Jan 27

If You Smoke Weed, You Can’t Legally Buy Guns

We’ve hit on this topic a number of times in recent years, but the news clearly isn’t getting out there. If you use marijuana, even in states where it is legal to purchase and use either medically or recreationally, you are barred by federal law from purchasing firearms.The federal government is stepping up its efforts to keep guns out of the hands marijuana users, even as legal use of the drug is spreading around the country.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives long has prohibited gun and ammunition sales to unlawful users of marijuana, citing a risk of “irrational or unpredictable behavior.” Now, the federal agency has added a warning to Form 4473 making it clear to anyone applying for a permit to buy a gun that marijuana remains illegal under federal law and using it means you cannot buy a gun, despite laws in Maine and a growing number of other states that allow medical and recreational use of the drug.The new language, added last week to forms filled out by gun buyers in Maine and nationwide, has raised concerns that the government is unfairly denying cannabis users their Second Amendment right to bear arms. And it has renewed calls from medical and recreational marijuana advocates for a change in federal law to catch up with the country’s changing views on marijuana.Maine is a state with a deep tradition of gun ownership. More than half of Maine adults – 55 percent – surveyed in a Portland Press Herald poll of voters last October said they owned at least one gun.Maine also is one of 28 states that allows medicinal use of pot, and tens of thousands of Mainers have received doctors’ certificates to use the drug. It is one of eight states plus the District of Columbia that have voted to legalize recreational use by adults 21 and older. Recreational use becomes legal in Maine on Monday.However, the federal government classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, putting it in the same category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy. Marijuana users who lie on the form and deny cannabis use, whether for medicinal use or not, could face federal charges. Lying on a federal gun purchase form is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.Question 11e on Form 4473 – which asks if the buyer is “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana … or any other controlled substance?” – now has a warning printed below it in bold type that states: “The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”It’s not an ambiguous position, and the court system has

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Jan 18

National Academy Of Sciences Pushes For Rescheduling Of Marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) may believe marijuana is as harmful as heroin, but the science community is backing down on demonizing marijuana.The National Academy of Sciences released a new report last week that reviewed 10,000 scientific abstracts and reached nearly 100 conclusions that found many medical uses for marijuana and cannabis-derived products. “For years the landscape of marijuana use has been rapidly shifting as more and more states are legalizing cannabis for the treatment of medical conditions and recreational use,” said Marie McCormick, chair of the committee and is a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, MA. “”We conducted an in-depth and broad review of the most recent research to establish firmly what the sciences says and to highlight areas that still need further examination.”The report entitled The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research went on to conclude that “cannabis has both therapeutic value and public health risks.” The report recommends more research and noted that the classification as a Schedule 1 drug impedes research and that researchers can’t get the cannabis they need in order to address specific research needs. They suggest “political and non-political strategies to resolve regulatory barriers to cannabis research, an objective and evidence-based analysis of cannabis policy is necessary.”In other words, the report suggests rescheduling marijuana in order to determine the benefits, but also the risks of using the product. It’s possible that anti-marijuana groups need to support rescheduling marijuana in order to get the studies they need  to prove marijuana can be harmful.The committee found evidence to support thera

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Jan 17

Exposed: The Full Story Behind Why Marijuana Is Illegal

The other day our team got together and discussed the censorship of medical marijuana knowledge. Despite the multitude of studies supporting the medicinal benefits of cannabis, not much is changing and the plant remains illegal.To help us understand why this news isn’t getting covered, let’s go over the history of the prohibition of cannabis. This might provide some insight as to why news editors are killing stories about curing cancer with cannabis, and why the government is still handing out lifetime jail sentences to dispensary owners for selling the possible cure to cancer to sick and dying patients.Marijuana has been used since the beginning of recorded history. From it we’ve made a number of things such as paper, fabric, crops, building materials, proteins, rope, fuel and medicine. Not to mention, oils made from the plant are the most medicinally active substances ever found. That is exactly why it is illegal. It all came down to a vicious fight for billion-dollar markets that took place in the early 1900’s.The Story Behind Why Cannabis Is IllegalIn 1913, Henry Ford opened his famous automobile assembly line to start producing the Model-T. In the 30’s, Ford opened a plant in Michigan where they successfully experimented with biomass fuel conversion, proving that hemp could be used as an alternative to fossil fuels. They extracted methanol, charcoal fuel, tar, pitch ethyl-acetate, and creosote all from hemp. What this meant for Ford was that he could now not only produce their own raw materials to make cars, but he could make the fuel to run them as well. The discovery was horrible news for a man by the name of Andrew Melon, who owned much of the Gulf Oil Corporation; a company who had just recently opened their first drive through gas station.Andrew Mellon was the Secretary of the Treasury under President Herbert Hoover

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Jan 16

Mexico is moving toward medical marijuana legalization, along with US states — Quartz

It’s impossible not to notice what the neighbors are doing when you’re as close as Mexico and California. Over the past two decades, the latter has increasingly embraced marijuana legalization, from the authorization of medical pot in 1996 to a vote last month that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Now Mexico is starting to follow suit.On Dec. 13, Mexican senators overwhelmingly voted (98-7) to legalize medicinal marijuana, eight months after president Peña Nieto proposed a review of national drug policy. The bill must now pass Mexico’s lower Chamber of Deputies, but is already being heralded by lawmakers: Senator Cristina Diaz called it an important first step in laying the foundation for a national medical marijuana industry. It’s also a logical stop on the path to full legalization, which cannabis advocates say would quell gang activity that has plagued Mexico for years.There was consensus to “do something different in drug policy,” said Senator Angelica de la Pena Gomez, because prohibition “has generated high levels of violence, more than 100,000 deaths and the systematic violation of human rights.”Meanwhile, California companies are already finding ways to turn what’s long been an illegal route into a legal, profitable, and reciprocal one. HempMeds Mexico, a subsidiary of Poway-California-based Medical Marijuana Inc., plans to export therapeutic hemp oils—some containing cannabidiol, or CBD, which doesn’t produce a high; and some containing THC, which does—to Mexico and Colombia. The company is also in talks with other Latin American nations.In the US, a similar trend toward legalization has been led by individual states. Washington DC and 29 other states have passed laws, with various caveats, allowing medical marijuana use.

Source: Mexico is moving toward medical marijuana legalization, along with US states — Quartz

Jan 02

Understanding the Different Types of Cannabis Oil and How They’re Made – The Chill Bud

There is quite a bit of confusion about cannabis oil, in the media usually it’s just used as a blanket term for the different oils listed below. Some of which are potent extracts and others are nutritional supplements.It’s important to understand the differences between the types of cannabis oil. Some have powerful psychoactive effects, others have none. Some types of cannabis oil are used in cooking or candle making, others are used to help treat serious medical conditions.Understanding Cannabis Oil Types and Uses Here is the complete list of the different types of cannabis oil, how they’re made and what they’re used for.Cannabis OilIt’s basically just cannabis butter, except with oil…Cannabis oil can have a light to dark green or brown color and is quite aromatic. Often cannabis oil has a vegetal and nutty taste, depending on the strain and oil used.Full flavor and full power, cannabis oil contains the psychoactive THC extracted from the bud as well as the other useful cannabinoids used for a wide number of medical conditions.How It’s Made Cannabis oil is really easy to make, all you need is the cannabis and some patience.

Source: Understanding the Different Types of Cannabis Oil and How They’re Made – The Chill Bud

Dec 30

Grandma Got Run Over by Obama: SSA Finalizes New Gun Prohibition Rule

Last Monday, Barack Obama’s Social Security Administration (SSA) issued the final version of a rule that will doom tens of thousands of law-abiding (and vulnerable) disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients to a loss of Second Amendment rights under the guise of re-characterizing them as “mental defectives.” The SSA, for the first time in its history, will be coopted into the federal government’s gun control apparatus, effectively requiring Social Security applicants to weigh their need for benefits against their fundamental rights when applying for assistance based on mental health problemsBarack Obama’s political party and the presidential candidate he personally endorsed and campaigned forsuffered perhaps the most dramatic rebuke in the history of American politics with the election of Donald J. Trump. Far from being humbled or chastened, however, Obama is spending the waning days of his presidency releasing duly convicted felons from prison, making low-level appointments, and pushing pet policy projects, all to do something, anything, to leave his stamp after a lackluster tenure.The Social Security rule is the final version of a proposal that we reported on earlier this year. Public outcry against the proposed rule was fierce, and the comment period drew over 91,000 responses, the vast majority of them opposing the plan.The NRA itself submitted detailed comments, taking the proposed rule to task for its many legal problems, its lack of empirical support, and the way it would politicize the SSA’s functions and stigmatize its beneficiaries.The SSA, however, essentially ignored the

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Dec 21

Chemotherapy actually increases cancer growth, cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment: Study – NaturalNews.com

(NaturalNews) The cancer treatment scam that is chemotherapy has once again been shown in the scientific literature to be a major cause of, rather than a cure for, cancer. According to a new study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature, chemotherapy not only promotes the growth and spread of cancer cells by damaging the healthy tissue that surrounds tumors, but it also causes cancer cells to develop full-on resistance to the popular treatment, morphing them into “super” cancer cells. Researchers from the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, learned this after observing the effects of chemotherapy on healthy cell tissue. What they found is something that we here at NaturalNews have been saying for years, but that the medical system as a whole is only just now waking up to — chemotherapy, which is a recognized poison, damages the DNA of healthy, non-cancerous cells, causing them to produce molecules that in turn produce more cancer cells. It does not take a rocket scientist to make this deduction, of course, as simple common sense dictates that blasting healthy cells along with unhealthy cells is going to cause damage to all of the cells. But this is apparently big news up in the Northwest, where scientists are apparently baffled as to how this can be. And we are not talking about minor damage here — according to the figures, major damage to healthy cells occurs as a result of routine chemotherapy treatments. “[T]he researchers found that chemotherapy can cause fibroblasts (cell DNA) to increase production of a molecule called WNT16B by 30-fold in tissues surrounding a tumor,” explains the group Cancer Research U.K. in a recent report on the study. “This then helps cancer cells to grow, invade neighboring cells and resist chemotherapy,” it adds. ‘Super’ cancer cells caused by chemotherapy more deadly than ever As if this is not bad enough, the same team found

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Dec 21

After legalization, teen marijuana use drops sharply in Colorado – The Washington Post

Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state’s recreational marijuana market, new federal survey data show.The state-level data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 18.35 percent of Coloradans ages 12 to 17 had used marijuana in the past year in 2014 or 2015, down sharply from 20.81 percent in 2013/2014. (In this survey, years are paired for state-level data to provide larger sample sizes). That works out to roughly a 12 percent drop in marijuana use, year-over-year.Year-over-year teen marijuana use fell in most states during that time period, including in Washington, the other state to open recreational marijuana markets in 2014. But that drop wasn’t statistically significant.Conversely, adult marijuana use rose significantly in Colorado over the same time period. Among Coloradans ages 26 and older, past-year marijuana use rose from 16.80 percent in 2013/2014 to 19.91 percent in 2014/2015. Annual adult marijuana use was up in most states during the same time frame. The legal marijuana markets in Colorado, Washington and elsewhere feature strict age and purchasing limits.This federal data released this week is the first clear evidence of a drop in teen marijuana use in Colorado following legalization. Legalization supporters have long argued that the best way to prevent underage marijuana use is to legalize and regulate the drug.Marijuana use is generally a riskier endeavor for adolescents and young adults, whose brains are still developing. Studies show people who start using marijuana in their teens are at a greater risk than adults of becoming dependent on the drug or suffering from mental health issues related to it.The federal data doesn’t speak to what, exactly, is behind the decrease in teen marijuana use in Colorado. Broadly speaking, adolescent substance use has declined across the board in

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Dec 20

Medical Marijuana The Endocannaboid system how it works

Boy howdy, but haven’t we done a complete 180 on marijuana? Terms like potheads, dope fiends and Reefer Madness come to mind and are still being used to describe marijuana usage. It is still classified as a Substance I drug, alongside heroin, LSD, peyote and Ecstasy. Yeah. That makes a whole lot of sense. Not. Millions of non-violent drug users, caught with very small amounts of marijuana have received severe prison sentences similar to that of murderers and terrorists.And yet, I am seeing more and more articles that suggest that not only is marijuana a “wonder drug” with few or no side effects for those with severe illnesses, but that it is being recognized as a kind of preventative medicine, capable of keeping its users free from disease. Woo hoo! Best news ever…so my brain not only will not turn to smegma, but I will actually be healthier than if I hadn’t used marijuana…not that I am admitting to having used it…because it is still illegal in Illinois.Marijuana is an incredibly complicated plant containing over 400 compounds, of which 80 are known as cannabinoids. They relieve symptoms of illness by attaching to receptors in the brain and in the immune system. More on that later.The 5 major cannabinoids that have been discovered to have great medicinal qualities and consist of the following alphabet soup:THC which stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol and probably the most recognized since that is the compound that “gets you high.” However, it has many other medicinal properties; anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, stimulates appetite and lowers blood pressure.CBD stands for cannabidiol which reduces the psychological effects of medical marijuana, so a strain high in THC and CBDs will provide more physical effects such as; reduces pain, reduces

Source: Medical Marijuana The Endocannaboid system how it works

Dec 10

DEA Report Says Positive “Media Attention” of Cannabis Making It Harder for Them To Arrest You for It

As The Free Thought Project has faithfully reported, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the United States government, hasn’t softened its position nor its stand against marijuana, and this summer attempted to classify yet another plant, Kratom, as a Schedule I narcotic. While a majority of the rest of the states (29 at last count) have embraced and legalized marijuana as a safer alternative to prescription pain medicines (opiates), and antiepileptics, the DEA is still moving in the opposite direction. In its 2016 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary (NDTSA), the DEA, according to the Washington Post, “devoted 22 pages of its Drug Threat Assessment to pot.” Yet, while heroin and opiates now account for more overdose deaths than car accidents, the NDTSA only covered 16 pages concerning prescription pain killers which kill 14,000 annually. According to the WP, what is present in the 2016 version of the NDTSA, which wasn’t found in the 2015 issue, is that the DEA blames “media attention” for making it more difficult to get convictions for marijuana related offenses. The WP writes, “that ‘media attention’ to marijuana issues is making it more difficult to enforce marijuana laws and prosecute people who violate them. The agency also appears to blame the media for spreading inaccurate information (fake news) about the legality and effects of marijuana use.” It seems as though the DEA isn’t reading the anecdotal information being reported about cannabis, is ignoring published studies regarding marijuana, and is oblivious to the awakening that’s occurring all throughout the United States with respect to weed. Apparently desiring to hold on to fabled “reefer madness” stereotypes, the agency wrote a scathing criticism for states who’ve passed medical marijuana laws; Many states have passed laws allowing the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana within their respective states. Due to these varying state laws, as well as an abundance of media attention surrounding claims of possible medical benefits, the general public has been introduced to contradictory and often inaccurate information regarding the legality and benefits of marijuana use. This has made enforcement and prosecution for marijuana-related offenses more difficult, especially in states that have approved marijuana legalization. As The Free Thought Project recently reported, myths about marijuana have been debunked, and Americans are waking up to the reality of what much of the developed world already knows, there’s

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