100’s of billions in government funded research proving Cannabis Oil cures cancer

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100’s of billions in government funded research proving Cannabis Oil cures cancer… uall on Pub Med for anyone to look: . http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1576089
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20090845
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/616322
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14640910
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19480992
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15275820
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15638794
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16818650
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20307616
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16616335
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16624285
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10700234
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17675107
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14617682
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17342320
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16893424
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15026328
Cannabis Cures Colorectal Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17583570
Cannabis Cures Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic Cancers
http://www.cancer.gov/…/c…/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4
Cannabis-derived substances in cancer therapy and anti-tumour properties.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20925645
Cannabis Cures Brain Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216
Cannabis Cures Mouth and Throat Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734
Cannabis Cures Breast Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18454173
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16728591
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9653194
Cannabis Cures Lung Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract
Cannabis Cures Prostate Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/…
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15753356
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10570948
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19690545
Cannabis Cures Blood Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594
Cannabis Cures Skin Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19608284
Cannabis Cures Liver Cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304
Cannabis Cures Cancer in General
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053780
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18199524
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19589225
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12182964
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442435
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12723496
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16250836
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17237277
Cannabinoids in intestinal inflammation and cancer: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19442536…
Cannabis…

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Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016

Secretary’s Preface

Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative but is in the best interests of the United States in making the world more stable and secure. The 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to advancing liberty, human dignity, and global prosperity.

This year marks the 41st year the Department of State has produced annual Human Rights Reports. The United States Congress mandated these reports to provide policymakers with a holistic and accurate accounting of human rights conditions in nearly 200 countries and territories worldwide, including all member states of the United Nations and any country receiving U.S. foreign assistance. The reports cover internationally recognized individual civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments.

The Human Rights Reports reflect the concerted efforts of our embassies and consulates to gather the most accurate information possible. They are prepared by human rights officers at U.S. missions around the world who review information available from a wide variety of civil society, government, and other sources. These reports represent thousands of work-hours as each country team collects and analyzes information. The Department of State strives to make the reports objective and uniform in scope and quality.

The Human Rights Reports are used by the U.S. Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches as a resource for shaping policy and guiding decisions, informing diplomatic engagements, and determining the allocation of foreign aid and security sector assistance. The Human Rights Reports are also used throughout the world to inform the work of human rights advocates, lawmakers, academics, businesses, multilateral institutions, and NGOs.

The Department of State hopes these reports will help other governments, civil society leaders, activists, and individuals reflect on the situation of human rights in their respective countries and work to promote accountability for violations and abuses.

Our values are our interests when it comes to human rights. The production of these reports underscores our commitment to freedom, democracy, and the human rights guaranteed to all individuals around the world.

I hereby transmit the Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 to the United States Congress.

Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State

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The Existential War: Obama’s Collectivism Vs Trumps Individualism

 

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Bruce Cain·Sunday, March 5, 2017

Oh what a nice day to follow Alice down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.

The scope of this essay is so broad that I do fear I will be completely lost by the time I type the final period and post the essay. But whether I succeed or fail I am just hoping that it will allow my readers to better think about where we are as a human society and help the reader make more informed about which path we will choose. And, as with all my writings, I am trying to present my arguments as an old Perennial Hippie.

So first here are all 200 of my FB essays.

The complete FB Essay of Bruce Cain https://www.facebook.com/bruce.cain.98/notes?lst=100000184321094%3A100000184321094%3A1488734044

Finally let me make this general statement about all of my essays. If I had to explain everything, in many of m essays, then each essay would probably be a 300 page book. To get around this problem I provide links that help the reader better understand the nuinces of a given sentence or paragraph. To put in Beatle-eque terms:

‘The love you take is equal to the love you make.’ [What you get out of my essays is equal to the effort you put in to understanding my essays.] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_End_(Beatles_song)

With all that in mind lets get started . . .

First we need to define what is meant by Collectivism and Individualism.

Collectivism: Collectivism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the group and its interests. Collectivism is the opposite of individualism. Collectivists focus on communal, societal, or national interests in various types of political, economic and educational systems. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collectivism

Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the moral worth of the individual.[1][2] Individualists promote the exercise of one’s goals and desires and so value independence and self-reliance[3] and advocate that interests of the individual should achieve precedence over the state or a social group,[3] while opposing external interference upon one’s own interests by society or institutions such as the government.[3] Individualism is often defined in contrast to totalitarianism, collectivism, authoritarianism, and more corporate social forms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Individualism

As I hope to make clear:

Obama is a collectivist Trump is a individualist

How the life-force favors collectivism

Collectivism goes back to the beginnings of sexual reproduction as I try to explain in this comment I made on an article on sexual fantasy:

===== Ah sexual fantasies. While this is quite interesting I don’t think it gets to the “bottom” of this. LOL.

At the bottom lies what I would call the “life-force” whose primary purpose is to improve upon the virus (e.g., our DNA) so that life is better able to promulgate itself through the dimension of time. Sexual reproduction goes back about 1.5 billion years as life evolved and provided a more efficient model for diversifying the human genome. And as this occurred subconscious neurochemical scripts also evolved to nudge us toward mating with partners that would improve upon the our DNA’s ability to survive through the continuum of time. For more on this read the WIKI article on Evolutionary Psychology.

Here are but a few examples of such programming:

* Many animals will submissively raise their hips for fertilization by a perceived alpha male. For more on that see the WIKI article on Lordosis.

* Women, in their most fertile time of the month, are much more likely to cheat on their bonded partners and mate with a perceived alpha male.

* Then their is “sperm competition.” Again read the WIKI article or the article on evolutionary psychology.

So while your upbringing definitely effects your preference for various sexual fantasies I’m simply suggesting that might get to the lips, tits and hips of the matter . . . it doesn’t quite get down to the bottom. At the bottom is what you might call genetic collectivism: the fact that we are influenced by unconscious neurochemical scripts that favor the interests of the species above the interests of the individual.

The interests of the species is pushed forward by these neurochemical scripts that act primarily on the lower Reptilian brain. The interests of the individual are pushed forward by making better use of the higher brain, such as the cerebrum.

Sexual Fantasies: What They Say About You http://personallifemedia.com/2013/10/sexual-fantasies-what-they-say-about-you/?a_aid=4d10d6658ceff&a_bid=2dca6ad0 =====

To be clear I think that our evolution toward a more utopian society will depend on our conscious utilization of the higher brain. Our demise will become increasingly certain if we continue to allow our lives to be governed by our lower reptilian brain. Got that?

Global Government and Obama represent a collectivist ideology

Obama and his 8 year tenure represent a collectivist agenda. Obama was a student of Alinsky and everything he did as president reflects this agenda to topple our republic and create a collectivist/socialist state.

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Saul Alinsky’s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state by IWB · October 16, 2015

1) Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people 2) Poverty — Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live. 3) Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty. 4) Gun Control — Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state. 5) Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income). 6) Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school. 7) Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools. 8) Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Saul Alinsky”s Doctrine: 8 steps to topple a nation and create a socialist state by IWB · October 16, 2015 http://investmentwatchblog.com/saul-alinskys-doctrine-8-steps-to-topple-a-nation-and-create-a-socialist-state/

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It should be obvious to anyone with a brain that these 8 steps were all exploited by Obama during his 8 years as president and his current activities to destroy Trumps individualist agenda (reducing regulations, rejecting a New World Order etc.).

I would also recommend you read this WIKI on Rules for Radicals by Alinsky:

Rules for Radicals From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_for_Radicals

Nationalism and Trump represent a Individualist ideology

By no means to I think Trump is a saint. I am already troubled by his appointment of globalist bankers (Goldman Sachs to his cabinet). But it was a binary choice between Hillary and Trump. And their were two main issues that compelled me to vote for Trump:

(1) He promised to reduce immigration whereas Hillary wanted to further open our borders to Muslim Terrorists and even more Illegal Aliens.

(2) He promised to reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which would have led to the end of US sovereignty. Hillary saw the TPP as the “gold standard.”

The Globalist Collectivists get set back by Brexit and Trumps victory

Brexit was a blow against the globalist empire by English citizens that were growing weary of having Muslim immigrants forced down their throats as well as diminishing control over their own government. Trump won for very similar reasons. And both won by such small margins that it makes me wonder if there is really something like divine providence lurking deep within the life-force.

===== Divine providence From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In theology, divine providence, or just providence, is God’s intervention in the world. The term “Divine Providence” (usually capitalized) is also used as a title of God. A distinction is usually made between “general providence”, which refers to God’s continuous upholding the existence and natural order of the universe, and “special providence”, which refers to God’s extraordinary intervention in the life of people.[1] Miracles generally fall in the latter category.[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divin… =====

To be clear I don’t really believe in divine providence. I certainly do believe it possible that the people of the United States and the European Union did “finally” decide that didn’t like getting it up the ass by these globalist scum every god damn fucking day.

In this context I would also encourage you to read this essay I wrote in 2015. In essence the globalists are using Islam as a tool to destroy our republic in order to force us into a One World Global Fascist State:

The Muslim Invasion of the US/Europe and the End of the World https://www.facebook.com/notes/bruce-cain/the-muslim-invasion-of-the-useurope-and-the-end-of-the-world/1217516511607668

The Post Election Conspiracy to Impeach Trump

I really did not think that Trump was going to win last November although it gave me great relief that perhaps the American People had finally become awakened to their plight under a globalist/collectivist agenda. And if you read my essays, after the election, it is clear that the attempts to impeach Trump began promptly, the day after the election.

OK, I’m getting tired of writing for today. I hope the way I have framed the issue helps the reader better understand what is going on and what is at stake. We are in the midst of a global existential crisis and what occurs in the coming weeks and months will determine which road we take forward: collectivism or individualism. To put it more bluntly, what we do going forward will determine if we are to become slaves on a globalist plantation or freemen/free-woman who retain or liberties in a sovereign republic.

So consider this (above) the official end of my essay. In the addendum I’m just going to list a few important articles and videos that relate to the subject. I will leave it up to you, the reader, to see how this fits into this Collectivist/Individualist paradigm.

Addendum:

Why does General Mattis want the female John Kerry at a top Pentagon post? By: Jordan Schachtel | March 03, 2017 https://www.conservativereview.com/…

What This Saudi Professor Said Should Infuriate Every Woman On Earth http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/03/1…

Recent Lou Dobbs Video: Interview with Paul Sperry of the New York Post Outlines Obama’s Strategy to Impeach Trump through OFA and other organizations. This is a must watch.

UNREAL! Obama has an army of tens of thousands of paid instigators attempting to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency according to a new report! What more proof do we need that Obama is committing acts of treason? https://www.facebook.com/imdeplorab…

How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency By Paul Sperry February 11, 2017 http://nypost.com/2017/02/11/how-ob…

OFA attacks Trump Supporter Rally at Berkley while police do nothing (03/04/2017)

The police did nothing. The Trump supporters were attacked. This is part of Obama’s OFA which is out to escalate violence in the weeks and months ahead. Been an activist most my life and I’ve never seen the police simply “let it happen.” There is something very odd going on here. I think the solution is to go after Obama and his financier Soros. Obama is getting 90 million for a fucking book which is insane. This is really about getting money to Obama to incite even more violence. People should have listened to me back in 2008 when I properly labeled Obama what he really is: A Globalist Corporate Whore. . . and supporter of Radical Islam. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKF…

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way To Feed The World One of the few instances where I would agree with the UN. Significance? Global agriculture is not the answer. 12/17/2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/…

France’s Death Spiral to Islaminization by Guy Millière March 5, 2017 at 5:00 am https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/…

An Alleged Muslim Spy Ring – Is This Why Rex Tillerson Cleaned House? by Tyler Durden Feb 12, 2017 How did these Muslim Terrorist be allowed in the Obama Administration and did they leak information leading to the death of our special forces in Yemen? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-…

Mark Levin PROVES Obama Wiretapping on President Donald Trump | Fox & Friends 3/5/17 VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO. He lays it all out: “These are Police State Tactics” (7’00”) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91f…

Girl Sexually Assaulted by Muslim Boys on The Toronto Subway. Nobody Helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOI…

Trump Bust Huge Islamic Spy Ring which points directly to Obama http://thetrumpmedia.com/news/trump…

64 ways Obama is sabotaging Trump Ex-president plots to force resignation or impeachment http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/64-ways-…

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What is ALEC?

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About ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council is America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism.

ALEC’s activities, while legal,[14] received public scrutiny after being reported by liberal groups in 2011 and after news reports from outlets such as The New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek described ALEC as an organization that gave corporate interests outsized influence.[8][9] Resulting public pressure led to a number of legislators and corporations withdrawing from the organization.


ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers.

Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations.

Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.

ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door.

 

 

ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

Corporate Board

For a more complete list of current and former ALEC formerly “Private Enterprise” Advisory Council (formerly “Private Enterprise” Board of Directors) members, see the “Private Enterprise” Board of Directors list. Advisory council corporations have included (members as of June 2014 in bold):[1][2][3]

 

 

 

 

Reference Links:

http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/What_is_ALEC%3F

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/ALEC_Corporations

https://www.alec.org/meeting/2017-spring-task-force-summit-charlotte-north-carolina/

https://www.alec.org/about/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Legislative_Exchange_Council

“He told me he would have some respect for states’ right on these things,”

“He told me he would have some respect for states’ right on these things,” Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), told Politico. “And so I’ll be very unhappy if the federal government decides to go into Colorado and Washington and all of these places. And that’s not [what] my interpretation of my conversation with him was. That this wasn’t his intention.”

 

Elizabeth Warren demands Jeff Sessions respect state marijuana law

Posted 1:57 PM, March 4, 2017, by Tribune Media Wire

By Ese Olumhense

States need ‘immediate assurance’ from Sessions and Department of Justice

A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, urging their former colleague not to undo a 2013 policy permitting states to set their own recreational marijuana regulations.

Led by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the push is a response to recent mixed messages from the Trump administration on whether it will enforce federal law which still bars recreational marijuana use, or leave the decision to implement the federal policy to the states.

Sessions, speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General on Tuesday, had said he was “dubious about marijuana.” Less than a week before, at a White House briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer cautioned that “greater enforcement” of the federal statute could come and later likened recreational pot use to the opioid addiction crisis happening across the country.

For some senators, however, the possibility of “greater enforcement” signals an intrusion into states’ rights in a way that is concerning.

“It is essential that states that have implemented any type of practical, effective marijuana policy receive immediate assurance from the [Department of Justice] that it will respect the ability of states to enforce thoughtful, sensible drug policies in ways that do not threaten the public’s health and safety,” the group wrote.

Though legal in some states, marijuana remains a Schedule I drug

Eight states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-eight states in total have comprehensive medical marijuana laws, and 17 have limited use or limited criminal defense laws for marijuana that is used for a medicinal purpose.

Federal law, however, still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, one with “no currently accepted medical use.” As recently as August, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) refused to change that designation — meaning the federal government is still armed with the authority to arrest, charge, and prosecute pot growers, buyers, or sellers in states where marijuana is legal.

Sessions has been a fierce opponent of marijuana for any use and his confirmation prompted fears that the DOJ would follow the example set by former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who served under George W. Bush, and target dispensaries in places where recreational pot use is legal.

Sessions did little to quell those fears on Tuesday, slamming the argument made by pot proponents that marijuana has medical benefits.

“Give me a break,” Sessions said, referring to a Washington Post article on marijuana as a treatment for opiate addiction. “This is the kind of argument that’s been made out there, just almost a desperate attempt to defend the harmlessness of marijuana, or even its benefits. I doubt that’s true. Maybe science will prove I’m wrong, but at this point in time you and I have a responsibility to use our best judgment.”

Senators’ concerns of overreach may be overblown

Though the senators’ letter was celebrated by some constituents on social media, the concern may be overblown.

Politico reported Thursday that behind closed doors prior to his confirmation Sessions assured some GOP senators that Department of Justice will not be implementing “greater enforcement” measures for recreational marijuana. The attorney general’s previous comments had bothered some conservative officials, who felt that a decision to crack down on legal pot would be an unwelcome overreach.

“He told me he would have some respect for states’ right on these things,” Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), told Politico. “And so I’ll be very unhappy if the federal government decides to go into Colorado and Washington and all of these places. And that’s not [what] my interpretation of my conversation with him was. That this wasn’t his intention.”

Upending the Obama-era legal pot directive would not only be unpopular with some senators, but unfavorable to the majority of Americans. It would also be difficult, as the DEA only has about 4,600 employees, which would likely need to coordinate big, costly operations in states in which law enforcement has no laws against marijuana to enforce. A federal crackdown in the courts might also eliminate many of the regulations and oversight set by states which permit the use of marijuana.

On the flip side, making marijuana legal for recreational use nationwide would generate millions in tax revenue, advocates claim, and allow for more oversight into a growing industry. Just one year after becoming the first state to allow the purchase and sale of marijuana, Colorado raked in $53 million in revenue

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In Peru, mothers rouse support for legalizing medical marijuana

Ana Alvarez, a working mother of two in Lima, never imagined being on the frontlines of a fight for marijuana in conservative Peru.

But a police raid on a makeshift cannabis lab that she and other women started to soothe the symptoms of their sick children has roused support for medical marijuana, prompting President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to propose legalizing it in the latest pivot away from decades-old restrictions on drug use in Latin America.

Alvarez said cannabis oil is the only drug that helped contain her epileptic and schizophrenic son’s seizures and psychotic episodes. She and other women in similar situations formed the group Searching for Hope to seek legal backing as they honed techniques for producing the drug.

“We wrote to Congress, to the health ministry,” Alvarez said from her apartment as her son played in his room. “We got two negative responses.”

But the police bust put the women’s plight on national television, triggering an outpouring of sympathy as they marched with their children in tow to demand police “give us our medicine back.”

“When we saw their reality, we realized there’s a void in our laws for this kind of use” of marijuana, said cabinet advisor Leonardo Caparros. “We couldn’t turn a blind eye.”

It is unclear if the right-wing opposition-controlled Congress will pass Kuczynski’s proposed legislation, which would allow marijuana to be imported and sold in Peru for medical reasons and could permit domestic production after two years.

Kuczynski, a 78-year-old socially liberal economist, once provoked an uproar for saying that smoking a joint “isn’t the end of the world.”

But an Ipsos poll conducted following the raid showed 65 percent of Peruvians favor legalizing medical marijuana, and another 13 percent back legalizing the drug for recreational use.

If the bill is passed, Peru would follow neighboring Chile and Colombia in legalizing the medical use of marijuana. Mexico’s Senate has approved a bill to permit the use of medical marijuana, while Uruguay has fully legalized cannabis from seed to smoke.

In the meantime, Searching for Hope has turned to the black market. Member Roxana Tasayco said cannabis oil had given her terminal cancer-stricken mother her appetite back and calmed her vomiting and nausea.

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“It’s not going to cure her but it’ll give her a better quality of life in her last days,” said Tasayco. “If I have to break a few laws to do that for her I will.”

(Reporting By Mitra Taj; Editing by Andrea Ricci)

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WHO Takes First Steps To Reclassify Medical Cannabis Under International Law

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by Scott Gacek on January 01, 2017

 

It could still be a long wait, but patients in the United States may not be dependent on the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) recently met and initiated the first steps in a long process that could lead to the rescheduling of medical marijuana under international law, and has committed to hold a special session to discuss medical marijuana in the next eighteen months.

“In order for cannabis to be rescheduled, the United Nations General Assembly would vote on a recommendation made by the CND.”

Eighteen months may seem like a long time, but discussions regarding the potential rescheduling of cannabis have been stalled for years, and the process could result in fundamental changes in the way medical marijuana research and regulations are handled in the United States and around the world.

The ECDD is a very influential committee whose recommendations are made to the Secretary General of the United Nations, who can then bring the recommendations to a vote by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). In order for cannabis to be rescheduled, the United Nations General Assembly would vote on a recommendation made by the CND.

If approved by the UN General Assembly, those changes would then be reflected in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which currently lists cannabis as a Schedule I and IV substance, meaning a substance with a high risk of abuse, produces ill effects, and has no potential therapeutic benefit.

Under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which was ratified in 1961 and is signed by 185 of the 193 countries that make up the United Nations, including the United States, member countries are responsible for passing and enforcing their own drug laws, but the Single Convention is regarded as the standard for international drug laws. Many lawmakers point to the Single Convention as the primary obstacle in the United States’ inability to reschedule cannabis.

According to an extract from the 38th Expert Committee on Drug Dependence that convened from November 14-18 in Geneva, the committee recognized an increase in the use of cannabis and its components for medical purposes, the emergence of new cannabis-related pharmaceutical preparations for therapeutic use, and that cannabis has never been subject to a formal pre-review or critical review by the ECDD.

Over the next eighteen months, the committee has requested pre-reviews for cannabis plant matter, extracts and tinctures, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and stereoisomers of THC.

This pre-review is a preliminary analysis used to determine if a more in-depth critical review will be undertaken by the ECDD, and will represent the first new scientific guidance on marijuana to the United Nations since 1935, when cannabis was first classified as a Schedule I/IV substance by the Health Committee of the League of Nations.

Rescheduling at the international level would have major ramifications for US policy on medical cannabis, as all too often politicians cite the Single Convention as the reason Congress cannot move towards rescheduling cannabis. So while this may seem like a long, drawn out process, it could ultimately remove that final roadblock, making it well worth the wait.

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