Pot, Narcotics OK To Treat Pain, UCSF Study Finds
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Pot, Narcotics OK To Treat Pain, UCSF Study Finds
Posted by CN Staff on December 07, 2011 at 05:27:58 PT
By Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco -- Inhaled marijuana appears to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic pain when used in addition to narcotics like morphine and oxycodone, according to a small UCSF study that is the first to look at the combined effects of the two classes of drugs in humans.The study, published in this month's edition of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, was designed primarily to look at whether taking marijuana with narcotics is safe, and researchers reported that there were no negative side effects from combining the drugs.
Overall, the 21 men and women in the study reported a roughly 25 percent reduction in pain after inhaling vaporized marijuana several times a day for five days.If the results can be backed up in further studies, marijuana could prove an important means of augmenting the effects of narcotic drugs for the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain associated with cancer, AIDS and a variety of other conditions, said study author Dr. Donald Abrams, a UCSF professor and chief of the hematology-oncology division at San Francisco General Hospital."If we can get funded, we should do a study now with pain as the endpoint" and not just safety, Abrams said.He added that scientists don't yet understand how, exactly, marijuana and opiates interact in humans, but "our results support that the relationship between cannabis and opiates is synergistic."Multiple studies of medical marijuana have shown that the drug can be beneficial in treating pain. A drug called Sativex that combines the two main compounds of marijuana - cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - is currently in clinical trials for treatment of pain in cancer patients in the United States, and is already used in Europe and Canada. Snipped  Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: December 7, 2011Copyright: 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #31 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 12, 2011 at 08:51:33 PT:
 "Witch" Hunt in Araby? 
Hope this link works.
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Comment #30 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 12, 2011 at 08:44:46 PT:
The link appears to be broken. Will try to find another.
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Comment #29 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 12, 2011 at 08:38:51 PT:
The "Legacy" of Rockefeller in Saudi Arabia?
A straight con is one thing. A bust with 8 pictures of Ben Franklin and a bag of some kind of medicinal "contraband" is another. I can't help but to wonder if this is the face of the "Medical Marijuana" debate in the Arab world, or not.
We will never know. 
If the dead don't want to talk, who can blame them?The King's men were afraid of something. But what?
Home remedys? Rampant sourcery! Homeopathic approach? Sheer Quackery! 
Nutrition/diet/exercise realities compared to Approved Pharmaceuticals to treat disease? Ye Gads, that would lead to an undermined medical establishment!The size of the boat payment is commuserate to the size of the boat.
Saudi Arabia Executes Woman for "Sorcery"
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Comment #28 posted by afterburner on December 09, 2011 at 09:41:46 PT
mykeyb420 #21 Thanks for the Info.
Your link is broken:USAG on medpot [broken]Here is a good link: a backup link in case Huffington Post takes it down:Attorney General Affirms Medical Marijuana Laws Is A Low Priority.
-Lucia Graves.
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December 9th,2011 | Category:Breaking News,Politics. comments at Huffington Post are mostly sarcastic, but some are interestingly historical or hilarious.
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Comment #27 posted by John Tyler on December 09, 2011 at 07:47:13 PT
re #25
You are so right. Willie’s Christmas carol says so much about what is special about cannabis in just a few words as only poetry can. Example: “a plant that smokes more sweetly”, “This herb is mild yet it is strong, And it brings peace to friend and stranger, Good will to men lies in this bong”, “Pass it around in endless sharing”, “And ye the bud was kind, It was salvation they were smoking, And it's forgiveness blew their mind”, “And let not mankind Bogart love”, Peace, love, good will, and spiritual epiphany, I’m getting a rush just thinking about it again. It’s inspired. This song should be on every Christmas special, pageant and radio station Christmas playlist.I have an old set of encyclopedias I inherited from my parents. It said that hemp was a major agricultural crop used in the production of fiber, food, etc., etc. and goes on to list the acreage and tonnage produced by each state! Did you get that, TONS of hemp? Isn’t it funny how the historical perspective changes? 
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on December 09, 2011 at 03:37:14 PT
I enjoyed Weed Wars last night too. It is telling an amazing story. I hope they don't get in more trouble over the series. 
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on December 08, 2011 at 22:18:30 PT
The Stoner's Praise! :0)
One thing I like about that carol is he sang it beautifully. Especially the first part. He sang it all fine and well... but he had that Willy thing going on that reaches inside you and touches your heart. Beautiful.I watched the Harborside reality show again this evening. The whole Harborside crew seem like such decent, decent people.I've got a set of encyclopedias from the twenties. It's stunning what it says about Eugenics, and Hitler was a fine, up and coming, respected politician. Asbestos was wonderful stuff. I need to see if I can't get to them, they're in storage, and relay some quotes to you.
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Comment #24 posted by John Tyler on December 08, 2011 at 19:27:23 PT
Little Dealer Boy
I know. I love it. It has great lyrics and music and the video for it is great too.The Little Dealer Boy LyricsWillie: I have no money in my coffer
No gold or silver do I bring
Nor have I precious jewels to offer
To celebrate the new born kingYet do not spurn my gift completely
Oh ye three wise men please demur
Behold a plant that smokes more sweetly
Than either Frankincense or MyrrhAnd like the child born in this manger
This herb is mild yet it is strong
And it brings peace to friend and stranger
Good will to men lies in this bongWillie: And now my wonder weed is flaring
Stephen: Are you high?
Willie: Looked like that special star above
Stephen: Can it be?
Willie: Pass it around in endless sharing
Stephen: On Christmas day
Willie: And let not mankind Bogart love
Stephen: You'd smoke my treeWillie: And the wise men started toking
And ye the bud was kind
It was salvation they were smoking
And it's forgiveness blew their mindWillie: And still that wonder weed is flaring
Stephen: Are you high?
Willie: Looked like that was once above
Stephen: You're so high
Willie: Pass it around in endless sharing
Stephen: Dude, man, dude
Willie: And let not mankind Bogart love
Stephen: You're really high, I'm going to tell your Savior
Willie: And let not mankind Bogart loveWow
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Comment #23 posted by FoM on December 08, 2011 at 19:13:55 PT
John Tyler
I love that video. When it was available on line I downloaded and saved it. They took it down after a short time so I'm glad I did. Maybe they put it up for the holidays.
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Comment #22 posted by John Tyler on December 08, 2011 at 18:34:36 PT
Merry Christmas 
New classic Christmas carol by Willie Nelson. It has been around for a couple of years but it is great. Check out the background in the video clip.
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Comment #21 posted by mykeyb420 on December 08, 2011 at 16:10:36 PT
Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday reiterated the Justice Department's support for the Ogden memo, which in 2009 declared that the sale and use of medical marijuana in states where it's legal are a low priority for federal prosecutors.
USAG on medpot
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Comment #20 posted by Oleg the Tumor on December 08, 2011 at 12:28:42 PT:
No Plan B for Barack Obama
In yet another astonishing development in the War on Some Drugs (or is it a war on Food, because the overruled party here is the Food and Drug Administration?)
The president himself has stepped in to the front lines – "I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine."The pressure wave of self-righteous BS has finally reached the Top Dog! And guess what? His response is yet another Proclamation of the Power of the State over Medical Opinion. Who'd a thunk it!"His administration stunned major doctors groups and women's health advocates with the decision."So what is common sense? Like we haven't been down this legal road before…Ultimately "common sense" is a "subjective observation in real-time" used to make a personal decision, not an objective yardstick to be laid down like Ohms Law.
(The Obama Constant Variable?)Doctors must insist that their medical credentials be held above the "common sense" of elected officials – even the president.We all know that we are a year away from the election.We all know the gloves are off and that there is a lot at stake.Being a one term president is kind of an insult nowadays, one the incumbent is looking to avoid.If Medical Associations across the US allow this erosion of their authority to go unchecked, eventually the government will write all of the prescriptions.The Administration sees Doctors as frogs in a pan of water on the stove.If you heat the water to boiling gradually, the frogs will die.
Come to think of it, we are all frogs and the water IS getting warmer…
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Comment #19 posted by museman on December 08, 2011 at 11:46:37 PT
And now that the 'cat is out of the bag' concerning the real facts behind these posers, pretenders, liars and thieves that are our 'rulers' (not necessarily, and probably not actual politicians -who are just hired bureaucrats and lawyers, just puppets with big wages) and the internet just keeps pouring it on, 'legislation' is under way to give the pres the power and authority to have a 'kill switch' on the peoples' access.Oh they claim it is for 'national security' but then we are becoming aware if just whose 'security' it is really all about.Whose foolin' who?
Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet "Kill Switch"
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Comment #18 posted by afterburner on December 08, 2011 at 11:26:15 PT
museman #17
Here's a good, somewhat OT, example of the kind of lawmaking for the "leaders" that was just passed into law this week over the objections of numerous social justice experiential-ists, both opposition parties and several provinces. It greatly expands dis-proven mandatory minimums and limits the discretion of judges and alternative sentencing: Irwin Cotler: A Sad Day for Criminal Justice.
Member of Parliament, Mount Royal.
Posted: 12/ 6/11 10:28 AM ET.
In adopting the omnibus crime bill yesterday evening, the government in its comments continued to justify its Safe Streets and Communities Act as if the very title alone validated the legislation. If any questions were raised or critiques offered about the bill, the government repeated the mantra -- as it has throughout this process -- that it had a "mandate" for its enactment.It is clear that as a result of the omnibus crime bill we will have more crime, less justice, skyrocketing costs, fewer rehabilitation opportunities for offenders, less protection and voice for the victims, and less protection for society. This is a sad day for Canadian criminal justice.
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Comment #17 posted by museman on December 08, 2011 at 09:31:35 PT
"Nothing ever ended it just morphed into something not very recognizable"Yes, and that includes the very first system of "government" laid down by bloody force in ancient Sumeria. The conquest of the earth and the human spirit began right there. We fought back for thousands of years. "Civilization vs the 'Barbarians'" Religion was the greatest tool for conquest ever invented by these original rulers, who conjured up the idea of "Divine Rulership" claiming they were gods and beyond reproach. Slavery was invented which has now morphed into "employment" Spiritual Truth -the facts of our nature, our origins, and our destinies- knowledge of which does set one free, was morphed into various religious doctrines carefully designed to create fear and guilt that can be used like puppet strings, or 'carrots on the end of sticks' to manipulate the masses. "Law" was historically (based on 'modern' interpretations) created as a buffer between the rulers and the people, ostensibly for the benefit of the people, but in reality only ratified justification for the power of the elite. The 'Magna Carta' was probably the only set of rules ever laid down to limit the rulers powers. The rulers hated that, so when it came time to write the US Constitution, there is a reason why the common people were left out of the process, and why Jefferson and Adams had to inject the Bill of Rights into it, because the rulers were already on their way to the "New World Order" that has currently brought the world to the brink of global disaster.These "Laws" going back all the way to the first recorded set of 'em in Babylon (resurrected Sumeria) are not about anything but maintaining the power of the rulers -who are some real nasty characters that are revealed when you start to see the truth.Rome finally wiped out the rest of our armed resistance in Europe, ending all natural, tribal community and, like the Borg of Star Trek, assimilated us all into their 'pantheons' of 'state religion.' Thus, when the 'Great White Brother' finally made it across the ocean to reunite with the 'lost tribes' that were thriving here in America, the white man had lost all connection with his roots, and the fakery of civilization and fear-based belief systems was their basis of justification and judgement for making war on them, taking their land, and nearly wiping them out. Our Native Brothers were waiting for us. Their oral history told them one day we would come, but they weren't prepared for a horde of liars, thieves, and murderers -which is pretty much the way our culture introduced itself- that landed on these shores.If there were any real honor in these people who support this incredibly corrupt system (the same 'system' that Y'shua ('Jesus') pointed out as corrupt 2,000 years ago) the original caretakers of this continent would not have been put in concentration camps called 'reservations' that still exist today in our 'enlightened' society. If there were truth, we would be citizens of an incredibly wonderful nation of abundant resource, shared equally by all, instead of horded and doled out for profit by a few.But there isn't any honor or truth there, only stinking mud.I had to be almost murdered myself by my government who cared so much about my welfare they had no compunction at all in using me as a guinea pig for their bio experimentation, the result of which was used for control and profit, before I started waking up.Its been a long haul. But I believe the dawn approacheth.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #16 posted by John Tyler on December 07, 2011 at 19:42:56 PT
Jefferson's poppys
Funny you should mention that. Several years ago at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, outside of Charlottesville VA, the gift shop there sold seeds for plants that Jefferson grew. Some of the seeds they sold were opium poppy seeds. They sold them there for years before the DEA found out and made them stop. As a youth Jefferson was kicked out of the College of William and Mary for smoking opium also.   
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Comment #15 posted by Paul Pot on December 07, 2011 at 19:12:57 PT:
The divide between us and our nature.
I have long thought that we should legalize the opiates as well so that people who want to use them can choose to smoke opium rather than use it by injecting heroin. Smoking opium is practically as safe as smoking pot. It's almost impossible to OD from smoking opium. You're unconscious long before you ingest enough to OD on. And the opiates like cannabis have no cumulative effect as morphine and heroin of them selves are not actually toxic, it does not result in any damage to cells and cell chemistry. Cannabis and opium are weeds that should be growing everywhere for everyone to use when needed. They were taken from us just so the companies could monopolize the drug industry. Removing our rights to nature is an act of genocide.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on December 07, 2011 at 18:44:23 PT
John Tyler
Very well said and true.
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Comment #13 posted by John Tyler on December 07, 2011 at 18:32:56 PT
When you look back in history have you ever noticed seemingly educated, intelligent, maybe even caring people or groups of people doing thoughtless, heartless, cruel, even evil things and not being able to see what they were doing?  Eugenics was racism and elitism masquerading as a science. It was a wonderful tool for abusing the weak and poor. The Nazis embraced it and took it to its logical conclusion. The Nazis passed laws to justify everything they did. Looking back at it, it is weird, shocking and sickening. How could any normal person even consider something so wrong, but yet they did. Similarly good people oversaw the “ethnic cleansing” of the Native Americans, slavery was justified by the Christian churches, segregation and racial oppression was justified because the minorities were inferior, homosexuality was and is opposed, well because it is wrong, because it says so somewhere in the Bible.  There are so many stupid ideas based on ignorance, racism and elitism that get promoted and passed around by politicians and others fear mongering the public to advance whatever they deem expedient to advance. They get into the societal rules and are hard to clear out even when they are obsolete. We are still in the midst of this ongoing social confusion. Our current Drug War is a prime example. It is a policy based on fear and racism. The politicians and other leader types know this, but they are either using it to their advantage or are afraid to speak out. Societies and cultures do some good things and some bad things over time. When you are in the middle of it, it is hard to know which is which. If we understand the situation we are in we are better able to see out way out.
In the 1960s a whole generation understood this and with one voice said we have a new vision of how society should be. They were belittled, reviled, and rebuked for their efforts, but they ended segregation, a cruel war, and a corrupt president. We still have a lot more work to do though.  
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on December 07, 2011 at 18:20:00 PT
Hempworld and Museman
I am beyond shocked. I just know now. Nothing ever ended it just morphed into something not very recognizable until you learn and then it makes sense.
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Comment #11 posted by museman on December 07, 2011 at 16:55:06 PT
And I'm stuck with my middle name (Eugene) LOLI believe that once you start looking, the corruption is so old and deep you almost feel like a fool that you ever thought otherwise, - I know I did when the truth began to be known to me.When you look beneath the surface of the mud. you find older, stinkier mud.Try as you might, without being ignorant, illogical, nonsensical and having good speech writers, there is just no redeemable factors left in our government to find, and soon our society if the people don't stand up with some solidarity.The truth will set us free. Such truth as this revelation is a good example.And yes, cannabis smokers are still held in low social esteem. The right wing mud slingers had a field day with the occupiers, 'cause a lot of 'em smoke pot.Has anybody listened to the new Hip Hop underground stuff? There's more lyrics about pot smoking than sex! And personally I think its a great improvement.LEGALIZE FREEDOM 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on December 07, 2011 at 11:55:45 PT
What has me worried is what will happen to Mr. DeAngelo because of doing the series. I believe people that have been way out front might wind up in prison like Marc Emery. It makes me really concerned for their well being. 
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Comment #9 posted by HempWorld on December 07, 2011 at 10:51:46 PT
#5 and 7 OT Rockefeller hired Mengele!
Eugenic Movement in USA Influence on Nazi GermanyFrom the eugenics movement was well established in the United States, it spread to Germany. California eugenicists began producing literature promoting eugenics and sterilization and sending it overseas to German scientists and medical professionals.[58] By 1933, California had subjected more people to forceful sterilization than all other U.S. states combined. The forced sterilization program engineered by the Nazis was partly inspired by California's.[7]The Rockefeller Foundation helped develop and fund various German eugenics programs, including the one that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.[6][66]Upon returning from Germany in 1934, where more than 5,000 people per month were being forcibly sterilized, the California eugenics leader C. M. Goethe bragged to a colleague:"You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought . . . I want you, my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have really jolted into action a great government of 60 million people."[67]Eugenics researcher Harry H. Laughlin often bragged that his Model Eugenic Sterilization laws had been implemented in the 1933 Nuremberg racial hygiene laws.[68] In 1936, Laughlin was invited to an award ceremony at Heidelberg University in Germany (scheduled on the anniversary of Hitler's 1934 purge of Jews from the Heidelberg faculty), to receive an honorary doctorate for his work on the "science of racial cleansing".Due to financial limitations, Laughlin was unable to attend the ceremony and had to pick it up from the Rockefeller Institute. Afterwards, he proudly shared the award with his colleagues, remarking that he felt that it symbolized the "common understanding of German and American scientists of the nature of eugenics."[69]
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on December 07, 2011 at 09:49:20 PT
Comment 6 FoM
How we long for freedom. The liberty to make these choices for ourselves. To live free of over reaching government and it's minions. How we long to not have to worry about what the government will do to people over cannabis and other substances. It's just so completely revolting.I feel so dehumanized by our government. It's like we are slaves and have our personal freedoms and rights culled and prescribed by someone other than ourselves. It really is horrible.I understand some rules and laws. Some, like the laws against cannabis are so out of line for a free people. The American people have been turned into characterless government drones. Our freedoms, our natural freedoms have been usurped by dictatorial bureaucracies. It's sickening. So sickening. And those among us that love this interference from the government make me even sicker to my heart, to think of what dependent, fearful, cowardly, and weak, busybody creeps they are.
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Comment #7 posted by HempWorld on December 07, 2011 at 09:38:44 PT
#5 When you know this, isn't it strange we now
have a 'black' president promoting a white supremacy agenda! How weird is that!President Obama probably does not have a clue!Ignorance is pure bliss!
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on December 07, 2011 at 09:18:52 PT
I am very thankful that the pain I have can be maintained without any narcotics but I understand that is not the case for everyone. I think it would be smart to allow God's plants to be used for pain. God didn't create the controlled substance act. Let people grow their own herbs and treat themselves whether it is poppies or cannabis. Let people be in control of themselves.
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on December 07, 2011 at 09:05:38 PT
OT Eugenics... 1880 to 1975 in good old USA!
The same US companies and individuals that supported Eugenics in the USA were also financial backers of the Nazi empire to ensure white people would remain in control.Some states sterilized "imbeciles" for much of the 20th century. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1927 Buck v. Bell case that the state of Virginia could sterilize those it thought unfit. Although compulsory sterilization is now considered an abuse of human rights, Buck v. Bell was never overturned, and Virginia did not repeal its sterilization law until 1974.[46] The most significant era of eugenic sterilization was between 1907 and 1963, when over 64,000 individuals were forcibly sterilized under eugenic legislation in the United States.[47] Beginning around 1930, there was a steady increase in the percentage of women sterilized, and in a few states only young women were sterilized. From 1930 to the 1960s, sterilizations were performed on many more institutionalized women than men.[25] By 1961, 61 percent of the 62,162 total eugenic sterilizations in the United States were performed on women.[25] A favorable report on the results of sterilization in California, the state with the most sterilizations by far, was published in book form by the biologist Paul Popenoe and was widely cited by the Nazi government as evidence that wide-reaching sterilization programs were feasible and humane.[One of the methods that was commonly suggested to get rid of "inferior" populations was euthanasia. A 1911 Carnegie Institute report mentioned euthanasia as one of its recommended "solutions" to the problem of cleansing society of unfit genetic attributes. The most commonly suggested method was to set up local gas chambers. (now there is a novel idea!)However, many in the eugenics movement did not believe that Americans were ready to implement a large-scale euthanasia program, so many doctors had to find clever ways of subtly implementing eugenic euthanasia in various medical institutions. For example, a mental institution in Lincoln, Illinois fed its incoming patients milk infected with tuberculosis (reasoning that genetically fit individuals would be resistant), resulting in 30-40% annual death rates. Other doctors practiced eugenicide through various forms of lethal neglect.[56]
In the 1930s, there was a wave of portrayals of eugenic "mercy killings" in American film, newspapers, and magazines. In 1931, the Illinois Homeopathic Medicine Association began lobbying for the right to euthanize "imbeciles" and other defectives. The Euthanasia Society of America was founded in 1938.[57]
Overall, however, euthanasia was marginalized in the U.S., motivating people to turn to forced segregation and sterilization programs as a means for keeping the "unfit" from reproducing.[58] you use cannabis then you belong to the inferior races and then you need to be eliminated, one way or another. This is cannabis prohibition in a nutshell. Add to this, the threat it poses to the current medical establishment and the alcohol and cigarette lobbyists including Du Pont, and many other companies that feel threatened by hemp/cannabis. Bingo!
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Comment #4 posted by GentleGiant on December 07, 2011 at 07:32:05 PT:
John Tyler
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on December 07, 2011 at 07:27:33 PT
Sad stuff... we know why they put so much
acetaminophen in these medicines.FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Banning Vicodin and Percocet
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on December 07, 2011 at 06:54:58 PT
John Tyler
You are absolutely right.
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on December 07, 2011 at 06:07:59 PT
cannabis is complementary 
Doesn’t this just prove what we and others have been saying for decades? Cannabis is good and it is good for you. If you are not feeling well it makes you feel better. If you are OK, it makes you feel better too. It is complementary to just about everything else also. It is good with food. It is good with beverages. This article says it is good with opiates too. It is good and has always been good. What’s not to like? 
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