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The worse the economy gets, the better marijuana looks—not necessarily for its psychedelic properties, but for its revenue potential. As more cities and states face budget deficits, the idea that legal, regulated marijuana could reel in a bounty of taxes is gaining traction. This development has confounded legalization advocates, rendering their FAQs nearly irrelevant and plunging them into an unfamiliar debate: OK, say we legalize pot. How should we tax it?The worse the economy gets, the better marijuana looks—not necessarily for its... more
Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to smoking pot with Tommy Chong. How many Americans have gone to jail in America for mere possession? Too many! We have been in a War on American soil. Billions of our tax dollars have used to fight a war against ordinary Americans who choose to smoke cannabis, while our politicians openly admit, they did it too.
When will Americans stand up and stop wasting money on a war of choice on our own soil. Families have been destroyed. Property has been seized all for a weed? Its an "Assault on Reason".
Our economy is falling apart, due to glutney run amuck. Its time we stop the spinners who are looting our economy. The same spinners who have spun us into a war of choice, using fixed facts. The facts are contrary to what Americans are told daily. Americans have been misled by the same people who are profitting from the War on US.
Cannabis/Hemp is a green market which would compete with many products supported by Wall Street. Wall Street is corrupt! They mislead, cheat and lie. Trust is earned. Wall Street has not earned our trust. Why trust them further. Facts matter!
Jack Herer wrote a book, "The Emperor Wears No Clothes". In his book he states facts and backs up his facts with real documents. In his book he offers a challenge:
$100,000 Challenge to Prove Us Wrong!
If all fossil fuels and their derivatives, as well as trees for paper and construction, were banned in order to save the planet, reverse the Greenhouse Effect and stop deforestation; then there is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world's paper and textiles; meet all of the world's transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time and that substance is the same one that has done it before . . .
It has been a 20 year challenge and to date, no one has taken his challenge? Why?Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to smoking pot with Tommy Chong. How many Americans have... more
"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." [more]"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active... more
1) What is the Word of God concerning marijuana, or cannabis hemp ?
The hemp plant (scientific name: cannabis, slang name: marijuana) is but one of the many useful herbs "yielding seed after its kind" (Genesis 1:12, 29) blessed by God on the third day of creation for people to use in conjunction with our free will. The only place in the Bible where Cannabis was mentioned by name got switched into 'calamus' by the King James translators as part of a holy ointment (described in Exodus 30:23).
The Bible also predicted prohibition: "In the later times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." (Paul: 1 Timothy 1-4) Nowhere in the Bible does it say people cannot grow, possess, use or even smoke cannabis or that hemp is bad. In fact, quite the contrary: "God said, 'Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat.' … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good." (Genesis 1:29-31)
2) How was the cannabis plant used by people during Biblical times?
Cannabis was widely used throughout the world since earliest times. 'Cana' got its name from the same root word as "cannabis," indicating that hemp was grown there. The Bible also describes a common way of preparing marijuana for medicinal use: "The Lord said …Afore harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches." (Isaiah 18:4-5)
Cannabis was traditionally used in 12 different ways: as clothing, paper, cord, sails, fishnet, oil, sealant, incense, food, and in ceremony, relaxation and medicine. And it was written, "On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare 12 manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (Rev. 22:1-2)
The leaves and flowers of cannabis are well known for their medicinal value, and the Thracians Scythians and Zoroastrians were just a few of the groups that were using cannabis socially during Jesus day.[more]1) What is the Word of God concerning marijuana, or cannabis hemp ?
The hemp plant... more
Even if no warship ever rises from the mud at Pisa, the dig remains exciting to Boetto and her peers for the great variety of watercraft that it promises to reveal, from seagoing freighters to river-going canoes. Almost as rare as Roman warships, for instance, are fishing boats; the Fiumicino museum has only one that has been excavated and preserved. But in preservation it cannot match the one Bruni seems to have in ship C, a 33-foot boat that Bruni has tentatively dated to the first century b.c. With seven benches for the oarsmen, 14 tholepins that held the oars in place, and the futtocks that ribbed the ancient hull, ship C is close to being whole. Nearby, the diggers also found a winch and [ numerous hemp lines ], which may have been elements of the boat's rigging. "You never find rigging," says Casson. [More]Even if no warship ever rises from the mud at Pisa, the dig remains exciting to Boetto... more
by: Paul Armentano - Politics on The Huffington Post
Senator Ted Kennedy is putting forward a brave face following his recent surgery but the sad reality remains. Even with successful surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy treatment, gliomas -- a highly aggressive form of brain cancer that strikes approximately 10,000 Americans annually -- tragically claim the lives of 75 percent of its victims within two years and virtually all within five years.
But what if there was an alternative treatment for gliomas that could selectively target the cancer while leaving healthy cells intact? And what if federal bureaucrats were aware of this treatment, but deliberately withheld this information from the public?
Sadly, the questions posed above are not entirely hypothetical. Let me explain.
In 2007, I reviewed over 150 published preclinical and clinical studies assessing the therapeutic potential of marijuana and several of its active compounds, known as cannabinoids. I summarized these numerous studies in a book, now in its third edition, entitled Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids: A Review of the Scientific Literature. (NORML Foundation, 2008) One chapter in this book, which summarized the findings of more than 30 separate trials and literature reviews, was dedicated to the use of cannabinoids as potential anti-cancer agents, particularly in the treatment of gliomas.
Not familiar with this scientific research? Your government is.
In fact, the first experiment documenting pot's potent anti-cancer effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest federal bureaucrats. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana's primary psychoactive component, THC, "slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent."
Despite these favorable preliminary findings (eventually published the following year in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute), U.S. government officials refused to authorize any follow-up research until conducting a similar -- though secret -- preclinical trial in the mid-1990s. That study, conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program to the tune of $2 million, concluded that mice and rats administered high doses of THC over long periods had greater protection against malignant tumors than untreated controls.
However, rather than publicize their findings, the U.S. government shelved the results, which only became public after a draft copy of its findings were leaked to the medical journal AIDS Treatment News, which in turn forwarded the story to the national media.
In the years since the completion of the National Toxicology trial, the U.S. government has yet to authorize a single additional study examining the drug's potential anti-cancer properties. (Federal permission is necessary in order to conduct clinical research on marijuana because of its illegal status as a schedule I controlled substance.)
by: Paul Armentano - Politics on The Huffington Post
Senator Ted Kennedy is... more