NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- May 11, 2006 

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- May 11, 2006 
Posted by CN Staff on May 11, 2006 at 12:42:31 PT
Weekly Press Release 
Source: NORML 
 Teens More Likely To Try Marijuana After Viewing Feds' Anti-Pot Ads, Study SaysMay 11, 2006 - San Marcos, TX, USASan Marcos, TX: Teenagers exposed to anti-marijuana public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are more likely to hold positive attitudes about the drug and are more likely to express their intent to use cannabis after viewing the advertisements, according to a study published in the May issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors.
Two hundred and twenty-six volunteers age 18- to 19-years old took part in the study. Participants viewed either a series of anti-marijuana PSAs accessed from the ONDCP website or a series of anti-tobacco advertisements. Investigators then surveyed viewers' attitudes toward the two substances by using a five-point scale (e.g., good-bad) and computerized implicit association tests (IATs). Researchers also measured respondents' intent to use either marijuana or tobacco via a 10-point scale (e.g., agree-disagree).Investigators found that viewers expressed significantly fewer negative attitudes toward marijuana after viewing the ads. No such "boomerang effect" was noted among those who viewed anti-tobacco advertising."It appears that ... anti-marijuana public statement announcements used in national anti-drug campaigns in the US produce immediate effects [that are the] opposite [of those] intended by the creators of this campaign," authors concluded. "This reactance effect was triggered only by anti-marijuana ads [and] not by anti-tobacco ads. Therefore, it cannot be attributed to a general disposition [by adolescents] to respond with reactance (e.g. rebelliousness) to any anti-substance use persuasion."Investigators added: "Students viewing anti-marijuana advertising [also] declared significantly higher intention to use this substance than students exposed to anti-tobacco ads, while controlling for pre-existing differences in attitudes to marijuana. ... [This] would suggest that exposure to anti-marijuana advertising might not only change young viewers attitudes to [become] more positive toward this substance, but also might directly increase [their] risk of using marijuana."The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, initiated by Congress in 1998, has spent more than $2 billion in taxpayers' money and matching funds producing and airing anti-marijuana advertisements, including several alleging that the use of cannabis funds international terrorist activities.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "Explicit and implicit effects of anti-marijuana and anti-tobacco TV advertising," appears in the May issue of the Journal Addictive Behaviors.DL: Cannabis Exposure Not Toxic To The Developing Brain, Study SaysMay 11, 2006 - Orangeburg, NY, USAOrangeburg, NY: Moderate-to-heavy adolescent cannabis use does not appear to be damaging to the developing brain, according to clinical trial data published this week in the Harm Reduction Journal.Researchers at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and the New York University School of Medicine found "no ... evidence of cerebral atrophy or loss of white matter integrity" attributable to cannabis use in the brains of frequent adolescent marijuana users compared to non-using controls, after performing MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans and other advanced imaging technology.Participants in the study self-reported having used marijuana at least two-to-three times per week for several years prior to age 18, but were not current users. Study volunteers were matched for sex, age, and social class with control subjects with no history of cannabis use. Investigators scanned participants' brains using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a sophisticated MRI technique that can detect the degradation of nerve fibers (e.g. white matter) that carry information between brain cells."It is concluded that frequent cannabis use is unlikely to be neurotoxic to the normal developing adolescent brain," researchers determined. Investigators further added that their findings, though preliminary, "have implications for refuting the hypothesis that cannabis alone can cause psychiatric disturbance such as schizophrenia by directly producing brain pathology." Two prior MRI studies published in 2000 and 2005 also reported no difference in gray or white matter volumes in heavy adult cannabis users compared to non-users. For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "A preliminary DTI study showing no brain structural change associated with adolescent cannabis use," is available online from the Harm Reduction Journal at: Additional information on cannabiniods and the brain is available in NORML's report: "Cannabis and the Brain: A User's Guide," online at: State-Authorized Medi-Pot Patient May Be Fired For Failing Workplace Drug Test, Oregon Supreme Court RulesMay 11, 2006 - Portland, OR, USAPortland, OR: A private employer may terminate an employee for failing a company drug test, even if that employee is authorized under state law to use cannabis medicinally, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled. The decision reverses a prior ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals that found that employers should make disability-related accommodations for workers who use cannabis for medical purposes.A majority of the court ruled that the plaintiff did not meet the definition of a "disabled person" under state law because he could offset his symptoms (leg spasms) with prescription medications other than cannabis. "Because plaintiff can counteract his physical impairment through mitigating measures, his impairment does not, at this time, rise to the level of a substantial limitation on a major life activity," the court found.In a concurring opinion, one of the judges also held that "federal law preempts state employment discrimination law to the extent that it requires employers to accommodate medical marijuana use."A similar case (Ross v. Ragingwire Telecommunications) is now before the California Supreme Court.For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel, at (202) 483-5500. The case is Washburn v. Columbia Forest Products, Inc.DL: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: May 11, 2006Copyright: 2006 NORML Contact: norml Website: NORML Archives 
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Comment #35 posted by Toker00 on May 12, 2006 at 23:07:51 PT
Prison Fodder.
National Guard on the Border? Military "policing" our border? Ole Bushy just won't quit, will he?Between drug users, dark skin minorities, illegal immigrants, (and let's not forget the jazz musician roundup we hear will take place someday), we'd make quite a crew for a corporate slave prison farm. Maybe that's what all the empty holding prisons across the US, and probably the world, are for. The illegal aliens may get to work for even less than they usually do. We have to keep up with the slave labor camps around the world now, you know, to appease the Korps Gods. Freedom and Democracy, my *ss. Only if you are not one of the above groups, or a real criminal.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #34 posted by dongenero on May 12, 2006 at 15:15:15 PT
staggering whig
2000!!!!!............they're like, how do you get rid of them?Like will take a concerted effort by everyone to eradicate them.
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Comment #33 posted by whig on May 12, 2006 at 14:41:44 PT
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on May 12, 2006 at 14:41:41 PT
The news is really mind blowing for me. Power corrupts.
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Comment #31 posted by dongenero on May 12, 2006 at 14:33:24 PT
I watch in amazement
It's kind of funny in a way to jsut watch the news headlines come in on my font page each day.Scathing headline after scathing headline for the neocons and Republicans. From the top on down, scandal after scandal.I just have to laugh...then I get concerned and wonder when will the public at large take notice of the overall picture.Indicted Governors in Kentucky, covert spying on the American public, hookergate....and on and on....every single day.
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Comment #30 posted by afterburner on May 12, 2006 at 13:46:45 PT
All I Can Say to the Neocons & their PNAC Is...
"My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing"America by Neil Diamond by: neil diamondFar
We’ve been travelling far
Without a home
But not without a starFree
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dreamOn the boats and on the planes
They’re coming to america
Never looking back again
They’re coming to americaHome, don’t it seem so far away
Oh, we’re travelling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the stormHome, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we’ll say grace
Freedom’s light burning warm
Freedom’s light burning warmEverywhere around the world
They’re coming to america
Every time that flag’s unfurled
They’re coming to americaGot a dream to take them there
They’re coming to america
Got a dream they’ve come to share
They’re coming to americaThey’re coming to america
They’re coming to america
They’re coming to america
They’re coming to america
Today, today, today, today, todayMy country ’tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Of thee I sing
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Comment #29 posted by dongenero on May 12, 2006 at 09:52:52 PT
snipped news
WASHINGTON - The antidepressant Paxil may raise the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults, GlaxoSmithKline and the
Food and Drug Administration warned Friday in a letter to doctors.So, a drug the FDA deems as suitable for use has such serious side effects? (As do many of their "approved" drugs).Hmmm, thankfully we have a substance as benign as cannabis.
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on May 12, 2006 at 09:23:00 PT
EJ, Here's One About What They Want To Do
Excerpt:Southern lawmakers met this week with White House strategist Karl Rove for a discussion that included making greater use of National Guard troops to shore up border control.
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Comment #27 posted by E_Johnson on May 12, 2006 at 08:43:28 PT
LA Times Op Ed on Mexico
They printed one today.,0,913237.story?coll=la-home-commentary
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on May 12, 2006 at 08:32:18 PT
Storm Crow 
I'm sorry people aren't writing him from OPN if he was involved with them. I never got involved with them so I have no idea what they are doing. 
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Comment #25 posted by goneposthole on May 12, 2006 at 07:30:22 PT
in addition
All of the hullabaloo about cannabis in no way places cannabis at risk. It is, of course, a life form; they tend to be more successful and stick around longer than governments. The US gov is more endangered than cannabis.I'm all for cannabis; don't get me wrong. It is the policies of the US gov that have the profound effect on human behavior.
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Comment #24 posted by Storm Crow on May 12, 2006 at 07:23:18 PT
OT: More from Randy Brush
Toker, THANK YOU! I just got a letter yesterday. Thought I'd share some of it.
"What a great letter. Thanks so much. They don't censor my mail by reading it, they use a system called "contraband". Its completely discresionary. Whatever they want you to have or what ever costs you the most.
I get a separate check from an insurance company and they won't let me have it. Not even to sign and send to someone else. Tonya sent two magazines and they were returned because they weren't from the publisher. The rules say I can have them but... 
You can add two more people to the list of letter writers. One from Michigan and one from Kentucky. And two of my 3 kids wrote me after the X censors them. She censors all the mail I send them (Randy goes on to say a few things about his exwife, but since she apparently turned him in, I can't blame him) My oldest son, R.J. (13) is going to participate in the National Spelling Bee. I don't know when that is or if its already taken place. All my kids get their brains from me. And sadly they may get my ills. So I must be as strong as I can to win this fight so they won't have to go through this too. 
Thanks for posting the letter but sadly the old proverb is true..."Out of sight, out of mind" OPN (Ohio Patient Network) supposidly has 2,000+ members yet I have received letters from only 2 of its members. Both personal friends. None of the leaders have made any attempt to write me, provide me with their mailing addresses or phone numbers that accept my calls. So apathy is pervasive and covers completely....(Randy then goes on about an idea to get others to write, but since it involves a potentially illegal act-I'm skipping it for everyone's sake)
Nothing may get them interested Its simply a curiousity to know that some people, sick or not, still go to jail for using medicine. Against the law in many minds justify incarceration. Its as though no one worries until it happens to them. What is lost is, the problems I have can happen to anyone of them. It just hasn't happened yet. But they may know someone who has my ills, then it starts to get personal. Thats when people pay attention. So use my ideas to get people talking. They can't put me in jail..... Thanks again for the letters. They are real spirit lifters. Peace and love, RandyAnd about the DARE program, I work at a school and the opinion of many of the kids is that DARE is just a way to get out of class for a day or two (and no homework on those nights!)It's a total waste of tax money!
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Comment #23 posted by goneposthole on May 12, 2006 at 06:26:40 PT
Then it's even easier easy pickens
Anti-marijuana campaigns work... for the grower. NORML must then be a quasi-agent for the federal government if legalization is a far-off 'goal' and the government plays both sides.It's all a catch 22, and the cannabis user is duped and abused. Makes one think that the government really does want people using 'marijuana' for the governments own enrichment. 100 percent taxation, i.e. slavery.The 'marijuana' user then becomes abused by both the growers and the feds. Makes it a hard day on the planet, and it's stinking to high heaven.It's worse than I thought. It totally sucks.If you're a cannabis user, you're both for and against using the herb, you're both for and against legalization. Kind of like the Republicans and the neocons. The sick are sick to death of it all.
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Comment #22 posted by kaptinemo on May 12, 2006 at 05:35:31 PT:
Sam Adams is closer to the truth than you 
might think.I would recommend that anyone who is curious as to exactly how the military/industrial complex got started go here: This is the free online publication of Noam Chomsky's "What Uncle Sam Really Wants." which was a play on a title of a popular book of the time, "What Women Really Want." Only there's nothing even faintly humorous about what the Good Professor has to say. It fleshes out very well the concept that Sam Adams has presented us with.from the online book: the hard-line extreme, you have documents like National Security Council Memorandum 68 (1950). NSC 68 developed the views of Secretary of State Dean Acheson and was written by Paul Nitze, who's still around (he was one of Reagan's arms-control negotiators). It called for a "roll-back strategy" that would "foster the seeds of destruction within the Soviet system," so that we could then negotiate a settlement on our terms "with the Soviet Union (or a successor state or states)." The policies recommended by NSC 68 would require "sacrifice and discipline" in the United States -- in other words, huge military expenditures and cutbacks on social services. It would also be necessary to overcome the "excess of tolerance" that allows too much domestic dissent.In the next chapter, we read:(The recently deceased George)Kennan was one of the most intelligent and lucid of US planners, and a major figure in shaping the postwar world. His writings are an extremely interesting illustration of the dovish position. One document to look at if you want to understand your country is Policy Planning Study 23, written by Kennan for the State Department planning staff in 1948. Here's some of what it says: we have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population....In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity....To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives....We should cease to talk about vague and...unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.I'm not going to spoil the rest for the curious. Go read for yourself. And then realize why, in effect, the last 5 years have been the kind of world prophesized by the last 15 minutes of the old 1976 film "Three Days of the Condor":CIA agent: No. It's simple economics. Today it's oil, right? In 10 or 20 years-- food, plutonium, and maybe even sooner. What do you think the people are going to want us to do then?Ex-CIA Analyst “Condor” who had been hunted by a faction within the CIA for discovering a covert plot that would have made the plotters very rich if it hadn’t been discovered by him: “Ask them.”CIA agent: What do you think the people
are going to want us to do then?“Condor”: “Ask them.”Agent: “Now now. Then. Ask them when they're running out. Ask them when there's no heat and they're cold. Ask them when their engines stop. Ask them when people who have never known hunger start going hungry. Want to know something? They won't want us to ask them. They'll want us to get it for them.Then read about the concept called Peak Oil, and you'll have a good grasp of what has been happening in this country and elsewhere, and why.
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Comment #21 posted by Toker00 on May 12, 2006 at 04:33:06 PT
Storm Crow
Randy's letter is on it's way.Another thing. Doesn't it seem bizarre that Drug Free America is sponsored by DRUG COMPANIES? That "Protecting the Children" actually exposes them to the very thing they want to protect them from? Doublethink, indeed.Toke. 
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Comment #20 posted by Toker00 on May 12, 2006 at 04:13:03 PT
Sam Adams
Thanks, Sam. More proof that we have been Bullsh*tted since Birth! That's amazing.Prohibition doesn't Prohibit Drugs, it Prohibits Freedom. The Drug Enforcement Agency doesn't enforce drug laws, it enforces Black Market Laws. It makes sure our freedom becomes our slavery. We are free to do whatever we want, as long as it doesn't affect the Corporate bottom line. We are not pushing Freedom and Democracy on the world, we are pushing Slavery and Fascism. And the world is getting wise to this.Drug Prohibition has produced the largest drug supplies in history. Spreading "Peace" around the world has produced constant wars. Spreading "Freedom" around the world has resulted in slavery, death and torture. Our "border security" has allowed the greatest flow of illegal aliens in history, yet not one "terrorist" has taken advantage of our loose borders. 9-11 was not a terrorist attack. It was a PNAC operation. Our Peace officers have become agents of terror. Our Justice department has become our Oppressors. And, our tax dollars are being used against us. Bush is the complete opposite of a "compassionate conservative". How can a Satanic Cult member EVER become a "Born again Christian"?Satan and his Fallen Angels have almost completed their job here on Earth, don't you think? The USA is becoming the "ULTIMATE SATANIC AUTHORITY".Praise God and pass the Volcano.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!
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Comment #19 posted by Sam Adams on May 11, 2006 at 21:58:45 PT
no one answered your question: Do ya think they already knew back in 1970 what prohibiting cannabis would do? Yes, of course! There ARE a few smart people in government. Geniuses, actually. The early 1900's - the "New Deal" era - is when the fundamental changes were made that produced today's police state. They knew EXACTLY what they were doing. The DuPonts, Rockefellers, Bushes, Hearsts, etc. They all had the master plan. The closing piece de restistance was World War II, where the feds conquered not only Germany and Japan, but also us, the citizens of the US. The military/industrial/prison complex dug in its roots and continues to thrive to this day. In response to the ONDCP ads backfiring, that's no surprise either - I dug up this quote:"I read an obit the other day in the New York Times of a Dr. Edelman, an esteemed economist who wrote about “symbolic politics.”It said:“In Dr. Edelman’s view, government programs to alleviate injustices often serve mainly to allay public concern while creating a bureaucracy with a vested interest in preserving the problem it is supposed to solve.”I also found this quote randomly, but it's so good I have to forward it again:Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. ... The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.
 -- William F. Buckley, Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495
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Comment #18 posted by OverwhelmSam on May 11, 2006 at 18:56:20 PT
The government has been conspiring against it's own citizen. The think they are here to control us while it us up to us, to control them. If everyone in the world lit up a few times a week, it would be a much more peaceful planet. But our government thinks they need to instigate wars over the rights of soveriegn countries to stimulate the economy and survive. I think we can all survive fine at a slower pace. Peace.
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Comment #17 posted by Rainbow on May 11, 2006 at 18:48:23 PT
My contention for a long time is the Federal govt was running an ad campaign of the greatest proportions.I am humored that it is finally being recognizedDoes anyone feel a little suspicious that we have a military man in charge of a non-military post. Hope this is not a trend.
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Comment #16 posted by observer on May 11, 2006 at 18:48:18 PT
Doublethink, American Style! 
 Teenagers exposed to anti-marijuana public service announcements ... more likely [to want to] use cannabis after viewing the advertisementsThis was written about 'Reefer Madness':
Shown widely [it] uses sophisticated [methods] to both encourage marijuana use and promote anti-marijuana use and promote anti-marijuana legislation. Hypnosis and "Reefer Madness", Mind Control in America, Steven Jacobson
Government loves the "drug war" (i.e. the laws that let government predate upon cannabis users). Laws that let government jail cannabis users and "seize" property from them are easy pickens and good times for "law" enforcement officers and other government functionaries. 
... The stated intent of Reefer Madness "was to stamp out the menace of marijuana" because it leads to "acts of shocking violence, ending often in incurable insanity." In contrast, young people are shown having a good time smoking marijuana, partying, dancing, kissing and retreating to the bedroom. By showing young people having a good time smoking marijuana, Reefer Madness encourages young people to at least try it. By confusing marijuana with heroin and by telling the story of normal kids going berserk because of marijuana, "Reefer Madness" scares older people into demanding that something be done.Why are there conflicting messages ... ?
Government needs to do both things at once. On the one hand, government makes sure that "illegal drugs" are slyly glamourized, using ostensibly "anti-" drug propaganda. On the other hand, government piously jails and steals from illegal drug users, righteously shooting them in the back, should they resist arrest. Mickey Mouse freedom and Disneyland democracy: its all false fronts and fakey costumes, but people queue up for it anyway. Doublethink, American Style!
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Comment #15 posted by whig on May 11, 2006 at 18:48:07 PT
"with the government on our side, we can't lose"Tell it to New Orleans.But I do have to say the administration is doing an excellent job of discrediting everything they pretend to stand for, and when Clinton was in office you didn't see people on the left talking about ending cannabis prohibition but now it seems like the entire "grassroots" is on our side.
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Comment #14 posted by OverwhelmSam on May 11, 2006 at 18:42:36 PT
ONDCP Ads Influence Acceptance of Marijuana 
Either ONDCP is secretly helping us (implies competence), or they are totally incompetent. I'm leaning toward the latter. But don't let Walters resign because, with the government on our side, we can't lose. 
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on May 11, 2006 at 18:25:30 PT
Thanks! I needed that! 
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Comment #12 posted by Toker00 on May 11, 2006 at 18:21:05 PT
Gee, Tanks, FoM!
I think our team needs a Cheer.Rah, Rah, Ree!Kick 'em in the knee!Rah, Rah, Rass!Kick 'em in the...Other knee!Toke.
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Comment #11 posted by mayan on May 11, 2006 at 18:12:05 PT
From the first article on the bulletin...Teenagers exposed to anti-marijuana public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are more likely to hold positive attitudes about the drug and are more likely to express their intent to use cannabis after viewing the advertisements, according to a study published in the May issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors.The ONDCP should refrain from spending our tax dollars on these ads immediately and apologize for their incompetence. All ONDCP employees should then announce their resignations for being such obvious failures on the taxpayer's dime. Any ONDCP folks or sympathizers out ther care to comment? I doubt it. Cowards. On an unrelated note, bad news for those who seek peace. The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is headed for the Middle East...Thousands Of Sailors Deploying, Coming Home: live Colbert...Stephen Colbert: New American Hero: Blair,like George W. Bush, has much explaining to do...Terror Expert: 7/7 Mastermind was working for British Intelligence: WAY OUT IS THE WAY Reports 'Loose Change' to be Screened for MPs! Premier of “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” Marred by Bomb Scare: AWOL Feeling:
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on May 11, 2006 at 17:58:11 PT
You really are doing a fine job. Keep up the good work.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on May 11, 2006 at 17:29:45 PT
Sure it is ok. I hope that news like this is posted. The only concern I ever have is copyright issues. I try not to make a mistake and post something that should be snipped. That is my only concern and links and snips of articles are always fine. Thank you.
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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on May 11, 2006 at 17:18:49 PT
FoM, may I post this? I removed names and titles.
This is my TMM newsletter. Texas Medical Marijuana.Welcome to our 10th Newsletter.Marijuana Has Potential as an Anti-Inflammatory DrugBicycling Across the Country for Medical MarijuanaFDA Misstatements Reverberate Around the WorldFDA Misstatement Continues to be Rebuked at HomeMarijuana Has Potential as an Anti-Inflammatory DrugThe May 5th issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry reports that Japanese scientists discovered cannabinoids (compounds found in marijuana) cause some white
blood cells to lose their ability to migrate to the sites of infection and inflammation. Because cannabinoids appear to suppress activated white blood cells, the scientists believe cannabinoids have a potential use in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. For more information on this article, check out Across the Country For Medical MarijuanaKen Locke, a medical marijuana patient, with a crew of five has crossed four states on a 3,000-mile cross-country trip to highlight the plight of medical marijuana patients. Because of devastating side effects, three years ago Locke gave up all medications prescribed for a traumatic brain injury and he now uses only medical marijuana with better results. On a mission to educate, advocate and motivate the public, Locke feels that he is riding for everyone who needs the freedom to use whatever medicine raises his or her quality of life. For more information please check out the following article written about Locke’s impending trip.
To contact him and his crew directly write to j4j infoFDA Misstatements Reverberate Around the WorldFollowing the FDA’s April 20th statement that denied the efficacy of marijuana as a medicine The Economist, the premier news and business publication in England, published an article entitled Reefer madness – Marijuana is medically useful, whether politicians like it or not.The article proposes that if marijuana were discovered today it would be hailed as a medical breakthrough, but because of the political controversy research is unfortunately impeded. It goes on to say that the FDA statement is odd because it lacks common sense. Not only has marijuana been used as a medicinal plant for millennia, but it is used today all over the world, despite its illegality, to relieve pain and anxiety, to aid sleep and to prevent seizures and muscle spasms. For more information on the Economist article, visit Misstatement Continues to be rebuked at HomeAn article recently appearing in the Los Angeles Times and reprinted in the Austin American Statesman on 5/9/06 also rebuked the FDA statement, calling it contradictory. Emeritus professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Lester Grinspoon, pointed out the hypocrisy of FDA’s statement by noting that the FDA approved Marinol, a marijuana derived medicine in 1985, and  recently approved clinical trials for Sativex, a another marijuana derived drug.  Grinspoon grants that the “pharmaceuticalization” of marijuana has promise, but believes that, “for now medicines such as Sativex provide only one advantage over the herb: They’re legal.”No electronic copy of the Statesman re-print could be found so please look at the Times article here,,0,7185234.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions
To comment on this article you can send a letter to the editor of the Statesman at letters Letters should not exceed 150 words and include your full name, address and day and evening phone numbers.
Best Wishes
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Comment #7 posted by Toker00 on May 11, 2006 at 16:57:38 PT
That is exactly right. It's like they figured out, that by murdering the Jews, they lost a major way to make capital from prison labor. They re-adjusted their Methodology with the Drug War. Now, corporations make money from cannaprisoners through many avenues. The PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX,(slave labor), THE PISS TESTING COMPLEX, (instant national corporations formed virtually overnight), THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLEX, (jackbooting requires lots and lots of fear and death invoking equipment), THE BLACK MARKET COMPLEX, (both the legal and the illegal corporations make profit here) THE PHARMACEUTICAL, ENERGY, AND BIG OIL COMPLEX, (these are the real Drug Warriors). Nazi Germany gave Nazi America a very good lesson in FASCISM. They did their homework, and we are witnesses and victims of their studies.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #6 posted by global_warming on May 11, 2006 at 16:25:06 PT
wowand my Amen,sorry,i am an american.
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Comment #5 posted by whig on May 11, 2006 at 16:05:41 PT
Shorter George W. Bush
We're not monitoring everybody's phone calls and anybody who says otherwise is revealing sensitive national security information.
Busy Busy Busy
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Comment #4 posted by dongenero on May 11, 2006 at 15:03:08 PT
The prohibitionists don't want to kill us.There would be no revenue stream for the prison industrial complex. Heck, there is even the chance of repeat offences.They have to maintain their customer base.
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Comment #3 posted by Toker00 on May 11, 2006 at 14:46:42 PT
I wonder...
Do ya think they already knew back in 1970 what prohibiting cannabis would do? That it would create a peaceful, easy to apprehend criminal element for law enforcement to feed and grow on for the next few decades? They already knew what would happen because of alcohol prohibition. What other law would create a large police state so quickly during peace time? Remember, Cannabis (drugs) Prohibitionists and Enforcers were just a continuation of Alcohol Prohibitionists and Enforcers. So, really, Prohibition has never ended in America. It just shifted from alcohol to drugs, and grew. I believe they already knew what would happen. The police state is what they were shooting for, even back then. The only basic difference between American Cannabists (or any drug users) and Nazi Germany Jews, is that we haven't been taken to the gas chambers, YET. We have certainly suffered as much socially.Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #2 posted by whig on May 11, 2006 at 13:36:49 PT
out loud, even
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Comment #1 posted by whig on May 11, 2006 at 13:36:29 PT
Funny, but not too surprising
Teenagers exposed to anti-marijuana public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) are more likely to hold positive attitudes about the drug and are more likely to express their intent to use cannabis after viewing the advertisements, according to a study published in the May issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors.LOL. I had to read this out load to Mrs. Whig. 
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