinton, Rush Limpballs and crew will see to it, that he is ostracized, the MSM will go along with it, (look at how they love bush, while the world hates the mu/fer), and nothing will be accomplished, whereas, John Edwards is Teflon is comparison, the Repugs hate his anti-corporate views, and are really afraid of him, not Hillary of course, (bush with boobs), and Obama, who I like, (though I've never been impressed with him, as I like principled, clear, compassionate, spiritual answers, NOT religious bs),I can't believe we are living this reality, remember when we still had false hope!Now, we all know the ugly truth about the two party system, I don't care to reward the Dems with the Presidency at this point.I think the alternative, whatever that is, will be better, as TRUTH will force the hand of the People, and if the PEOPLE don't care enough to change things, then America is headed to the place it belongs, on the trash heap of history's' many botched experiments.If you don't agree with that, you may after you watch this!
duboard.php?az=view_all&address=385x76509Question for long time C-Newsers: how many here post at work vs. how many post at home, vs. how many post here regardless of where they might be?Just wonderin'
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Comment #10 posted by nuevo mexican on December 15, 2007 at 20:55:47 PT

How many signatures will there be tomorrow?
Hello FOM!
Snowed in, more on the way, a virtual winter wonderland!This looks like the Christmas present we've been waiting
for!Happy Holly-days! Mistletoe too!It's up to 48,000 plussignatures now, lets save our fellow man and woman, and impeach now, it is our future to claim, so claim it now, with your words, deeds and actions, as the saying goes 'speak now or forever hold your peace'.30,000 People Join Congressman Wexler's Call for Hearings in Just 24 HoursComments:
#1  9:51PM CST 48,867. The count seems to be going up 1 every 2-3 seconds. But there are larger jumps once in a while. up here!

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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on December 15, 2007 at 18:00:42 PT

Cannabis, -a date rape-drug???
"""Walton (numbskull) also warns of drug usage by sexual predators. Surprisingly, the most common date rape drugs, based on a University of Texas study, are alcohol and marijuana."""
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Comment #8 posted by potpal on December 15, 2007 at 15:59:34 PT

much ado about nothing
So tell me, why is this a negative? This high provides a "sense of well-being or euphoria and increased talkativeness and laughter alternating with periods of introspective dreaminess followed by lethargy and sleepiness (use at night, sleep like baby). A characteristic feature of a marijuana 'high' is a distortion in the sense of time (time flies when you're having fun) associated with deficits in short-term memory (see below) and learning (I beg to differ, and have experienced enhanced learning). A marijuana smoker typically has a sense of enhanced physical and emotional sensitivity (crazy artist people), including a feeling of greater interpersonal closeness (I love me).re: 
What say a pen recorder that records the last 20 minutes on a continuous loop for all of us short term memory deficit people iow proud cannabis users? When we forget what we were talking about...presto hit rewind! You usually remember anyway some time in the near future.Now forgive me, headline screams...
Ike Turner beats Tina Turner to death...Old headline...Lucy's in the sky with DesiAloha, buds.
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Comment #7 posted by Max Flowers on December 15, 2007 at 15:03:03 PT

Ron Paul on CNN for an hour?!
I'm stunned but happy that Ron Paul is actually getting a full hour to explain his positions on the (gag, vomit) Glenn Beck show. I expect the Neocon shill Beck to try to shoot him down, but he (Beck) is such a moron that this will not work and in fact will only help Congressman Paul by way of contrast. Besides, I think people are already used to Beck's histrionics and don't pay a lot of attention.The fact that Paul has now gone from being shut out, disrespected and excluded from MSM polls and all sorts of other vile, unfair practices to being given a full hour of interview time on CNN is nothing less than amazing. He is turning into (from the MSM perspective as well as in reality) a serious contender now.This is going to be great, he is going to blow minds by making sense and standing up for the Constitution. It's happening Tuesday the 18th at 7 PM eastern. Unfortunately I will be at a concert at that time, will someone here watch it and tell me how it is? Even better, could someone record it? I know I'm asking a lot there... I don't know if we are there yet but it seems like someone out there should be able to record it and then render it to a Quicktime file or something. I'm frustrated that I'm going to miss it. Or maybe CNN will have it on their website as an archive item... 
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Comment #6 posted by sam adams on December 15, 2007 at 11:49:11 PT

Vaporizers were invented in the 1970s, not after the IOM report.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 15, 2007 at 10:47:56 PT

I am really sorry to read how bad it has gotten. I hope things change in the future.
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Comment #4 posted by duzt on December 15, 2007 at 09:54:54 PT

mendo county sucks now
I live in mendo and the conservatives have taken over. It sucks to grow here and they are harrassing med patients horribly now. The newspapers aren't newspapers, more of conservative propaganda. Funny thing is without cannabis, this county won't exist, bunch of hypocrites here, it sucks.
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Comment #3 posted by Truth on December 15, 2007 at 09:34:30 PT

Show me the bodies....
"Smoking one joint causes the same lung damage as three to five tobacco cigarettes according to an August 2007 Danish study."Funny, this article never mentions the FACT that there has never been so much as one death from an overdose. This should be paramount but they don't even mention it.They do mention the fact that it reduces tumor growth but that doesn't seem to be an issue with them.Funny too, they say this is all over cannabis sativa, they never mention indica and last time I checked that's what most of us smoke, or at least a cross of the two. Coming from Mendocino county they should have more knowledge then they displayed. One sided to say the least.
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Comment #2 posted by Treeanna on December 15, 2007 at 08:18:33 PT

Thanks :)
yay! :)
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 15, 2007 at 06:56:03 PT

Just a Note
I know these are slow times for us and our topic but I have hope that we will see change in the future. Have a great weekend everyone.
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