NORML Director Seeks Pot Regulation, Education

NORML Director Seeks Pot Regulation, Education
Posted by CN Staff on June 19, 2008 at 05:39:17 PT
By Tim Summers
Source: Daily Mississippian
Mississippi -- The response of marijuana advocacy groups concerning the steady increase of the drug's potency has revealed an underground debate of whether marijuana is a harmful narcotic or a recreational drug, and the groups involved vary from the U.S. federal government and local law enforcement organizations to college students and scientists.Founded in 1970, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers, the NORML Web site said.
NORML claims to represent the interests of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly, the Web site said."Even by the University of Mississippi's own admission, the average THC in domestically grown marijuana - which comprises the bulk of the US market - is less than five percent, a figure that's remained unchanged for nearly a decade," NORML deputy director Paul Armentano wrote in a letter sent to the editorial staff in the Tuesday issue of The Daily Mississippian.The deputy director did not address the alleged connection between mental illness and marijuana use in his letter, but did later in a phone interview."Nobody really knows the answer," Armentano said. "We know those who suffer from depression and anxiety sometimes abuse substances like alcohol and cigarettes."Armentano said although he has not seen any research directly linking marijuana use and mental illness, he would not advise those with mental illness or a family history of mental illness to use marijuana."Use of any intoxicant has a risk," Armentano said.NORML supports regulation and education, he said.A "targeted education campaign" similar to that of the recent alcohol campaigns would allow the general public to be educated about marijuana and its effects; regulation would ensure the product being sold was taxed and safe for the public to consume, he said.The argument for regulation is that the government currently has no control over the drug market, Armentano said.Regulation could end the "anarchy" that exists within the system, he said.Source: Daily Mississippian (U of MS Edu)Author: Tim SummersPublished: June 18, 2008Copyright: 2008 The Daily MississippianContact: opinion thedmonline.comWebsite: http://www.thedmonline.comRelated Articles & Web Site:NORML Don't Buy The 'Potent Pot' Hype House Returns To Stoking Fears About Pot Pot Worries Officials
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Comment #2 posted by Dr Ganj on June 19, 2008 at 10:13:08 PT
OT: Acute Swine Snouts Catch Stoner In The Act!
Police: Scent of pot leads to drug bustPublished: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 4:30 a.m. 
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 10:29 a.m. Smoke from a marijuana cigarette wafted from a car window on Highway 29, catching the attention of Sonoma County narcotics officers in a nearby car and leading to the arrest of a man wanted on a $1 million warrant, officials said Tuesday.Officers were traveling up Mount St. Helena in an unmarked car on Monday morning, on their way to Lake County to help with a drug investigation there, said Sgt. Chris Bertoli of the Sonoma County Narcotics Task Force.The driver in front of them was smoking with the window down, and officers smelled marijuana, Bertoli said.A CHP officer parked up ahead was alerted and stopped the car. A search turned up a small amount of marijuana and a postal receipt showing a package had just been mailed to Arkansas from St. Helena, Bertoli said.The package was intercepted at the Yountville post office, and 3 pounds of marijuana worth about $10,500 was found inside, Bertoli said.Passenger Matthew Craig Edwards, 28, of San Rafael was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant from Marin County for alleged marijuana sales. Two other people in the car were released. Napa County law enforcement has taken the case and will determine possible charges.-- Randi Rossmann
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Comment #1 posted by goneposthole on June 19, 2008 at 07:58:02 PT
THC content
The cannabis I smoked yesterday had three hundred percent THC content. I had it analyzed by the Food and Drug Administration and they confirmed that it was at least three hundred percent.Calvina Faye and Marvin Sembler were right there with their lab coats and safety glasses. They can be trusted when it comes to drugs. They know everything about them.They gave me forty prescriptions for prozac, ritalin, celebrex, nexium, and forty more for some vioxx.Those are some killer drugs... really.Especially prozac and vioxx.
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