Donald Trump Opens up Cannabis Legalization

Donald Trump, somebody I never thought I would associate with a positive news story, appears to be paving the way for US and therefore eventual worldwide cannabis legalisation.

Stories coming out of the US appear to be saying that Trump has committed to not targeting states that have legalised, such as Colorado as had been punted by attorney general and general idiot Jeff Sessions.

In the LA times, a Colorado official is stated as saying:

“Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the president that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry…Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”

Whilst a bill has not been finalised, it appears that some kind of legislative fix is going to be put in place so that the federal government cannot interfere with states that have decided to legalize cannabis themselves. Wow.

Pot stocks have risen sharply on this news, and this new paradigm is surely going to make the US government one hell of a lot of tax money. It’s also going to have a massive effect on cannabis policy around the world. Perhaps even the UK will soon awake from its long slumber.

Federal Government Finally Admits Cannabis Can Help Kill Cancer Cells


(ANTIMEDIA) Washington, DC — In a rare and largely unnoticed move, the federal government has admitted that cannabis is effective in shrinking certain types of cancer cells. The unexpected and groundbreaking declaration was made in a recent update to a National Institute on Drug Abuse information sheet on medical marijuana.

The NIDA statement reads:

…recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.

The admission comes several months after a study demonstrated the effectiveness of cannabinoids in shrinking aggressive brain tumors. It also comes shortly after the Senate moved to end the federal ban on medical marijuana by making it a Schedule II drug instead of Schedule I (a Schedule I classified substance is considered harmful, addictive, and without medical benefits). In spite of this progress, the Department of Justice has insisted on enforcing the archaic banin violation of a law Congress passed last year that instituted protections for medicinal use).

In addition to the NIDA’s public acknowledgment, the government has made other admissions of the medical benefits of cannabis: it holds a patent on cannabinoids for use as antioxidants and neuroprotectants. In February of this year, the Surgeon General declared that the plant offers health benefits.

While the government has now openly admitted that cannabis can fight cancer, it should be noted that it knew this to be true as far back as 1974. That’s when it ordered a study on the matter but blocked further research when the results proved the plant’s positive potential. It suppressed similar evidence found in later federal studies conducted in the 1990s. Regardless, the recent admissions by the surgeon general, NIDA, and Congress reflect an evolving federal stance on the matter.

The updated NIDA fact sheet on medical marijuana also notes the effectiveness of CBD — a non-psychoactive cannabinoid — in treating ailments from Alzheimers Disease, inflammation and pain to seizures, mental disorders and substance abuse.

As Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority said,

It couldn’t be any clearer that marijuana has medical value…When even NIDA and the surgeon general are acknowledging that marijuana can help people who are suffering, it is time for the Obama administration to reschedule the drug. The attorney general can initiate that process today, and there’s no reason for him not to, especially when polling shows that such a huge majority of Americans supports medical marijuana.

Even Colorado Police Now Admit “the Sky Isn’t Falling” After State Fully Legalized Cannabis


A year after Colorado became the first state to legalize cannabis for both legal and recreational use, even the police say “the sky isn’t falling.”

This in no way means the cops are entirely backing off of weed. But in an interview with Denver police, Canadian news organization, CBC, learned that the prohibition rhetoric preached by politicians and Drug Warriors is largely false. One cop said,

“We found there hasn’t been much of a change of anything. Basically, officers aren’t seeing much of a change in how they do police work.”

Crimefrom intoxicated driving to property crime and violent crimewere all dropping prior to Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana. Even adolescent drug use was down. And now that weed is legal? The trends are continuing (some claim crime is up by 7%, but even these claims cannot attribute it directly to marijuana).

Colorado has expanded its tourism industry and grossed nearly a billion dollars from legalization, with the state netting 60 million in tax revenue. This, however, is not enough to placate some of the prohibition movement’s staunchest supporters.


Colorado governor, John Hickenlooper believes legalizing was “reckless” and Denver mayor, Michael B. Hancock is against the move, as well (nevertheless, he is enjoying spending tax revenue on new city programs).

The federal government, which still views cannabis as a dangerous Schedule I drug, is also making it difficult for legal, recreational marijuana. The IRS is attempting to put weed shops out of business by using a 1980s Drug War tax code while banks are limited in their ability to process “drug money.”

Nevertheless, some Colorado policeoften the biggest proponents of keeping drugs illegalare willing to admit that legalizing weed did not set off the apocalypse. This is an indication that the end (of the Drug War) is near.

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More Incredible Legalization Progress in America


In the year 2012, Washington state and Colorado legalized the recreational usage of cannabis, much to the dismay of prohibition supporters. Anti-pot advocates alleged it would allow it to be simpler for kids to get, that it would be used by more people, it would be an all around poor deal for all these states, and that there would be more folks driving while high.

In Colorado, it is safe to say that the prohibitionists were 100% incorrect. Revenues of recreational cannabis continue to grow with more than $34 million worth sold in August. That means the state raised $3.4 million for creating and looking after schools in the state. That is some serious money!

Better yet, crime has dramatically and abruptly fallen in the state, supplying evidence that certainly counters the notion that it would increase together with the legalization of a simple plant. (Actually, a vegetable). General crime has dropped by 15%, and homicide is down by almost half. The government is intending to allocate more of the state tax cash from weed to employing more people and enhancing infrastructure, as the unemployment rates continue to fall.

Could they actually be doing any more damage than the numerous pubs? At the end of the day, you’ve got to admit: legal marijuana hasn’t been dangerous to Colorado, but instead, it seems like things in the Centennial State are only going to improve.

Oregon’s new law permits adults age 21 and up to have, sell and grow weed. In addition, it allows for commercial regulation of the pot system within the state, similar to the states of Washington and Colorado.

Alaska additionally passed a law allowing weed to be regulated by it in a way much like booze. It also, enables the state to make a control board to regulate its cannabis business. Prior to this election, Alaska had murky laws with relation to weed, after a 1975 Alaska Supreme Court opinion that set a precedent allowing for individuals to grow grass at home; complete legalization measures were on Alaska votes in 2000 and 2004, but did not pass. It won’t become law until 90 days following the election being certified.

An individual may also give as much as an ounce of pot to another but cannot sell it. In addition, it lacks a tax procedure, since voters cannot execute taxes themselves.

On a federal level, things are also looking good for medical cannabis – with a new measure being quietly introduced.

The measure’s acceptance, so many said, signifies “the very first time in decades the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of cannabis.”

By now, the District of Columbia as well as 32 states have legalized its fixings or marijuana to take care of ailments, a movement that started in the 1990s. Even some states were approving more comprehensive decriminalization measures for just two decades.

“The war on medical marijuana is over, now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana,” said Bill Piper, a lobbyist connected to the Drug Policy Alliance, calling it a historical development.

The medical cannabis movement has picked up significant momentum recently. The Drug Enforcement Administration, nevertheless, continues to put pot in the most dangerous type of narcotics, with no approved medical use.

Congress for years had resisted calls to permit states to chart their particular path on marijuana. The pot measure, from using some of the federal government’s resources to impede state medical marijuana laws, which prohibits it, was formerly rejected half a dozen times.

Lawmakers remain uneasy about complete legalization as Congress has shifted stance on medical cannabis.  Another change to the spending budget, tacked on at the behest of anti-cannabis crusader Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) will endanger the legalization of recreational weed in Washington, D.C., which voters approved last month.

Weed proponents nevertheless said they felt more assured than ever that Congress was wandering toward their perspective.

“Now the fight moves on to legalization of all cannabis,” the lobbyist said. “This is the most powerful sign we’ve received from Congress that the politics have actually shifted”

Acceptance of the weed measure comes following federal prosecutors were directed by the Obama government this past year to quit applying drug laws that contradict state cannabis policies. Since that time, national raids of growers and grass retailers that are managing lawfully within their states have been restricted to all those accused of other breaches, including money laundering.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) stated that “The federal government should never get in between patients and their medicine,”

New Study Shows Cannabis Does Not Lower IQ, But Drinking Alcohol Does


(TheAntiMedia) A new study revealed this week shows that in spite of past claims, marijuana use does not affect IQ. The research, performed by the University College of London, was presented on Tuesday at the European Conference of Neuropsychopharmacology in Berlin.

The longitudinal study was performed on over 2,000 students. Researchers studied subjectsonce at age 8 and again at age 15born between 1991 and 1992. As the Washington Post reported, the study found

“‘No relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15,’ when confounding factors – alcohol use, cigarette use, maternal education, and others – were taken into account. Even heavy marijuana use wasn’t associated with IQ.”

This runs in stark contrast to what an internationally publicized Duke University study found in 2012. That study claimed that using marijuana in adolescence led to irreversible drops in IQan average of 8 points. Though scientists almost immediately objected to the efficacy of the Duke study, the University College of London’s findings are the most recent to prove it wrong.

As the lead author, Claire Mokrysz noted,

“This is a potentially important public health message- the belief that cannabis is particularly harmful may detract focus from and awareness of other potentially harmful behaviors.”

In fact, the only substance the study found to lower IQ was alcohol, a government authorized drug.

While cannabis, a largely prohibited plant, improves a variety of medical ailments, alcohol is mostly detrimental and addictive. Even the state, which allows alcohol consumption, acknowledges alcohol’s health risks and admits that it instigates violence.

Likewise, pharmaceutical painkillers can be highly addictive, are increasingly abused by teenagers, kill more people than the drugs the state forbids, and remain perfectly legal. This is because they are approved by an agency in bed with pharmaceutical companies.

Similarly, toxic chemicals are considered legal and safe (as are poisonous foods and pesticides approved by the FDA and EPA) because corporations pay for special treatment.

Meanwhile, drugs deemed dangerous by the government continue to be outlawed and punished. Marijuana is not the only one. LSD, mushrooms and MDMA are increasingly recognized as beneficial yet they remain classified as Schedule 1 narcotics, described by the DEA as

“Drugs, substances, or chemicals…defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”

Painkillers do not make the list, nor does alcohol.

The London study did find that among the heaviest marijuana users, test scores averaged 3% lower, cautioning that there are still drawbacks to consumption. However, as Mokrysz noted,

“The current focus on the alleged harms of cannabis may be obscuring the fact that its use is often correlated with that of other even more freely available drugs and possibly lifestyle factors. These may be as or more important than cannabis itself.”

The study’s main findings add to the growing body of evidence that marijuana is far more medicinal than it is harmful. The new evidence adds to a long list of other past claims about the plant that have been disproved: that it causes cancer, that it is a gateway drug, and that it leads to crime and delinquency, to name a few.

Regardless of how harmful any drug — legal or illegal — may be, it is clear the government is not concerned with keeping people safe. Rather, its audacity in outlawing beneficial substances and promoting more dangerous ones shows not only its tendency toward corruption, but its belief that it can control what an individual non-violently does with his or her own body.

This notion is more dangerous than any drug the government condemns or endorses, but thanks to increasing studies like the University College of London’s, perceptions and policy continue to change.

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