Medical Marijuana: Research, Not Fear
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Medical Marijuana: Research, Not Fear
Posted by CN Staff on July 12, 2011 at 20:41:38 PT
Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles -- What is it that makes marijuana more frightening to the federal government than cocaine or morphine? The Drug Enforcement Administration has steadfastly, over decades, listed marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has no medical value and that the potential for abuse is high. Cocaine and morphine, far more dangerous and habit-forming, are listed as Schedule II because they have some medical value.
Last week the DEA ruled once again, a decade after it made the same decision, that marijuana is a potentially dangerous drug without known medical benefits. During the intervening 10 years, though, nine more states passed medical marijuana laws, bringing the total to 17. Two years ago, the American Medical Assn. recommended changing the classification of marijuana to Schedule II, which would make it easier for researchers to obtain the drug for medical studies. In March, the National Cancer Institute reported: "The potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief and improved sleep." However, it stopped short of endorsing marijuana as a medical treatment, concluding that there was too little evidence.The cancer institute and the DEA are right that there's not enough scientific evidence about the medical uses of cannabis. But whose fault is that? The biggest reason there is so little proof about marijuana, one way or the other, is that the federal government is paranoid about legitimate research on the drug and has refused to relist it as Schedule II. The few and scattered studies that have been completed, in this country and around the world, have not proved marijuana's potential benefits, but by and large, they have produced some promising findings. In the late 1990s, both the New England Journal of Medicine and the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that marijuana appeared to have some medical uses and recommended more research.Those recommendations went unheeded, and no wonder. All research-grade marijuana in this country is under the control of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, whose mission is to research the addictive properties of drugs, not their potential medical benefits.Our prescription is for better knowledge. Marijuana is just another drug — one with psychotropic effects, for sure, but one that might be able to help sick people. Oversight of research-grade marijuana should be shared with an agency whose primary mission is medical research. Marijuana should be listed as a Schedule II drug to facilitate further research. The findings should be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration, just as clinical trials are for any other drug. Then the nation can base its marijuana policy on information, not on entrenched fears or a patchwork of possibly well-intentioned but under-informed state medical marijuana laws. Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Published: July 13, 2011Copyright: 2011 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #18 posted by josephlacerenza on July 16, 2011 at 09:37:19 PT
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on July 14, 2011 at 10:36:27 PT
From what you're saying, I think I agree.These special recipe procedures I think were created back when someone had some cannabis that was weak and they wanted to make a stronger concoction somehow, but if there are potent strains available, I can't imagine why they'd be needed. I guess there are some people in such pain and misery though that they want to be safely, virtually knocked out.
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Comment #16 posted by Lucas on July 14, 2011 at 07:23:24 PT
waxes are solvent based, not natural hash
Butane Honey Oil which has been whipped to incorporate air bubbles is called wax.It is produced using a solvent, not just a screen like hash.Therefore wax is not a mechanical concentrate, it is a solvent concentrate. Falls under the same laws as meth, due to the use of solvent extraction.As a super concentrate it is very potent, which means it raises your THC saturation in a way that makes smoking a joint of bud seem ineffective.I am against solvent extracts, leave that for big pharma and stick to natural herb.
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Comment #15 posted by Hope on July 13, 2011 at 21:24:16 PT
CaptainAjnag and Runruff
Thank you both for the information.Lol!I guess we're behind the times, FoM! 
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Comment #14 posted by CaptainAjnag on July 13, 2011 at 19:51:46 PT:
Waxes and super melts are concentrates that you smoke. Usually used to top off a fresh green bowl pack. Basically the same way you would use hash. Quite potent.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on July 13, 2011 at 18:23:44 PT
Most people don't have any idea about this stuff including me. The majority of the USA is still in the dark.
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on July 13, 2011 at 18:22:21 PT
Oh Runruff
You're so funny.
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Comment #11 posted by runruff on July 13, 2011 at 17:58:47 PT
I once got a wax. 
It hurt like crazy but you should see me in a Speedo! Wowy-Zowy!When I was single I was at Club Med with my cousin, a real playboy. He said wear a sock in your Speedo and the girls will be impressed. I did not understand why his trick did not work for me until that evening. He looked at me and started laughing. Your sock goes in the front, he shouted!
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on July 13, 2011 at 17:18:22 PT
I simply can't imagine what it must be like
in the states that have some legality and dispensaries and all that.I feel like I live in a deprived and undeveloped country.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on July 13, 2011 at 17:15:20 PT
Thanks, Duzt.
I'm totally ignorant on all that stuff. "Super melts"? I have no idea what that is, either. Do you smoke it or eat it? What's the purpose of it?
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Comment #8 posted by Duzt on July 13, 2011 at 16:03:42 PT
Waxes are another term for super melts. They are both concentrates produced with butane (sometimes you'll find CO2 and nitrogen waxes too. Waxes just have the light brown to yellowish color and are chunky and dry.
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on July 13, 2011 at 15:16:01 PT
Hempworld, from that article in your last comment, it says "INTCHE 2011 will probably have the grooviest VIP package this side of Amsterdam as well. VIPs -- who presumably have a medical cannabis recommendation -- will get a package with something like 320 cannabis samples in it. Roughly forty collectives will donate three strains each, plus eighty hashes, eighty oils, and forty waxes, salves, and edibles."
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Comment #6 posted by HempWorld on July 13, 2011 at 11:32:50 PT
International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in Oakland
Sept. 3-4.Check it out! actual website:
International Cannabis and Hemp Expo in Oakland
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Comment #5 posted by HempWorld on July 13, 2011 at 10:52:05 PT
Amen Paul!
The Obama administration’s supposed commitment to ‘scientific integrity’ does not apply to cannabis.We are not allowed to know about something that could benefit us for because of vested interests against it.
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Comment #4 posted by paul armentano on July 13, 2011 at 10:37:56 PT
Only 14 scientists licensed in US to research pot
White House Report Acknowledges Few Scientists 
Permitted To Assess Cannabis Use In Humans
--Only 14 researchers approved to study ‘smoked marijuana 
on human subjects’ 
Washington, DC: Only fourteen researchers in the United States are legally permitted to conduct research assessing the effect of inhaled cannabis in human subjects, according to data included in the White House’s 2011 National Drug Control Strategy, released last week.In a section of the report entitled ‘Medical Marijuana,’ the administration states, “In the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has approved 109 researchers to perform bona fide research with marijuana, marijuana extracts, and marijuana derivatives such as cannabidiol and cannabinol.” However, it later clarifies that of these 109 scientists, only fourteen “are approved to conduct research with smoked marijuana on human subjects.”Among those scientists licensed to work with either cannabis or its constituents – primarily in animal models – most are involved in research to assess the drug’s “abuse potential, physical/psychological effects, [and] adverse effects,” the report stated.In 2010, a spokesperson for the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – the federal agency that must approve any US clinical trial involving marijuana – told the New York Times: “[O]ur focus is primarily on the negative consequences of marijuana use. We generally do not fund research focused on the potential beneficial medical effects of marijuana.”Earlier this month, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart denied a nine-year-old petition seeking to initiate hearings regarding the federal classification of cannabis as a schedule I substance, stating in part, “[T]here are no adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy.”Commenting on the report, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “Only in an environment of absolute criminal prohibition would this or any administration purport to the public that it is acceptable to allow no more than fourteen researchers to clinically study a substance consumed by tens of millions of Americans for therapeutic or recreational purposes. This acknowledgement illustrates once again the administration’s supposed commitment to ‘scientific integrity’ does not apply to cannabis.”
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Comment #3 posted by museman on July 13, 2011 at 10:14:56 PT
I wholeheartedly agree.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #2 posted by afterburner on July 13, 2011 at 08:49:08 PT
Paul Pot 
Hear! Hear!
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Comment #1 posted by Paul Pot on July 12, 2011 at 22:57:33 PT:
None so blind.
First rule of politics, never ask a question when you know the answer will get you into trouble. The DEA already knows the answer. Many government reports over the last half a century came to the same conclusion. Not only harmless but shows potential benefits as well. All buried by the govt. Why? Because the prohibition industry is massive and has enormous political power in Washington. The DEA alone has a 15 billion per annum budget. The feds spend as much as another 10 billion on the drug war and the states have to cough up as much as 50 billion and that doesn't count what the feds give to other nations to support their efforts in the war on drugs. So there are some very important people who are important because they run huge departments with massive budgets and so they have a lot of political influence. And if any legitimate studies were done on cannabis, the prohibition industries case would come crashing down in a million pieces because prohibition has absolutely no substance to it. It's all a fraud, there is no truth to any claims the government makes about drugs. They have to prevent studies from being done to prevent their incompetence, their lies and their corruption from being revealed for what they are, a criminal act. To believe in prohibition you have to be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, insane or corrupt.
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