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More twisted anti-marijuana thinking influenced by corporate controlled newsmedia. Here the opinion rests on a study published by a psychiatric journal with an interest in publishing articles slanted in favor of finding psychiatric conditions where they don't exist and supporting the sale and use of dangerous psychiatric drugs that kill and cripple more than 42,000 people yearly. See Pot use, abuse more likely in states with medical marijuana laws, study shows and Making A Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging. Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry have a very strong interest in stopping the spread of marijuana that is increasingly being used safely and effectively in place of their dangerous drugs.
Marijuana is also being used in place of opioid pain killers or along with them in order to reduce there use. This has resulted in fewer overdose deaths and improvements in quality of life. Also, it appears that youth and adults are starting to replace alcohol and tobacco with marijuana - a much more safer substance. A marijuana habit is much less destructive and much easier to get over than alcohol and tobacco. Nobody dies from an overdose of marijuana as the above opinion fails to explain. In other words, if a child accidentally takes a large dose of marijuana thinking it's candy they will most certainly live to tell about it. But, if they get into their parents pain killers or psychiatric drugs, they'll likely wind up dead from overdose as has happened in too many cases.
What's good is that the public is waking up to the fact that marijuana is much better than corporate drugs and they're democratically voting it in where ever they can. The bad part is elected policy makers are blocking the will of the people in those states that don't permit voter initiatives - like Wisconsin for example.
People need to continue educating themselves through alternative news sources that are honest and accurate in their reporting.
I'm real curious as to who is behind the opposition groups to the recreational marijuana effort in Michigan and why their spokesman wouldn't say who they are as stated in the article. The usual is Big Pharma as well as Big Alcohol and Tobacco. Law enforcement (prosecutors, judges, lawyers, corrections and associated businesses) also stands to lose a lot of money (or business) as well.
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There has been a rise in medical cannabis use in the elderly as treatment for many age-related ailments - especially pain management. And, of course, this increases longevity and quality of life.
What's needed on the Michigan ballot initiative for recreational marijuana is support for CBD educational programs for those voters who are not interested in recreational use. Not everybody gets high and some are only interested in good medicine. Possibly recreational marijuana tax money could go to fund such programs.
I've written politicians in support of such programs and have put some of these letters on this website at http://cannabisasmedicine.info/PoliticianLetters/index.html. I think I've outlined what a good CBD program should look like in those letters.
It's quite obvious that prosecutorial resources are being wasted by the war on drugs. In Marinette that amounts to the witch hunt for the small time drug dealer/addict. If Brey has had a change of heart because of his Sabbath keeping religion which warns against persecuting the poor, the downtrodden and the sick (Psalm 82:2-4) it's a good thing that he's finally jumped ship. What I find objectionable is the local news media's failure to present the truth of the matter.
Here the defendant was denied his constitutional right to put on the defense of necessity to a charge of cultivating marijuana which carried the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence. The judge's action was the same thing as denying the defendant access to the effective assistance of counsel necessary to prepare a defense.
This reminds me of the cases where defendants are being denied the use of medical marijuana while on probation; thereby, forcing the defendant to use dangerous and ineffective painkillers and other pharmaceutical drugs. In the case described in the video, I'm sure he'll be forced to take chemotherapy and radiation therapy, both very dangerous and ineffective.
Appeals court to decide if probationers can smoke medical marijuana ("Without marijuana, Rudoi said, Magyari is forced to take highly addictive and deadly opiate painkillers to treat his ailments")
Judge rules lawyer Ed Czuprynski can use medical marijuana on probation ("Czuprynski said he doesn't care for pharmaceutical painkillers, as they don't work well for him. In his capacity as a lawyer, he's seen many people become addicted to opiates as well, he said.")
In the Menominee case below, the wise thing to do would be to permit the non-psychoactive strains of medical marijuana that are high in CBD for people with drug addictions. Research shows the high CBD strains are useful for treating addictions - especially for people who are self-medicating for pain, anxiety and depression. See What is CBD? and Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence.
The Young Turks make excellent point on governmental bias in favor of drug companies being able to sell inferior synthetic THC products with side effects while denying the public the right to grow their own cannabis for medicine. It's all about giving the drug companies the ability to make large profits some of which comes back to the government.
Below are two paragraphs from the article I used to support legalizing all drugs. Then the opioid epidemic happened, I felt are key to the problem.
The DEA, meanwhile, has the power to set production quotas for some opioids, like hydrocodone and oxycodone, produced for sales. It could have used this power, as it did during past drug crises, to limit the supply of these dangerous drugs. But Frydl pointed me to data that showed that the agency has since at least 1999 let the quota for opioids rise and rise and rise — effectively relinquishing a tool it could have used to limit the rapid growth of opioid use.
Much of this is the result of aggressive lobbying from pharmaceutical companies. Over the past decade, opioid producers and suppliers have spent more than $880 million at the federal and state level lobbying lawmakers to stop new regulations on their drugs, while calling on policymakers to actually loosen access to painkillers. That’s eight times as much as the gun lobby spent on its causes, according to Mother Jones.
The opioid epidemic is clearly due to corruption and corporate money influencing government decision making. Obviously, this problem needs to be addressed through the political process and by taking pain management out of the hands of pharmaceutical companies and doctors, and putting it into the hands of educators teaching alternative and natural health solutions.
The same day Governor Scott Walker signed the bill legalizing the possession of CBD oil in Wisconsin, another article appeared on the WBAY news website entitled Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs describes research scientists efforts to discover new drugs to combat pain that are not as addictive or deadly. When it came to cannabis the author stated:
"And then there's marijuana. A cannabis extract is sold as a mouth spray in Britain for nerve pain and other problems from multiple sclerosis. But cannabinoid research in the U.S. has been hampered by marijuana's legal status. A special license is needed and most researchers don't even try to obtain one, said Susan Ingram, a neurosurgery scientist at Oregon Health & Science University."
"She is studying cannabinoid receptors in the brain, looking at how pain affects one type but not another. Such work might someday lead to drugs that relieve pain but don't produce a high or addiction."
It should be noted that cannabidiol (CBD) is not addictive and doesn't produce a high and is clearly what scientists should be looking at for treating pain and for treating a variety of other medical conditions. The article about Governor Walker's signing of the CBD legislation also described CBD as not psychoactive and useful for treating pain and other medical conditions. It should also be noted that Wisconsin residents can seek a doctor's permission to possess CBD oil for any medical condition - not just seizures.
The public needs cheap and easy access to CBD. This will come only when the public can grow it and make their own medicine. It's also funny to me that the newsmedia hasn't recognized the US government's findings and patent on Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs
I base my belief that CBD is now legal to possess in Wisconsin because Governor Walker supported the bill which went to his office around March 8th. See http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/bill-to-ok-possession-of-cbd-oil-heads-to-scott/article_0f3b903c-a9aa-5e7f-ad38-585c146e596a.html. Even if Gov. Walker didn't sign the bill into law it would become law after 6 days under Wisconsin law and we've heard nothing about a veto. See http://wiana.com/how-a-bill-becomes-law-in-wisconsin/.
Also, from my reading of the bill that went to Gov. Walker, any person can possess CBD for any medical condition if a doctor provides a certification. It's not just for children with Dravet's syndrome or severe epilepsy. The Wisconsin Senate Bill 10 says:
"(b) An individual may possess cannabidiol in a form without a psychoactive effect if the individual has certification stating that the individual possesses cannabidiol to treat a medical condition, if the certification has an issue date that is no more than one year prior to the possession, and if any expiration date provided by the physician in the certification has not passed."
The law appears to say any person may possess CBD for any medical condition if they have certification from a physician. I suspect that many physicians will assume the law was made for only children with Dravet's syndrome because of news accounts describing CBD as being for children with Dravet's syndrome.
The Proven Dangers of Antidepressants, https://breggin.com/the-proven-dangers-of-antidepressants/
Five Reasons Not to Take SSRIs, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/obsessively-yours/201001/five-reasons-not-take-ssris
Germanwings jetliner catastrophe: The first antidepressant drug-induced mass murder of the skies?, http://www.naturalnews.com/049137_Germanwings_depression_antidepressant_drugs.html
Methadone and Suboxone
Methadone: A Major Driver of Prescription Painkiller Overdose Deaths, http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/03/methadone-a-major-driver-of-prescription-painkiller-overdose-deaths/
Most States List Deadly Methadone as a 'Preferred Drug', http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2015/4/23/most-states-list-deadly-methadone-as-a-preferred-drug
The Dangers of Long Term Suboxone Use, http://www.marylandaddictionrecovery.com/the-dangers-of-long-term-suboxone-use (Maryland Addiction Recovery Center treats suboxone addiction)
Addicted to a Treatment for Addiction, https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/29/opinion/sunday/addicted-to-a-treatment-for-addiction.html?_r=0
How many children die from accidental overdoses to methadone and suboxone when they discover them and think they're candy?
Toddler Poisoned by Prescriptions, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/children-overdose-parents-medications/story?id=12423751
It's certainly way more than one black child every now and then in a bad neighborhood, http://fox6now.com/2017/01/27/police-investigate-death-of-2-year-old-boy-in-milwaukee-found-unresponsive-by-mother/
 “How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?  Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
That cannabidiol and hemp seed oil have the ability to provide relief for maladies, without psychotropic effect.