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Free The Plant: Think of The Children!

New Post From DankXDrank A few months ago as a group of activist women got together to make signs and banners for the Global Cannabis March in Los Angeles, the children who were present helped create signs with us, using glue, paint, glitter and fabric. The eldest of the children who is about 12, was reading the various signs we had made, out-loud. He came across one that said “No More Prison Sentences for Cannabis!”, and asked what it meant. I explained that thousands of non violent offenders in the US were in jail, just for possessing or growing cannabis. His eyes got wide, and he said exasperated; “So your telling me people are in prison for a plant?”. If a adolescent can see a problem with this, why can’t more law-makers?

In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed which was the first law designated to label drugs with potentially dangerous “Poisons”. An except from Wikipedia:

"Under the law, drug labels, for example, had to list any of ten ingredients that were deemed "dangerous" on the product label if they were present ,and could not list them if they were not present. Alcohol, morphine and opium, and cannabis were all included on the list of “dangerous” drugs. The law also established a federal cadre of food and drug inspectors that one Southern opponent of the legislation criticized as “a Trojan horse with a bellyful of inspectors.” Penalties under the law were modest, but an under-appreciated provision of the Act proved more powerful than monetary penalties. Goods found in violation of the law were subject to seizure and destruction at the expense of the manufacturer. That, combined with a legal requirement that all convictions be published (Notices of Judgement), proved to be important tools in the enforcement of the statute and had a deterrent effect upon would-be violators. Deficiencies in this original statute, which had become noticeable by the 1920s, led to the replacement of the 1906 statute with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which, was enacted in 1938 and signed by President Franklin Roosevelt. The 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, along with its numerous amendments, remains the statutory basis for federal regulation of all foods, drugs, biological products, cosmetics, medical devices, tobacco and radiation emitting devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

These were the very first regulations in the US for cannabis. They did not outlaw it, but they did specify a proper label must be attached to anything containing cannabis meant for medicine or consumption. In 1970, with the passing of the Controlled Substances Act, cannabis was deemed a Schedule I Substance, which had no medical use, and was a “dangerous and addictive drug, which has no medical value.” This classification is really outrageous, considering many of the drugs lower on the schedule classifications are actually deadly, and many of the Schedule I “drugs” are recreational in nature, and rarely result in death in comparison, the controlled substances that can be prescribed to you, often result in death due to abuse.

Right now there are 23 states with Medical Marijuana laws, and 3 more with pending laws. Many of these states allow for a caregiver to administer and receive medicine for patients unable to do so themselves, such as children,the terminally ill, or the disabled. Many parents of sick children are turning to medical marijuana as it has shown incredible amounts of promise for those with seizures, ADHD, cancer, as well as a variety of other major ailments. There are many families who have moved their entire families to get safe access to MMJ for their children. Stories are cropping up everywhere about these children, and their families struggles, a few examples can be found here at HuffPo.

Last year we featured this story about Zander Welton, and his struggle with seizures, which his parents continue to control with various cannabis extracts. His progress is being documented by his parents, on a Facebook page called “Zander Welton’s Journey”, which you can follow and show support for him.  Mykayla is another child using high CBD medicine. Mykayla has T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  This is a very rare and aggressive form of childhood leukemia; it accounts for 15-18% of childhood leukemia cases. I’ll let Mykayla tell you her story:

You can visit her website, and help share her story at:  www.bravemykayla.com

 Many of these individuals were literally fighting for their lives, with no other options as no pharmaceuticals were providing the relief they needed. None were anywhere near as effective as cannabis was, and for many, it was the first step towards actually living. A plant that was classified as having “no medical value” is saving lives, not costing them. As I wrote in a prior column;

"A recent article was published in the Washington Post regarding the decline in prescription drug deaths by 25% in medical marijuana states.  If this is the case, then why are politicians trying to regulate medicine that cannot kill you?”

Just let that sink in for a minute.

If you need help, know someone who does, or want to help support the movement towards helping families with sick children, check out Parents For Pot. I also suggest doing research, finding local legalization efforts, and get involved. But please make sure what you are getting involved with, as you may find many groups working towards legalization do not have the public’s best interests in mind, but are out to protect means of capitalism instead. Remember part of the reason marijuana was prohibited, was because the barons of industry could not control the means of capital, with a plant that grew everywhere. When we free the plant, we need to make sure it is truly free, for the people who need it most. http://dlvr.it/704hPX LIKE&REBLOG





“Come Out for Cannabis” Alaska Style

New Post From DankXDrank In Alaska the re-legalization vote is coming up.  Some people are finding inspiration. 

If you’re going to leave your TV gig for a life toiling at marijuana legalization, do it with some panache. At the end of a segment on a cannabis club last night, Alaskan news reporter Charlo Greene revealed herself as the club’s owner and availed herself of any journalistic conflict of interest with four words: “Fuck it, I quit.”

The KTVA reporter’s monologue, captured in the video above, is delivered with supreme confidence:

Now, everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job—well, not that I have a choice—but fuck it, I quit.

Greene told Alaska Dispatch she left KTVA in such a dramatic fashion to call attention to weed legalization.

Watch for yourself.

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MMJ Research Approved — Researcher Fired

New Post From DankXDrank Why is the federal government so afraid of allowing research into the use of cannabis for medical conditions?  Once again, the shade of Harry J. Anslinger rises from the lies and the fear in an effort to derail the future.

The University of Arizona fired a psychiatry professor this week whose research on medical marijuana and veterans was finally green-lighted by federal authorities in March after a years-long chokehold.

Dr. Sue Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry who has been working for five years to get approvals for her study on medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder, says she was fired after she advocated for a state bill that would have funded her research through the state’s medical marijuana revenue. That bill didn’t pass, but she says a university official asked her for an explanation of her political activity. “It’s a very clear attack on this kind of work,” Sisley [said].

Sisley’s termination won’t just affect her career. It will also effectively terminate the U.S. marijuana research that received approval from federal authorities to use a legal supply of marijuana.

Sisley has been fighting for years to perform research on the relief that marijuana can provide to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her triple-blind study received approval from the Food and Drug Administration, but was thwarted for years by her inability to access a legal supply of marijuana. That supply is controlled in the United States by a federal panel that includes the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That panel refused for years to grant marijuana for Sisley’s study. But in March, the agency took the potentially momentous step of approving a supply of marijuana for Sisley’s study. The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which is backing the study, said it was the first time in 22 years it has been granted access to a legal supply of marijuana.

The federal approval meant Sisley was on the brink of being able to perform her research, which could help hundreds of thousands of American veterans and others suffering from PTSD. Veterans and others suffering from PTSD have long vouched anecdotally that marijuana provides unique relief for their symptoms.

There is much more to this story at the original post WHICH IS HERE. Sorry I missed this when it first went by.

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