WAR ON DRUGS

Three New Scientific Studies That Debunk Conventional Marijuana Myths

Fear-mongering headlines claiming that marijuana use causes birth defects, heart-attacks, and psychosis are common in the mainstream media. But newly published scientific evidence makes it clear that what is often portrayed as ‘conventional wisdom’ is really nothing more than ‘reefer madness.’
READ MORE: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/fact-versus-fiction-three-new-scientific-s...

Medicinal use for marijuana confirmed: CBD helps kids with rare epilepsy

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial—the gold-standard design—a component of marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD) reduced seizures in children with a rare and devastating form of epilepsy.

The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, provide the first solid evidence that marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy, something some patient groups and advocates have argued for years. It also adds to mounting data supporting the medicinal value of the controversial plant. The Drug Enforcement Administration currently lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, a type of drug with no accepted medical use but a high potential for abuse.
READ MORE: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/marijuana-component-reduces-seiz...

Study finds magic mushrooms are the safest recreational drug

I can confirm this. I have a few hundred shroom trips under my belt from over the last 25 years and I have never come to grief while taking them. Alcohol on the other hand has been there nearly every time I have been arrested or terribly embarrassed or injured myself.

Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year’s Global Drug Survey.

Of the more than 12,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, just 0.2% of them said they needed emergency medical treatment – a rate at least five times lower than that for MDMA, LSD and cocaine.
READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/23/study-hallucinogenic-mus...

Study Finds Cannabis Reverses Aging Processes in the Brain

The movement to free up the weed is growing, thanks in large part to an ever-growing body of scientific research disproving the U.S. government’s assertion that cannabis has no medical value. Research has proven that medical cannabis has a positive effect in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as well as having a clear benefit for seizure patients.
READ MORE: http://wakingscience.com/2017/05/study-finds-cannabis-reverses-aging-pro...

Medical cannabis patients use less opioids, antidepressants, and alcohol, study finds

I can totally see why the National Party/government are dead set against legalising cannabis in any form. All their friends in the liquor and pharmaceutical industries stand to lose a fortune. Andrew Little and the Labour Party are not much better.

Upon using medical cannabis, patients in pain and those suffering from other medical conditions reduced their use of opioids, antidepressants, sleep medications, alcohol, and other dangerous substances, according to a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
READ MORE: https://saludmovil.com/medical-cannabis-patients-use-less-opioids-antide...

Native Affairs – High Hopes

Marijuana growers on the East Coast are being encouraged to turn their green fingers to the much more legal commercial activity of growing hemp – and it may be more profitable.

Hikurangi Enterprises planted a trial crop in a secret location just outside Ruatoria. The location remained secret until the crop was recently harvested.

"This is really a trial about being able to grow a crop, engaging the community and developing some knowledge moving forward into the possibility of growing bigger crops, or making it an option for landowners to be able to utilise," says Panapa Ehau, Managing Director of Hikurangi Enterprises.
READ MORE: http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/native-affairs--high-hopes

A pharma company that spent $500,000 trying to keep pot illegal just got DEA approval for synthetic marijuana

Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that was one of the chief financial backers of the opposition to marijuana legalization in Arizona last year, received preliminary approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week for Syndros, a synthetic marijuana drug.

Insys gave $500,000 last summer to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the group opposing marijuana legalization in Arizona. The donation amounted to roughly 10 percent of all money raised by the group in an ultimately successful campaign against legalization. Insys was the only pharmaceutical company known to be giving money to oppose legalization last year, according to a Washington Post analysis of campaign finance records.
READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/24/a-pharma-company-...

FLASHBACK: Saying Goodbye to a Giant

Approximately 300 people came from as far away as New Jersey to this quiet Sacramento suburb to honor a man who - against all odds - made the corrupt and venal world of corporations, covert operations and search-and destroy economics blink, stagger and show its true vulnerabilities. Garry Webb's August 1996 Dark Alliance series in the San Jose Mercury News, and his 1998 book of the same name sparked an international outrage that led to congressional hearings, massive disclosures of criminal activity by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Reagan-Bush (I) White House.
READ MORE: https://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/122004_goodbye_giant.shtml

Murdered for Exposing CIA Drug Running: Gary Webb

Officially Gary Webb "committed suicide" by shooting himself in the head twice.

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