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DOJ Memo: Medical Marijuana Still Illegal, Even Where It’s Legal

July 14, 2011 by  

DOJ Memo: Medical Marijuana Still Illegal, Even Where It’s Legal

The U.S. Department of Justice is drawing fire over a memorandum it released last week, in which the DOJ essentially says State laws regarding the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes are irrelevant when it comes to the prosecution of growers, sellers and distributors of the drug.

Written by United States Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the June 29 memo purportedly clarifies an October 2009 memo issued by Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, regarding the enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in States that have laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana.

The so-called “Ogden Memo” explained to Federal prosecutors that “prosecution of significant traffickers of illegal drugs, including marijuana, remains a core priority, but advised that it is likely not an efficient use of federal resources to focus enforcement efforts on individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or their caregivers,” according to Cole’s memo.

Cole clarifies that, for the purposes of the CSA, a “caregiver” is not “commercial operations cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana,” despite the fact the term is commonly applied to growers providing the drug to patients in States that have legalized the drug for medical purposes.

“Persons who are in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana, and those who knowingly facilitate such activities, are in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, regardless of state law,” the memo reads.

The memo went on to read: “State laws or local ordinances are not a defense to civil or criminal enforcement of federal law with respect to such conduct, including enforcement of the CSA. Those who engage in transactions involving the proceeds of such activity may also be in violation of federal money laundering statutes and other federal financial laws.”

NOTE: The liberal news site Alternet contributed to this story. Its full coverage is available here.

 

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  • http://Personalliberty Tony

    To Everyone:
    This nation needs to end this insane war on all drugs now!! This Drug
    war is no different from the days of prohibition in which alcoholic beverages where outlawed. This movement brought about Al Capone,
    Lucky Lucciano, Dutch Schultz, Hyman Roth, Bugsy Siegal, Jimmy Malone,
    Bugsy Moran, and Bumpy Johnson. Crime went out of control. When prohibition ended, crime literally dropped bigtime. Well, it’s the same with this insane war on drugs which have brought about gangs such
    as the Disciples, the Vice lords, Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Mexican
    mafia, Hell’s Angels, and the Outlaws. If this drug war ends, these problems would go away. As a matter of fact, the sole reason for Mexico’s problems is the insane war of Drugs. This is why these drug cartels have so much power. Time to end the madness!! Thanks!!

    • wandamurline

      Yes, drugs could be offered in a clinic setting for rehabilitation at a cost of about $1…if that were done, then there would be no need for the black list drug lords…people could get their drugs dispensed to them in a clean setting with the hopes of saving some of them from their habit and there would be no market for the illegal drugs anymore. Of course, this is not going to happen because it is big business. There have been people for years who said that the government put drugs on the streets…I never believed it before…but I can see that it could happen now. I put nothing past this bunch of corrupt elists in Washington.

    • Iris

      I agree. Making it all legal again as it was in 1933 would burst the balloon of profit, illegality and drug wars. POOF!

    • Vic

      Indeed. While anyone has an ability to go to the rooftop and dive down, why not let losers commit suicide by more pleasant way?

      OTOH, someone in power clearly makes a huge money out of drug mafia.

      Enough is enough, this “war on drugs” has to stop, drugs have to be sold in pharmacies with restrictions similar to alcohol. That’s the only reasonable way.

      • Robert Smith

        The other “reasonable” way is for folks to grow their own. It’s the ultimate in personal freedom.

        Rob

        • Cawmun Cents

          It was good enough for George Washington,it is good enough for me.Finally we agree upon something Mr.Smith.-CC.

          • Robert Smith

            Yes, most of the Founding Fathers grew hemmp. It was required for rope.

            The debate is how many of them smoked it. There are tantalizing references but sadly there is no direct proof, yet.

            Rob

  • ex yank

    what alot of people do not know is that state law takes precedence over federal law. so DOJ is wrong. the feds down play this with their bulling tactics to scare the states into submission. isnt politics just dandy….

    • mickey

      Yes, they are graudally being to fight with the 10th amendment to nullify things they can control and the fed cannot. It’s as Ron Paul says, things are better left to the states.

      CA is a nanny state. It worked out so well for them they push it on all the rest of us. Sue, sue, sue is the mantra of CA and we can see how that is working out with the ACLU.

      I hope the states start nullifying things the ACLU uses to make money off the states by suing. Imagine if the courts refused to hear illegitimate cases. The ACLU would go broke, that is, unless obama pays them.

      • wandamurline

        I am proud to say that Texas just passed a torte reform bill called “You Pay” and what that means is that if you sue someone and you lose the case, you are responsible for the defendant’s legal counsel and all his court costs. We had lawyers suing people with insurance because they knew that the insurance companies would settle out of court because of the cost of court and the fact that even if the insurance companies’ clients won, they would be out the cost of the entire lawsuit. Well, that now has changed…if you are sued and your insurance company takes it all the way to court, and the plaintiff loses, then the plaintiff and their attorneys are going to have to pay the costs of the defendant. It has been a scam going on for years and it is now about to come to an end. Frivilous lawsuits will become a thing of the past because now the defendants will have to pay when in the past, they could sue you for absolutely nothing and it didn’t cost them a dime. Hallejuah, there is justice sometimes.

        • C130 Gunship

          wandamurline…Can you imagine never seeing and hearing another ‘Jim Adler aka The Texas Hammer’ commercial ever again! It would be wonderful!

          Damn, I’m down to seeds and stems again.

          • Dan az

            C130 :) ;)

      • Alex

        Some of you folks are so whacky…
        You want “the states to nullifying” the things that the ACLU does? Umm…like protect your civil rights?
        The ACLU correctly fights your constitutional rights being denied or weakened. The problem with people on the Reich Wing is that they only like CERTAIN parts of the constitution (stupid and outdated Second Amendment) yet love limits on speech and assembly when it serves their narrow scaredy-cat vision. Losers.

        • Jay

          The ACLU are variously known as Atheists, Communists and Liars Unscrupulous; Anti-Christian Litigation Union and Abortionite Confraternity of Litigious Ultra-Leftists. An organization devoted to destroying the moral foundations of American society by eradicating the influence of religion from public life.

          • Robert Smith

            What part of the government NOT establishing a religion don’t you get?

            I don’t want ANY influence of yours, or any other, religion to spill out beyond those who practice it voluntarily.

            THAT is freedom in America. If you want to make a christian taliban go someplace else.

            Rob

        • http://wwww.tombstonelizardmedia.com TombstoneLizard

          Sorry, amigo, the ACLU has stepped on WAY too many people who were only trying to start a business or had a successful business, or a dress code that the Muslim imports didn’t like. I have NEVER seen the ACLU step up to bat for medical marijuana, or fight over-priced prescription drugs. I have NEVER seen them defend a white person discriminated against by minority-owned business. I have NEVER seen the ACLU step up and say “Illegal immigration is wrong and a detriment to American resources.” I have NEVER ONCE seen the ACLU defend the intent of the Constitution, only look for loopholes to try and subjugate the hard-working thinkers who make things happen in our country. The ACLU is about protecting the rights of those who feel entitled to what someone else has worked hard to earn, and NOTHING ELSE!

          • Dan az

            Tombstone
            Good Post your dead on!

          • Jay

            Dittos Tombstone, and rightly stated!!!

          • Jay

            Besides the membership donations and attorney fee awards the ACLU recieves funding from numerous far left organizations. The ACLU keeps its donor list pretty well guarded, but Discover the Networks has put together a pretty good list.

            The ACLU has received funding from the Open Society Institute, the Arca Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Columbia Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Columbia Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the JEHT Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lear Family Foundation, the Public Welfare Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Woods Fund of Chicago.

            I’m not sure about the other state branches but The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said it will no longer accept funding from the United Way so as not to complete a required counterterrorism compliance form.

            Last year The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ found a shocking discovery.

            The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ has uncovered documents revealing that the Florida Supreme Court is responsible for helping to fund the ACLU of Florida – using interest from legal trust funds generated by unsuspecting home buyers, heirs, and legal awards and settlements. Between 1990 and 1997, the Florida Bar Foundation (FBF), a creation of the Florida Supreme Court, provided more than $600,000 to help pay the salary of the ACLU of Florida’s legal director.

            That is all I’ve got on this. If you have more to add to the list let me know. The ACLU get plenty of money from all kinds of sources. A good chunk of it comes from your pocket whenever they win a case. You can help put a stop to that.

          • Shale City Surfer

            Absolutely on the mark! This post should appear on everyone’s screen!

          • Robert Smith

            Tough situations make for interesting law. Remember Skokie?

            It’s the same thing with those reich wing Baptists and their hating fags thing…

            Don’t like what they say but they can say it.

            Rob

          • Dan

            Ditto on that Tombstone. Right on the money!

    • Robert Smith

      ex yank says: “what alot of people do not know is that state law takes precedence over federal law”

      Yup. The states that have same sex merriage and assisted suicide should be able to continue unmolested, not screwed with like Bush’s minion Ashcroft tried to do in Oregon.

      Rob

      • http://?? Joe H.

        RS,
        yeah just like they should be leaving ARIZONA ALONE!!!! I seem to remember you saying that the government was right on that!! what about the states that have laws AGAINST same sex marriage? Leave that the hell alone as well!!!

        • Robert Smith

          The PEOPLE will change those states that have had small minorities ram anti-equality onto the books.

          Besides, same sex merrage is just like slavery. You can’t legislate human rights away, and what’s more basic than the person one chooses to live their life with and love?

          Rob

        • Robert Smith

          Joe says: ” what about the states that have laws AGAINST same sex marriage?”

          How can you be for personal freedoms and oppose who can love and partner with who?

          Do I see more hipocracy from the extreme right?

          Can you name ANY reasons do deny same sex merrage that doesn’t involve religion?

          BTW don’t give us that old lame excuse they can’t breed. Neither can elderly women or some wounded vets. The law must be applied equally.

          Rob

  • Phillipe Violette

    Lagalize pot!!!

  • mickey

    the DOJ uses the same thing all the time. If the state receives federal funding for X,Y,Z, then the fed has “rights” to tell them what to do. sorta like smoking in your car on a hospital ground. Now just ain’t that something? Everyone pays fed tax, the hospital receives monies, but an entire group loses the privilege of what goes on inside a person’s car, even if it it legal.

    Yes, legalize pot, gets rid of the overcrowding in jails, the deaths over a nickel bag.

  • Lostwages

    A much bigger threat to the well being of the American people is the illegal sale of guns and ammo to Mexican drug lords! We’ve already seen one border patrol agent killed with these illegal weapons and yet the USDOJ, Mr. Holder, continues to fight disclosure to the congressional over site committee, aiding and abetting fugitives from justice! The committee’s chairman has sited this problem publicly. I hope this committee continues to investigate and brings the real offenders to justice, no matter who it is or what their position is in the Executive Branch of our government! They need to be put on trial and if found guilty, be put away for life! Gitmo would be a great place for them! What’s a little medical marijuana compared to illegal weapons sales! It’s time we take roll call of our congress, either they or working for us, or they need to leave!

    • eddie47d

      There are more than enough legal gun dealers so it’s long overdue in prosecuting the illegal gun runners. That goes for the ATF and the local thug. Marijuana never should have been labeled a substance I drug. That gave the police way too much power in harassing and jailing for minor infractions. There are enough serious criminals out there without putting fear into the occasional smoker of a joint or someone who uses for medical reasons. Legalizing marijuana would probably increase growers here but would decrease the incentive of violence on our southern border.

      • C130 Gunship

        eddie47d….I think you meant to say ‘marijuana is a Schedule I substance’.

        • eddie47d

          Thank You

          • Dan az

            Eddie
            If they legalized it and taxed it like booze then the states would be profiting on the billion dollar business rather than spending billions to train the non violent kid that just got educated in prison education system.The drug lords in mexico would loose all there business and have know reason to be killing thousands of innocent people.Even today with the need for more cash in the corrupt gubmnt they to would benefit from the tax base.I think because they have lied to the people for so long about how weed was addictive and how it would hook people on harder drugs that they cant seem to admit that they lied.

  • Jason

    You know the Drug War is wrong when you ask the pusher on the street if he would like to see illegal drugs legalized and he responds “NO”.
    This goes for the DOJ also. The reason is they are both making a profit by keeping the drug war going. Cui Bono?”To whose benefit?”, curtainly not for the people, for it cost the American public $500 a minute to fight this so called war on drugs. Lets end this failed war and save the government some money and stop the crimes associated with it as well.

    • Dan az

      Jason
      The gubmnt is the biggest drug pusher on the planet!FACT!If they legalized it the cost would close the market and they would be out of business.The fact that hemp grows wild in the mid states and was used for making rope for years why would anyone pay for a weed?The fact that we own the poppy fields in afgan and use the proceeds to finance wars we would be putting an end to unjust wars all around the world.The big pharm. is behind this because they can push more of there billion dollar killer prescriptions on us.There is a lot of things that happen that we need to change and this is one of them that would be a blessing.

  • Cawmun Cents

    It doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure out that the legalization of Marijuana is a ruse.The Feds have their feelers out trying to get people to scream “end the drug war now”.It is a large market.But make no mistake,this needs to be left to the individual states to decide.If the Federal Government takes control,it will be vastly different than it is now.You will have to obtain a lisence to grow it.It will be under the FDA guidelines.There will be no small businesses allowed.Just giant corporate weed factories,spewing out Budweiser in smokeable form.This whole argument is about control.Unbeknownst to the masses crying “decriminalize it”,it will fall under legislation that is already there to accomodate it.Obamacare.That means there will be rigid control and bureaucracy running wild over your marijuana.Is that truly what you wish?Do you actually believe for one minute,that the black market will all of a sudden go the way of the dinosaur?No.The drug wars will escalate sharply.Why?Like I said….it is about control.The prevailing excuses that they use now to get the masses to argue,will still be present when the law is made,just you wait and see.The fact that you can obtain it at the store will not matter.Who will get the grants to scientifically produce the best product?Do you think they will be connected to the Federal Government?Of course they will.Everything will be done to make the Government money,not to satisfy the consumer.Only the connected and the rich will profit from this legislation.Rignt now there is a surge of development in the growing community.But that will too go the way of the dinosaur if the Federales gain control.You will be exchanging one cartel for another.The black market cartel for the Fedral cartel.That is all you will have accomplished if you hand it over to the Feds.-CC.

    • OB1

      The Feds are trying to regulate supplements as well as herbs and natural remedies. Now, why do you think that is? It’s a power and money grab.

    • Dan az

      CC
      We passed the law here and if you live further than 20 miles from a dispensary then you can legally grow 12 plants.There is a lot of things that need to be worked out yet and of course there are going to be allot of restrictions and other hopes to jump through,but the fact is the states will benefit from the taxes and it would also empty half of our jails that we spend billions of tax payers money on.Here is a site that I have about our laws remember it is still a work in progress.I’ll have to see what they have now because they have been giving out cards now.
      http://www.marijuanadoctors.com/content/ailments/glossary#chron-s-disease

      • Cawmun Cents

        That is where you and I have sharp contrast Dan az.I have to disagree with your assertion that the jails will empty out.They will just replace them with new folks who shouldnt be there.As for the taxes,the states could certainly use the revenue,but what for?Why should I give them my tax dollars,when I see how they spend them fruitlessly?Is it my problem that they have incurred a massive debt for lack of control?I say thee nay.Legislators,inevitably screw things up with regulation.They are attempting to do this everywhere and on every level.Why should I facilitate that enterprise?Just leave the laws as they are.Tweeking them will only cause consternation from folks who dont need the headache right now.People(the ones that cant afford dispensary prices)who can grow now will be uber screwed if you let the law makers decide their fate any further.Joe idiot legislator doesnt know diddly squat about pain and suffering.So why let him goof it up for the little guy?It will force little guy to grow anyways then he will be subject to arrest and incarceration,making more people who dont belong in prison,being unjustly charged and jailed.Just leave the laws as they are…..-CC.

  • Lostwages

    All this is about is Holder trying to make something else more important to the public to draw the attention away from his roll in the gun running to Mexico! It isn’t going to work! They need to be arrested for what they did!!!

  • moonbeam

    Marijuana is not a drug. Repeat, marijuana is not a drug. It is a naturally growing herb that has been used for thousands of years by cultures all over the world for everything from making clothing (hemp) to medicinal remedies.

    It does NOT make you go to harder “drugs”. If that were the case I should be doing speedballs by now. Nobody ever died from marijuana use. However, people sure have died from the use of alcohol, crack, cocaine, heroin, etc. Now THOSE are drugs.

    • TIME

      Moonbeam,

      DITTO!

    • Push comes to shove

      While now a former user (there i admitted it) i hate to hear today that mary jane is the gateway drug. MY opinion, Alcohol is the gateway drug for those addictive personalities. It is everywhere, in most homes, bars, restaurants, sporting events.

      Ask yourself a question, what was your first buzz? I will bet 99% of people will tell you alcohol.

      Personally i hate alcohol, it is the blight on our society, just look on the street corner at the people asking for money so they can get thier fix (a bottle). Look at the number of DUI’s & DWI’s. A police officer told me once after following and reporting a drunk driver, that out of 20 stops at any given time around 60-75% have had a drink and 50% of those can be considered DUI if not DWI. but given that….

      Personal choice is the way to go, THE ONLY WAY. Freedom to chose NOT Freedom to be ruled.

  • TIME

    I will say this again.

    The DOJ is a criminal unit in all respects.
    The DOJ should have been shut down years ago, as a matter fo fact it should have never been started.
    Thus anything the DOJ endorses or dose is nothing more than a “CRIMINAL” act against the American Citizens.

    • Push comes to shove

      Right on brother

  • dqfreemind

    The feds state that the prosecution of cancer patients using medical marijuana shouldn’t be enforced. Can you imagine the bad press they’d receive on a bust like that?
    I won’t go into the hypocracy of alcohol being acceptable and pot being a bad drug, because all intelligent people know the difference and recognize the double standard.
    What I will say is that the federal government needs to butt out of the affairs of individual states. We do not need, nor will we accept their draconian controls.

    • Robert Smith

      “Can you imagine the bad press they’d receive on a bust like that?”

      Are you talking about the same government that had an elderly woman take her diaper off?

      They are out of control. Let’s take America back from the reich wing.

      Rob

  • dqfreemind

    Most of us agree, at least those of us in these comments, that the federals are corrupt crooks.
    So has anyone seriously considered Revolution? I think we could win.
    These clowns can’t balance a budget, can’t protect our borders, can’t bring Afganistan to a successful conclusion. I think they are too incompetent and inept to manage an angry populace with guns.
    Even if we don’t win, nothing will be the same after that. I think about this alot. What have we got to lose; what could we gain?

  • Robin

    dqfreemind: “Revolution”??? You say??? “They” probably have your file started now thru filtering the internet for “revolution” Me, well I think that’s about the ONLY way THE PEOPLE are going to get OUR GOVERNMENT back. I’m over 60 yrs old and, sad to say, have been watching the BIG BROTHER take over most of my life. I tried….in the 60s, 70s, 80s even to stop them. Guess it will be up to ya’ll…but I’ll support you however I can!

  • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

    Science News
    Smoked Medical Cannabis May Be Beneficial as Treatment for Chronic Neuropathic Pain, Study Suggests
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 30, 2010) — The medicinal use of cannabis has been debated by clinicians, researchers, legislators and the public at large for many years as an alternative to standard pharmaceutical treatments for pain, which may not always be effective and may have unwanted side effects. A new study by McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University researchers provides evidence that cannabis may offer relief to patients suffering from chronic neuropathic pain.

    The results of the groundbreaking study are published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

    “This is the first trial to be conducted where patients have been allowed to smoke cannabis at home and to monitor their responses, daily,” says Dr. Mark Ware, lead author of the study, who is also Director of Clinical Research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at the MUHC and an assistant professor of anesthesia in McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, and neuroscience researcher at the Research Institute of the MUHC.

    In this study, low doses (25mg) of inhaled cannabis containing approximately 10% THC (the active ingredient in cannabis), smoked as a single inhalation using a pipe three times daily over a period of five days, offered modest pain reduction in patients suffering from chronic neuropathic pain (pain associated with nerve injury) within the first few days. The results also suggest that cannabis improved moods and helped patients sleep better. The effects were less pronounced in cannabis strains containing less than 10% THC.

    “The patients we followed suffered from pain caused by injuries to the nervous system from post-traumatic (e.g. traffic accidents) or post-surgical (e.g. cut nerves) events, and which was not controlled using standard therapies” explains Dr. Ware. “This kind of pain occurs more frequently than many people recognize, and there are few effective treatments available. For these patients, medical cannabis is sometimes seen as their last hope.”

    “This study marks an important step forward because it demonstrates the analgesic effects of cannabis at a low dose over a shot period of time for patients suffering from chronic neuropathic pain,” adds Dr. Ware. The study used herbal cannabis from Prairie Plant Systems (under contract to Health Canada to provide cannabis for research and medical purposes), and a 0% THC ‘placebo’ cannabis from the USA.

    However, larger-scale studies with a longer time frame and higher doses of THC are needed to further evaluate the efficacy and long-term safety of medical cannabis. “Our challenge as researchers is to continue to conduct rigorous clinical studies on the medical use of cannabis with strict attention to details such as quality and dosage,” says Dr. Ware. “This will allow us to move the debate forward by providing reliable scientific clinical data.”

  • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

    Science News
    Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth In Half, Study Shows
    ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
    They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.
    THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.
    “The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer,” said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine.
    Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation. Although a medical derivative of THC, known as Marinol, has been approved for use as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients, and a small number of U.S. states allow use of medical marijuana to treat the same side effect, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity, Preet says. The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study in human glioblastoma.
    In the present study, the researchers first demonstrated that two different lung cancer cell lines as well as patient lung tumor samples express CB1 and CB2, and that non-toxic doses of THC inhibited growth and spread in the cell lines. “When the cells are pretreated with THC, they have less EGFR stimulated invasion as measured by various in-vitro assays,” Preet said.
    Then, for three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression, Preet says.
    Although the researchers do not know why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth.
    Preet says much work is needed to clarify the pathway by which THC functions, and cautions that some animal studies have shown that THC can stimulate some cancers. “THC offers some promise, but we have a long way to go before we know what its potential is,” she said.

    • bob wire

      Hmm? ~ That’s good to know! It works!

      I quit the stuff long, long ago when I couldn’t remember who I was or maybe it was you were? Is that right? Couldn’t keep my women separated which caused unique problems.

      anyway, If i wanted some now, I’d just drive to the street dealer that sells “everything” and get some.

      Now that is where the problems come in.

      I hate to shop!

      I really don’t know how Willie keeps smoking the stuff? He must be much tougher then I am.

      I figure I’m stupid enough without the help. Maybe if I lived alone on a mountaintop somewhere?

    • s c

      Is there are any good reason why you can’t or won’t put things in your own words, c m? This website isn’t intended to be a source of term paper info for those who never got past high school.
      Come on, guy. Give yourself a chance. Besides, when you can say things in your own words, it takes up MUCH less space, and you gain credibility from not being so much of a full-time ‘borrower.’

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        sc

        Don’t like it, don’t read it. If you don’t understand it or it is too complex for you to comprehend ,get someone to explain it to you.

        • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

          I forgot if.

  • TML

    So what they are saying here, is that the 10th Amendment doesn’t mean sh*t to the federal government. Period. End of Story.

  • bob wire

    Wow! Marcy, that’s one fine looking kick ass plant you have displayed. That thing reeks of THC. It took a lot of effort to grow something like that.

    • Average Joe

      I don’t know Bob…lots of pretty red hairs….but not seeing many trichomes on it…I believe I’s pass on that one. Gurgle,gurgle,gurgle….whooooosh!….*bong hit……

      • Cawmun Cents

        Avg….are you accusing someone of trying to pass off the snicklefritz?My,my,you sure can learn alot from reading posts on this thread….haw!-CC.

      • Cawmun Cents

        Looks like Chernobyl to me bruh…..but what do I know?Apparently very little.

      • Cawmun Cents

        You know Avg….some of us like GINGER more than MaryAnn.(wink)

  • Mark in LA

    Who was the retard that ramped up the “war on drugs” at the behest of his idiot wife? This was the start of the militarization of the police and all the SWAT teams trying to get in on the newly created asset forfeiture laws. From what I remember, both were verifiable mental midgets and both had once been actors.

  • http://wwww.tombstonelizardmedia.com TombstoneLizard

    Yeah, I never sided with that twit except to get rid of Carter; then I quickly realized he was just more of the same bureaucratic “control Americans for their own good” hacks. I haven’t liked any of them since JFK, and look what they did to that poor schmuck.

  • s c

    A common denominator has emerged in dealing with Uncle Worthless. That is, in matters that could possibly benefit the American people, Uncle Worthless will step in to hinder, block or eliminate that ‘benefit.’ If Uncle Worthless can’t do what he does the easy way, he steps in with the ACLU (they’re in bed with more folks than you know), the Department of Injustice or threats from Congress or an executive order.
    It took a while, but the main difference between the two major classes of criminals in America is in whether or not that criminal element is elected. The elected variety is found near the top of the septic tank. Everyone else is to be found in the lower parts of that same septic tank.
    The smell is the same. One group ignores the law. The other creates it, ignores it and demands to be seen as above every law it creates. Crime DOES pay – especially if you are found in Washington.
    And some people still can’t understand what the pecking order os or why life doesn’t get better via the ‘best’ government MONEY can buy.

    • Cawmun Cents

      I BELIEVE THAT THE ADJECTIVE PHRASOLOGY YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR IS….UNCLE SCAM.Uncle Sam has long since retired.-CC.

  • Dan az

    I can tell you that the stuff that they produce now is nothing like the stuff of the sixties.I suffer from spinal damage that I got while in Nam and all the VA gives me is Hydrocodone with all of its side effects.I’m not into getting high anymore but if they could produce the effects that they have now with out the high I would be first in line.The pain in my legs completely stop in about 5 minutes and lasted for 11 hrs.The problem is you cant work on the high that it creates,let alone drive the speed limit.No side effects and its good for you,that’s allot better than the deadly side effects that you get with big pharm.I plan on getting a card sense I don’t work anymore and would really like to be able to walk farther than 100 ft.I just hope that they can find a way to get rid of the high because its a miracle drug that helps so many that cant be helped.

    • Bob Marshall

      First of all, Dan az, as a Marine veteran who served in Vietnam for three tours i feel your pain. I have had three back operations. You are so right about marijuana because when one of my sons would smoke it he always wanted to lie down and as he said chill out. Having spent 42 day in a mental ward because of PTSD the drugs i was administered was much more dangerous. As a matter of fact, the drug used on me was first tested in Israel.There have been numerous studies proving that alcohol is much more dangerous. It believe it should at least be allowed to be used for medicial purposes. I hope it becomes legal so men with your condition it will make your situtation more bearableand be able to live with less pain..It was and still is okay for the CIA to experiment and use mind control drugs but not to all herbs such as marijuana for medical conditions were it is proven to help. Not many people know the drug LSD first introduced in the 60s’ started with the CIA looking for a mind control drug.

      • Dan az

        Bob M
        Thanks,I knew Timothy O’leary and allot of people didnt know that it was him that developed the DNA test.

        • Robert Smith

          Not to be confused with Dr. Timothy Leary, PhD.

          Rob

  • Jay

    Cannabis is HERB! “God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.” Case closed! Leave my herb alone, decriminalize it, if not for me then, for Heaven’s sake?

  • http://www.fhwcc.org/ Fhwcc

    Law and order are very important aspect in having a medical marijuana. Your post highlights on the concerns involved in marijuana industry.

  • Dan

    Lets the states decide, get big brother off of our backs! That’s why Ron Paul has my vote in 2012

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