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Boycott Direct T.V. AMEN!!
And get this guy a team of serious lawyers who won't back down and will prosecute and sue these criminals who broke into this man's home and stole his property (are there some wealthy folk who don't think this is right?).
Direct T.V. is apparently part of America's Stasi 2.0. Put them on the Stasi-list and make sure they don't come into your house or park too long outside your house.
When you consider our govt has been CAUGHT spying on vegans, home-schoolers, anti-fluoride people, Nuns protesting war in complete silence -- all since 9-11 -- and you consider the U.S. has the largest incarceration population in the world, it is very difficult making the case that America is still the "Land of the Free."
Check out this state-by-state map/list of examples of law enforcement or govt agencies who have been CAUGHT spying on Americans, who were peacefully exercising their first-amendment protected speech:
(if link doesn't work, put the web address into Google Search and you'll find the list).
This is horrifying.
Jun 18, 2011
Nazis, child molesters, rapists and murderers all have a right to counsel, but people hiring an attorney to help them comply with state laws may not be allowed access to legal counsel.
I think this a very dangerous, ridiculously slippery slope, and Sallen is obviously trying to do whatever she can to undermine her new state law.
And then there's the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is clear that issues not enumerated by U.S. Constitution, like health and medical issues, are left for the states to decide.
There has to be something Sallen could be doing, except for trying to block legal access to attorneys. This is outrageous and almost unbelievable.
How scary.Nov 28, 2010
MORE DISTORTIONS AND LIES
One of the most common distortions or statistical sleight of hand that propagandists like the DEA, the ONDCP, Drug Watch International, CASA, etc... use is the claim that the medicinal use of cannabis leads to or causes increased teen drug abuse of illicit drugs, including cannabis.
One of the ways the propagandists make medicinal cannabis appear so scary is they conflate CORRELATION with CAUSATION.
For instance, there is a huge "link" between heroin users and people who consume water or people who were breast-fed by their mothers, but this "link" is just a correlation and certainly doesn't prove that water or mother's milk CAUSES youth to use heroin later in life.
If you haven't been told yet, Mr. Romero, most of your sources, like Dr.Gabriel Nahas, CASA and the ONDCP have been thoroughly exposed for spreading blatant lies and are not taken seriously by the real scientific community.
According to the esteemed Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences' report "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base":
"There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs."
"There is a broad social concern that sanctioning the medical use of marijuana might increase its use among the general population. At this point there are no convincing data to support this concern."
And to wrap it up, a few words from one of my favorite hippies (snicker, lol, etc...):
"The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, DEPRIVING THE SICK OF NEEDED HELP [caps added], and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents... Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others"
-- William F. Buckley, Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495
Aug 19, 2010
You claim "98 percent of the pot goes to people with no serious medical problems at all."
Where'd you come up with that one? Not even the propaganda machine CASA or the politically-fueled ONDCP would back that whopper. If people weren't being harmed because of your lies, they'd be funny, as they are so outrageous. At least try to make the lies believable, and try not to start your lies with "98 percent..."
Fact is, cannabis has been used medicinally for millenia. In the U.S., from the mid-1800s until 1942, cannabis products -- especially cannabis tinctures -- were widely prescribed for migraines, arthritis, and other conditions where pain was a primary symptom, as cannabis is an excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory. That's why many of the several hundred thousand U.S. patients do indeed use cannabis for pain, quite often severe pain.
Given "Gold Standard" FDA-approved medicines kill tens of thousands of people each year (Vioxx alone killed 27,785 in just a few years, according to FDA estimates you can actuall verify) and grossly injure many more, helping to block medical access to cannabis -- an ancient healing herb that cannot kill from toxicity and has been treasured for its medicinal benefits, by cultures all over the world -- is either terribly foolish or evil. Aug 18, 2010
Who says marijuana is good medicine?
Mr. Romero, earlier comments touched on this already, but here is a list of a few credible health organizations "Standing up for Patients" and supporting access to medicinal cannabis (this small but formidable list buries the “no medical support” or “not good medicine” myth that has been perpetuated by the mainstream media for decades -- thanks to professional myth-creating and myth-perpetuating groups like the DEA/ONDCP/CASA):
American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, American Medical Student Association, American Nurses Association, American Preventive Medical Association, American Public Health Association, American Psychiatric Association Assembly, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association, Arthritis Research Campaign (United Kingdom), Australian Medical Association (New South Wales), Limited Australian National Task Force on Cannabis, Belgian Ministry of Health, British House of Lords Select Committee On Science and Technology (First & Second Report), British Medical Association, Canadian AIDS Society, Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs, Dr. Dean Edell (surgeon and nationally syndicated radio host), Health Canada, Kaiser Permanente, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada), The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom), National Association for Public Health Policy, National Nurses Society on Addictions, Netherlands Ministry of Health, New South Wales (Australia), New England Journal of Medicine, AIDS Action Council, AIDS Treatment News, Parliamentary Working Party on the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes, Dr. Andrew Weil, Alaska Nurses Association, Being Alive: People With HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA), California Academy of Family Physicians, California Nurses Association, California Pharmacists, Colorado Nurses Association, Connecticut Nurses Association, Florida Governor's Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS, Florida Medical Association, Hawaii Nurses Association, Illinois Nurses Association, Life Extension Foundation, Medical Society of the State of New York, the Minnesota AIDS Council, Mississippi Nurses Association, New Jersey State Nurses Association, New Mexico Medical Society, New Mexico Nurses Association, New York County Medical Society, New York State Nurses Association, North Carolina Nurses Association, Rhode Island Medical Society, Rhode Island State Nurses Association, San Francisco Mayor's Summit on AIDS and HIV, San Francisco Medical Society, Vermont Medical Marijuana Study Committee, Virginia Nurses Association, Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC), Wisconsin Nurses Association, etc..
This list is a small sampling of the global support for medical cannabis, which is legal by prescription in its whole-plant form in Canada, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Israel, Finland, and Austria have also started some type of national medical cannabis programs; and Germany is on the verge of starting their national program.
In the U.S., medical cannabis has been RE-LEGALIZED in 14 States and in Washington D.C. Currently, more than a dozen states are considering re-legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.
[If anybody would like to know more about a specific group’s endorsement, I have the position statements and/or the positive endorsements.]
Aug 18, 2010
Who says marijuana is good medicine?
According to the American Public Health Association (APHA):
"Marijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … Greater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use."
"The American Public Health Association encourages research of the therapeutic properties of various cannabinoids and combinations of cannabinoids, and ... urges the Administration and Congress to move expeditiously to make cannabis available as a legal medicine."
-- Reference: Resolution #9513: "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis:"
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world. The APHA represents more than 50,000 members and has been effectively influencing policies and setting priorities in public health since 1872. The APHA stood up for patient access to medical cannabis almost 15 years ago!
Our elected leaders need to catch up!
Aug 18, 2010
According to the American College of Physicians' (ACP) position paper on medicinal marijuana, “Supporting Research into the Therapeutic Role of Marijuana,” released in February 2008:
“A CLEAR DISCORD [caps added] exists between the scientific community and federal legal and regulatory agencies over the medicinal value of marijuana, which impedes the expansion of research.”
“Given MARIJUANA'S PROVEN EFFICACY [caps added] at treating certain symptoms and its relatively low toxicity, reclassification would reduce barriers to research and increase availability of cannabinoid drugs to patients who have failed to respond to other treatments.”
“Evidence not only supports the use of medical marijuana in certain conditions but also suggests numerous indications for cannabinoids…”
“The science on medical marijuana should not be obscured or hindered by the debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana for general use.”
“ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws.”
“ACP urges review of marijuana's status as a Schedule I controlled substance and reclassification into a more appropriate schedule, given the scientific evidence regarding marijuana’s safety and efficacy in some clinical conditions.”
CANNABIS'S MEDICAL USES
“Current available data suggest numerous indications for cannabinoids, especially antiemesis, appetite stimulation, and pain relief.”
“For patients with AIDS or those undergoing chemotherapy, who suffer severe pain, nausea and appetite loss, cannabinoid drugs may provide symptom relief not found in any other medication.”
“Research suggests that cannabinoids may have synergistic effects that may indicate its use as an adjunctive therapy to both antiemetics for nausea and vomiting and opioids for pain relief.”
DISADVANTAGES OF SYNTHETIC, ORAL THC (MARINOL®)
"While useful for some, these drugs [Marinol® and Nabilone®] have serious limitations. The oral route of administration hampers the effectiveness of THC because of slow absorption. In addition, for patients with severe nausea and vomiting, for whom oral THC is indicated, swallowing a pill may not be feasible.”
“The oral, synthetic THC has low and variable bioavailability. Oral THC is slow in onset of action but produces more pronounced, and often unfavorable, psychoactive effects that last much longer than those experienced with smoking. On the other hand, smoked THC is quickly absorbed into the blood and effects experienced immediately. Studies have found that patients prefer the immediate effect on symptoms that occurs after smoking marijuana.”
VAPORIZATION ANSWERS CONCERNS REGARDING SMOKING
“The development of a vapor route for THC delivery offers promise for the future of medical marijuana research. A recent study found that THC administered through the Volcano vaporizer resulted in higher plasma THC levels compared to smoked marijuana at both 30 and 60 minutes post administration. It also found that exhaled carbon monoxide increased very little after vapor compared with smoking. ... Vaporization of THC offers the rapid onset of symptom relief without the negative effects from smoking. It allows patients to self regulate their dosage immediately by ceasing inhalation when or if psychoactive effects become unpleasant.”
MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND THE GATEWAY "THEORY"
"Marijuana has not been proven to be the cause or even the most serious predictor of serious drug abuse. It is also important to note that the data on marijuana’s role in illicit drug use progression only pertains to its non-medical use.” [END QUOTE from the ACP].
[For many patients, cannabis helps patients reduce or eliminate the need for opioids].
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization group in the United States, representing 124,000 members specializing in internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology and infectious diseases.
The ACP publishes "Annals of Internal Medicine," the most widely cited medical specialty journal in the world. I am listening to the real authorities on this subject, like the ACP, not the propagandists, perpetuating more reckless, irresponsible, fear-based "reefer madness."
Aug 18, 2010
No surprise to discover the writer of this classic propaganda, Alex Romero, was (and maybe still is) a board member of Drug Watch International, a shameless mouthpiece of the DEA and the ONDCP that uses fear mongering and blatant lies (statistical sleight of hand) to block access to and obscure the truth about medical cannabis, one of the safest therapeutic substances known to man (since it is part of the ONDCP'S and DEA's mission to block any access to cannabis, including medical access, they regularly use their misguided or ethically-challenged members to disseminate blatant lies...When called on their lies, the liars just move to the next media source and spread the same lies, over and over again. While it is the right of the media to allow for opinion pieces, allowing blatant lies to be spread is antithetical to sound journalism).
Given 75-80 percent of Americans support access to medical cannabis, the FED's continued attempts to block medical access to cannabis are flouting the will of the people and depriving them of safe medical options.
The real momentum behind medical cannabis -- and the inevitability of cannabis re-entering the U.S. Pharmacopeia -- is due to the incredibly broad medical support/evidence and the rapidly growing support from patients who know firsthand that it works for a variety of symptoms and clinical conditions.
Cannabis has been used as a medicine by millions and millions of people for thousands of years -- by cultures all over the world -- said to be first noted as a medicine by the Chinese in c. 2737 BCE. Cannabis medicines, especially cannabis tinctures -- made by big pharma giants like Merck, ParkeDavis, and Eli Lilly -- were widely prescribed in the U.S. from the mid-1800s until 1942, when the enormously foolish and racially-charged “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937" hoodwinked Congress -- despite strong objections from the American Medical Association submitted on record to Congress.
At the peak of its use in the early 1900s, there were over 100 papers written on cannabis’s therapeutic value, and it was one of the most common ingredients in medicine.
According to a must-read article “Medicinal use of cannabis in the United States: Historical perspectives, current trends, and future directions.” released in the May/June 2009 Journal of Opioid Management:
“Cannabinoids, which are classically 21-carbon terpenophenolics, of which cannabis contains 108, along with other bioactive compounds, have many distinct pharmacologic properties, including analgesic, antiemetic, antispasmodic, antioxidative, neuroprotective, antidepressant, anxiolytic, and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the capacity for glial cell modulation and tumor growth regulation. Their application in pain management is especially promising as cannabinoids inhibit pain in ‘virtually every experimental pain paradigm’ in supraspinal, spinal, and peripheral regions and have no risk of accidental lethal overdose.” [End Quote]
HAS NO RISK OF ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE!
And while our federal government has been depriving its people of safe, legal access to medical cannabis, the FEDS have been duplicitously dispensing FEDERAL MEDICAL CANNABIS, grown at the University of Mississippi, for more than three decades (The Compassionate Investigational New Drug or IND Study program began in 1978; and though the George H. W. Bush administration closed the program down in 1992, less than ten patients were grandfathered into the program, and 4 patients still receive FEDERAL MEDICAL CANNABIS today. One of the patients in the program is sent 11 ounces every 25-days!!).
And if cannabis isn’t medicine -- as the ignorant and professional liars continue to parrot -- why did the U.S. Government, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services, file for and receive a patent on cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants? Check out U.S. Patent 6630507 on Patent Storm website.
The Big Cannabis Lie has completely unraveled, and national polls continue to illustrate that 75-80 percent of Americans are tired of being lied to and are demanding access to medical cannabis, an ancient healing plant with incredible therapeutic versatility and no risk of overdose.
Considering FDA-approved medicines kill tens of thousands of people each year and have become a major cause of death in the U.S., it is unconscionable that our government is blocking access to one of few therapeutic substances that cannot kill from toxicity.
Shame on the professional liars who are trying to obscure medical fact. Aug 18, 2010