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Tags: Harvard Medical School, Lester Grinspoon, medicinal marijuana, norml, wonder drug
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“We are not far from a time when pot will be hailed as a wonder drug.”
The following is the text of a speech by Lester Greenspoon, M.D. recently delivered to the 2011 NORML conference.
In 1967, because of my concern about the rapidly growing use of the dangerous drug marijuana, I began my studies of the scientific and medical literature with the goal of providing a reasonably objective summary of the data which underlay its prohibition. Much to my surprise, I found no credible scientific basis for the justification of the prohibition. The assertion that it is a very toxic drug is based on old and new myths. In fact, one of the many exceptional features of this drug is its remarkably limited toxicity. Compared to aspirin, which people are free to purchase and use without the advice or prescription of a physician, cannabis is much safer: there are well over 1000 deaths annually from aspirin in this country alone, whereas there has never been a death anywhere from marijuana. In fact, when cannabis regains its place in the US Pharmacopeia, a status it lost after the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, it will be seen as one of the safest drugs in that compendium. Moreover, it will eventually be hailed as a “wonder drug” just as penicillin was in the 1940s. Penicillin achieved this reputation because it was remarkably non-toxic, it was, once it was produced on an economy of scale, quite inexpensive, and it was effective in the treatment of a variety of infectious diseases. Similarly, cannabis is exceptionally safe, and once freed of the prohibition tariff, will be significantly less expensive than the conventional drugs it replaces while its already impressive medical versatility continues to expand.
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Tags: drug crime, Jim Gray, legalize cannabis, medicinal marijuana, Orange County, prohibition, war on drugs
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In little over 8 minutes Judge Jim Gray from Orange County, California, explains what 6 groups benefit most from drug prohibition AND he gives 6 clear reasons why cannabis should be legal!
The only thing we would like to correct, is that you actually have to be 18 or older (not 16 or older) to buy weed in coffeeshops in the Netherlands (Holland)
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Tags: cancer, cannabis, gain weight, joint, marijuana, medicinal, medicinal marijuana, pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze
Categories : Cannabis News, medicinal
After fighting terminal pancreatic cancer for more then 20 months Patrick Swayze passed away Monday 14 September at the age of 57.
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Patrick Swayze allegedly has begun smoking medicinal marijuana to help him in the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Medicinal cannabis is already well known to ease nausea, insomnia and anxiety. People that undergo treatment for cancer often loose their appetite, smoking a joint helps a lot of people to gain weight again therefore regain the strength that is needed to fight this terrible illness.
This is what a insider had to say..
“He’s recently gained a little weight and feels more normal that he has in months. Patrick was rapidly losing weight.” a source says.
“Patrick and his brother Donnie get together almost every day and smoke a joint,” the insider added. “They have been seen smoking weed on the roof of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center while Patrick was getting a treatment.”
Swayze, who has been battling pancreatic cancer since January 2008, has not commented.
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Tags: America, California, cannabis, cannabis club, dank, dope, economy, grass, indica, kush, legalize, Measure F, Medicinal cannabis, medicinal marijuana, Oakland, Oaksterdam, sativa, skunk, tax, weed
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The city of Oakland became the first place in America to impose a tax on the sale of medicinal marijuana this week in what has been seen as a huge step on the path towards marijuana’s eventual decriminalization. Famed for its liberal stance on the subject, Oakland (fondly dubbed Oaksterdam by the cannabis community) city council backed the move by unanimously voting through a proposition to allow voters a chance to have their say on Measure F.
Proposed by the city’s 4 “cannabis clubs” themselves as a way of contributing towards the local economy, Measure F imposes a tax of 1.8% on the sale of medical marijuana – $18 on every $1000 sold. “It is important because the city of Oakland is facing a massive deficit like many jurisdictions in California,” says Steve DeAngelo, a leader of one of the city’s cannabis clubs.. “And we decided to step up to the plate and make a contribution to the city in a time of need.” Measure F was passed into state law last Tuesday with 80% of voters backing the proposal in a special postal ballot.