Synthetic Marijuana Returning to Market 

  Synthetic Marijuana Returning to Market 

Posted by CN Staff on May 16, 2006 at 10:47:05 PT
By The Associated Press  
Source: Associated Press 

Washington, DC -- Seventeen years after it was withdrawn from U.S. markets, a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana is going back on sale as a prescription treatment for the vomiting and nausea that often accompanies chemotherapy, its manufacturer said Tuesday.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International hopes to begin selling Cesamet in the next two to three weeks, company president Wes Wheeler said.
The Costa Mesa, Calif. company received Food and Drug Administration approval Monday to resume sales of the drug, which it bought from Eli Lilly and Co. in 2004. Valeant currently sells the drug, also called nabilone, in Canada.Lilly originally received FDA approval for nabilone in 1985 but withdrew it from the market in 1989, Wheeler said. Valeant, since purchasing the drug, has revised its label and updated its manufacturing process, he added.The drug will compete with Marinol, made by Belgium-based Solvay SA. Marinol, another synthetic version of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana that's more commonly known as THC. It also received FDA approval in 1985.Synthetic THC acts on the brain like the THC in smoked marijuana, but eliminates having to inhale the otherwise harmful smoke contained in the illegal drug, Valeant said.Cesamet is a Schedule II drug, meaning it has a high potential for abuse. The 1-milligram tablets are meant to be taken twice daily before cancer patients undergo chemotherapy and up to 48 hours following treatment. Side effects include euphoria, drowsiness, vertigo and dry mouth.The FDA last month said it does not support the use of marijuana for medical purposes.On the Net:Food and Drug Administration: Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published: May 16, 2006Copyright: 2006 Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:IOM Report Approval: Scientifically Based? Advocates Slam ‘Politicized’ FDA Report Loses Credibility With Jab at Medical Pot 

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Comment #57 posted by Max Flowers on May 19, 2006 at 10:42:52 PT

This discussion may help with the DualDisc thing
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Comment #56 posted by whig on May 18, 2006 at 15:45:36 PT

Don't have autoplay enabled. The DualDisc is something different. It's not copy protected, it's just non-standard in some funky way.
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Comment #55 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 13:58:44 PT

Related News Article from KESQ News Channel 3 
Valley Reacts to Marijuana Pill Approval*** 
By Stella Inger, NewsChannel 3May 17, 2006 A pill containing the active ingredient found naturally in marijuana will be available in weeks to patients suffering from the effects of chemotherapy. We first told you about the pot-like pill Tuesday night on Live at 5. Tonight, we continue our coverage with reaction from those who say they need it the most. Robert Langschied is a cancer survivor. He's one of millions who undergo cancer treatment each year. And now the federal government has approved the sale of a new pill. It's expected to ease the vomiting and nausea associated with chemotherapy. “I think it's a great idea 'cause I just got over cancer. I wish i could take a pill like that.”The new pot-pill is called Cesamet. The drug was first on the market 17 years ago, but taken off shelves. The pill will include the "manmade" version of the active ingredient in marijuana. Langschied says it will help decrease the sale of marijuana. “One out of every three people gets cancer and they're hurting. Really hurting. This pill, I think, would help them. I don't want to legalize marijuana cause I know people will take advantage of it.”While some are excited about the pill, there are those who say the federal government should legalize marijuana. “This drug is synthetic marijuana. It works. It controls the nausea from the chemotherapy, but so does marijuana. Why can't they just use natural marijuana?”Lanny Swerdlow is part of the marijuana anti-prohibition project. He says he uses the drug for medical reasons. He's concerned the approval of the new pill is more about the bottom line and less about patient care. “This is, once again, a case of the FDA in bed with the pharmaceutical companies to keep marijuana illegal so the pharmaceutical companies can make artificial marijuana and make billions of dollars out of ill and sick patients.”Valeant Pharmaceuticals is expected to sell the prescription pill within a few weeks. 
Copyright 2002 - 2006 WorldNow and KESQ.
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Comment #54 posted by BGreen on May 18, 2006 at 13:52:47 PT

Turn off the autoplay feature of your computer because it will automatically load software on your computer that will take over your ability to play the disc as you want.That's the way the copy protection features work on these music discs.Gotta go for a while. I'll check back in later.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #53 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 12:50:08 PT

I should say I liked the music when Simon and Garfunkel were together. They made great music. There I feel better.
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Comment #52 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 12:36:10 PT

I think he shouldn't form a public opinion about fellow musicians work. I really like Garfunkel.
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Comment #51 posted by whig on May 18, 2006 at 12:23:35 PT

What did he say? We haven't really listened to the new CD yet but I just started the first track to hear the general sound of it and it was probably the crunchiest I've ever heard Paul Simon.
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Comment #50 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 12:16:19 PT

I thought about buying it but I didn't. He made a snide comment about Neil and his new album. Needless to say I got a little snooty about that. LOL!I will be getting Heart of Gold The Movie in June and I am buying the greatest hits of The Band then too.
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Comment #49 posted by whig on May 18, 2006 at 12:08:12 PT

We also just got Paul Simon's new CD - Surprise
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Comment #48 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 12:08:10 PT

I love Jacob's Ladder. I keep repeating that one when I am not listening to LWW! 
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Comment #47 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 12:06:54 PT

Good job. I make a copy of music I really like so when I'm mowing I don't have to use the original. 
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Comment #46 posted by whig on May 18, 2006 at 11:59:33 PT

Okay, here's what I did...I have a DVD/CD-RW combo and a DVD+/-RW on my computer. Neither can read the CD.My wife has a DVD and a CD-RW on her computer. The DVD couldn't read it. But the CD-RW could!So I just made a copy onto a CD-R. And now I can read that on everything. Which is retarded really because if the music publishers are trying to discourage copying, I had no choice in this case.
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Comment #45 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 11:44:26 PT

I was able to get it to play on my computer using Musicmatch.
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Comment #44 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 11:34:10 PT

Won't it play on your computer? I haven't tried to see if it works on mine. 
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Comment #43 posted by whig on May 18, 2006 at 11:32:19 PT

I have a DVD player but we almost never use it and I just wanted to listen to the CD at my desk instead of having to go hook it up to the whole AV system. It's just really disappointing.
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Comment #42 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 11:21:36 PT

Do you have a DVD player? You can listen to it on that I would think. I haven't tried to watch the DVD yet. My CD Player is only about a year old if that and maybe mine handles the DualDisc. It klunks when it starts but it works.
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Comment #41 posted by whig on May 18, 2006 at 11:19:05 PT

No, really. It's something called a DualDisc. It even says on the packaging (with a small asterisk): "The audio side of this disc does not conform to CD specifications and therefore will not play on some CD and DVD players."I can read the DVD side. The CD side does not play on my system.
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Comment #40 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 11:16:42 PT

A suggestion. Try flipping the cd.
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 11:13:46 PT

It plays in my CD Player. It has a DVD on side 2 and the album on side 1. 
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Comment #38 posted by whig on May 18, 2006 at 11:06:28 PT

OT: Really disappointed
We got the new Bruce Springsteen "CD" today. Tried to play it, but no dice. Apparently it isn't actually a CD. It's some kind of FrankenCD that is *designed* not to playback in all devices.
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 10:41:47 PT

FDA OKs Return of Marijuana Drug 
May 18, 2006 -- The FDA has given marketing approval to the drug Cesamet, which contains a synthetic cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in marijuana. Cesamet treats chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting in cancercancer patients who don’t adequately respond to conventional treatments for nausea and vomiting. The drug comes in capsules taken by mouth. Complete Article:
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Comment #36 posted by FoM on May 18, 2006 at 06:46:55 PT

Medical Marijuana – The FDA Loses More Credibility
The May edition of Cancer Monthly’s e-newsletter “CancerWire” focuses on the recent statement issued by the FDA that marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States.(PRWEB) May 18, 2006 -- The FDA is getting the reputation of letting drug company representatives make decisions for the country, approving dangerous drugs, and not performing follow-up on approved drugs. Now, add to this list the fact that the FDA throws science out the window and makes decisions that have no basis in reality. This bureaucracy recently stated that “smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States...” This statement was made apparently without any research and demonstrates that the needs of cancer patients play little if any role in the decisions of this disgraceful organization. In 1999, the government’s own prestigious Institute of Medicine looked at this issue and published a report titled: “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base.” Their conclusions included, “The accumulated data indicate a potential therapeutic value for cannabinoid drugs, particularly for symptoms such as pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation. The therapeutic effects of cannabinoids are best established for THC, which is generally one of the two most abundant of the cannabinoids in marijuana…The combination of cannabinoid drug effects (anxiety reduction, appetite stimulation, nausea reduction, and pain relief) suggests that cannabinoids would be moderately well suited for particular conditions, such as chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and AIDS wasting.” In fact, there are literally hundreds of articles that appear in the peer reviewed medical and scientific literature that discuss marijuana’s effects in pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation. Beyond ameliorating the side-effects of chemotherapy, research also suggests that marijuana may play a role in killing cancer cells. Recent journal articles have discussed how the chemicals in marijuana suppress or inhibit the growth of a variety of cancer cells invitro including breast cancers cells, brain cancer (glioblastoma cells), and leukemia cells… To read the rest of this edition, go to:
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on May 17, 2006 at 18:09:57 PT

News Article from News-Medical.Net 
Cannabis Effective at Relieving Pain After Major Surgery Medical Studies/Trials Published: Wednesday, 17-May-2006 
 A cannabis plant extract provides pain relief for patients after major surgery such as knee replacements, a study by Imperial College London and the Medical Research Council has shown. Details of a trial published today in Anesthesiology shows how effective Cannador, a cannabis plant extract, is at managing post-operative pain.Dr Anita Holdcroft, from Imperial College London, and lead researcher said: "Pain after surgery continues to be a problem because many of the commonly used drugs are either ineffective or have too many side effects. These results show that cannabinoids are effective, and may lead to the development of a wider range of drugs to manage postoperative pain." The researchers tested Cannador on 65 patients who had previously undergone surgery. 11 patients received a 5mg dose, 30 received a 10mg dose, and 24 received a 15mg dose. While all patients who received a 5mg dose requested additional pain relief, only 15 of those who received the 10mg dose and 6 of those on the 15mg dose did so.As the dose increased, patients reported decreasing pain intensity and increasing side effects. Side effects included increasing nausea and increased heart rate in some patients. Professor Mervyn Maze from Imperial College London, and one of the researchers, added: "We thought cannabis might be beneficial in helping manage pain following surgery, as previous research indicated cannabinoids help 'top up' the body's natural system for reducing pain sensation. This research proves it can be effective, with minimal side effects at low doses." The study was conducted using patients from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, Kings College Hospital, The Manor Walsall, The Whittington, St Bartholomew's, University College London Hospital, West Middlesex and Ravenscourt Park Hospital. The study was funded by the Medical Research Council and the Westminster Medical School Research Trust, which is administered by the Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust. The Cannador was donated by the Institute for Clinical Research, Berlin. 
Copyright: 2006 News-Medical.Net
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Comment #34 posted by goneposthole on May 17, 2006 at 17:48:39 PT

Good News, Good News
Eli Silly SOLD the the 'drug.' Brilliant. 
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Comment #33 posted by unkat27 on May 17, 2006 at 17:32:37 PT

Obvious Hypocrisy
Funny. The FDA denies that marijuana has any medicinal value, Lush Rimbjob and countless rw-nutcases contend that closes the case on mj as the devil's weed, and a month later, some Pharma corps comes out with a synthetic drug designed to work like the cannabinoids in marijuana that the FDA denied had any medicinal value. The spin is making me dizzy and the hypocrisy is enough to confuse all poor American kids into joining the military "to see the world".

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Comment #32 posted by FoM on May 17, 2006 at 16:42:13 PT

SNL: If Al Gore Were President
This is a funny clip if you didn't see SNL this past Saturday Night.
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Comment #31 posted by FoM on May 17, 2006 at 16:24:14 PT

Max Flowers 
I agree that trying to change a man isn't wise. When you fall in love with a person why should you want them to change? Same thing goes for a woman too. If you can work together two people can accomplish so much. I believe we should try to compliment each other and be strong where the one isn't strong and vice versa.
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Comment #30 posted by Max Flowers on May 17, 2006 at 16:05:45 PT

Don't try to change a man
That's what I suspect Heather has learned. From what I've read, which isn't a whole lot, she kind of henpecked him and tried to change him to someone she liked a little better. He's a good guy, and I believe if she hadn't given him reason to back away, they would still be together.A man will profoundly resent that every time. And it goes both ways (don't try to change a woman).My gut tells me that there was an issue as well for her about Linda, i.e. that she felt insecure knowing how great their relationship (Paul & Linda's) was.My advice to Paul (as if he wanted it or needed it!): relax, have a toke and reflect a while. Then come back and write the best solo album you've made since "McCartney"!
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Comment #29 posted by FoM on May 17, 2006 at 16:00:00 PT

This is something Neil Young said about his wife Pegi. He loves her and he said she has always allowed me to follow my muse. She didn't always agree with him but she respected him. I think behind every good man is a good woman.
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Comment #28 posted by whig on May 17, 2006 at 15:52:31 PT

Amen, Reverend.Michael.
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on May 17, 2006 at 15:49:11 PT

I always thought her demands about him not smoking cannabis were way out of line. His music was inspired by cannabis. That's why he was able to become who he is and make so many people happy with his and the Beatles music. 
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Comment #26 posted by BGreen on May 17, 2006 at 15:37:29 PT

Did cannabis HELP Paul and Linda's marriage?
Maybe Paul could have made this work if he wouldn't have married a younger (and much prettier) version of Joyce Nalepka or Calvina Faye.Most of these older musicians who use cannabis look MUCH younger than the general population of the same age, and to force the musicians to abandon their medicine is tantamount to murder.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on May 17, 2006 at 15:19:47 PT

I feel sorry for Paul. I really believe he is a good man. I'm sure Heather is a good woman but there are so many years between them it was going to be hard from the very beginning. Linda and Paul's life together was so special. I believe he will provide well for her and their little one. He's just a good guy and I hope they give them space.
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Comment #24 posted by BGreen on May 17, 2006 at 15:09:16 PT

OT: (or is it?) I guess Paul came to his senses

Paul McCartney And Heather Mills Split
Wednesday, May 17, 2006According to ET, after almost four years of marriage, Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills have separated.The former couple released the following statement Wednesday, "Having tried exceptionally hard to make our relationship work given the daily pressures surrounding us, it is with sadness that we have decided to go our separate ways. Our parting is amicable and both of us still care about each other very much but have found it increasingly difficult to maintain a normal relationship with constant intrusion into our private lives, and we have actively tried to protect the privacy of our child.Separation for any couple is difficult enough, but to have to go through this so publicly, especially with a small daughter is immensely stressful. We hope, for the sake of our baby daughter that we will be given some space and time to get through this difficult period."Source:
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Comment #23 posted by BGreen on May 17, 2006 at 15:05:49 PT

Bingo, Toker00
I just didn't want to seem preachy to those that might not feel as strongly as I do.The extremely disproportional attack on this particular plant lends even more credence to the belief that this is a demonic attack on the oft-mentioned Biblical Tree Of Life.This Tree Of Life is for the healing of the nations, so it only stands to reason that THIS plant, the cannabis plant, IS THE TREE OF LIFE!Therefor, this attack is to destroy ALL of God's creation, not just the cannabis plant, and that's why the death of children and adults by the prohibitionists is acceptable in their minds.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #22 posted by Toker00 on May 17, 2006 at 14:43:09 PT

Hey, Rev.
It's been a spiritual battle all along. Between principalities and powers in heavenly places. There has to be a physical manifestation of this spiritual battle, for us to understand the big picture. God created Lucifer, knowing he would turn against him. He knows this. He created Adam and Eve knowing they would be tempted. He knows this. We have to live the physical life in order to understand it. He came here and lived in the flesh. That is our bond with God. We all have to live the physical life and die the physical death. We HAVE changed the world my friend. The laws can't be changed until we change the people. Persiverence is the key. We have them (anties) just as afraid of the Truth as we are of the Lies. The difference will be the people who read here and at other reform sites, and who post here and there. We all take from here and distribute to our immediate surrounding social structure of family, friends, and acquaintances. What we bring to this site and take with us from this site and others, is shared. We are constantly spreading the Truth, to cover the constantly spread Lies. After seven years of talking to people about drug law reform, I can see a much bigger crowd of supporters. Everyone knows the government is lieing about cannabis. They will continue to lie right up til the pen signs the law ending cannabis prohibition. But sooner than the ink dries from the signature, cannabis will be free. And we will still have other prisoners to free. The environment, our fellow creatures, the abused, the True believers of Truth. Freeing ourselves from corporate rule will be the hardest, but the most important. Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW!  
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Comment #21 posted by BGreen on May 17, 2006 at 12:39:10 PT

We the people .... ha!
We are slaves, period.We can't disband ANY of the repressive organizations set up to control us.We have no power to do anything. We have a two-party system that is actually a one-party corrupt entity, designed to exclude any others from interfering with the power structure they've created.We tend to vote for whichever candidate disgusts us the least, instead of having somebody that we respect and admire that we can throw our support behind.This is why I believe that the deception spread over this country is actually deeper than the physical world, instead this is a spiritual deception, and the followers of the religious mainstream (religious right) are actually following the enemy of God, who seeks to destroy the Kingdom of God and anybody that has any love and compassion in their heart.We can change the USA just as much as you've been able to change Canada.The change has happened, but only for the worse.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #20 posted by lombar on May 17, 2006 at 12:05:51 PT

You, the people..
I can't see why the US people can't collectively disband the FDA. It is obvious that it has no concern about the safety and efficacy of medications, only the bottom line of big drug companies. Isn't there a way you can sue them or something? IT only gets approved if it can be marketed? Any cure you can just grow in the garden is VERBOTEN. How can they claim cannabis is unsafe and yet sell marinol for exhobitant prices? Because the system is wholly corrupt, no other answer fits the available facts. It's just the tip of the ice berg.Is there any resources on the costs of farming hemp for the purpose of making biofuel? I am just wondering at what price of gas will it become feasible to market biodeisel as an alternative fuel? It hit 1.22 CAD per liter yesterday. ~3.8 l/gallon -> 4.66/gallon ~ 4.17 USD per gallon here. Deisel is not much less but I am not sure of the price. I found this a while ago but can find no further information. Alternative energies will put the oil guys out of business. The revolution need not be bloody, just shift away from non-sustainable activities. Curb excesses.. go solar!-------------In a scientific breakthrough that has stunned the world, a team of South African scientists has developed a revolutionary new, highly efficient solar power technology that will enable homes to obtain all their electricity from the sun.This means high electricity bills and frequent power failures could soon be a thing of the past.The unique South African-developed solar panels will make it possible for houses to become completely self-sufficient for energy supplies.The panels are able to generate enough energy to run stoves, geysers, lights, TVs, fridges, computers - in short all the mod-cons of the modern house.Nothing else comes close to the effectiveness of the SA invention
The new technology should be available in South Africa within a year and through a special converter, energy can be fed directly into the wiring of existing houses. New powerful storage units will allow energy storage to meet demands even in winter. The panels are so efficient they can operate through a Cape Town winter. while direct sunlight is ideal for high-energy generation, other daytime light also generates energy via the panels.A team of scientists led by University of Johannesburg (formerly Rand Afrikaans University) scientist Professor Vivian Alberts achieved the breakthrough after 10 years of research. The South African technology has now been patented across the world.One of the world leaders in solar energy, German company IFE Solar Systems, has invested more than R500-million in the South African invention and is set to manufacture 500 000 of the panels before the end of the year at a new plant in Germany.Production will start next month and the factory will run 24 hours a day, producing more than 1 000 panels a day to meet expected demand.Another large German solar company is negotiating with the South African inventors for rights to the technology, while a South African consortium of businesses are keen to build local factories.The new, highly efficient and cheap alloy solar panel is much more efficient than the costly old silicone solar panels.International experts have admitted that nothing else comes close to the effectiveness of the South African invention.The South African solar panels consist of a thin layer of a unique metal alloy that converts light into energy. The photo-responsive alloy can operate on virtually all flexible surfaces, which means it could in future find a host of other applications.Alberts said the new panels are approximately five microns thick (a human hair is 20 microns thick) while the older silicon panels are 350 microns thick. the cost of the South African technology is a fraction of the less effective silicone solar panels.Alberts said in Switzerland it was already compulsory for all new houses to include solar technology to lessen energy demands on national grids."And that was the older, less effective technology. With our hours of sunlight, we will on average generate twice as much energy than, for instance, European countries."While South African scientists developed and patented the new, super-effective alloy solar panels, other companies have developed new, super-efficient storage batteries and special converters to change the energy into the power source of a particular country (220 volts in South Africa).# Eskom spokesperson Carin de Villiers said any new power supply that lessened the load on Eskom was to be welcomed.She said Eskom was also doing its own research on solar energy."In fact, we are currently investigating building what will probably be the largest solar power plant, in the Northern Cape - a 100-megawatt facility."She added that Eskom was also researching wind and fuel-cell technology as alternative energy sources.     o This article was originally published on page 1 of Saturday Argus on February 11, 2006 

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Comment #19 posted by BGreen on May 17, 2006 at 11:40:09 PT

How much do you want to bet?
To the pro-jail/anti-science crowd, the synthetic DOESN'T prove whatsoever that the whole plant has any medical benefits, regardless of anecdotal and scientific evidence to the contrary.BUT, if the synthetic harms even ONE person, it will be PROOF POSITIVE that the whole plant is deadly, even with the absence of ANY credible, verified proof that one single person has ever died or even become seriously ill from using any unpolluted, properly grown whole plant cannabis, smoked or ingested in any other method.If you can't turn a safe plant into a deadly killer by rhetoric, just let the "scientists" and the "pharmaceutical" industry start monkeying around with it.I think most of us know somebody who left a baggie full of cannabis around within reach of their dog, and even with the entire baggie ingested (plastic and cannabis plant) the only side-effect is a happy little puppy.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on May 17, 2006 at 11:04:42 PT

Nabilone Information

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Comment #17 posted by whig on May 17, 2006 at 11:02:24 PT

Chronic treatment of dogs with daily oral doses of nabilone-PVP equal to 0.5, 1.0, or 2.0 mg of nabilone/kg produced cumulative toxicity; by the end of 7 months, 2, 6, and 7 dogs in the respective dose groups had died. In a number of instances, death was preceded by one or more convulsive episodes.
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Comment #16 posted by John Markes on May 17, 2006 at 10:02:19 PT

Nabilone kills
If I remember correctly, nabilone was pulled from the market in europe years ago because the studies on dogs showed that it killed dogs. Hmmm... 
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Comment #15 posted by dongenero on May 17, 2006 at 07:50:39 PT

freewillks comment #11
There you go......thanks for doing the research and the math.Follow the money not the morals.
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Comment #14 posted by Celaya on May 16, 2006 at 23:03:06 PT

Penn & Teller's "Bullsh.." -- The War On 
For those that missed it, the video is now at Pot TV. 
Pot TV's got it! If you haven't seen it, check it out."Penn & Teller, challenge the US drug war on it's own people, backed up with facts and a good sense of humour. This show is a hilarious and educated review of prohibiton in the States and medical marijuana's virtues." 
Penn & Teller's "B.S." -- The War On Drugs
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Comment #13 posted by ekim on May 16, 2006 at 19:55:30 PT

Saturday, May 27, 2006 8-10pm -- History Alive 
Stream of consciousness
Our pal Preston Peet of was interviewed as part of a Colombian Journalism school news production in a segment on medical marijuana. Here's the link to the streaming video. It was hard to get so you have to scroll over to see the piece. It's just short of halfway down the scroll bar.
 Libby 6:24 PM Permalink Comments Trackback 
. . .
TV GuideSet your TIVOs if you have them or if you're like me and barely have a working TV, make note. These two programs on the History channel look interesting. Saturday, May 27, 2006
____________________________________________________8-9pm -- History Alive - Cocaine.
Derived from South America's coca leaf, cocaine was
touted as a cure-all in the late 19th century and was
the secret ingredient in many medicines and elixirs
such as Coca-Cola. But cocaine's allure quickly
diminished as racism entered the picture--the concept
of the "cocaine-crazed Negro" even led police to
strengthen the caliber of their guns from .32 to .38.
We'll see how, though it was outlawed in 1914, its
popularity soared in the 1980s and '90s and gave birth
to a deadlier form--crack.9-10pm -- History Alive - Marijuana.
In a series investigating the history of drug use, we
begin our trip tracing the rise of marijuana and
synthetic amphetamines. Marijuana, from the Indian
hemp plant, has been used worldwide as a source of
rope, cloth, and paper; its medicinal qualities were
first documented 4,000 years ago in China. But it's
best known as the drug of choice of the 1960s. During
WWII, US troops were given an estimated 200 million
amphetamines to fight drowsiness and battle fatigue,
and they're still used to fight depression.
I hope I still get that station. The cable company has my service in such a mess, I don't know what I get outside of the weather channel.[hat tip Jay R]
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Comment #12 posted by mayan on May 16, 2006 at 18:09:26 PT

The Real Thing
Synthetic THC acts on the brain like the THC in smoked marijuana, but eliminates having to inhale the otherwise harmful smoke contained in the illegal drug, Valeant said.So if we buy vaporizors, throw away our pipes,bongs & rolling papers we can then have access to the real thing?THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Pentagon Video Is Giant Psy-Op: of New Pentagon Video Designed to Frame The Debate: Of Pentagon Images Direct Assault On 9/11 Truth Movement: Department Releases September 11 Pentagon Video to Judicial Watch: Don't Know, But ... Indeed Did the WTC Buildings Collapse? by Prof. Steven E. Jones: 7: THe Hidden Story of Building 7: Funk:
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Comment #11 posted by freewillks on May 16, 2006 at 16:22:31 PT

FDA hypocrites!
April 21 2006The FDA said in a statement that it and other agencies with the Health and Human Services Department had "concluded that no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use." May 16 2006 (30 days later)Seventeen years after it was withdrawn from U.S. markets, a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana is going back on sale as a prescription treatment for the vomiting and nausea that often accompanies chemotherapy, its manufacturer said Tuesday. So if i get this right, synthetic THC Good: God given THC bad. Synthetic THC has been tested to be safe, But God given THC has not been tested. FDA says marinol and cesamet safe, but cannabis has no data supporting the safety or efficacy in medical use. "Synthetic THC acts on the brain like the THC in smoked marijuana" How do they know this? I thouhgt The FDA had no studies saying that cannabis is safe. "The 1-milligram tablets are meant to be taken twice daily" at $5.00 to $10.00 per dose. 18% THC cannabis $100.00 per 7 grams. thats = to 126 doses or $.79 per dose. and if it grew in my garden then it would only cost about $.02 per dose. I could go on and on and on......... 
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on May 16, 2006 at 15:35:56 PT

Kirk Muse Is Not Afraid of the Truth
US VA: LTE: Abuse-Prone Americans Don't Need Legal Marijuana.
Newshawk: Kirk.
Pubdate: Mon, 15 May 2006.
Source: Free Lance-Star, The (VA)
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Comment #9 posted by charmed quark on May 16, 2006 at 15:25:36 PT

Marinol is an exact replica of one of the cannabinoids (a delta-9-THC) that occurs in cannabis. Nabilone is somewhat different and does not match any of the natural cannabinoids. For this reason alone, I'd prefer Marinol.What is the backstory of this drug. Why was it taken off the market, and why is it Schedule 2 when Marinol is Schedule 3?
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Comment #8 posted by sam adams on May 16, 2006 at 15:18:13 PT

your post got me thinking - for medical use, why not just ban the smoking or combustion of cannabis? If that's the problem, OK, keep it illegal. It's a great idea. If your reaction to this proposal is, that's silly, how can you stop someone from smoking the herb at home? BINGO! This law would be equally effective as the law banning all use of cannabis - i.e., no effect whatsoever. The laws prohibiting cannabis use are a make-pretend joke. Surveys show that only about 1% of non-cannabis using people refrain because it's illegal.Remember, growing the opium plant (poppies) is totally legal. I believe it only becomes illegal if and when you actually slit the flower heads and scrap the opium resin. Again, this of course makes no sense, but that's not what drug laws are about, are they? They don't make sense. They don't work.

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Comment #7 posted by BGreen on May 16, 2006 at 13:52:15 PT

Lies are more important than the life of a child
You can get life in prison for just growing a plant, but causing the death of a 3-year-old gets you a slap on the wrist.I'm sick to my stomach about this and as mad as hell!The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #6 posted by BGreen on May 16, 2006 at 13:47:50 PT

Driver sentenced for accident that killed child
Driver sentenced for accident that killed child© 2006, Springfield News-LeaderAssociate Greene County Judge Mark Powell sentenced a 19-year-old Walnut Grove man this morning to two years probation for an October traffic fatality that killed a 3-year-old child.Preston Allen Frazier was charged with careless and imprudent driving, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in the county jail.Prosecutors allege he operated his vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner by failing to stop his vehicle Oct. 30 at a stop sign in the intersection of Greene County Route H and Route KK.His vehicle struck a van driven by Carol Raines, causing the van to flip several times. A 3-year-old child passenger, Abby Raines, died.According to a probable cause affidavit, Frazier said he was unfamiliar with the road and did not see the stop sign until it was too late.Among terms of a plea agreement, he will spent 24 hours in the Greene County Jail beginning May 26 and participate in a victim impact panel.In a letter presented to the court during sentencing, Frazier expressed remorse for his actions and asked the Raines family for forgiveness.“I want nothing more in life than to be able to go back an change something about that night that would make life today, different,” Frazier wrote. “There has not been a night go by that I haven’t lain awake thinking about that evening, and reliving every moment and detail to the fullest of my recollection.“I still have not figured out why I did not see that stop sign.”
Frazier's family, friends and employer also offered letters to the court asking for probation.The Raines family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last fall against Frazier. Court records show a $50,000 settlement reached in January.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 16, 2006 at 13:41:04 PT

CNN Transcript
Expert: Good Medicine Meets Bad Behavior***May 16, 2006WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America warns that prescription drug abuse among teens is increasingly common. About 1 in 5 teens has tried a prescription painkiller such as Vicodin or Oxycontin to get high, the study found, and many parents aren't picking up on the warning signs. Transcript:
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Comment #4 posted by BGreen on May 16, 2006 at 13:37:41 PT

The ONLY "danger" from cannabis they'll admit
is from "smoking" (with absolutely ZERO proof to back up their contention,) so from this point on the possession, vaporization and oral ingestion of the whole cannabis plant should be deemed completely legal in the USA."Smoking" is their mantra, and ours should be "VAPORIZE AND STAY ALIVE!"I saw on the TV news a couple of nights ago that sleepy drivers are responsible for over 100,000 motor vehicle "accidents," and yet NOBODY ever goes to jail for that.If sleepy drivers are causing that many wrecks, then in combination with the alcohol related wrecks there doesn't seem to be any wrecks left that can be blamed on cannabis, yet the government-sponsored mass murder of the cannabis plant and it's human partakers continues to escalate.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 16, 2006 at 12:46:42 PT

Interesting Article from AlterNet
How the Drug Companies Want Us to Be Sick***By Stan Cox, AlterNet May 16, 2006The pharmaceutical industry has a dream: at least one disease (and more than one prescription drug) for every American. Complete Article:
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on May 16, 2006 at 12:04:00 PT

Just a Comment
Synthetic THC is available and is considered medicine. The plant is not legal. Why is Cannabis treated any different then aspirin? The natural form of aspirin is still legal.
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Comment #1 posted by dongenero on May 16, 2006 at 11:42:52 PT

nabilone- I doubt this
Valeant acquired Cesamet from Eli Lilly & Company in 2004 and currently sells Cesamet in Canada, where the product has an 86% share of the cannabinoid market, according to IMS Compuscript data from February 2006.86% my arse. Maybe 86% of the synthetic cannabinoid market.I'm quite sure that the vast majority of the market is held by the multi-billion dollar underground cannabis industry in Canada. I'm also quite certain that it is more effective than nabilone and probably cheaper. Undoubtedly cheaper if home grown.Marinol is widely considered to be not a great choice when compared to natural cannabis whether smoked vaporized or ingested. Now the FDA is putting another one out there to non-compete.And.....what is with the FDA!!!??? Cannabis is not medicine but, here take this synthetic version. The FDA have pretty much rendered themselves obsolete at this point. Time for a change...close the doors.
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