Cannabis should be a medicinal ally, but we’ve put it on the wrong side of the drug war

We have a drug problem. Its victims include the very young, cialis sale cialis the very old and everyone in between.

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, discount cialis cialis sale the number of babies born addicted to opiates has nearly tripled in the last decade. Overdose death rates for the elderly increased twofold from 1999 to 2006. In 2009, drug-induced deaths exceeded deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The culprit: legal prescription painkillers.

In many people, it starts innocently: A fall, an accident or a surgery begets unbearable pain, treated with an opiate painkiller. As useful as these drugs are, they can also be deadly. Their tragedy ripples through a network of family and friends whose lives are also torn apart and forever altered. We can do better.

What if there was a medication that acted on its own endogenous bodily system to relieve pain, as documented in clinical studies, while never resulting in one overdose death? There is. It’s called cannabis.

The real drug problem in this country lies in the war we have waged on this medicinal plant, while ever increasing numbers of young and old suffer and die from legal prescription drugs. It shouldn’t be. It needn’t be. People should have a choice.

We can do better for our families.

Theresa Daniello Auburn Township

 

Handcuffed, alone and forgotten in a windowless, 5×10′ cell without food or water

“I didn’t care if I died – I was completely insane.”

That’s what 23-year-old Daniel Chong told reporters after he was abandoned in his cell for 5 days after a 4/20 Drug Enforcement Agency raid at UC San Diego.1 Handcuffed, viagra generic remedy alone and forgotten in a windowless, buy viagra there 5×10′ room without food or water, (Read More and DO Something about this)

FEDS ATTACK COLORADO

UPDATE:

“…or other area or premises that is accessible to the public, buy cialis purchase or within any private dwelling that is accessible to the public…” (PDF here)
Is your center accessible to the public?  No
Is your center within a private dwelling? No

Colorado Revised Statues: Title 18 Professions and Occupations Article 18 Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 1992
18-18-407. Special offender (II)(B)(2)(a) states the following:
(2) (a) A defendant shall be a special offender if the defendant is convicted of selling, best viagra help distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, manufacturing, or attempting to manufacture any controlled substance in violation of section 18-18-405 either within or upon the grounds of any public or private elementary, middle, junior high, or high school, vocational school, or public housing development, or within one thousand feet of the perimeter of any such school or public housing development grounds on any street, alley, parkway, sidewalk, public park, playground, or other area or premises that is accessible to the public, or within any private dwelling that is accessible to the public for the purpose of the sale, distribution, use, exchange, manufacture, or attempted manufacture of controlled substances in violation of this article, or in any school bus as defined in section 42-1-102 (88), C.R.S., while such school bus is engaged in the transportation of persons who are students at any public or private elementary, middle, junior high, or high school. The court is required in addition to imposing the sentence to imprisonment in the department of corrections required by subsection (1) of this section, to fine the defendant without suspension at least twice the minimum fine provided for in section 18-1.3-401 (1)

 

Hello fellow pioneer,

By now you know about the feds cracking down on centers within 1000’ of schools.

ACT4CO is getting into this fight on behalf of our patients and our members. Whether or not you are directly affected, this impacts are whole industry. Just because you have not received a letter does not mean you are home free.

The federal district attorney’s office has said that this is only the first wave, so don’t look at it as competition being eliminated….you may be next. The reason I say this is that in addtion to schools, in California, the feds have identified parks and public pools as other zones with 1,000’ restrictions. Here is a direct quote from section 860 of the U.S. code:

“distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, or manufacturing a controlled substance in or on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school or a public or private college, junior college, or university, or a playground, or housing facility owned by a public housing authority, or within 100 feet of a public or private youth center, public swimming pool, or video arcade facility.”

 

So, as you might imagine, the feds are likely to try and chew us up in small bites. 23 centers doesn’t sound like a lot to the general public, and if they do this over and over again, they will reduce our numbers over time to the point where they can go after everyone at once. They can’t do it very well at the moment because of our large numbers.

This is a beachead. If we don’t put up a fight for “the targeted 23” here, then they will push forward with another round, and another until they whittle us down to nothing. I am reminded of the famous quote from Martin Niemoller about the Nazis:

First they came for the communists, and
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and
I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and
I didn’t speak out because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and
there was no one left to speak out for me.

 

ACT4CO is participating with other local, state and national industry organizations such as CBA, Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, MMBA, Vicente Consulting, MMIG, NCIA,DPA, MPP, SSDP, and various MMJ lawyers to respond to this threat to our patients and businesses. It is our contention that this unilateral move on the part of John Walsh is not in conformance with the policy Attorney General Holder stated in last month’s congressional testimony. We will be working on three fronts, legal, political, and public relations. You will see a joint press release coming out soon.

We urge you to come to the MMBA meeting on 1/19 at Casselmans to learn more about this threat and potential responses in the legal, political and public relations arenas.

If you or a center you know has received a letter, please have them contact Josh Kappel at josh@vicenteconsulting.com . They (Vicente Consulting) is taking the lead on pulling people together to fight this. They need to see as many of the letters as possible so they can figure out what (if any) differences there may be between the letters and to see what the commonalities are. This is needed to try to divine the direction of the federal district attorney and develop a response.

Nicholas King, President

Drugged Driving… Putting Science In Prison

I just completed a 30 day trial of daily dosages of over 1.2g of Cannabis oil a day and I am now convinced that THC metabolites do mitigate the effects of THC. Colorado just started a “Drugged Driving Is Impaired Driving” campaign that is completely propagandist.  To infer that someone had an accident because they have Cannabis in their system does not mean it caused the accident, generic cialis for sale that is absurd to think that way. Look at the science and stop profiling us.

What ever happened to teaching people to take responsibility for themselves? I would never drive if I were impaired, viagra sales no rx but to tell me I am impaired because I am using Cannabis is an insult. Give me a driving test and you will see. I have police follow me everywhere, as I have Cannabis all over my Jeep, and I have not been pulled over for impaired driving. These ads are an insult to us as Cannabis patients.

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This campaign may target all drugs, but 90% of this demographic are Cannabis consumers.  I support going after people driving on Ambian and other pharmaceuticals. I have lost a friend in Louisville, Colorado to a woman taking pharmaceuticals who drove over 50′ off the road striking John.  As a patient if I were to see these prejudicial posters in a dispensary, I would share it will all I can, because those that support this campaign have lost my support.  This is only going to hurt us as patients. This is just like RACISM*, the difference being that society calls us DISABLED. Why is our own industry fighting each other with this propaganda.

Where did the money come from to pay for all this advertising?  Wouldn’t it have been better spent telling the truth?

I am very concerned about MMIG, law enforcement and centers that support this. I believe that it is our responsibility as patients to confront this Drugged Driving campaign as it is demeaning to us as disabled people.  This is only furthering Refer Madness.

Beware that City of Indianapolis v. Edmond, 531 U.S. 32 (2000),  is where the Supreme Court of the United States limited the power of law enforcement to conduct suspicionless searches, specifically, using drug-sniffing dogs at roadblocks.

*Hundreds of thousands of us are in prison, have been killed, tortured and abused by law enforcement, and forced to physically build more private prisons.

UPDATE: I am now recording all my driving behavior as a demonstration to the fact that I am not impaired with the elevated doses of Cannabis.

Here is a great book that you may want to read “Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War on Nature and Truth”  by Todd Wilkinson

Science Under Siege: The Politicians' War on Nature and Truth

 

 

Advocacy Update: Week of 8/15

This last week we met with a wonderful man who is a Veteran of one of our wars at the V.A. in Denver and another man facing prison for growing his own plants to make oil for his cancer.

Bruce is willing to try Cannabis oil and he wants to make sure he is following the law, cialis usa health but because he is from Wy, tadalafil viagra sale the residency requirement in Colorado is a problem.  Bruce was a cartographer for the Air Force and has a sharp mind.

I have been visiting with him, medical his daughter, and his brother, speaking with them about the endocannabinoid system in our bodies and how Cannabis may be able to reduce the size of the tumor in his bladder.  The medical doctors want to surgically remove the tumor, but will not touch it until it is reduced in size.  Most people go for the chemo-therapy or radiation at this point, but Bruce chooses not to take his doctors recommendation.  It has come to Bruce’s attention that Cannabis oil in high concentrations may reduce his tumor without toxic effects.

We also went to Bob Crouse’s hearing in Colorado Springs on Thursday to support his Constitutional Right to use Cannabis oil for his Leukemia.  His trial is now scheduled for December 12th and we are here to support him.  He faces the almost the same thing I went to trial for and he needs our support.

 

The International struggle to gain safe access to Marijuana has begun

Marijuana Laws World Cannabis map

Safe access to medical grade cannabis internationally is nothing new, viagra sales clinic so what’s taking so long?

Cannabis, illness mistakenly known as Marijuana- prohibition has been the subject of debate and controversy for decades.  Cannabis is illegal to consume, try use, possess, cultivate, transfer or trade in most countries.  Since the beginning of widespread cannabis prohibition around the mid 20th century, most countries have not re-legalized it for personal use. 

Currently only 10 countries tolerate (or have decriminalized) its use and/or its cultivation in limited quantities. 

Medicinal use of cannabis is also legal in a number of countries, including Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel and 16 states of the United States.

It has been accepted that small amounts of possession are dealt with in different ways around the world, and always changing according to a country’s political leaders.  This makes it very hard to find an accurate reference to the unspoken police attitude of casual decriminalization of cannabis in certain places.

In some places there are just not enough police, judges or prisons to enforce the law to the letter; and other countries have laws that are not as vigorously as prosecuted as others.

But other than the countries that offer access to medical marijuana, the majority of countries have various penalties ranging from “Easy” to “Cruel”, and everything in between.  Some infractions are dealt with more or less seriously depending on who you are; when it comes to regarding the cultivation, use, possession, or transfer of cannabis for recreational use.

However, simple possession can carry long jail sentences in some countries, particularly in East Asia, where the sale of cannabis may lead to a sentence of life in prison or even execution.  Which seems kind of strange to me because nearly any other strange depravity a person could want is normally widely available.

Political barriers

U.S. opposition-  The United States, one of the most influential Parties to the Single Convention, has tended to oppose loosening cannabis laws.  Describing the former-U.S. President’s position, an October 20, 1999 article in the Dallas Morning News noted, “Aides said Mr. Bush does not support legalizing marijuana for medical use”.

INCB opposition-  In addition, the International Narcotics Control Board has tended to have an unfavorable view of drug legalization.  This was perhaps most profoundly expressed by Philip O. Emafo, President of the International Narcotics Control Board, in the Board’s 2002 annual report.

Individual nations could withdraw from drug control treaties, but would still be subject to the pervasive influence of bodies like the International Narcotics Control Board, which can issue unfavorable reports and recommend sanctions.  The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs or the Convention on Psychotropic Substances could be terminated if the number of signatories fell below 40, but the Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances has no termination clause and therefore would remain in effect as long as there is even one signatory.

It’s a long road, but I believe we will soon see 16 countries; in addition to the 16 States that now have, at least, legalized Medical Marijuana.

What say you..?  Click on the comments and tell us how you feel about the repeal of Cannabis Prohibition Internationally.