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U.S. Rules Marijuana Has No Medical Use
Posted by CN Staff on July 11, 2011 at 08:02:24 PT
By Maia Szalavitz
Source: Time 
Washington, D.C.  -- The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ruled on Friday that marijuana has "no accepted medical use" and should therefore remain illegal under federal law — regardless of conflicting state legislation allowing medical marijuana and despite hundreds of studies and centuries of medical practice attesting to the drug's benefits.The judgment came in response to a 2002 petition by supporters of medical marijuana, which called on the government to reclassify cannabis, which is currently a Schedule I drug — like heroin, illegal for all uses — and to place it in Schedule III, IV or V, which would allow for common medical uses.
The DEA ruled that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States," has a "high potential for abuse," and "lacks an acceptable level of safety for use even under medical supervision."Not only does this decision conflict with state laws, however, it also conflicts with a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the branch of the National Academy of Sciences charged with answering complex medical questions for Congress. Way back in 1999, the IOM said:Scientific data indicate the potential therapeutic value of cannabinoid drugs, primarily THC, for pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation; smoked marijuana, however, is a crude THC delivery system that also delivers harmful substances.Despite the issue of smoking marijuana, the IOM said that medical use of the drug is acceptable when other alternatives have failed.In addition, in 2006 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an investigational new drug application, or IND — which grants permission to study a drug with the goal of approving it for marketing if it is safe and effective — for Sativex, an inhalable marijuana-derived drug, which includes both THC and CBD, the main active components of cannabis. So, while one federal agency says the drug is too risky for use even under medical supervision, another is studying it for possible approval for marketing.The synthetic marijuana-based drugs nabilone and dronabinol (both used to treat nausea and vomiting) are already approved in the U.S. and have been placed in Schedules II and III, respectively. Schedule II includes drugs with high abuse potential like Oxycontin, while Schedule III includes milder painkillers like codeine combined with Tylenol.Since the IOM report was released more than a decade ago, the evidence for the medical benefits of marijuana and related drugs has continued to increase. In the last three years alone, cannabinoids have been found to help kill breast cancer cells, fight liver cancer, reduce inflammation, have antipsychotic effects and even potentially help stave off the development of Alzheimer's disease and reduce progression of Huntington's disease.Further, a 2011 review of the effectiveness of cannabinoids for non-cancer pain found "no significant adverse effects" and "significant" analgesic effects.Although the DEA judgment sounds like a setback for medical marijuana advocates, in one important sense it is an advance. The government had long delayed making a judgment on the petition, but now that it has, it makes it possible for advocates to appeal it in federal court. Now, that process can be set in motion.It's worth noting, though, that this isn't the first time a petition to reclassify marijuana has been filed and rejected. The Los Angeles Times reported:The first was filed in 1972 and denied 17 years later. The second was filed in 1995 and denied six years later. Both decisions were appealed, but the courts sided with the federal government.Still, if an appeals judgment were to be based on scientific evidence, rather than political considerations, this time around, it's easy to imagine a very different outcome.Source: Time Magazine (US)Author:  Maia SzalavitzPublished: July 11, 2011Copyright: 2011 Time Inc.Contact: letters time.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #16 posted by afterburner on July 30, 2012 at 10:04:46 PT
greenmed #5
Cannabis plant extracts can effectively fight drug-resistant bacteria.
Sept. 12, 2008 Compounds Reduce Multi-Drug Resistant Infections, Study Says Cannabinoids Show “Exceptional” Antibacterial Activity Against MRSA.
August 28, 2008 - Novara, Italy.
NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - August 28, 2008
Lead: {
Novara, Italy: The administration of natural plant cannabinoids can significantly reduce the spread of drug-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphyloccus aureus (aka MRSA), according to preclinical data to be published in the Journal of Natural Products.Investigators at Italy's Universita del Piemonte Orientale and Britain's University of London, School of Pharmacy assessed the antibacterial properties of five cannabinoids - THC, CBD (cannabidiol), CBG (cannabigerol), CBC (cannabichromine), and CBN (cannabinol) - against various strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria, including MRSA."All compounds showed potent antibacterial activity," authors determined. Researchers noted that cannabinoids showed "exceptional" antibacterial activity against EMERSA-15 and EMERSA-16, the major epidemic MRSA strains occurring in UK hospitals. }It's terrible that the U.S. federal government keeps fighting against cannabis, preventing doctors from using even hemp as treatment for many diseases, like MSRA, that are out-of-control, especially in hospitals. If Marc Emery were not in prison, he could use hemp oil or cannabis oil to cure his MSRA. Others, who have been denied cannabis by the courts or the medical establishment, are dying from the epidemic of MSRA.Free the miracle plant, the tree of life!  
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Comment #15 posted by museman on July 18, 2011 at 14:01:29 PT
Interesting hypothesis. One could easily surmise this as a condition of design as well as happenstance.Fits in my world view. The 'betrayal' mentioned in the linked article was I believe of a much larger scope and intention. The 'liberal' itself in concept -and practice, it seems- is merely a comfortable compromise with the 'conservative' whose game it is we are playing. 
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Comment #14 posted by ekim on July 18, 2011 at 11:04:55 PT
thanks afterburner
have wondered if the use of copper pipes for water have had any effect on deadly bacteria
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on July 18, 2011 at 09:42:37 PT
afterburner #6
Here's one on the use of copper as an antimicrobial in hospitals:Antimicrobial copper kills 97 percent of deadly bacteria, reduces infection rate by 40 percent.
Friday, July 15, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
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Comment #12 posted by afterburner on July 18, 2011 at 09:05:55 PT
museman #11
Monday, October 25, 2010.
"The Death of Liberalism" By Chris Hedges heard a fascinating talk by Chris Hedges over the weekend that expands on the failure of religion as one of the institutions responsible for the dumbing down of the populace and the takeover of government by big business.The talk was just before the 2010 "teaparty" election and points to some of the reasons the voting went the way it did.Here is a taste in the above link.
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Comment #11 posted by museman on July 16, 2011 at 09:28:59 PT
If I wanted
someone to play god, tell me what to do, what I can and can't do -according to arbitrary standards that make no sense, logic, or reason, I'd go to a christian church, or a Synagogue, or an Islamic Temple. (If I want to experience YHWH, I know where to go, and it ain't any of those places..) This big-brother, wanna-be-god government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich is standing on some shaky ground these days!I'm sure that the original refugees who came here fleeing religious, economic, and political persecution would have gone somewhere else if they'd seen the this future, because amerika's status quo of dos and don'ts makes old Britain look pretty benign in comparison!LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #10 posted by greenmed on July 15, 2011 at 09:55:05 PT
OT but related
Another way coffee, tea may keep you healthyBy Jennifer LaRue HugetEvidence that coffee and tea may be good for your health has been mounting in recent years, as it’s become apparent that the tasty brews may help protect against type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and other ills.Now it looks as though these beverages, at least when consumed hot, might help keep the "superbug" MRSA at bay.(more)
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Comment #9 posted by schmeff on July 12, 2011 at 16:13:28 PT
Amerika, of Thee I Sing!
"One nation, under surveillance, with liberty and justice (perhaps) to the 2% who can afford to buy it."
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on July 12, 2011 at 11:56:49 PT
Good Video Embedded in the Link Below
Federal Government Rules Marijuana Has No Accepted Medical Purpose.
First Posted: 7/9/11 03:03 PM ET Updated: 7/11/11 01:40 PM ET.
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[Check out the embedded video 10:48]
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on July 12, 2011 at 11:15:51 PT
The terrible injustices spewed from 
such a "civilized" government and the "civilized" monsters responsible for Emery's unjust imprisonment. It's so disgusting and wrong and obviously, there's nothing we can do to stop it. We can only complain... uselessly. And they take a share of our wages to pay for their brutality against people that have truly done them, or anyone, no harm.It is a cold, cruel, awful world filled with cold, cruel, awful people.
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on July 12, 2011 at 09:32:20 PT
Some Metals Are Antibiotics: Copper, Silver, Gold
Here is one example of a silver-based antibiotic to build up the immune system. Nano-Silver there a topical form? Would prison officials allow it to be used?Does anyone have the financial resources to donate such a compound to help Marc Emery and the other prisoners? MRSA and the use of silver dressings: overcoming bacterial resistance
[2004: The jury was still out on effective silver delivery dressings.]Monday, April 18, 2011.
Colloidal Silver Secrets: Does Colloidal Silver Really Kill MRSA, the Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Form of Staph?
Case #1: A Brigham-Young Clinical Study Proves Silver Kills MRSA.(October 2006)Case #2: Iranian Clinical Study Proves Silver Increases Effectiveness of Antibiotic Drugs Against Staph.Case #3: Taiwanese Clinical Study Proves Colloidal Silver By Itself Kills MRSA.(October 2007)Case #4: Czech Clinical Study Proves Silver Particles Kill MRSA.(August 2006)
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Comment #5 posted by greenmed on July 11, 2011 at 20:26:10 PT
Marc Emery ...
"... on Contracting Superbug: 'Concerned' but Feeling Fine"CANNABIS CULTURE - Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery, imprisoned in the United States for selling cannabis seeds and using the money to fund projects like Cannabis Culture, has contracted the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Emery discusses his current health status in this exclusive interview with CC.Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a type of bacteria that can cause hard-to-treat infections in humans and even be fatal if not looked after properly, though many contract the bug and have few or no serious problems."I'm in good health and the MRSA only becomes a problem really during surgery if I were to have it," Emery told CC in an interview via the Corrlinks electronic mail system. "Even then, there are antibiotics that work with MRSA. However, I did contract it with the brown recluse spider-bite, which has left scarring and discoloration on my left buttock."Emery, who has three years left before his prison release date, said getting the bug is "definitely a concern", but that he is currently healthy and feeling fine.(cont'd)
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on July 11, 2011 at 13:05:57 PT
dongenero, from Wikipedia:
Incidence of MRSA in human blood samples in countries which took part in the study in 2008 
MRSA was discovered in 1961 in the United Kingdom. It made its first major appearance in the United States in 1981 among intravenous drug users. MRSA is often referred to in the press as a "superbug". The number of MRSA infections in the United States has been increasing significantly. A 2007 report in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimated the number of MRSA infections in hospitals doubled nationwide, from approximately 127,000 in 1999 to 278,000 in 2005, while at the same time annual deaths increased from 11,000 to more than 17,000.[81] Another study led by the CDC and published in the October 17, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association estimated that MRSA was responsible for 94,360 serious infections and associated with 18,650 hospital stay-related deaths in the United States in 2005.[82][83] These figures suggest that MRSA infections are responsible for more deaths in the U.S. each year than AIDS.[84]Prison inmates
In confined environments such as prisons, with continual admission of new members who may typically be in poor health and adopt poor hygiene practices, there have been a number of challenges reported first in the U.S. and then in Canada. The earliest reports were made by the CDC in state prisons. Subsequently reports of a massive rise in skin and soft tissue infections were reported by the CDC in the Los Angeles County Jail system in 2001, and this has continued. Pan et al. reported on the changing epidemiology of MRSA skin infection in the San Francisco County Jail, noting the MRSA accounted for more than 70% of S. aureus infection in the jail by 2002. Lowy and colleagues reported on frequent MRSA skin infections in New York State Prisons. Two reports on inmates in Maryland have demonstrated frequent colonization with MRSA.
In the news media hundreds of reports of MRSA outbreaks in prisons appeared between 2000 and 2008. For example, in February 2008, The Tulsa County Jail in the U.S. State of Oklahoma started treating an average of twelve Staphylococcus cases per month.[11] A report on skin and soft tissue infections in the Cook County Jail in Chicago in 2004–05 demonstrated that MRSA was the most common cause of these infections among cultured lesions and furthermore that few risk factors were more strongly associated with MRSA infections than infections caused by methicillin-susceptible S. aureus. In response to these and many other reports on MRSA infections among incarcerated and recently incarcerated persons, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has released guidelines for the management and control of the infections although few studies provide an evidence base for these guidelines
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Comment #3 posted by dongenero on July 11, 2011 at 12:39:55 PT
Marc Emery
Exposed to MRSA in Federal prison. How inhumane.
Our judicial/prison industry is disgusting. "Land of the Free" multiple drug-resistant staph infections. By the way, how do the dangers of marijuana compare?
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Comment #2 posted by greenmed on July 11, 2011 at 11:05:14 PT
The irony is that cannabis tincture applied topically is effective treatment for MRSA.This is an older article, but evidence-based truth never goes out of style ..."A New MRSA Defense: Marijuana extracts kill antibiotic-resistant MRSA without a high." Lennice Werth for the link)
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on July 11, 2011 at 09:59:40 PT
No No No!!!
B.C.'s Imprisoned 'Prince of Pot' Seriously Ill  July 11, 2011The man known as the "prince of pot" has contracted a serious infection while in prison in the U.S.Vancouver native Marc Emery, the marijuana activist, is serving time in Mississippi for selling mail-order marijuana seeds to American customers.He's been diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" - a bacterial infection called MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, MRSA can develop into serious, life-threatening complications, but most cases are limited to the skin and can be successfully treated. It's highly contagious and spreads quickly through areas with large contained populations, like prisons and health-care facilities."I suffer anxiety whenever I don't hear from Marc for a number of hours at a time... And I'm scared for his health," reads a tweet from Emery's wife Jodie. "Thankfully Marc is in a Bureau Of Prisons facility with better medical care than private prisons..."Emery is the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine (his prison blog is published on its website), and was a founding member of the Marijuana Party of Canada and the BC Marijuana Party. He ran for mayor in Vancouver three times.Emery was extradited to the U.S., and has three years left of his five-year sentence, with his release date set for July 2014.
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