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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tommy Chong releases documetary seized by pigs

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I truely tried to write something about this, but eveerything I had to say just sounded like what everyone else has written.

Tommy Chong Doubts Official 9/11 StoryCheech & Chong star speaks out as FBI confiscates 10,000 copies of actor's political DVDs

Paul Joseph Watson & Kurt NimmoPrison PlanetFriday, May 9, 2008

Speaking with the Alex Jones Show, actor Tommy Chong, whose offices were subject of a raid this week by the FBI who seized 10,000 political DVD's, said he "absolutely" doubted the official story of 9/11 and compared it to the JFK assassination in that the truth will take many years to finally come out.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/may2008/050908_tommy_chong.htm

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The LONG list of MEDICAL GROUPS who have ENDORSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA

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I want to repeat something I have said before. These are medical groups, and as such they only comment on the medical effects of ganja. Just as they do not comment on the recreational use of alcohol or "endorse" recreational alcohol use, except in terms of the medical effect, they do not specifically endorse ganja for recreational use. However, if one closely examines the statements that these groups make, it is clear that what they are saying can also be applied to the recreational use of ganja. For instance, if the American Psychiatric Association says that the claims of ganja causing mental illness are overblown, that also applies to ganja's recreational use.

(I would like to thank fellow ganjaist Den De Cannabist for compiling this list.)

College Physicians Argue for Legalization of MMJ March 07, 2008
Physician Group Urges Research On Marijuana February 26, 2008
Doctors Demolish Myths on Medical Marijuana February 23, 2008
Doctors Group Backs Marijuana for Medical Uses February 15, 2008
Physicians Group Urges Easing of Ban on Marijuana February 14, 2008
APA Awards Unanimous Support for Medical Marijuana November 08, 2007
American Nurses Association Endorses Access to Medical Marijuana 7/3/03
American Psychiatric Association Assembly Unanimously Backs Medical Marijuana Nov-07-2007



The FDA should change its name to the Politically Approved Food and Drug Administration - PAFDA. It's a longer acronym, but it rolls off the tongue nicely and people would appreciate its greater honesty. The agency's other option is to stop embarrassing its dedicated doctors and scientists with utterly unscientific announcements such as the recent bulletin that smoked marijuana has no medicinal value. -- A Register-Guard Editorial May 01, 2006

Oregon Being Alive January 3, 1996
Belgian Ministry of Health September 4, 2003
British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology November 11, 1998
British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology (Second Report) March 14, 2001
British Medical Association November 1997
California Academy of Family Physicians February 1994
California Nurses Association September 21, 1995
California Pharmacists Association May 26, 1997
Canadian AIDS Society (Societe canadienne du sida) May 20, 2004
Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs September 2002
Colorado Nurses Association 1995
Connecticut Nurses Association October 2004
Dean Edell, M.D. March 2, 2000
Federation of American Scientists November 1994
Florida Governor's Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS January 1993
Florida Medical Association June 1997
French Ministry of Health December 7, 1997
Hawaii Nurses Association October 21, 1999
Health Canada December 19, 1997

* The Canadian government legalized the use of medical marijuana on July 31, 2001.

Illinois Nurses Association December 2004
Kaiser Permanente April 1997
Lymphoma Foundation of America January 20, 1997
Medical Society of the State of New York May 7, 2004
Mississippi Nurses Association October 27, 1995
The Montel Williams MS Foundation Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada) July 2001
The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom) August 2003
National Association for Public Health Policy November 15, 1998
National Nurses Society on Addictions May 1, 1995
Netherlands Ministry of Health* September 1, 2003.
National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) 1999

* The Dutch government made marijuana available by prescription on September 1, 2003.

New England Journal of Medicine January 30, 1997
New Jersey State Nurses Association March 25, 2002
New Mexico Medical Society January 21, 2002
New Mexico Nurses Association July 28, 1997
New South Wales (Australia) Parliamentary Working Party on the use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes 9: August 2000
New York County Medical Society February 23, 2004
New York State Nurses Association June 7, 1995
North Carolina Nurses Association October 15, 1996
Rhode Island Medical Society Reference: Steve DeTroy, Director of Government and Public Affairs
Rhode Island State Nurses Association April 6, 2004
San Francisco Mayor's Summit on AIDS and HIV January 27, 1998
San Francisco Medical Society August 8, 1996
Virginia Nurses Association October7, 1994
Andrew Weil, M.D. July 1999
Vermont Medical Marijuana Study Committee December 2002
Whitman-Walker Clinic April 1998
Wisconsin Nurses Association October 29, 1999
Health Organizations Supporting Medical Marijuana Research American Cancer Society July 24, 1997
British Medical Journal April 4, 1998
California Medical Association April 1997
California Society on Addiction Medicine (CSAM) 1997
Congress of Nursing Practice May 31, 1996
Jamaican National Commission on Ganja August 7, 2001
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association May 1995
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana August 1997
Texas Medical Association April 29, 2004
Vermont Medical Society February 10, 2003
Wisconsin State Medical Society 2000-2001

*The AMA recommend that adequate and well-controlled studies of smoked marijuana be conducted in patients who have serious conditions for which preclinical, anecdotal, or controlled evidence suggests possible efficacy in including AIDS wasting syndrome, sever acute or delayed emesis induced by chemotherapy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, dystonia, and neuropathic pain. -- Reference: American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs Report #10: Medical Marijuana


free website countersRemember, folkls, these are real doctors who see real patients. These are not people paid by the government to concoct "studies" and "research" that never looks at a single real person.

In fact, one of the NIDA's cheif researchers over the decades has been Dr. Donald Tashkin. It is the initial statements that Dr. Tashkin made that ganja use MIGHT cause cancer or COPD that they love to quote so much. What they do not want to tell you (NIDA has so far even refused to publish the results of the study THAT THEY PAID FOR!) is that Dr. Tashkin, using a grant from NIDA based on his initial statements, actually proved the OPPOSITE and that Tashkin himself has said that not only does even heavy use of ganja NOT cause cancer OR COPD, it has a PREVENTATIVE EFFECT!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

DON"T TALK TO THE POLICE

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Here is the truth that many cops do not want you to know. DON'T TALK TO THE POLICE, EVER. I am presenting this now as a lead in to a slideshow about HOW to LEGALLY say NO to police when they ask to search you. Dr. Swane tells us exactly what the FIFTH AMENDMENT to the constitution means - DON"T TALK TO THE POLICE! Anything more that I say will be totally redundant to this presentation. The first link will open the presentation in the browser. The second link will open the Windows Media Video in your favorite media player. Don't talk to the Police, Dr. James Swane - OPEN IN BROWSER (includes link to iTunes download) Don't talk to the Police, Dr. James Swane - OPEN IN MEDIA PLAYER above the line free website counters

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Action Alert - May 7, 2008

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Today's alert is in reference to a new feature, above the line action alerts. The alert today is a call to send a letter or email to your state congress persons in favor of fair treatment of ganja consumers.

Included in the action call is amodel letter and alink to a service to send the email (or you can print out the letter and mail it as well.). Included is a link to a free service to send the email to the appropriate state politicians.

Please visit the blog and take action today!




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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Million Marijuana March UPDATE

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This was a bad year for me, personally. As some of you may know, I have a badly damaged spine from being assautled by a couple of cops bent of stopping my activism. While they did the damage, I do not put the blame entirely on them.

There have been many cops and other prohibitionists who have harassed and stalked and even assaulted me over the years. The assault by two cops here in Delaware is why my health is so bad. Their goal was to shut me down.

But, the responsibility lies withing the community. Without the DIRECT support of the community, whatever I do is pointless. Those who complain that just because I could not go to a march and it fell apart while THEY DID NOTHING just do not get it.

Perhaps that is why the laws and cops are only getting worse in Delaware.

The prohibitionists and temperance people KNOW that YOU will do nothing.

I am the sponsor for the Delaware portions of the Worldwide Marijuana March (known by many names), and have been for a couple of decades. Every year, I get hundreds of emails, hundreds of phone calls. Only one time have any more than a small handful of people shown up.

Also, I am a patient. I have severe spine damage. Sometimes I can bearly get out of bed, let alone my front door. If YOUR do not come, help answer some of those hundreds of phone calls, help put up posters and flyers, help answer the hundreds and hundreds of emails, help keep the office organized, help get permits or whatever other of the many, many tasks, if you CAN"T EVEN SHOW UP at any of the scheduled and publicized meetings, then THEY WIN.

THE COPS tortured and beat me for over three and a half hours. That alone is not enough to stop me. BUT IF YOU SIT BACK DOING NOTHING THEN THEY WIN.

The problem is, some years, like this year, just getting things organized takes so much out of me that I need assistance to get around the day of the event. There are three different events in Delaware, and I have had to organize all three, year after year.

This year, I was suffering so badly that I needed someone to push my wheelchair and drive me to each event (I tried to schedule them so that would be possible). Not one person stepped up to help. NOT ONE. But, from people who have called after the 3rd, I am hearing that, basically, nothing happened. I can’t imagine why.

If people are dedicated, and want this to happen, why should it matter if one, poor (literally), suffering, old, stoned hippie not being able to come would make the entire thing fall apart. I’ve tried, year after year, to get someone in better shape to start learning the ropes (no pun intended). But, everyone just wants to smoke out and party on.

No one else wants to be responsible for getting things done.

If no one steps forward to help organize, I will probably stop doing this. I’m sick of the lack of support in Delaware. I am sick of the people who think that these things are easy to do, and will not do anything but the minimum, if anything at all. I should be a speaker, and do some behind the scenes things. I should not be the only thing holding these marches together. That is YOUR responsibility (the generic your, I am not pointing to any one person).

Ya know, I know organizers in other states. I’ve worked with most of them at one time or another. They get people volunteering ALL YEAR LONG!!! Here in Delaware, it seems like people are just looking for a reason to smoke pot in Rodney Square or on Legislative Mall in Dover.

I can not do it this way any longer. If I do not get volunteers to help with the many, many things these marches take, I will not be sponsoring any more of them.

I’m exhausted. If you want these things to continue, then YOU HAVE TO STOP UP AND VOLUNTEER. Now that I have that off my chest, what will happen next? Will I get any volunteers? If not, you ONLY HAVE YOURSELVES TO BLAME when nothing happens to change the laws.

YOU have to be the change that you want to see. YOU have to come to the meetings, and help lobby the politicians, and help organize and run these things. I USED to be a one man tornado. I ran EVERYTHING about these marches, I went to visit the politicians, I talked to the cops and etc., etc. But, now my health is shot, I am done without YOU to step up and DO SOMETHING MORE CONSTRUCTIVE THAN COMPLAIN!



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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Largest study ever shows NO CAUSAL LINK between ganja use and Cancer and may PREVENT CANCER AND COPD!

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A chief researcher for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has proven with a grant from NIDA that not only is there no link between ganja use and cancer, but that ganja use may actually prevent cancer and COPD!

The doctor, Donald Tashkin, who the prohibitionists have relied on exclusively for their claims that ganja use causes lung damage and even cancer has done a complete about face. In the largest study ever, of more than 2,200 people, has proven that there is no link between ganja use and cancer. This study is so frightening to the prohibitionist mentality that the NIDA has refused to publish the findings.

Tashkin reported them at the 2005 meeting of the International Cannabinoid Research Society and they were published in the October 2006 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. The results are in "Marijuana Use and the Risk of Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Tract Cancers: Results of a Population-Based Case-Control Study" by Mia Hashibe1, Hal Morgenstern, Yan Cui, Donald P. Tashkin, Zuo-Feng Zhang, Wendy Cozen, Thomas M. Mack and Sander Greenland was a blockbuster story.

Tashkin reviewed his findings April 4 this year at a conference organized by "Patients Out of Time," a reform group devoted to educating doctors and the public ( as opposed to lobbying politicians ). Some 30 MDs and nurses got continuing medical education credits for attending.

The heaviest marijuana smokers had lighted up more than 22,000 times, while moderately heavy usage was defined as smoking 11,000 to 22,000 marijuana cigarettes. Tashkin found that even the very heavy marijuana smokers showed no increased incidence of cancer.

As to the highly promising implication of his own study -that something in marijuana stops damaged cells from becoming malignant- Tashkin noted that an anti-proliferative effect of THC has been observed in cell-culture systems and animal models of brain, breast, prostate, and lung cancer. THC has been shown to promote known apoptosis ( damaged cells die instead of reproducing ) and to counter angiogenesis ( the process by which blood vessels are formed -a requirement of tumor growth ). Other antioxidants in cannabis may also be involved in countering malignancy, said Tashkin.

Much of Tashkin's talk was devoted to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, another condition prevalent among tobacco smokers. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are two forms of COPD, which is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Air pollution and tobacco smoke are known culprits. Inhaled pathogens cause an inflammatory response, resulting in diminished lung function. COPD patients have increasing difficulty clearing the airways as they get older.

Tashkin and colleagues at UCLA conducted a major study in which they measured lung function of various cohorts over eight years and found that tobacco-only smokers had an accelerated rate of decline, but marijuana smokers -even if they smoked tobacco as well-experienced the same rate of decline as non-smokers. "The more tobacco smoked, the greater the rate of decline," said Tashkin. "In contrast, no matter how much marijuana was smoked, the rate of decline was similar to normal." Tashkin concluded that his and other studies "do not support the concept that regular smoking of marijuana leads to COPD."

The new findings "were against our expectations," said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.

"We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use," he said. "What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect."

One in three Americans will be afflicted with cancer, we are told by the government ( as if it's our immutable fate and somehow acceptable ). Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and lung cancer the leading killer among cancers. UCLA medical school professor Donald Tashkin, doing research under an NIDA grant, revealed that components of marijuana smoke somehow prevent cells from becoming malignant. In other words, something in marijuana exerts an anti-cancer effect.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse supported Tashkin's marijuana-related research over the decades and readily gave him a grant to conduct a large, population-based, case-controlled study that would prove definitively that heavy, long-term marijuana use increases the risk of lung and upper-airways cancers. What Tashkin and his colleagues found, however, disproved their hypothesis. ( Tashkin is to marijuana as a cause of lung cancer what Hans Blick is to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction -an honest investigator who set out to find something, concluded that it wasn't there, and reported his results. )

I have to point out that this is (in the research world) a fresh study. Prohibitionists are quick to use antique studies, such as one commenter has posted in responding to this blog piece, that are literally decades older than this study BY THE VERY SAME DOCTOR!!

As all of the justifications used to promote prohibition and destroy peoples' lives over their consumption of ganja continue to be shown to be overblown myth or unfounded lies, we have to ask just what excuse does the government have to justify persecuting ganja consumers? I guess they are left with persecuting people for doing something that feels good.

The time has come to put an end to the perverts of prohibition peeping into our bedroom windows and arresting people jst for doing something that feels goods.

(some excerpts from report by Fred Gardner, (Source:CounterPunch))


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