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††NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - April 2, 2009

Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2009 at 11:54:55 PT
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Marijuana Compounds Have "Palliative" And "Curative" Effects On Cancer April 2, 2009 - Salerno, ItalySalerno, Italy: Naturally occurring compounds in cannabis possess anti-tumor properties and present a novel approach for cancer treatment, according to a scientific review published in the February issue of the journal Best Practice & Research: Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Investigators at the University of Salerno in Italy report that cannabinoids limit cancer cell proliferation and induce tumor-selective cell death.Cannabinoids inhibit "tumor growth and migration, angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels to cancerous tumors), [and] metastasis (the transfer of malignant cells from one site to another)," authors concluded. "Emerging evidence suggests that agonists of cannabinoid receptors ... may offer a novel strategy to treat cancer."A 2008 review in the journal Cancer Research reported that the administration of cannabinoids halts the spread of a wide range of cancers, including brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lymphoma.To date, only one clinical trial assessing the use of cannabinoids as anti-cancer agents has been conducted. That trial reported that THC administration decreases recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumor growth in patients afflicted with the disease.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul norml.org Full text of the study, "Use of cannabinoid receptor agonists in cancer therapy as palliative and curative agents," appears in the journal Best Practice & Research: Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Additional information on the anti-cancer properties of cannabinoids appears online at: http://norml.org//index.cfm?Group_ID=7008DL: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=7842Michigan: State Medical Marijuana Program Now Accepting Applicants April 2, 2009 - Lansing, MI, USALansing, MI: As of Saturday, April 4, patients may begin seeking applications to register with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program. Patients in the program are permitted under state law to possess and grow cannabis for medical purposes.Sixty-three percent of state voters approved an initiative establishing the program last November. Michigan is the thirteenth state to enact legislation allowing for the physician-supervised use of marijuana under state law.Administrative rules for the program are available from the Michigan Department of Community Health.The website also has application instructions and forms online.For more information, please see: http://Michigan.gov/mmpDL: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=7843 US Senators Introduce National Criminal Justice Act of 2009 -- Bill would "undertake a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system"April 2, 2009 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: Senators Jim Webb (D-VA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA), along with fifteen co-sponsors, have introduced legislation in Congress to critically evaluate Americaís drugs and prisons policies. The bill, Senate Bill 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009, is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee.As introduced, the proposal would establish a blue-ribbon commission to "undertake a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system; make findings related to current Federal and State criminal justice policies and practices; and make reform recommendations for the President, Congress, and State governments to improve public safety, cost-effectiveness, overall prison administration, and fairness in the implementation of the Nation's criminal justice system."Specifically, the Commission will examine "current drug policy and its impact on incarceration, crime and violence, sentencing, and reentry programs, [including] an analysis of the general availability of drugs in our society, the impact and effectiveness of current policies on reducing that availability and on the incidence of crime, and in the case of criminal offenders, the availability of drug treatment programs before, during, and after incarceration."Writing this past weekend in Parade Magazine, Sen. Webb stated: "Drug offenders, most of them passive users or minor dealers, are swamping our prisons. ... Justice statistics ... show that 47.5% of all the drug arrests in our country in 2007 were for marijuana offenses."America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace. Its irregularities and inequities cut against the notion that we are a society founded on fundamental fairness. ... It is incumbent on our national leadership to find a way to fix our prison system."For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500. Additional information about Senate Bill 714 is available from NORMLís Take Action Center at: http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13046001DL: http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=7841Source: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: April 2, 2009Copyright: 2009 NORML Contact: norml norml.org Website: http://www.norml.org/CannabisNews NORML Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/NORML.shtml 

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Comment #34 posted by FoM on April 09, 2009 at 15:30:27 PT
NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - April 9, 2009
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on April 04, 2009 at 09:48:05 PT
Storm Crow
I don't go to forums because I don't like some of the ads I see on them. We don't buy magazines for the same reason. Both my husband and I mind it. That forum seemed nice and nothing offensive. I'm glad you like the tomato reference. I don't think I thought it up but someone else did and I like it too.
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Comment #32 posted by Storm Crow on April 04, 2009 at 09:34:14 PT
Runoff......
I totally agree! Hi Fom, It IS a nice place, one of the best. J-angel does a good job keeping things "civilized". She has a dream of uniting all the MJ sites (especially MMJ) into a loose, but cohesive, cooperating unit with the best ideas/info being exchanged between the sites. So far, she's doing a great job! I am beginning to believe we have reached the tipping point, where things are (FINALLY!) going to get easier and easier for us to convince others. (And I loved your "Equal to tomatoes"! You hit it right in the nailhead!)
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Comment #31 posted by runruff on April 03, 2009 at 07:35:34 PT
Way I see it!
A cure for cancer should be the lead story MSM world wide.It is not and I am not surprised.-Sad!
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on April 03, 2009 at 07:18:46 PT
Storm Crow
Thank you. That seems like a very nice forum. 
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Comment #29 posted by Storm Crow on April 03, 2009 at 06:43:01 PT
And did anyone else notice....
The word "MAY" was missing! It was stated as FACT! CANNABIS FIGHTS CANCER!And FoM, there is a very interesting post beginning over at Green Passion- "Day One Stage IV NSC Lung Cancer Hemp Oil Treatment" I don't know how it will turn out, but so far, so good.http://www.greenpassion.org/f11/day-one-stage-iv-nsc-lung-cancer-hemp-oil-treatment-10095/
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Comment #28 posted by GeoChemist on April 03, 2009 at 04:03:46 PT
Let's see
The Virginia Medical College study of 1974.
The initial Guzman study of 2000.
How many people have died of cancer since 1974?
How many people were killed in the Nazi holocaust?
What is the punishment for crimes against humanity?
This needs to be pushed!
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Comment #27 posted by konagold on April 02, 2009 at 21:46:58 PT
old old news
[since this is a repeated story please let me repeat the reply]in 1975 the report titled the "antioneoplastic activity of cannabinoids" demonstrated the effect cited aboveas a parent of a 7 year old who got a terminal diagnosis of an undifferentiated abdominal sarcoma in dec. 1979 with a 3 month life expectancy and who was then asked if I could get any 'grass' by the boys oncologist and who subsequently not only witnessed the control of "uncontrolable dry heaves" in a small boy with over one hundred fresh stitches in his gut after only one hit of 'konagold' administered in Kaipolani Childrens hospital in Honolulu and who also witnessed him gaining a 18 month timespan rather than only 3 prior to passing: I have been outraged ever since I discovered this buried report in 1993had I known in 1980 of the existence of the then 5 year old report I would have supplied even MORE Cannabis to Ryanhowever the stigma stated to Ryan from others undermined his belief of us providing this CANCER CURE to himI testified repeatedly about Ryan and repeatedly submitted copies of the antineoplastic activity of cannabinoids over 3 legislative sessions and told of our experience in Hawaii's legislature and was subsequently invited to the Governors office when Hawaii became the first state to legalize medicinal Cannabis through the legislature rather than ballot initiativethe Cannabis laws are not only RACIST AND SEXIST [proof: the term 'marijuana' which is Mexican slang-the Racist part- implying it takes two women Mary and Jane to satisfy the sexual desires supposedly resulting from Cannabis-the Sexist part by objectifying women] but cruel and unusual punishment of the sickshame on any judge cop or jailer who receives any part of their salary to further this evil inhumanity to the PEOPLE 
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Comment #26 posted by greenmed on April 02, 2009 at 21:02:23 PT
FoM - a clarification
By "... the family need not know!" I didn't mean to imply that it would be a good thing to go against your family's wishes behind their backs. I know you would not do that. On the other hand, if your niece is able to decide for herself that marijuana is an option she'd like to try, a tincture would be discrete in a nursing home environment.My best wishes to your niece.
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Comment #25 posted by goneposthole on April 02, 2009 at 20:56:24 PT
Paradise Lost
That's what America has become.Government mandated America into involuntary servitude.America is just a concept. It's the freedom that really counts.The US government has funded everything that kills freedom.I have my doubts that a national criminal justice act will be of much help, but it would be a mild surprise.You can smoke cannabis all day long and have loads of fun.Not so with hydrocodone. It is a pain reliever and also a very dangerous substance.I was given a prescription for some pain. It is nothing to be fooled with and should be banned for human consumption, no exceptions.Smoke cannabis instead. It is a very safe medicine.Paradise found.
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Comment #24 posted by goneposthole on April 02, 2009 at 20:56:23 PT
Paradise Lost
That's what America has become.Government mandated America into involuntary servitude.America is just a concept. It's the freedom that really counts.The US government has funded everything that kills freedom.I have my doubts that a national criminal justice act will be of much help, but it would be a mild surprise.You can smoke cannabis all day long and have loads of fun.Not so with hydrocodone. It is a pain reliever and also a very dangerous substance.I was given a prescription for some pain. It is nothing to be fooled with and should be banned for human consumption, no exceptions.Smoke cannabis instead. It is a very safe medicine.Paradise found.
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 20:17:59 PT
greenmed
I agree how tolerant home hospice is and that's a good thing. If we could finally get medical marijuana out of the closet so many people could be helped without fear of retribution. 
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Comment #22 posted by greenmed on April 02, 2009 at 19:45:10 PT
FoM
I understand where you're coming from. It must be terribly frustrating. Home hospice workers are most tolerant of cannabis, but there still is the family issue to deal with.Dankhank's tincture option is an excellent suggestion... the family need not know!
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 19:32:54 PT
Dankhank
Thank you.
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Comment #20 posted by dankhank on April 02, 2009 at 19:27:12 PT
from our good friends ...
at THC ministry ...http://www.thc-ministry.org/wwwboard/messages/174.html
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 19:25:35 PT
greenmed
My niece is closer to my age. I came a long many years after my sisters. My niece is with me 100% on my mission. If the drug was available thru a study my family might be ok with it but my family hates drugs. Many of us know that feeling within our own family.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 19:14:27 PT

greenmed
You aren't out of line at all. She is in a nursing home. It's more like Hospice and it wouldn't be allowed in our state. My family are strict Republicans and are against drugs but they are tolerant of my mission. If she was my daughter I wouldn't hesitate but I must respect the family. 
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Comment #17 posted by greenmed on April 02, 2009 at 18:56:35 PT

FoM
I was so sorry to read of your niece's illness. It is so grievous that the government swept the truth under the rug for 35 years.Does your niece have cannabis available to her? Vaporizing would be the ideal form of delivery... direct to the site of action, and without smoke irritation. For all you've done for us, maybe there's a way we could assist your niece. Perhaps some of us who are able could send a "to cash" money order to get her a Volcano. Perhaps DrugSense/MAP would be willing to receive and forward monetary donations.Someone from DrugSense out there?I hope I'm not out of line.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 16:57:28 PT

Sam
Good idea. I must just do that.
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Comment #15 posted by Sam Adams on April 02, 2009 at 16:46:54 PT

studies
if there's one person who would know about any studies anywhere right now it would be Ethan Russo, maybe send him an email? 
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 16:44:51 PT

Sam
One day won't help my niece unfortunately. It must be right now. She's Stage 4.
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Comment #13 posted by Sam Adams on April 02, 2009 at 16:43:53 PT

studies
I'd suggest calling the various authors' offices and asking about any opportunities to enter a study. I've done this before and applied for a couple.Unfortunately I think actual human clinical studies are not occurring yet, it seems like that's what he's calling for in the article.
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Comment #12 posted by Sam Adams on April 02, 2009 at 16:42:07 PT

medicine
FOM yes it's awful - the "opportunity cost" of cannabis prohibition is huge.It's not hard to imagine that with a little research we will know which cannabinoids are the most effective against cancer - imagine if people with lung cancer could use some kind of inhaler that is pure CBD or CBN vapor, there wouldn't even be much psychoactive effects let alone other bad side effects.One day this could radically change the way cancer is treated, any cannibinoid treatment replacing chemo or radiation would be a miracle. It would be replacing the most deadly medicines we have with the safest.
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 16:41:58 PT

Sam
It is the Mexican Army not our Army I assume. We will guard our side of the border but that should be all I would think.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 16:40:17 PT

If Any One Would Know
How could my niece take part in a study? Is it possible soon? What a blessing it would be if my niece could give it a try since nothing else is left to try.
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Comment #9 posted by Sam Adams on April 02, 2009 at 16:37:46 PT

clarification
the 2008 article mentioned above is available for free, only the abstract of the new one is free:#10 on the list:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/1521690X
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 16:37:18 PT

This One Really Gets To Me
Cannabinoid and Lung Cancer http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/full/68/2/339#SEC7
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on April 02, 2009 at 16:32:48 PT

cancer article
the problem with sending the army in is that they'll just want to run the drug rackets and/or extort the money too.The article Paul refers to above is posted for free, fascinating reading:http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/full/68/2/339
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 16:28:17 PT

Sam
It really is sad that the violence has gotten so bad that they are ramping it up in Mexico. It will be like Iraq if they can't get the warring under control but that won't be easy. This seems like a personal power struggle within Mexico that is really intense and dangerous.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 02, 2009 at 16:23:12 PT

HempWorld
I read about it being put back about a week or more ago in my e-mail from California that I get. 
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on April 02, 2009 at 16:20:08 PT

Mexico
bad news from Mexico I'm afraid - it bears a striking resemblance to Iraq - our love of militarism and "Wars" on various things have the same effect, destroying a country with civil war:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/01/AR2009040104335.html?hpid=topnewsThe US politicians laugh and roll in the money with law enforcement, what do they care this war is thousands of miles away from them.
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on April 02, 2009 at 16:04:46 PT

OT Legalize Marijuana Bill in CA Put Off A Year!
From Bay Area Reporter today:Last week, Ammiano's bill was moved to a two-year calendar, however, meaning that hearings won't take place on his proposal this year. Yeah, just put it all off! Our rulers and masters, our purveyers of power (over us).Will sanity, logic and science ever prevail over this madness?
On a mission from God!
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on April 02, 2009 at 13:12:16 PT

Go Webb!
Go Webb! God it would be wonderful to fix this embarrassment to our Nation.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on April 02, 2009 at 12:12:53 PT

How much longer?
"administration of cannabinoids halts the spread of a wide range of cancers, including brain cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lymphoma."But the USA has made marijuana illegal, and this since 1937. Now I wonder, how much longer is this going to continue?How much longer, are we letting the millions with cancer die and keep the therapy that would cure them illegal?How much longer is this evil going to continue?What government has the right to let its citizens die?What about the Republicans who claim right to life?Compassionate conservative?

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