Obama's Drug Czar Report Debunks Medical Marijuana, Feds Are on a Pot-Hating Roll

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They have one thing in common, anyway
The rule of three -- you can't escape it. Not in religion, not in anatomy, not even in Barack Obama's War on Drugs.

First, there was the June memo from the Justice Department in which the White House decided the 16 states with medical cannabis laws be damned. Then late last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration finally got around to answering a nine-year-old petition seeking to remove marijuana from the same category as heroin and methamphetamine. Finally, on Monday, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released its annual report, in which the president's drug czars dedicated several thousand words to "debunking ... medical marijuana."

At least with the rescheduling petition, there's a silver lining for legalization and medical cannabis advocates alike: Now that the DEA finally responded to the petition with a negative, it can be appealed or at least acted upon, rather than stuffed into a drawer and forgotten.

And even the "The Truth on Marijuana" chapter in the National Drug Control Strategy isn't without its lighthearted moments. "Confusing messages being conveyed by the entertainment industry, media, proponents of 'medical' marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana use is harmless and aim to establish commercial access to the drug," the report reads. "Marijuana and other drugs are addictive and unsafe, especially for use by young people. ... Unfortunately, efforts to "medicalize" marijuana have widened the public acceptance and availability of the drug."

You like that? In a nice twist, a page from the Tea Party book is borrowed: Hollywood and the media are to blame! Wait, aren't they to blame for Obama, too?
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Bob Jacobson
Bob Jacobson

Another Obama campaign promise betrayed.  This guy takes his former supporters for fools.  Oh, was that another Obama contribution request I threw away?  Oh, I'm so sorry. 

BTW, the "drug czar's" report reads like the script for Reefer Madness. Soon no one will be safe from the drug-crazed youth. Or elders. Or anyone in between. What a load of c**p. This is what our Federal government has come to? No wonder the right-wing is licking its chops: the Obama Administration is paving the way for their depredations once they occupy the White House. The American people, left to choose between a real Republican and a faux Republican, choose a real Republican almost every time.

Stephan
Stephan

Started a new petition, asking Gil to redo his response, and just replace the work marijuana with alcohol, and then explain to us again why the much more deadly drug is legal.http://wh.gov/bxB

Jeff
Jeff

Ron Paul is wearing his clown shoes.

MikeParent
MikeParent

Okay folks, for those of you who want changes in the Marijuana laws and bring sensibility to the issue, endorse Ron Paul.  If you don't you'll wind up with another hypocrite in the Oval office.  A political show of force is necessary for politicians to react.  Otherwise, they'll stonewall the issue and continue to lie and use ad hominem attacks to bolster their position and bully their way through the issue.  This country was founded on freedom and through the years, government, in a quest for power, has eroded that freedom. Non elected officials of the government wield enormous power, which has an effect on all of us.  It's time for the people to use their voices in calling out these bureaucrats.   46% of those polled favor legalization of Marijuana.  Perhaps it is time for those people to back a candidate who actually agrees with them. 46% is a larger percentage than any candidate running for the Office of POTUS enjoys, including President Obama.  Your voice can be heard if you use it. If you don't, you only have yourself to blame. We still have freedom of speech and there has never been a more appropriate time to enjoy that freedom.  Rant over.

Bob Jacobson
Bob Jacobson

He's the Republican debater who wants people without health insurance to be left to die?  Oh yeah, that's well worth legalizing marijuana.

Dave K
Dave K

The only thing dangerous about Cannabis is the effect of Government and the Police

knowa1
knowa1

The United States Cannabis Prohibition Cartel  is built on a House of Cards based on theFraud that Cannabis as Dangerous as Heroin. Today a silent Majority is going to Huff and Puff and blow that HouseDown

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

So why aren't the Feds going after the City and State agencies collecting $$$$$ from the dispensaries?  That is technically racketeering.  So it's OK for our "leaders" to cash out on pot . ..  so that means they are indeed above the laws ... hmnm

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

The following text is taken directly from the US government's National Cancer Institute website: 

* ANTI-TUMOR EFFECTS 

One study in mice and rats suggested that cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. During this 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by gavage. A dose-related decrease in the incidence of hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma was observed in the mice. Decreased incidences of benign tumors (polyps and adenomas) in other organs (mammary gland, uterus, pituitary, testis, and pancreas) were also noted in the rats. In another study, delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC, and cannabinol were found to inhibit the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo. In addition, other tumors have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.

Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. These compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in glioma cells in culture and induce regression of glioma tumors in mice and rats. Cannabinoids protect normal glial cells of astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1 receptor. 

In an in vivo model using severe combined immunodeficient mice, subcutaneous tumors were generated by inoculating the animals with cells from human non-small cell lung carcinoma cell lines. Tumor growth was inhibited by 60% in THC-treated mice compared with vehicle-treated control mice. Tumor specimens revealed that THC had antiangiogenic and antiproliferative effects.

* ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS

In addition, both plant-derived and endogenous cannabinoids have been studied for anti- inflammatory effects. A mouse study demonstrated that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation. As a result, a hypothesis that phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids may be useful in the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer has been developed.

* ANTIVIRAL PROPERTIES

Another study has shown delta-9-THC is a potent and selective antiviral agent against Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), also known as human herpesvirus 8. The researchers concluded that additional studies on cannabinoids and herpesviruses are warranted, as they may lead to the development of drugs that inhibit the reactivation of these oncogenic viruses. Subsequently, another group of investigators reported increased efficiency of KSHV infection of human dermal microvascular epithelial cells in the presence of low doses of delta-9-THC.

* APPETITE STIMULATOR

Many animal studies have previously demonstrated that delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids have a stimulatory effect on appetite and increase food intake. It is believed that the endogenous cannabinoid system may serve as a regulator of feeding behavior. The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide potently enhances appetite in mice. Moreover, CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus may be involved in the motivational or reward aspects of eating.

* AS A PAIN KILLER

Understanding the mechanism of cannabinoid-induced analgesia has been increased through the study of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and synthetic agonists and antagonists. The CB1 receptor is found in both the central nervous system (CNS) and in peripheral nerve terminals. Similar to opioid receptors, increased levels of the CB1 receptor are found in sections of the brain that regulate nociceptive processing. CB2 receptors, located predominantly in peripheral tissue, exist at very low levels in the CNS. With the development of receptor-specific antagonists, additional information about the roles of the receptors and endogenous cannabinoids in the modulation of pain has been obtained.

Cannabinoids may also contribute to pain modulation through an anti-inflammatory mechanism; a CB2 effect with cannabinoids acting on mast cell receptors to attenuate the release of inflammatory agents, such as histamine and serotonin, and on keratinocytes to enhance the release of analgesic opioids has been described.

The American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Academy of HIV Medicine, two former U.S. surgeon generals, and hundreds of other medical professional groups all say that marijuana should be available to patients whose doctors recommend it.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

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The following text is taken directly from the US government's National Cancer Institute website: http://www.cancer.gov/cancerto...

* ANTI-TUMOR EFFECTS 

One study in mice and rats suggested that cannabinoids may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors. During this 2-year study, groups of mice and rats were given various doses of THC by gavage. A dose-related decrease in the incidence of hepatic adenoma tumors and hepatocellular carcinoma was observed in the mice. Decreased incidences of benign tumors (polyps and adenomas) in other organs (mammary gland, uterus, pituitary, testis, and pancreas) were also noted in the rats. In another study, delta-9-THC, delta-8-THC, and cannabinol were found to inhibit the growth of Lewis lung adenocarcinoma cells in vitro and in vivo. In addition, other tumors have been shown to be sensitive to cannabinoid-induced growth inhibition.

Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death. These compounds have been shown to induce apoptosis in glioma cells in culture and induce regression of glioma tumors in mice and rats. Cannabinoids protect normal glial cells of astroglial and oligodendroglial lineages from apoptosis mediated by the CB1 receptor. 

In an in vivo model using severe combined immunodeficient mice, subcutaneous tumors were generated by inoculating the animals with cells from human non-small cell lung carcinoma cell lines. Tumor growth was inhibited by 60% in THC-treated mice compared with vehicle-treated control mice. Tumor specimens revealed that THC had antiangiogenic and antiproliferative effects.

* ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS

In addition, both plant-derived and endogenous cannabinoids have been studied for anti- inflammatory effects. A mouse study demonstrated that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation. As a result, a hypothesis that phytocannabinoids and endocannabinoids may be useful in the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer has been developed.

* ANTIVIRAL PROPERTIES

Another study has shown delta-9-THC is a potent and selective antiviral agent against Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), also known as human herpesvirus 8. The researchers concluded that additional studies on cannabinoids and herpesviruses are warranted, as they may lead to the development of drugs that inhibit the reactivation of these oncogenic viruses. Subsequently, another group of investigators reported increased efficiency of KSHV infection of human dermal microvascular epithelial cells in the presence of low doses of delta-9-THC.

* APPETITE STIMULATOR

Many animal studies have previously demonstrated that delta-9-THC and other cannabinoids have a stimulatory effect on appetite and increase food intake. It is believed that the endogenous cannabinoid system may serve as a regulator of feeding behavior. The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide potently enhances appetite in mice. Moreover, CB1 receptors in the hypothalamus may be involved in the motivational or reward aspects of eating.

* AS A PAIN KILLER

Understanding the mechanism of cannabinoid-induced analgesia has been increased through the study of cannabinoid receptors, endocannabinoids, and synthetic agonists and antagonists. The CB1 receptor is found in both the central nervous system (CNS) and in peripheral nerve terminals. Similar to opioid receptors, increased levels of the CB1 receptor are found in sections of the brain that regulate nociceptive processing. CB2 receptors, located predominantly in peripheral tissue, exist at very low levels in the CNS. With the development of receptor-specific antagonists, additional information about the roles of the receptors and endogenous cannabinoids in the modulation of pain has been obtained.

Cannabinoids may also contribute to pain modulation through an anti-inflammatory mechanism; a CB2 effect with cannabinoids acting on mast cell receptors to attenuate the release of inflammatory agents, such as histamine and serotonin, and on keratinocytes to enhance the release of analgesic opioids has been described.

The American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Academy of HIV Medicine, two former U.S. surgeon generals, and hundreds of other medical professional groups all say that marijuana should be available to patients whose doctors recommend it.

Desmond Callie
Desmond Callie

How can our federal government and the drug czar expect us to take them seriously when they have a patent on cannabinoids? Google patent #6630507 and you'll find out very quickly that they're lying to us about marijuana's medical efficacy.

Quri0us
Quri0us

We should all make it a point to regularly contact (but without being a nuisance) our political officials and let them know how we feel on issues that affect us, as many politicians feel it to be career suicide to openly support the decriminalization of marijuana. My hope is that if enough of their constituents sound off, saying they support decriminalization, a few politicians with balls (or intestinal fortitude be they a lady), will step forward and do the right thing.

"All that is necessary for wrong to triumph, is that good people do nothing" 

endive B.http://www.growmedical420.com

seabourne
seabourne

According to Title VII Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998 : Responsibilities: The Director "Drug Czar" (12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812) and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that-- (A) is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812); and (B) has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;

On April 2, 2003, Congressman Ron Paul wrote a letter to the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) asking for an investigation into ONDCP lobbying activities and their dissemination of "misleading information" (a polite euphemism for "lying").

The GAO responded : "Finally, apart from considerations of whether any particular law has been violated, you have asked whether the Deputy Director's letter disseminated misleading information in connection with statements relating to the debate over legalization of marijuana. [...] ONDCP is specifically charged with the responsibility for "taking such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of certain controlled substances such as marijuana" - a responsibility which logically could include the making of advocacy statements in opposition to legalization efforts. The Deputy Director's statements about marijuana are thus within the statutory role assigned to ONDCP. Given this role, we do not see a need to examine the accuracy of the Deputy Director's individual statements in detail." By law, the drug czar must oppose any attempt to legalize the use (in any form). Despite the science, medical studies and evidence of medical cannabis safety and effectiveness, despite the fact that the federal government supplies it to patients, despite the fact the Department of Health and Human Services holds patents on cannabinoids for the therapeutic benefits, US Patent 663057 titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services) the drug czar is required by law to lie about it. This renders the Office unreliable and a fraud.

Token Ma Weed
Token Ma Weed

If the American government says cannabis is really that bad thats ok , but when a child /adult decides to try cannabis and doesnt see the side effects that they have been told WILL happen by their government do you really think they are going to believe what the government says about any other drug like crack or heroin ? I dont think politicians have really thought any of this threw , but then it isnt the politicians that make the decisions about drugs in America  the news papers do like here in the UK .

Bob Jacobson
Bob Jacobson

 It's been this way for 80 years.  They've had plenty of time to think it through. 

e_dog
e_dog

Medical marijuana should be controlled and distributed in pharmacies like any other medical drug. The current system of pot clubs, often with a wink and a smirk, delegitimizes the medical benefits and provides fuel to skeptics of the medicinal benefits.

rsteeb
rsteeb

You cannot "de-legitimize" mankind's oldest and least-toxic medicinal herb by the fact that folks "enjoy" it.  Medical-grade Cannabis ought to be as available to any adult as beer.  This card-carrying glaucoma patient sees no other rational arrangement.  A healthy alternative to tobacco or alcohol is as "medical" as it needs to be.  There is no excuse for the abomination that is the prohibition of Earth's most beneficial plant species.  Period.

seabourne
seabourne

By law, the drug czar must oppose any attempt to legalize the use (in any form). Despite the science, medical studies and evidence of medical cannabis safety and effectiveness, despite the fact that the federal government supplies it to patients, despite the fact the Department of Health and Human Services holds patents on cannabinoids for the therapeutic benefits, US Patent 663057 titled "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants" which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services) the drug czar is required by law to lie about it. This renders the Office unreliable and a fraud.

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knowa1
knowa1

It is the job of Parent to Parent an acquantence last school year told me of a drug conversation between his friends 17 year old daughter, that because  hers friends and sees older kids smoking pot sitting around playing muisic and being respectful and not hurting anybody that marijuana is ok and if marijuana is a schedual #1 drug then heroin also a schedual #1 drug must be the same and it does not give off that smell that make it so easy to detect  and it makes you feel good.  So any body with any intelegence knows the difference between cannabis and heroin and that the DEA is a self serving FRAUD

Kris
Kris

Yep, programs like D.A.R.E. are lying to our kids and somehow expect that they are not smart enough to figure out the difference.  The danger lies in exactly what you're saying - lack of experience would lead them to believe that if we are lying about weed, we must be lying about the rest of the drugs...it's a very dangerous path

Highdesert420
Highdesert420

Politicians, cops, prosecutors, judges, and mainstream JOURNALISTS are all liars and guilty of fraud.

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