NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- September 30, 2004

  NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- September 30, 2004

Posted by CN Staff on September 30, 2004 at 15:15:30 PT
Weekly Press Release 
Source: NORML 

Pot Compound Triggers Cell Death In Leukemic Cell LinesSeptember 30, 2004 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom: Compounds in marijuana target and kill cells associated with leukemia, according to clinical findings published this month in the journal of the American Society of Hematology.
Researchers at Saint Bartholomew's Hospital in London determined that the cannabinoid THC induces programmed cell death (apoptosis) in three leukemic cell lines. In tests, cell death began to occur as early as six hours after exposure to THC."We have shown that THC is a potent inducer of apoptosis in leukemic cell lines," authors concluded.Though the researchers did not speculate as to THC's mechanism of action, they did observe that it did not appear to act synergistically with other standard chemotherapeutic agents such as cisplatin.Previous clinical trials have also shown cannabinoids to stave the growth of certain types of cancerous tumors, as well as induce programmed cell death in malignant cells. Clinical data published in August in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research determined that cannabinoids inhibited the growth of glioma (brain) tumors in mice and in two human subjects by restricting the tumors' blood supply. Last November, a study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics found that the administration of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid CBD induced apoptosis in human glioma cells.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Abstract of the study are available online at: Medical Marijuana Archives To Begin Registering Legal Medical Cannabis Patients September 30, 2004 - Montpelier, VT, USAMontpelier, VT: The Vermont Department of Public Safety will begin accepting applications next month from patients seeking to legally possess and cultivate marijuana under state law. The new law, approved by the legislature in May, legalizes the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up to three marijuana plants (one mature plant, two immature plants) for patients suffering from cancer, HIV, AIDS, or multiple sclerosis.Patients and their caregivers must be registered with the state Department of Public Safety to qualify for protection under the law. Vermont's medical marijuana patient registration program will be similar to existing state-authorization programs in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon.Three other states - California, Maine, and Washington - have also enacted laws legalizing the use of medicinal cannabis for qualified patients. However, these state laws do not mandate patients to register with any overseeing state agency.Vermont state officials will have 30 days from the date of an application to verify the patient's condition. The state will then issue the patients an identification card certifying that they are registered with the state's medical marijuana program.Application forms for the state registry are expected to be posted by mid-October on the Department of Public Safety's website.For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-5500. A summary of state medical marijuana programs is available online at: Ready To Make Medical Marijuana Legal Pot OK'd; Session Ending Today Marijuana Bill Will Become Law Feds Quit Hemp Food Fight September 30, 2004 - San Francisco, CA, USASan Francisco, CA: The Bush administration has decided not to challenge a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down proposed US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations that sought to criminalize the possession and manufacture of edible hemp seed or oil products that contain trace amounts of THC.The allotted time for the US Justice Department to appeal the Ninth Circuit ruling expired this week.The court had previously ruled in February that the DEA's proposed ban was improper because it classified non-psychoactive hemp as a Schedule I controlled substance without following the required legislative procedures. The DEA "cannot regulate naturally-occurring THC not contained or derived from marijuana ... because non-psychoactive hemp is not included in Schedule I," the court determined. "The DEA has no authority to regulate drugs that are not scheduled, and it has not followed procedures required to schedule a substance."The administration's decision not to appeal the ruling marks a long-awaited victory for the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), which represents over 200 hemp companies in North America. The HIA had urged the court to invalidate the DEA's regulations, first proposed in October 2001, because the agency lacks the legal authority to regulate non-psychoactive hemp, and because minute amounts of THC in hemp products represent no threat to public safety."This is a huge victory for the hemp industry," said David Bronner, Chair of the HIA's Food and Oil Committee. This decision removes "the cloud the DEA put into the marketplace [and] will spur a dramatic surge in the supply and consumption of healthy omega-3 rich hemp seed in America."For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of the NORML Foundation, at (202) 483-5500, or visit: http://www.votehemp.orgDL:, Hemp, Hooray!'s Failed Battle To Ban Hemp Food is Over Industry on Fire NORML Foundation (DC)Published: September 30, 2004Copyright: 2004 NORML Contact: norml Website:'s Weekly News Bulletin -- Sept. 23, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Sept. 16, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Sept. 09, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Sept. 02, 2004

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Comment #20 posted by mayan on October 01, 2004 at 08:20:04 PT
Law As Lottery?
Here's an interesting cannabis related piece...Winning or Losing the Lottery:
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on October 01, 2004 at 07:27:34 PT
No I haven't but I haven't followed her case. I saw she was going to court but that's all. Let us know how it goes if you want. I hope it works out for her. I'm sure others would like to know too.
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Comment #18 posted by Overwhelmsam on October 01, 2004 at 07:19:48 PT
Hey FoM!
Loretta Nall had her appeals hearing in Alabama yesterday. Have you seen anything about the hearing?Dennis
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Comment #17 posted by kaptinemo on October 01, 2004 at 06:21:29 PT:
A very relevent posting
Thanks to Pete Guither of DrugWarRant for reposting this article. Considering the thread, I think it's more than germane:What Did You Do In the War Daddy? (Meaning, The DrugWar) couple excerpts:*I chased criminal plants. I tore up fields of hemp. A plant that looks like marijuana but has no psychoactive effect. I filled the jails with drug users, letting untold numbers of violent criminals get a free pass to make sure there was room for dealers and users of the wrong kinds of drugs. I let terrorists go free in order to concentrate on jailing people out for a little drug induced fun. Of course I ignored those using the most harmful drugs commonly available in society, alcohol and tobacco.*and * I worked hard to get children to inform on their parents. We got quite a few to turn in their parents for indulging in a substance safer than aspirin. Of course we jailed the parents and made the children jail orphans. Then we decried the breakdown of the family. Such fun. And while making war on 5 to 10% of all Americans I ignored any warnings of terrorist threats and concentrated on the civil war (I SAID it was just that, didn't I? - k.) against users of the wrong kinds of drugs. It seemed like the right thing to do at the time.*Although this is a fictional confession, in this case, Art is only imitating Life. Now we can add millions of unnecessary cancer deaths to the toll. Too bad Dante's been dead for hundreds of years; a new Circle in Hell would have to be constructed especially for these DrugWarriors. 
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on September 30, 2004 at 20:25:27 PT
When I am setting up something to post I often think of how it will make someone feel. When I read about Cannabis maybe helping with Leukemia I thought of you. No one knows your pain. No one can feel your pain but I do understand.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on September 30, 2004 at 20:14:12 PT
Dear, Dear GCW, My spirit loves your spirit so much, and another Spirit that dwells in me, I know, also dwells in you, and we, in Him. 
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Comment #14 posted by BGreen on September 30, 2004 at 19:58:43 PT
Speak All You Want, The GCW
You speak with love and compassion, and I take what you say to heart. You've helped me refine my spiritual life into that which I believe is closer to the Truth than that espoused by the mainstream religious denominations.You speak from the heart and it means a lot that you, FoM and others feel comfortable in sharing your grief and the lessons learned with your family.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on September 30, 2004 at 19:48:19 PT
Now there is MORE hope for Leukemia patients.
 I haven't said much about Leu. lately.I'ts upsetting.Thinking back to when My 16 year old son was dying with Leu. and I asked the doctor and the staff about cannabis, and received no info about cannabis the plant. I pushed and they finaly uped the Marinol. But they let the kid self induce morphine every 6 minutes for pain.He wouldn't be allowed to even know about the plant.Then I found the computer and the computer found Me.Then I found places like cannabisnews and found the truth.And Cannabisnews and the Truth found Me. 
Now I know where the line is.MORENow that the Feds. must get their finger out of Our hemphole, I suggest that everyone eat as much THC as You can. Even minute amounts of THC add up. It might keep Leu. at bay.
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on September 30, 2004 at 18:16:26 PT
No Man Is An Island...
And neither is any country.Many of the world's governments are realizing the medical efficacy of this plant. The "island of ignorance" known as America will be the last to catch on. We ARE catching on though and the powers that be are very aware of that and they are becoming increasingly desperate. Medical cannabis and industrial hemp pose a major threat to those who hold the reins and they cannot afford to let the paradigm shift or they will lose control of those reins. Many here realize that they will do ANYTHING to maintain that power. They have already proven that. Expect anything. Expect the unexpected.The way out is the way in...9/11 widow cites attorney- presidential conflicts, threat in estate court petition to judge: 9/11 For the Truth - Mariani vs. Bush: 9/11 Cover-up 10-Page Summary:
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on September 30, 2004 at 17:49:12 PT
Just a few more minutes
Let's breathe deeply and think calm thoughts, FoM.We have our own special Angel...Angel Raich. God bless her and lift her up!
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on September 30, 2004 at 17:47:52 PT
A Legalize It Sign on MSNBC at The Debate
They have shown it a couple times! That's great!
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on September 30, 2004 at 17:41:00 PT

Important Information from Angel Raich
DPFCA: SUPREME COURT DATE FOR ASHCROFT v. RAICHHello Everyone,As of yesterday afternoon we were given a date for our oral agrument before the United States Supreme Court. Opening up an important window of opportunity for medical cannabis patients and their caregivers, the United States Supreme Court will review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' December 16, 2003 ruling in Ashcroft v. Raich. The case, is scheduled before the high court on November 29, 2004 at 10:00 am will set a national precedent by weighing whether or not patients have the legal right to treat their illnesses by medicating with cannabis when recommended by their doctors.June 28, 2004 The New York Times was quoted saying, "The case, certain to be one of the most closely watched of the court's next term." -- Compassion and Justice,Angel McClary Raichangel raich-v-ashcroft.com510-764-1499Download the major pleadings from our litigation 
(Raich v. Ashcroft) at: and or
Angel Raich vs. Ashcroft News
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on September 30, 2004 at 17:30:09 PT

It's true
The children of peace do know what's good for them.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on September 30, 2004 at 17:28:26 PT

This is such wonderful news
yet...lives have obviously been lost because of the prohib's stubborn refusal to even let this wonder plant be studied. As wonderful as the news is...someone's ass needs kicking. They've cost lives and health in addition to all the other harms they've they've made the United States a third world country in the area of research.(ugly word, ugly word, ugly word)
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Comment #6 posted by goneposthole on September 30, 2004 at 17:15:47 PT

Kind of looks like they've been raining on their own parade. Looks like to me that they really haven't helped the legalization cause that much, just lining their own pockets.Spaniards go fishing and catch hash. Norml goes fishing and ends up with boat loads of cocaine.They shoot themselves in the foot, too.It's kind of a dead issue, I know; it's been around for sometime, BUT they should have more sense than that.As long as it pays, NORML doesn't seem to mind. I'll let this one rest, too.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on September 30, 2004 at 17:13:14 PT

"Where is honesty and common sense?"
FoM, Generally, I believe they walk out the door when prohibition walks in.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on September 30, 2004 at 16:31:18 PT

I've seen it before. You should e-mail NORML and ask them to explain it to you if it is a concern of yours. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on September 30, 2004 at 16:29:52 PT

When this finally sinks in on the world
they are likely to come down hard... I mean really hard...on the antis.History is going to be hideous hard on the antis anyway, but with this information...Do I hear the sound of a thundering herd of rats abandoning the prohibition ship?This reminds me of strange but lovely words that issued from a child's mouth some years ago. I was angry about some nasty remarks being made about "potheads" and the "fact" that you could always find raw broccolli in their refrigerators.Out of the blue, the child (one of mine)...patted my shoulder and said, "Don't worry, Mama...the children of peace know what's good for them."She was as amazed as I was.
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Comment #2 posted by goneposthole on September 30, 2004 at 16:02:46 PT

you mean ab-norml make the call.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on September 30, 2004 at 15:30:21 PT

Now there is hope for Leukemia patients. Why is this a Schedule I drug that has no medical value? Where is honesty and common sense?
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