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Top 10 Cannabis Studies the Government Wished it Had Never Funded

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10) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY: A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.

9) HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON’T RUIN YOUR LIFE: Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept. 1997

8) THE “GATEWAY EFFECT” MAY BE A MIRAGE: Marijuana is often called a “gateway drug” by supporters of prohibition, who point to statistical “associations” indicating that persons who use marijuana are more likely to eventually try hard drugs than those who never use marijuana – implying that marijuana use somehow causes hard drug use. But a model developed by RAND Corp. researcher Andrew Morral demonstrates that these associations can be explained “without requiring a gateway effect.” More likely, this federally funded study suggests, some people simply have an underlying propensity to try drugs, and start with what’s most readily available. Morral AR, McCaffrey D and Paddock S. Reassessing the Marijuana Gateway Effect. Addiction. December 2002. p. 1493-1504.

7) PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK (PART I): The White House had the National Research Council examine the data being gathered about drug use and the effects of U.S. drug policies. NRC concluded, “the nation possesses little information about the effectiveness of current drug policy, especially of drug law enforcement.” And what data exist show “little apparent relationship between severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use.” In other words, there is no proof that prohibition – the cornerstone of U.S. drug policy for a century – reduces drug use. National Research Council. Informing America’s Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us. National Academy Press, 2001. p. 193.

6) PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK (PART II): DOES PROHIBITION CAUSE THE “GATEWAY EFFECT”?): U.S. and Dutch researchers, supported in part by NIDA, compared marijuana users in San Francisco, where non-medical use remains illegal, to Amsterdam, where adults may possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana from regulated businesses. Looking at such parameters as frequency and quantity of use and age at onset of use, they found no differences except one: Lifetime use of hard drugs was significantly lower in Amsterdam, with its “tolerant” marijuana policies. For example, lifetime crack cocaine use was 4.5 times higher in San Francisco than Amsterdam. Reinarman, C, Cohen, PDA, and Kaal, HL. The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and San Francisco. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 94, No. 5. May 2004. p. 836-842.

5) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART I): Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

4) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART II): In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

3) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART III): Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

2) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART IV): Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased lung cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

1) MARIJUANA DOES HAVE MEDICAL VALUE: In response to passage of California’s medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana’s medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.” While noting potential risks of smoking, the report acknowledged there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting. The government’s refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government loves to ignore our report; they would rather it never happened. (Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr. 21, 2006)

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  • SamFox

    People need to find out ‘why’ cannabis was prohibited. What were WR Hurst & others really up to. What states used laws against MJ for discrimination.

    Some good starting points are: [Here click on The Book at the top of the homepage.]

    The Drug War Rant

    The Law Enforcement Against Prohibition site.

    The govt has used MJ prohibition to attack the Bill Of Rights & our individual rights to life, liberty & the pursuit happiness.

    Thanks to the war on some drugs we have militarized cops who are killing more & more innocents via “OOOPS!! wrong address again!” drug raids.

    Check out how many people die every year from Rx concoctions as opposed to deaths from prohibited substances. Not looking good for the Rx industry drug kingpins whose stuff has to come with a list of ‘whose side affects may include death’ warnings.


  • Malcolm Kyle

    Nothing to see here except a Corporate Puppet, dense smoke, and a couple of cracked mirrors.

    “What of the cripple who hates dancers? What of the ox who loves his yoke and deems the elk and deer of the forest stray and vagrant things? What of the old serpent who cannot shed his skin, and calls all others naked and shameless? And of him who comes early to the wedding-feast, and when over-fed and tired goes his way saying that all feasts are a violation and all feasters lawbreakers?”
    —Khalil Gibran

    It is the Prohibitionists, a wholly malignant scourge of absolute scoundrels, who are literally strangling the Constitution and starving Freedom to death. And until the Freedom and Constitution of our once proud and prosperous nation is secured, these same prohibitionist parasites, with their promotion of organized crime, murder, terrorism, and economic recession—and who carry with them a disease far fouler than Old Testament leprosy—shall be hunted down, removed from public life, and punished accordingly.

    Prohibition is an absolute scourge —The End!  The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels, terrorists, and corrupt politicians most definitely IS.

    Prohibitionists are simply traitors that haven’t yet been Tried and Executed!

  • The One

    This one plant has the potential to replace petroleum… It could be the penultimate renewable resource ever. Those who control petroleum control the world and they do not want any competition. Hemp can be grown from the equator to the arctic circle in even the poorest soils and arid conditions. Anyone can grow it and learn to unlock it’s mighty potential. Therefore it will never be legal.

  • A Story of Hope: Craig A. Rodgers uses cannabis to treat his brain cancer

    Craig A. Rodgers believes beating the odds is possible. Even after two brain surgeries he spends his time educating, inspiring and encouraging fellow Brain Cancer patients.

    Craig spent his life as a very successful well known business man in the trade show industry. Then, after his first out of nowhere grand mal seizure, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His work life and goals immediately disappeared.

    Unfortunately, Craig’s tumor is wrapped around the motor strip and he was immediately diagnosed with just 6-14 months left to live. After three seperate doctors, in three different states agreed, very little hope remained.

    Craig forwarded his records along with MRI’s to M. D. Anderson in Houston for a fourth opinion. Though rarely able to function normally, Craig would not give up. The staff at M. D. Anderson stepped up to the plate and highly respected Craig’s will to survive. They were all optimistic and began strategically planning options to begin surgery.

    Craig’s tumor forcefully affected everything in his body. He immediately began to lose memory, speech, balance and so on. Realizing that he had no other options to keep what remained, he made the decision to move forward with his first surgery.

    Providing Hope
    The chances to even survive surgery were slim. Apparently Craig never received that memo! His strength to fight is second to none. He had to begin walking, speech and mental therapy before even beginning chemotherapy. He conquered all with courage and began to share his fresh knowledge and inspiration with every fellow brain cancer patient in his path.

    Craig became involved in many brain cancer related groups to inspire all to never throw in the towel. “I wanted to provide hope to other people with brain cancer” Craig says.

    Brain Cancer patients and caretakers communicate with Craig daily. Craig’s goal is to enhance the experiences of cancer patients who could use a hand.

    Unfortunately, mostly due to lack of attention from his doctor in Nevada, his tumor began to grow again. Three mild seizures daily encouraged Craig to step up to the plate for his second surgery. He checked in to M. D. Anderson on a Monday, underwent surgery on Thursday and was actually released Sunday night and flew back home on Monday. Seven days in and out!

    Beginning after his first surgery in May of 2007 Craig was having a difficult time taking 20 or more medications daily. He began to work his days taking less each day. His doctors were irate and insisted that he must continue what he was prescribed. Craig declined.

    A friend of Craig’s recommended that he try inhaling Cannabis to relax during therapies. He agreed and gave it a try. It was so amazing he was able to stop taking all but two of the medications. Craig continued using cannabis since 2007 daily. Over the years educating on the effects of cannabis he began to create his own edibles to receive the maximum level in his body.

    Now in 2012 his tumor is at a halt and zero growth is appearing on his MRI’s. He continues to research cannabis and the natural cannabinoids in everyone body as well.

    He learned about programs of wellness and nutrition as well keeping himself busy each and every day.

    He continues to be positive. “I’ve learned to appreciate the all things in life and recognize less is more,” Craig says. “There are 86,400 seconds daily and I will not waste a single one of them!” — with Craig A Rodgers

  • tom

    move to colorado–we have NO nukes here–and the weed/ prouducts are some of the best any place to be found–long live Freedom to hell with Big pharma–and the petro chemical drugs they force on uneducated folks………

  • Arjan

    That’s all just great. But I usually read very little about how smoking weed makes you very l a z y.

    • WhenAreTheEvlPeopleGoingAway

      Arjan. You read very little of it because it is red herring BS. When it is used, it is for relaxation by most. I use it to work out to and clean the house.

  • Winston Ridge

    In a republic, my right to utilize a God-given plant is not up to democratic debate. We’re presented with multiple choices, not dictates by one side over the other. What if we charged cigarette smokers for health costs – say about $100 a pack.

  • Winston Ridge

    What about the much larger and more pertinent and ligitament Panama Canal Military Study (1916-1929) that concluded, as always, “No Action is needed. No problem exists!” ?

    What about the British Indian Hemp Drugs Commission Report of 1894 that concluded, as always, “No Action is needed. No problem exists!” ?

    What about the cannabinoid receptors in our brain suggesting a symbiotic relationship between mankind and “The CANE plant that SATISFIES human’s needs – Cannabis Sativa” ? Isn’t its over 50,000 uses, more utilization than any other cellular material, indicative as a “Gift from God, the Creator” rather than a threat from Lucifer “the Deciever” ?

    Isn’t our government offering to “Legalize it – under their guidance” the same deal offered Christ by Satan in the desert – the whole World when it wasn’t his to give?

    I’m tired of drug-dealing governments hypocrisy with their own, aka Oliver North or Operation Fast & Furious, where it’s not about the effects of cannabis use but the multiplication factor of turning $1 into $1,000 by making the commodity illegal?

    I, in going forth and utilizing the seed-bearing plants as the Creator instructed, am appalled by the deaths of 55,000 Mexican neighbors over control of the revenue without a single billion dollar money-laundering bankster ever being killed or going to jail?

    I’m frankly getting tired of losing promotions, jobs, freedoms, economic support, benefits, and earned recognition because I have a vocal opinion about marijuana and it’s use?

    I’m tired of a blatantly-discriminating test being used that snoops 60 days into your past life – only 2 days for any and all other substances – for a problem that doesn’t exist. Intoxication can be defined, identified, and addressed by observation – no “expensive mystery machine” is needed for an arbitrary numerical declaration.

    I’m tired of a drug-dealing goverment pretending to be “Waging a War” for elimination when it’s just a money-enriching scheme to “over-tax, without representation, a population for a chosen commodity use. The farmers, the truck drivers, the distribution warehouses, and the retail storefronts would all be happy with their share of $.02 for an ounce of material. I’m tired of the drug-dealing goverment cutting themselves in for the remaining $119.98 for each ounce sold.

    I’m tired of the drug-dealing government developing ways, machines, and numbers for evaluating my driving ability to fine/tax me accordingly for a problem on the roads, in the schools, on the job, in the communty that no one can find – not tow truck drivers, emergency medical personnel, doctors, cops, employers, landlords, neighbors, or casual observers – only mere POSSESSION !!!

    Do we still have a constitution?

    Is there still a seperate judicial branch – a Supreme Court?

    Is there any common sense left in America?

    May I pursue happiness?

    And, I’m only asking you, my fellow human beings – not Lucifer or any of his appointed “Bluebloods”.

    • Chroncat101

      No there is not democracy and all the branches of government are really just the long arm of industry spreading its tentacles of special interest into the homes and lives of ordinary people that are just trying to get by and enjoy life as much as possible. When hemp and marijuana could help solve so many issues that are plaguing the world right now and endangering the lives of all of us and we don’t make it legal because certain industries deems it damaging to their profit margins (IE pharmaceuticals, cotton industry, fuel industries, textiles, plastics, oil, Fish Omega 3’s, food industry, and green energy) we are living in a dictatorship controlled by money hungry greedhounds, weasels and politicians that cater to their demands and lie to the people that they are supposed to protect.

    • Anonymous

      Well said

  • Justin Case

    It may stay illegal but the government can kiss my ass, I will keep using it because it is my natural right. Piss on the law and those who enforce such laws.

  • Mo Feaux

    And for all of these reasons, MJ will remain illegal…

    • Chroncat101

      And that is really sad. All the industries that rely on it being illegal to make their money will pay off government officials to continue to spread propaganda about its dangers. I think it is dangerously unmoral to continue to spread lies to keep up the status quo, in search of profits that put money above the welfare of its people, we no longer live in a democracy in a world in which the most powerful pay the government to enact the laws which they deem best suits their special interests and not the interests of the people.

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