WAR ON DRUGS

Texas Issues First Medical Marijuana License To Help Treat Epilepsy

Texas has issued its first medical marijuana license to help treat epilepsy. Two more companies are expected to be awarded licenses soon.

Licenses are being issued under the Texas Compassionate Use Act, signed into law in 2015, by Gov. Greg Abbott. The companies were selected from more than 40 applicants in May, and have undergone a series of facility inspections. The companies face strict state regulations concerning customer base numbers and product formulation.
READ MORE: https://www.minds.com/blog/view/754526294523256835

The History Channel Is Finally Telling the Stunning Secret Story of the War on Drugs

Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa, is known on twitter for expressing his yearning for the History Channel to finally show some history.

The good news for Grassley, and for everyone else, is that starting Sunday night and running through Wednesday the History Channel is showing a new four-part series called “America’s War on Drugs.” Not only is it an important contribution to recent American history, it’s also the first time U.S. television has ever told the core truth about one of the most important issues of the past fifty years.
READ MORE: https://theintercept.com/2017/06/18/the-history-channel-is-finally-telli...

Smoking Marijuana Causes ‘Complete Remission’ of Crohn’s Disease, No Side Effects, New Study Shows

Marijuana – scientific name “cannabis” – performed like a champ in the first-ever placebo-controlled trial of the drug to treat Crohn’s Disease, also known as inflammatory bowel disease.

The disease of the digestive tract afflicts 400,000 – 600,000 people in North America alone causing abdominal pain, diarrhea (which can be bloody), severe vomiting, weight loss, as well as secondary skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, tiredness, and lack of concentration.

Smoking pot caused a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease compared to placebo in half the patients who lit up for eight weeks, according to clinical trial data to be published the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
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Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime

STUDY: We show that the introduction of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) leads to a decrease in violent crime in states that border Mexico. The reduction in crime is strongest for counties close to the border (less than 350km), and for crimes that relate to drug trafficking. In addition, we find that MMLs in inland states lead to a reduction in crime in the nearest border state. Our results are consistent with the theory that decriminalization of the production and distribution of marijuana leads to a reduction in violent crime in markets that are traditionally controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organisations.
MORE: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecoj.12521/full

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

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