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BIG Collection of MJ & MENTAL HEALTH Resources

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Compiled over the next several threads are links to marijuana and its effect on schizophrenia, mental health, the mind, the body, disease, illness. This is Marc Emery adding this paragraph to say what an outstanding collection of resources this collection is. Invaluable tools offered.

"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it."

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.

From Benito Mussolini

contributing to the "London Sunday Express," December 8, 1935

Heavy Marijuana Use Damages Adolescent Brains

By Reuters November 30, 2005 Chicago

Adolescents who regularly smoke marijuana risk damaging a key brain pathway associated with language development and some predisposed to schizophrenia may contract the illness early, researchers said on Wednesday.

Read More... http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread21343.shtml

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Official Questions Linking Pot with Schizophrenia By Nancy Pasternack

Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel December 01, 2005

Mention a causal link between pot smoke and paranoid thoughts, and you may elicit a knowing chuckle from Santa Cruz's recreational drug users. But bring up a recent flurry of studies that link marijuana use to schizophrenia, and the buzz wears off quickly. "There's a lot of bamboozling going on here," says Valerie Corral, founder of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana. Corral has a decidedly nonrecreational approach to both the drug and the political issues surrounding it.

Read More... http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread21347.shtml

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Cannabis 'could reverse psychosis'

New Zealand Parliamentary Committee

Recommends Liberalizing Nation's Marijuana Laws

Says Moderate Adult Use Associated With Few Health Risks

August 13, 2003 - Wellington, New Zealand

CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives

THE OFFICIAL STORY: DEBUNKING "GUTTER SCIENCE"

After 15 days of taking testimony and more than a year's legal deliberation, DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young formally urged the DEA to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana.

In a September 1988 judgement, he ruled: "The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision

. . . It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record. In strict medical terms, marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."

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Government Doublespeak

Since 1976, our federal government (e.g., NIDA, NIH, DEA*, and Action), police sponsored groups (like DARE*), and special interest groups (like PDFA*) have proclaimed to public, press, and parent groups alike that they have "absolute evidence" of the shocking negative effects of marijuana smoking.

Drug Czar Walters and the Iran-Contra Connection by Uri Dowbenko

John P. Walters, appointed "Drug Czar" by President George Bush Jr., is uniquely qualified for his new job. He was actually involved in the Iran-Contra Drug Trafficking Cover-up.

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Dr. Heath/Tulane Study, 1974

The Hype: Brain Damage and Dead Monkeys

In 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan was asked about decriminalizing marijuana. After producing the Heath/Tulane University study, the so-called "Great Communicator" proclaimed, "The most reliable scientific sources say permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana." (L.A. Times)

The Facts: Suffocation of Research Animals

As reported in Playboy, the Heath "Voodoo" Research methodology involved strapping Rhesus monkeys into a chair and pumping them with equivalent of 63 Colombian strength joints in "five minutes, through gas masks," losing no smoke.

The monkeys were suffocating! Three to five minutes of oxygen deprivation causes brain damage "dead brain cells." (Red Cross Lifesaving and Water Safety Manual) With the concentration of smoke used, the monkeys were a bit like a person running the engine of a car in a locked garage for 5, 10, 15 minutes at a time every day! The Heath Monkey study was actually a study in animal asphyxiation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Now, in 1999, 17 years have passed and not a single word of Dr. Heath's or Dr. Nahas' research has been verified! But their studies are still hauled out by the Partnership for a Drug Free America, the Drug Enforcement Administration, city and state narcotics bureaus, plus politicians and, in virtually all public instances, held up as scientific proof of the dangers of marijuana.

The Myth of Potent Pot by Daniel Forbes, Slate - November 20, 2002

The White House drug czar’s ludicrous pot potency claim.

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Naha's Prescription for Bloated Police Budges

Incredibly, a famous study which found that cannabis reduces tumors (see Chapter 7), was originally ordered by the Federal Government on the premise that pot would hurt the immune system. This was based on the "Reefer Madness" studies done by the disreputable Dr. Gabriel Nahas of Columbia University in 1972.

This is the same Dr. Nahas who claimed his studies showed pot created chromosome, testosterone (male hormone) damage, and countless other horrible effects which suggested the breaking down of the immune system. Nahas' background is in the OSS/CIA and later the U.S. where he worked closely with Lyndon LaRouche and Kurt Waldheim.

* Nahas, in December 1983, under ridicule from his peers and a funding cut-off from NIDA renounced all his old THC metabolite build-up and unique chromosome petri dish tissue damage studies, conclusions, and extrapolations. In 1998, Nahas is still the darling favorite of the DEA and NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) yet no anti-marijuana studies of Nahas' have every been replicated in countless other research attempts. Columbia University specifically disassociated itself from Nahas' marijuana research in a specially called press conference in 1975!

'After Two Puffs, I Was Turned Into a Bat'

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Drug czars failing grades

It may be a surprise to some people born in, say, the last thirty years to know that major drug abuse is a relatively new problem. It's a product of drug prohibition and punitive enforcement.

Souder Says Drug Czar’s Fake News Didn’t Break Law

Anti-Drug Office's Videos Defended

In the later times, some shall speak lies in hypocrisy commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving. (Paul 1 Timothy 4)

Priming The Propaganda Mill

Drug Control Office Faulted For Issuing Tapes

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U.S. GOVT. COVERS UP MARIJUANA CANCER CURE!

Last year, Spanish scientists found evidence that marijuana can (destroy) tumors in rats. But that came as (no surprise) to US. health (officials), (who quickly (deep sixed) the report). (Drug-war-obsessed federal officials) (have known) about the (cancer-beating) properties of (pot) for (more than 25 years) and have kept it a (secret) from (the public)!

Cannabis Shrinks Tumors: Government Knew in 74

Drug Czar Manipulating Data in a Report to Congress

Marijuana Drug Czar Distorts Report

Maybe John Walters, unbeknown to us, has medical expertise beyond that of the world's leading physicians and researchers. Or maybe he's lying in a desperate attempt to save a collapsing policy.

Facts on the Drug Czar's Accounting Fraud

Compiled by Drug Policy Alliance. Feb 2003.

Anti-pot propaganda 14 Mar, 2005

US feds are addicted to making up fake anti-pot news.

Fraud at UN drug office

Low morale despite expensive offices, cars, and satellite TVs

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What the WHO doesn't want you to know about cannabis

The report concludes, for example, that "in developed societies cannabis appears to play little role in injuries caused by violence, as does alcohol". It also says that while the evidence for fetal alcohol syndrome is "good", the evidence that cannabis can harm fetal development is "far from conclusive"

Mirror: legalisieren.at/studien/artikel/who_report

D.E.A. Confirms Grounds To Remove Cannabis from Sch#1

Police officials lied to toughen laws...

How The Canadian Media Import Counterfeit News From The States.

The Drug Czar Lies

... and Even The Best Papers Don’t Check the Facts.

Posted by Richard Cowan on 2005-03-17 16:20:00

“But it is time to acknowledge that the nation's news organizations have played a large and unappetizing role in deceiving the public….”

— The New York Times

Front Page Fantasy: The New York Times Pushes Fact Free Journalism

Supposedly About “BC Bud”

Posted by Richard Cowan on 2005-03-17 16:20:00

This article was cited in the Canadian Parliament as proof that Canada cannot even decriminalize cannabis because of US opposition, “causing costly cross-border delays.” Lies have consequences, which is why people lie.

Bad research makes headlines

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'Murder Weed'

Ganjawar Monger "DEAth" Cunningham Busted 4 Fraud

The Ganjawar Fraud...

March 20, 1997, Sydney, Australia:

The health of long-term marijuana users is virtually no different than that of the general population, according to the latest findings by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre in Australia.

The study, which involved interviews with 268 marijuana smokers and 31 non-using partners and family members, is one of the first ever conducted in Australia to determine the effects of long-term marijuana use.

Its findings were reported by the Sydney Morning Herald last month. "We don't see evidence of high psychological disturbance among the [long- term users,]" said chief investigator David Reilly. "The results seem unremarkable; the exceptional thing is that the respondents are unexceptional."

Psychosis, Hype And Baloney

Hypocrisy & Double Standards

THE WAR ON DRUGS FRAUD

30 Years After Nixon's Marijuana Commission Advocated Decriminalization

Report Findings Are Still Valid

Nixon Never Read His Own Report, President Bush Should

March 22nd marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the report of the so-called "Shafer Commission" -- the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse -- whose members were appointed by then-President Richard Nixon.

The Shafer Commission's (named after commission Chair, Gov. Raymond Shafer of Pennsylvania) 1972 report, entitled "Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding," boldly proclaimed that "neither the marihuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety" and recommended Congress and state legislatures decriminalize the use and casual distribution of marijuana for personal use.

Nixon Commission Report Advising Decriminalization of Marijuana

Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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D.E.A.th Deceptions

PDFA - Slickly Packaged Lies.

The Online Reefer Madness Teaching Museum

Conservative Addiction Good, Liberal Addiction Bad!

Unrepentant Junkies

Bush's, Sen.Joseph McCarthy & DJ Rush Limbaugh

The Lancet, vol 352, number 9140, November 14 1998:

"We.. say that on the medical evidence available, moderate indulgence in cannabis has little ill-effect on health, and that decisions to ban or legalize cannabis should be based on other considerations."

GOPerverted Officials

Bennett's Fuzzy Drug-War Victory

More fuzzy drug-war math

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Some Studies the Feds Don't Talk About

Schaeffer: A Neuropsychological Evaluation; A Case History

"...I.Q.'s of Zion Coptics increased after they began to use ganga"

The Coptic Study (1981)

"No Harm to Human Brain or Intelligence"

Jamaican Studies (1968-74, 1975)

"Definite Benefits For Marijuana Smokers"

US Jamaican Study 1974

"... as a multipurpose plant, ganga is used medicinally, even by non-smokers.

....There were no indications of organic brain damage or chromosome damage among smokers and no significant clinical psychiatric, psychological or medical) differences between smokers and controls."

"No impairment of physiological, sensory and perceptual performance, tests of concept formation, abstracting ability, and cognitive style, and tests of memory"

"[Cannabis smoking] does not lead directly to mental or physical deterioration...

Those who have consumed marijuana for a period of years showed no mental or physical deterioration which may be attributed to the drug."

Panama Canal Zone Report, 1925:

There is no evidence...

that any deleterious influence on the individual using [cannabis]""

Cannabis in Costa Rica:

A Study of Chronic Marijuana Use Institute of Human Issues:

"No significant health consequences to chronic cannabis smokers"

No Physiological Deterioration

Marilyn Bowman, in a battery of psychological tests on chronic cannabis users in Jamaica in 1972, found "no impairment of physiological, sensory and perceptual-motor performance, tests of concept formation, abstracting ability and cognitive style and tests of memory."

These Jamaicans had smoked anywhere from six to 31 years (16.6 mean average) and the average age at the first puff was at 12 years and six months.

In the 1975 study between users and non-users, no difference was found in plasma testosterone, no difference in total nutrition, slightly higher performance on the intelligence sub-tests (not statistically significant), and "a basic measure of cell-mediated immunity was no less vigorous in the users.

Costa Rican Study (1980)

The Jamaican results were largely confirmed by another Carribean study, the 1980 Cannabis in Costa Rica - A Study in Chronic Marijuana Use edited by William Carter for the Institute for Study of Human Issues.

(ISHI, 3401 Science Center, Philadelphia.)

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Study: Marijuana Eases Traumatic Memories

Natural Compound May Reduce Brain Trauma Damage

Israel To Soothe Trauma With Marijuana

Scientists have known for years that the brain makes substances almost identical to the active ingredient in marijuana, but the function of these cannabinoids remained mysterious. Researchers now say they help to extinguish traumatic memories. In certain situations, being able to forget is very important for emotional survival, said George Kunos, a neurobiologist at the National Institutes of Health.

Pot Blocks Painful Memories, Study Says

Dr. Lutz's study will only add to the argument in favour of decriminalization. But it is also a landmark in medical terms because it deals with one of the central survival mechanisms of the vertebrate brain: the ability to spot danger and flee from it.

Scientists have long understood that the brain can reprogram itself not to flee if the danger goes away. That is called extinction of a memory. But scientists have not understood how it happens.

Dr. Lutz's research shows that the answer lies in the body's store of cannabinoids, or cannabis-like natural chemicals, produced whenever the body needs them. The brain has a receptor for these cannabis-like chemicals and can use them to help reprogram the response to a fear.

A problem is that the fear reaction can stick around when no longer needed. That can lead to panic attacks or paralyzing irrational fear. Dr. Lutz said his finding could mean that a person in the grip of trauma might be able to summon up the terrible memory, with the help of a psychotherapist, then smoke marijuana to enhance the ability of the brain to extinguish the memory.

He said that smoking is by far the most efficient way of getting the substance to the brain, although researchers are looking at an aerosol to administer it straight to the lungs.

Nature

Pot-Like Chemical Helps Beat Fear

'Natural' Cannabis Manages Memory

Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church Study, 1980

"Some participants had smoked at least two to four large cigarettes (each containing 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of cannabis) over 16 hours a day for periods of up to 50 years. "...the most impressive thing... is the true paucity of neurological abnormalities. " "Heavy cannabis consumers suffered no apparent psychological or physical harm."

Natural High Extinguishes Bad Memories in Brain

Innate Cannabis Chemical Erases Fears

Only The PotHeads Will Survive 30 Nov 2001

Counter Reefer Maniac accusations that marijuana users support terrorism with the plain fact that these dizzy morons are preventing the use of the "best available protection against nerve gas attack" with their marijuana madness.

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Seeking Rest From the Terrors, New York Pops Pills By Jonathan Landreth

(Excerpted) Friday September 28 2001 NEW YORK (Reuters)

New Yorkers are increasingly turning to sedation to help them escape the nightmares created by the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. According to doctors and pharmacists in the city, New York's denizens--many grieving for lost friends and family--are looking to medicine more than ever before to help fall asleep.

VICIOUS CIRCLE

Consumption of sleeping pills and antidepressants is common in dealing with stress and anxiety resulting from trauma, but need not be continued after patients restabilize, experts say.

Therapeutic Use of Cannabis

CANNABIS LUNG CLEANER AND EXPECTORANT

SLEEP AND RELAXATION

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'Cannabis' Acts as Antidepressant

Scientists Copy Pot To Combat Depression

DEPRESSION & HUNDREDS OF OTHER PRIMARY MEDICAL USES

'Cannabis' Acts as Antidepressant

October 13, 2005 : BBC News United Kingdom

A chemical found in cannabis can act like an antidepressant, researchers have found. A team from Canada's University of Sasketchewan suggest the compound causes nerve cells to regenerate. The Journal of Clinical Investigation study showed rats given a cannabinoid were less anxious and less depressed. But UK experts warned other conflicting research had linked cannabis, and other cannabinoids, to an increased risk of depression and anxiety.

Read More... http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread21188.shtml

Ganja Acts as an Antidepressant (Thread of Linx)

Alcohol and Depression

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The 'Virtues' of Ganja I 100 Passes!

Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative

WHEREAS, according to the National Institutes of Health, an average of 317 Americans die annually as the result of alcohol overdoses; and

WHEREAS, there has never been even a single fatal marijuana overdose recorded in the medical literature, as noted by the British Medical Journal in September 2003; and

WHEREAS, according to U.S. Department of Justice, “About 3 million crimes occur each year in which victims perceive the offender to have been drinking at the time of the offense. Among those victims who provided information about the offender’s use of alcohol, about 35% of the victimizations involved an offender who had been drinking”; and

WHEREAS, extensive research, documented in official reports by the British government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the Canadian Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, among others, shows that -- unlike alcohol -- marijuana use is not generally a cause of violence or aggressive behavior and in fact tends to reduce violence and aggression;

WHEREAS, it is the intent of this ordinance to have the private adult use and possession of marijuana treated in the same manner as the private adult use and possession of alcohol

Marijuana a Safer Alternative Than Alcohol

Virginia Nurses Again Demand Medical Cannabis

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Alcoholism, accidents, as a result of impaired ability and judgment, heart, liver and brain damage and death from overdose

FLUOXETINE - ORAL (flew-OX-eh-teen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Prozac, Sarafem

USES: Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, bulimia (an eating disorder), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), and severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder-PMDD). This medication works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain.

OTHER USES: This medication has also been used to treat panic attacks, obesity, and alcoholism

SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, headache, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, drowsiness, sweating, or upset stomach may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: loss of appetite, unusual weight loss, unusual or severe mental/mood changes, uncontrolled movements (tremor), decreased interest in sex, flu-like symptoms (e.g., chills, fever, muscle aches, weakness).

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, trouble swallowing, swelling or white spots on the mouth and/or tongue, changes in sexual ability, painful and/or prolonged erection.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: fainting, irregular/fast heartbeat. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Marijuana May Spur New Brain Cells By Steve Mitchell

October 13, 2005 United Press International Source:Washington, D.C. 

Scientists said Thursday that marijuana appears to promote the development of new brain cells in rats and have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects, a finding that could have an impact on the national debate over medical uses of the drug. Other illegal and legal drugs, including opiates, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, have been shown to suppress the formation of new brain cells when used chronically, but marijuana's effect on that process was uncertain.

Read More... http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread21186.shtml

Marijuana Compound Spurs Brain Cell Growth

Now, a team led by Xia Zhang of the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon may have found evidence the drug spurs new brain cells to form in a region of the brain called the hippocampus, and this in turn reduces anxiety and depression. Steve Mitchell

Missoula Chronic Cannabis Use Research Study

Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics

Marijuana Doesn't Cause Permanent Brain Damage!

Cannabis May Prevent Brain Damage

National Institute of Mental Health Study, But Reported In British Media

FCDA Europe, "The Report"

"The biochemistry of cannabis is explained as follows: the active ingredients of cannabis (comprised of Tetrahydrocannabinol compounded with cannabidiol, tetrhydrocannabivarin, numerous cannabinoids and the elements and compounds common to most plants) temporarily attach to receptors on cells such as those situated on the outer surface of the brain, the meninges, this gently bringing about a feeling of well-being"....

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Cannabis prevents brain damage

Science Daddies Rejoice: Marijuana Prevents Brain Damage!

Cannabis Blocks Irreversible Brain Damage

Marijuana Is Neuroprotective, Journal Says-

Utrecht, The Netherlands: Compounds in marijuana dramatically protect brain cells during acute head trauma, according to research findings published in this week's Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers reported that THC injected intracerebrally in rats significantly "reduced neuronal injury ... compared with control animals." Scientists concluded, "These results provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can serve to protect the brain against neurodegeneration.

Marijuana-Based Drug Could Curb Brain Damage

Smoking Pot Doesn't Harm Brain Function - Study

Marijuana: Good for The Brain

Indian Hemp Drugs Commission, 1894

"The commission has come to the conclusion that the moderate use of hemp drugs is practically attended by no evil results at all. ... ...moderate use of hemp... appears to cause no appreciable physical injury of any kind,... no injurious effects on the mind... [and] no moral injury whatever."

Addiction: A Brain Ailment, Not a Moral Lapse

The USA Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 1987

"Cannabis can be used on an episodic but continual basis without evidence of social or psychic dysfunction. In many users the term dependence with its obvious connotations, probably is mis-applied... The chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political, and not toxicologic, foundation".

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"Another weapon I discovered early was the power of the printed word to sway souls to me. The newspaper was soon my gun, my flag - a thing with a soul that could mirror my own."

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini together in the heyday of 1930s fascism.

Drug 'doubles' mental health risk' Tuesday, 1 March, 2005

The New Zealand scientists said their study suggested this was probably due to chemical changes in the brain which resulted from smoking the drug. The study, published in the journal Addiction, followed over 1,000 people born in 1977 for 25 years. UK mental health campaigners said it was more evidence of a "drug-induced mental health crisis"......

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Study: No Marijuana Link To Schizophrenia

Are People with Schizophrenia Drawn to Smoking Pot

Marijuana-Like Drugs Could Treat Schizophrenia, Study Suggests

May 20, 1999 - Irvine, CA, USA

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, speculated that the body may be producing higher amounts of the chemical, called anandamide, to fight the disease, "Our findings of high levels of anandamide in these patients does indicate that [it] plays an important role in the development of the disease," Daniele Piomelli, an associate professor of pharmacology at UCI, said. He noted that "many schizophrenics smoke marijuana and claim it eases some of their symptoms.

"Psychosis, Hype and Baloney" (AlterNet, March 7, 2005)

schizophrenia.com: Tips

Tips that may lower your (or your child's) chances of getting schizophrenia

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Marijuana may help schizophrenia by Dana Larsen (01 Sept, 1999)

Cannabis can aid hyperactive dopamine systems

Researchers at the University of California speculate that THC and other cannabinoids may be useful in the treatment of schizophrenia. Some forms of schizophrenia are believed to be caused by a hyperactive dopamine system, and dopamine is regulated by anandamide, a chemical similar to THC but produced naturally in the body. Analysis of the cerebro-spinal fluid extracted from schizophrenics in Germany found levels of anadamide twice as high as a normal person's.

Cannabis and schizophrenia by Reverend Damuzi (02 Dec, 2004)

Cannabis use unlikely to be a cause of schizophrenia

In May 2004, The Lancet published a study by Dr John Macleod of the University of Birmingham which concluded that there was no proof that cannabis use causes schizophrenia.

"Cannabis use appears to have increased substantially amongst young people over the past 30 years, from around 10% reporting use in 1969-70, to around 50% reporting use in 2001," reads the study.

"If the relation between use and schizophrenia were truly causal, and if the relative risk was around five-fold, then the incidence of schizophrenia should have more than doubled since 1970. However, population trends in schizophrenia incidence suggest that incidence has either been stable or slightly decreased over the relevant time period.

Previous studies found that people who have schizophrenia are more likely to smoke pot, but researchers were always unclear about whether pot use caused schizophrenia or schizophrenics sought to self-medicate with pot. A June 2000 study, for example, by Doctors Hambrecht and Hafner at Germany's University of Cologne hypothesized some schizophrenics might use cannabis "for self-medication against (or coping with) symptoms of schizophrenia, particularly negative and depressive symptoms." It speculated further that such patients probably counterbalance low prefrontal dopamine levels with the dopamine regulating effects of cannabis.

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A century of lies condemn U.S. citizens to 100 million man-years in prison.   Autocrats forbid religious sacrament and prohibit  a miraculous medicine. Corporate greed robs the planet and threatens the masses, until... Patriots rally millions of believers!

Cannabinoid consciousness by Pete Brady (31 May, 2000)

UK researcher studies the science of being stoned.

Pertwee acknowledged my concerns, but said that he has not encountered scientists who do biased cannabis research. He asserted instead that biased organizations, pressure groups, and individuals distort research results for political purposes.

He says he is proud of the ICRS: "We're all strictly scientists. We're extremely open-minded. All we want is to find out the facts and report them. The lack of a political agenda makes us very credible and very useful."

When I asked if it troubled him that anti-marijuana forces might use his discoveries to prevent peoples' brains from being affected by THC, Pertwee replied, "How our published discoveries are used by others is outside our control – that is so throughout science."

Still, no matter how others may pervert or misuse his research, I see Pertwee as a gentleman and an innocent, an honorable man fascinated by the wonders of nature. He ended our conversations by saying that his interest in cannabinoids has as much to do with his interest in the origins of life as it does in pure science and medicine.

"I am excited about cannabinoids because they reveal that we have these marvelous systems in our bodies," he said "Where do they come from? Why are they there? The endogenous cannabinoid system, with its vast network of receptors and chemical messengers, deals with pain, muscle, motor function, thought, and mood. It's been detected in very primitive organisms, and yet it has survived evolution from very early on and therefore it must be quite an important system for us to have. It's a wonderful system to study."

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Cannabis link to schizophrenia: The LIE exposed!!

11-09-2003 Koen van Eijk.

Castricum - During the 1930´s, you would ´become homophilia´ from cocaine use. In the 1970´s, schizophrenia was caused by failing parenting by the mother. It all turned out to be a hoax. Again, a new medical myth appears to be born: Now you become schozophrenic from hash and weed.

Psychiatrist Daniel van Dijk was surprised when he heard the news last week: The use of hash and weed, cannabis, would be the cause of 200 more schzophrenia patients in the Netherlands each year. The media reported this on basis of a Trimbos-Institute research.

According to Trimbos, even people without genetical indications would become psychotic of the intensive use (smoking) of cannabis. The underlying message: Softdrugs are not as innocent as being claimed. Coffeeshops are places that threaten the health of the youth.

Translation: Nol van Schaik

Schizophrenia is a brain disease, in exactly the same sense that Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis are brain diseases. (Not caused by cannabis).

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Extreme use of cannabis could potentiate depression for some people, as could extreme alcohol consumption,exstacy, or even coffee,and many other things, even listening to dark music for long enough,or being around depressing things, but to say just because someone smokes cannabis, they are more likely to get depressed or become skitizophrenic is ludicrous. The state of someones mind is a product of so many many things...to make a cassual link and focus on one aspect of a persons life as a signifigant contributer to a particular state of mind is quite irresponsible,especially when these suggestions come from the medical community who really should have the intelligence to avoid such narrow mind conclusions, especially reagrding the human mind which is far from understood.

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Rehab & Substance Abuse

Could it be that the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and it's affiliates have a vested interest in maintaining the current prohibition of cannabis?

mayan on November 30, 2005

Affiliated Institutions and Clinical Programs

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger."

Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering,

Nazi Air Force (Luftwaffe) commander, the Nuremberg Trials

Supreme Court: Amphetamines for kids, yes -

Cannabis for terminal cancer patients, no

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UK cannabis opponents go bonkers

by Jennifer Garner (19 Jun, 2005)

How much could have changed in a year? Does the prime minister really expect that another study, conducted only a year later, would directly contradict what previous studies had found? The answer is yes, and he's still waiting for someone to find those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq too.

The new Advisory Council study seen by many as a needless farce, given that experts spent several years studying cannabis before cannabis policies were changed in 2004. Those studies found no proof cannabis impaired mental health. Cannabis was found relatively harmless when compared with alcohol, tobacco, and prescription drugs.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett, who preceded Clarke and was lauded by the UK cannabis community for supporting softening of cannabis penalties and for approving the marijuana cultivation licenses for GW Pharmaceuticals, is pissed at Blair and Clarke for criticizing reclassification.

Blunkett, who is now in another government post, says the Advisory Council gave him solid advice before he reclassified cannabis, and that he did not make a mistake by placing cannabis in Class C.

Blair said the Advisory Council's report, due by December, 2005,

might provide the ammo he needs to send cannabis back to Class B...

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NORML Responds

To Pending BMJ Editorial Regarding Marijuana And Schizophrenia

November 21, 2002 - Washington, DC, USA

"Marijuana is rejected all over the world. Damned. In England heroin is alright for out-patents, but marijuana? They'll put your ass in jail. I wonder why that is?... The only reason could be: To Serve the Devil - Pleasure! Pleasure, which is a dirty word in Christian culture."

- Lenny Bruce

The relationship between schizophrenia and religion and its implications for care.

Mental Health and Religion

ACLU Sues Over Faith-Based Rehab By Norman Sinclair

The Detroit News December 06, 2005 

In a lawsuit filed on his behalf by the civil rights group, a 23-year-old Catholic man from Genesee County is asking a federal judge to set aside a drug conviction, saying he was punished for not completing a Pentecostal rehabilitation program. Joseph Hanas was 19 when he pleaded guilty to a marijuana possession charge in February 2001 in Genesee Circuit Court and was placed in a diversion program for young, non-violent offenders.

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Brain Disease Rates Soaring, Pollution Link Cited

Coffee may give you schizophrenia

Partnership for a Drug-Free America and Corporate Drug Wars

Corporations profit from anti-drug propaganda

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Florida's Journey for Justice by Pete Brady (19 Jun, 2000)

Med-pot patients march on prisons to protest pot oppression

America's Private Gulags

The Real Price of Prisons

Shattered Lives

Human Rights and the Drug War

November.org: 2 Million, Too Many Prisoners!

In the year 2000, the US prison population for the first time in history hit 2,000,000 inmates, largely due to the Drug War. This is mostly due to drug penalties. You will learn about this issue on our website, and we also recomend visiting november.org to become more actively involved locally in the reform effort.

Comprehensive Analysis Of US Marijuana Arrest Data

U.S. prison population largest in world

Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible

Slave Labor Means Big Bucks For U.S. Corporations

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Schizophrenia Linked to Prenatal Nutritional Deficiency

Contributed by Nicole Weaver|  03 August, 2005

Rates of Adult Schizophrenia

Following Prenatal Exposure to the Chinese Famine

Weekend Edition - Saturday, August 27, 2005

A new study shows increased rates of schizophrenia among people born during the 1959-61 famine in China, when millions starved. The study's chief author, Dr. David St. Clair of the University of Aberdeen, discusses the implications with Scott Simon.

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Study Links Malnourishment, Schizophrenia August 2, 2005)

A study of a famine in China more than 40 years ago found that children born to severely malnourished women are more likely to develop schizophrenia.

HEMP SEED

THE MOST NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE FOOD SOURCE IN THE WORLD

Part One by Lynn Osburn

Part II, Hempseed Oils and the Flow of Life Force

Hemp FAQ's

Hemp Seed, The Royal Grain by Chris Bennett

Traditional Uses of Culinary Hemp Seed by Dr. Alexander Sumach

Centuries of Safe Consumption of Hemp Foods by Cynthia Thielen

Essential Fatty Acids Can Affect Your Baby's Intelligence! by Hempola, Inc.

Nutritional Analysis of Hempseed and Hempseed Oil by The Ohio Hempery

Nutritional Analysis of HempNut Hulled Hempseed by Richard Rose

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Schizophrenia link to Caesareans

Health November 18, 1998

Genetic Defect May Help Predict Schizophrenia Risk (24 Oct 2005)

Costly Schizophrenia Drugs No Better Than Older Generic (19 Sep 2005)

Prenatal problems linked to schizophrenia - Brief...

Schizophrenia Daily News Blog

Daily Schizophrenia-related news, commentary and links to additional information. Atypicals Curb Loss of Brain Cells | Main | Negative Symptoms Contribute to Social Phobia »

Survey Finds U.S. Has High Rate Of Mental Illness,

Low Rate Of Treatment Compared To Other Countries

Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness

As is often the case, there is less here than meets the eye. The article, "Tests of Causal Linkages Between Cannabis Use and Psychotic Symptoms," by David M. Fergusson, L. John Horwood and Elizabeth M. Ridder, though important, has flaws which bring its findings into question.

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A Beautiful Mind Movie Review

* 'Beautiful Mind' brilliantly probes a genius's agony

* Russell Crowe thoroughly convincing as a genius with schizophrenia

* A BEAUTIFUL MIND Terrific, surprisingly gripping true-life tale of a math genius battling madness. Running time: 129 minutes. * A remarkable movie. Director Ron Howard has crafted a film that takes the viewer on a mesmerizing journey into the mind, ...

* A Beautiful Mind is a beautifully written, effectively acted, and meticulously crafted effort

* Russell Crowe plays troubled genius John Forbes Nash Jr in Ron Howard's compelling biopic.

* Inspired by the tumultuous life of mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., who in 1994 won a Nobel Prize in economic science

PBS documentary on John Nash

"Sanity is a form of conformity."

-John Nash (recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics in Game Theory)

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People & Events: A Definition of Schizophrenia

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., author of the best-selling book,

Surviving Schizophenia, On A Beautiful Mind...

"This was not a real version of schizophrenia. It was Hollywood's version." Hollywood, as usual, is easy pickings. But popular filmmakers are not the first ones to misinterpret the disease. Here's a brief list of what schizophrenia is not, despite popular misperceptions. It's not a "split personality," such as the personalities portrayed in Sybil or The Three Faces of Eve. These movies depict people suffering from a mental disorder called a dissociative identity disorder, which is far less common than schizophrenia and usually brought on in women by sexual or physical abuse in childhood.

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Decoding Schizophrenia

A fuller understanding of signaling in the brain of people with schizophrenia offers new hope for improved therapy

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INNER WORLD of people with schizophrenia is often confused, punctuated by alien voices, paranoia and illogical thoughts.

Marijuana Ingredient May Help Alzheimer's By Miranda Hitti

Chemical Counters Brain Problems in Alzheimer's Disease,

Says Spanish Study

WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

More From WebMD February 23, 2005

Feb. 23, 2005 -- New clues about Alzheimer's disease have emerged from a Spanish study of marijuana. The drug's active ingredients -- cannabinoids -- help prevent brain problems seen in Alzheimer's, say the scientists.

Cannabis May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Memory Loss

Marijuana Ingredient May Help Alzheimer's

Marijuana May Block Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Disease Covered Under Medical Marijuana Act

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Dope Hope for Brain Tumour

Marijuana May Stall Brain Tumor Growth

Cannabis Extract Shrinks Brain Tumours

'Cannabis' Brain Tumour Drug Hope

Cannabis in Costa Rica: A Study of Chronic Marijuana Use;

Institute of Human Issues.

"Users in our matched-pair sample smoked marijuana in addition to as many tobacco cigarettes as did their matched non-using pairs. Yet their small airways were, if anything, a bit healthier than their matches. We must tentatively conclude either that marijuana has no harmful effect on such passages or that it actually offers some slight protection against harmful effects of tobacco smoke"

Brain May Produce Its Own Antipsychotic Drug

Cannabis Hope for Brain Cancer

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Testimony of Professor Lester Grinspoon, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, before the

Crime Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., October 1, 1997

"Cannabis is remarkably safe. Although not harmless, it is surely less toxic than most of the conventional medicines it could replace if it were legally available. Despite its use by millions of people over thousands of years, cannabis has never caused an overdose death."

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Professor Lester Grinspoon, Harvard Medical School, USA:

"Marijuana is one of the least toxic substances in the whole pharmacopoeia"

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Dr. Lester Grinspoon, psychiatry professor from the Harvard Medical School, views a slide as he prepares to testify in opposition to Senate Bill 2, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, at the Ohio Statehouse, in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997. Senate Bill 2 would eliminate a provision of Ohio Law permitting the medical use of marijuana

RX Marijuana Uses

Shared Stories of Medical Cannabis

To Smoke or not to Smoke: A Cannabis Odyssey By Lester Grinspoon, MD

As the senior author of a book on schizophrenia, I found myself with what I estimated would be two to three relatively free months before my co-authors would finish their chapters. Because I had become concerned that so many young people were using the terribly dangerous drug marijuana, I decided to use the time to review the medical literature so that I could write a reasonably objective and scientifically sound paper on the harmfulness of this substance.

During my initial foray into this literature I discovered, to my astonishment, that I had to seriously question what I believed I knew about cannabis. As I began to appreciate that what I thought I understood was largely based on myths, old and new, I realized how little my training in science and medicine had protected me against this misinformation. I had become not just a victim of a disinformation campaign, but because I was a physician, one of its agents as well.

"An accident, a loss of a parent, alcohol or marijuana can precipitate schizophrenia but not cause it. (Marijuana) has never been responsible for a death and I can assure you it has never caused schizophrenia."

- Lester Grinspoon, MD

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"a-motivation [is] a cause of heavy marijuana smoking rather than the reverse"

Dr. Andrew Weil (Rubin & Comitas Ganja in Jamaica, 1975)

"What No One Wants to Know About Marijuana

From The Natural Mind by Dr. Andrew Weil

(last half of chapter four pg. 86-97)

If a marijuana user is allowed to smoke his usual doses and then to do things he has had a chance to practice while high, he does not appear to perform any differently from someone who is not high.

"The laws designed to solve the drug problem are the drug problem."

Dr. Andrew Weil

Therapeutic Hemp Oil by Dr. Andrew Weil

Erowid Vault: Andrew Weil

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Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil, "the way to make the connection between the man and the medicine that he endorses was to cover him in earth.

Joe McNally Gallery

Tod H. Mikuriya M.D.

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Green Milestones

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Irvin Rosenfeld and the Compassionate IND --

Medical Marijuana Proof and Government Lies.

Pete Guither Drug WarRant 2005

The Detention of Irv Rosenfeld

"The government does give marijuana to patients. I'm living proof," he told reporters during a press conference.

"I'm also living proof that it works well.

I'm also living proof that the government doesn't want to know how well it works. If they want to do research, all they have to do is contact me."

He brought a tin can full of marijuana cigarettes that he picks up at his pharmacy each month and showed them to a room full of astonished state legislators during the hearing.

Shortly after his presentation, he found himself surrounded by four burly state security officers....

Patients Out of Time

(Receiving US Government rolled joints)

"We must stop politicizing medical problems.

We must stop building prisons instead of schools.

We must begin to rebuild lives."

- Joycelyn Elders, former US Surgeon General

Ganjawar: Product sold to fund the Fascist

The History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States

- a speech by Professor Charles Whitebread to the California Judge's Conference - This contains a short history of the marijuana laws.

The Forbidden Fruit and the Tree of Knowledge,

by Professors Richard Bonnie and Charles Whitebread

- This is a more extended history of the origins of the marijuana laws.

Unraveling an American Dilemma: The Demonization of Marihuana - by John C. Lupien

This is the best exploration I have seen of the background of the supposed Anslinger-Hearst-DuPont conspiracy to outlaw marijuana in order to remove hemp as a possible competitor to their products.

The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer

Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there."

- William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937

Shadow of the Swastika

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This Is American History On Drugs BY MICHAEL MANVILLE

"A Congressional Medal of Honor winner said today he was 'stoned' on marijuana the night he fought off two waves of Vietcong soldiers and won America's highest military honor....

It was April 1, 1970, when [Peter] Lemon, an Army Specialist 4, used his rifle, machine gun and hand grenades to smash a large attack on his position. He fought the enemy single-handed and dragged a wounded comrade to the rear before collapsing from exhaustion and three wounds. . . .

'It was the only time I ever went into combat stoned,' [Mr. Lemon said]. . . . You get really alert when you're stoned because you have to be. . . . All the guys were heads. We'd sit around smoking grass and getting stoned and talking about when we'd get to go home.'"

- New York Times, June 22, 197

Shamanism and the Drug Propaganda: Idolatry

Excerpted... Both Justinian's Corpus of laws and Digest of opinions go on at length 'Concerning Torture' and 'On Punishments.' They became the model of the Malleus Maleficarum, the official handbook of torture of the medieval Inquisition. The most common evidentiary bust of the medieval Inquisition was the possession of prohibited substances - the traditional medico-sacramental herbs of the midwives. The forced drinking of boiling oil or molten lead, or death by burning alive, replaced the traditional Roman crucifixion and branding on the face

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Time Magazine Praises Medical Cannabis As "Legitimate"

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin

December 8, 2005 - Washington, DC, USA

"Research into the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis continued to bolster the case for the medicinal use of marijuana, making the patient pot laws' that have passed in 11 states seem less like a social movement than a legitimate medical trend," states last week's issue of Time Magazine.

The magazine cited a pair of recent studies investigating the use of medicinal cannabinoids. The first, published last month in the journal Rheumatology, found that cannabis extracts reduced pain and inflammation and improved sleep in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Time also cited a previous preclinical trial published in the Journal of Neuroscience that found that the administration of synthetic cannabinoids in both animals and in human brain tissue prevented the neurodegenerative decline associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Clinical reviews published by the Society for Neuroscience and in the journal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, among others, have also noted that cannabinoids may be clinically useful in the treatment of several neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson's disease.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500.

DL: norml.org * CN Comments

"When you undergo a visionary experience, what you are really doing is blowing your socially conditioned, 20th century, hive mind and allowing your brain to, literally, come to its senses."

- Steve Kubby, "The Politics Of Consciousness"

Time Mag: The New Politics of Pot

By Joel Stein, Las Vegas October 27, 2002

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Time Mag: Can marijuana become legalized for everyone?

Time Mag: Medical Marijuana: A History

Inhaling to cure ailments is older than you think

Time Mag: Is Pot Good For You?

Health risk from occasional use is mild and might ease certain ills

JAMA "Absence of cerebral atrophy in chronic cannabis users"

Co, B.T., Goodwin, D.W., Gado, M., Mikhael, M., and Hill, S.Y.

JAMA "Computed tomographic examination of heavy marijuana smokers"

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Propaganda is a compilation of lies or it wouldn't be propaganda. Getting it straight is diametrically opposed to the goal of perpetuating the Ganjawar. And of coarse the profits of prohibition is at stake. If Iraq is winding down the Fascists will need a suplimental income to fill the void. Phonytony has been going bald trying to get his gravy train back and to get back on W's Christmas list. When people let fools take charge, the fools will only have idiots to govern!

Be Well,

DdC

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Blair Plans U-Turn on Cannabis

By Sophie Goodchild and Francis Elliott  

Source: Independent UK December 10, 2005 

Tony Blair is planning a controversial U-turn on cannabis laws and the reintroduction of tough penalties after an official government review found a definitive link between use of the drug and mental illness. The Independent on Sunday can reveal that the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has detailed evidence showing cannabis triggers psychosis in regular users. The findings are expected be used by Mr Blair to overturn the decision made two years ago to downgrade the drug. The reports makes it "an open door" for ministers to change the law, according to one official.

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Scans Reveal Brain Damage from Cannabis is Like Schizophrenia By Martyn Halle

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"Marijuana causes insanity... in non-smokers."

Tim Leary

The root of all evil is the love of money. And of course, vanity figures up pretty high as well. Follow the money always in history.

It isn't a follow the money for the people, but follow the money for the few. Think John D. Rockefellor and all those robber barons. Why yes, they did give us the corporate structure, the "company store", and oil in every bite of food you eat (provided it has food coloring in it, you have oil in it). Thank you so much you God fearing people!

Well, I don't fear God. God is everything and everyone and everytime. If God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son to us, then why should we fear him? Him is just the generic term given by Kristians. Personally, I think sex is just our way of thinking. "He" did make all sexes, after all.

The ignorance of the masses, and it's desire to find a quick and easy cure to any problem, lies at the heart of the prohibitionists ability to garner support for this war against us. Nevermind that sometimes you have to invent thhis problem to start with. The masses are still asses.

Racism is an ugly trait, and one that Amerikans have mastered to a fine art form. We've treated people of Asian descent even harsher than those from Africa or the Southern Americans. And all have been the victims and oppressors at some point in time. There are no innocents here.

We give in to our baseness and ignorance and are so easily led into profitable pastures by the greedy. All because we are so self righteous and moral. That is the key to the Amerikan public. Morality. As in good and evil. The stupid and senseless judging of others.

Most people go through this world thinking without thinking. Just reacting to their perceptions of the world. They are ruled by their emotions, rather than ruling their emotions. The thought or thinking is just too hard for them.

One may try and excuse their behavior by saying it is their diet of junk that we eat, or their medicine, or pollution, or whatever. The reality is, people are lazy by nature. That is why they don't think. Thinking is the hardest work one can do, and the most satisfying and productive of all work, in that it frees your mind from thought.

Cannabis promotes a more balanced life=style. One that is healthier and more compassionate. Never been violent while stoned. Have been while on alcohol or while living under certain conditions. But never violent while stoned. Says a lot right there.

One would think that I could be a test case for violence in cannabis users. Most of my life has been spent in violent situations or occupations. Yes, sometimes I lose my temper as well, but overall, I think that my use of Cannabis has helped to resolve most of my anger problems. And a bit of temper is quite okay every now and then. Sometimes, it would be wrong to be calm.

The masses are the masses, because they choose to be faceless. It may not be a concious choice, but it is still a choice. It is decidedly third level thinking which refuses to entertain that legalization would discourage "abuse". The thought of that would require a deeper level of thinking than most Amerikans are comfortable with. And that is why the masses are asses.

Truth is, Cannabis is as legal as our society wants it to be. As long as we remain the cowardly asses of the masses, it will be illegal. After all, the founding fathers of this country were the opposite of these masses, and they were apparantly stoners as well.

Maybe these "lovers of freedom" as the puritanical oppressors like to refer to themselves, as they take away all freedoms in order to save it, would really go ballistic if they studied our founding fathers a bit closer.

Ben Franklin would have been tarred and feathered for his sexual escapades. Thomas Jefferson would be serving life without parole for being an international drug smuggler. Geroge Washington would have had his Mount Vernon confiscated by the state for cultivating his massive grow ops. No, they wouldn't be liked very much by our present government. Both parties included.

Just a thought, smoke a joint today for freedom now.

Hey DEA!: I smoke Cannabis every day. And I'm a better man for it, as well.

Rev Jim Lunsford December 11, 2005

First Cannabist Church

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Please don't be offended...

The greatest cause of 'psychotic' symptoms in the world is not substance abuse but religion. A meth head may become desperate enough to engage in 'psychotic' behavior, he may assualt or rob yet it was not herion junkies that flew airplanes into the World Trade Center. Junkies do not organize into cells and work to disrupt authorities. Our history is drenched in the blood of those who would not adopt the 'beliefs' of others, the drug war is no different.

What is it that makes one human believe he/she has the right to kill because others do not agree? It is not cannabis consumption. Hearing most politicians talk about drugs has the mistaken underlying assumption that they, the 'government', have the right to choose for others things they are prejudiced against. Drug abuse may be harmful to your health, power abuse is harmful to us all.

It is as if they assume a paternal role of authority with little responsiblity to see to our health. I am sick of it. Will somebody please explain to me how exposing the 'vulnerable' to arrest and incarceration via prohibition protect them? How society is protected by ceding a massive overvalued market to criminals and terrorists? The drug war is a massive waste and abuse of power.

After all the logical arguments are exhausted, it simply comes comes down to the assertion that I (we-any person) believe I (we) have the 'natural right' to grow and use cannabis. No matter how many people die or are killed, our 'belief' cannot be changed by anyone but ourselves. Since my 'belief' is founded upon what I 'believe' is compassion, desire for freedom for myself and others, based upon knowledge and experience, my 'belief' will not change. I do not 'believe' in narco-fascist pee-upon-demand police states to insure someone is 'approved' by the government.

The government, not being a 'person' cannot have 'beliefs' but laws. Laws which are motivated by the 'beliefs' of those who are supposedly servants of the people. Creating a non-human that can never have 'compassion' that is at war with a permanent percentage of the population can only produce suffering. Which is all the war on drugs does produce...oh and plenty of cheap drugs.

lombar December 11, 2005

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Expert Advisers Threaten Revolt Against ClarkeBy James Randerson

Guardian Unlimited, Science January 14, 2006 United Kingdom 

Members of a top drug advisory panel who wrote a secret report to the home secretary on cannabis may resign if the government reclassifies the drug to class B, the Guardian has learned. They are concerned that Charles Clarke is considering upgrading cannabis and say this would be in direct contradiction to the findings of their unpublished report. They say such a move would set a "damaging precedent", and that their report - which the Guardian has seen - explicitly rules out reclassification.

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Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

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'allowing more stringent laws and sharper punishents'

Adrian Butler Daily Post March 30, 2005

Cannabis is shaping up to be an important issue in the coming general election. With crime always at the top of the agenda, Home Secretary Charles Clarke last week ordered a review of his predecessor David Blunkett's decision to downgrade the drug to Class C in January, 2004

'This is slightly awkward for me',oh dear,

Jonathan Dimbleby Programme 27th March

David Cameron, who originally backed calls for the drug to be downgraded from Class B to C, admitted the issue was "slightly awkward" for him. He said there had been disagreements in the past but the Conservatives stood firm on reversing current Government policy.

"No split over cannabis" say Tories

Sunday, 27th March 2005

"The Conservative Party consistently argued that it was wrong to re-classify from B to C. The Government has now apparently changed its mind.

British Decrim Law To Take Effect In January

November 20, 2003 - London, United Kingdom

The British House of Lords voted this week 63 to 37 to downgrade marijuana from a Class B to a Class C scheduled drug so that its possession is no longer an arrestable offense under British law. The vote was the final hurdle facing the reclassification proposal, which was initially announced by Home Secretary David Blunkett two years ago. Marijuana will be officially downgraded to a Class C "non-arrestable" soft drug on January 29, 2004.

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Under reclassification, individuals found in possession of "personal use" amounts of marijuana will be cautioned by police, but no longer arrested. (Police will retain the discretion to make an arrest under special "aggravated" circumstances, such as if marijuana is smoked on school grounds.) Presently, about 80,000 Britons are arrested annually for possessing cannabis.

Blunkett: Don't Tighten Law on Cannabis

By Sophie Goodchild and Francis Elliott  

Source: Independent UK January 14, 2006 United Kingdom

David Blunkett has urged Tony Blair not to reverse the decision that he took as Home Secretary to reclassify cannabis. Senior government insiders say that Mr Blunkett, now a backbench MP, is furious at plans to reinstate the drug's original class B status less than two years after he moved it into the low-risk C category.

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The Partnership for Drug Freedom in America

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Tony Blair and Caroline Flint take Magic Mushrooms

On July 18, 2005 the UK Home Office will transubstantiate psilocybe mushrooms from a legal food and sacrament into a banned class A drug.

"Caroline Flint, the Home Office minister, who spearheaded the legislation through parliament shortly before the general election, said mushrooms could trigger psychosis and there was evidence users could be at risk of self-harm. However, a Dutch study found no evidence to link magic mushrooms with psychosis and said that mushrooms did not lower users' violence threshold. Since consumption usually took place at home or in the open air, "there is no inconvenience to other people," it concluded."

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"he was eager not to appear a liberal"

The 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act has long been the most harmful, counterproductive and politically mesmeric law on the British statute book. It has long borne no relation to reality.

Postscript by Simon Jenkins March 22nd

Pre-election nerves are getting out of hand. Consider the weekend madness from the Home Office on drugs. The new Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, once confessed to The Times that he was eager not to appear a liberal. He has duly ordered a review of the classification of cannabis on the Government's list of banned drugs

'list of those who benefit from the status quo'

By Sam Vaknin, Ph.D.

Lobby and interest groups

Manufacturers of legal drugs

Law enforcement agencies

The judicial system

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Clarke Will Not Change Legal Status of Cannabis 

by Times Online and PA News January 18, 2006 United Kingdom 

Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, is expected to rule out another reclassification of cannabis tomorrow despite fresh fears about the drug’s side-effects. Concerns about a link between super-strength varieties and mental illness have mounted since his predecessor David Blunkett down-graded the drug from Class B to C. But Mr Clarke is expected launch a major public information campaign instead of adding to confusion by again changing the classification.

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Clarke To Announce Decision on Cannabis Classification

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, will announce tomorrow whether or not the government is intending to return cannabis to class B status. His statement will set out the government's response to a report from the advisory council on the misuse of drugs, looking at the latest scientific evidence on cannabis potency and links with mental health problems such as schizophrenia. At the weekend experts from that panel - whose internal Home Office review has not been made public, but rejects reclassification back up to class B - threatened to resign if the home secretary ignores that advice.

Complete Article: http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story

Expert Advisers Threaten Revolt Against Clarke

Confused About Cannabis? You Bet

Clarke Paves Way for U-Turn on Cannabis

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Many of the links given here are really very informaive. Thanks for that. I am getting a very good understnading on this topic from the first few links that you have givne. Thanks for that again.

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I went through the links given above, they are really very important and informative. Thanks for such good information. It is good for me to understand on that particular topic elaborately.

Infact one more site I have seen as http://www.salviamonster.com, where it is given that even salvia is also regarded as alternate medicine.

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The Main Place, Inc., “Your Recovery Center”, is a consumer-operated mental health recovery center that promotes recovery through peer support, socialization, education, and training. By working together, consumers build better lives for themselves, gain employment, maintain independence and earn acceptance within their communities.Each year we serve in excess of 700 adults in Licking/Knox counties who experience serious and persistent mental illness, including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorders, clinical depression, and panic and anxiety disorders. Without these services and support many of our members would reside in a state psychiatric institution or other restrictive living environment.

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when will the DEA & Feds open there eyes to the benfits of pot, safer than drinking and driving let the states run there own affairs and decide for themselfs

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That is really a huge collection. I think you have made a really good compilation of the resources. Thanks a lot for sharing them.

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