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Petition: Allow Health Care Patients Access to Therapy - Not Time Behind Bars 

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For thousands of years, marijuana has reduced symptoms for the seriously ill effectively, and has helped improve their quality of life. Dozens of medical and health organizations endorse or allow patients access to medical marijuana with their physicians’ approval. Marijuana has been used therapeutically to control pain, alleviate nausea and vomiting in cancer patients due to chemotherapy, treat wasting due to HIV/AIDS, combat muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and more.

To date, 12 states have passed medical marijuana laws. While the laws differ from state to state, they all work to protect patients and caregivers from criminal charges associated with their medicine. 

The bipartisan Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill would stop the U.S. Department of Justice from spending taxpayer money to arrest or prosecute legitimate patients -- and their caregivers -- in states where medical marijuana is legal.

Seriously ill patients have the right to effective therapies. To deny patients access to such a therapy is to deny them dignity and respect as persons.

Urge Congress to pass the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment and allow health care patients the medicine they need!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/106826454

Allow Health Care Patients Access to Therapy - Not Time Behind Bars



Dear Representative [Last Name],

Please vote for the Hinchey medical marijuana amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill when it comes to the House floor for a vote.

The Hinchey amendment would prohibit the Justice Department -- including the DEA -- from spending funds to interfere with state medical marijuana laws.

Your support for this amendment would be consistent with the views of most Americans. Seventy eight percent of Americans support "making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering." (Gallup poll, 2005)

Since 1996, 12 states have enacted laws to protect patients afflicted with HIV/AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and other serious diseases from arrest and prison. In fact, just last month the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LL, America’s second largest cancer charity and the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services, endorsed medical marijuana access. In their June 2007 statement, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society “strongly urge[s] that in a state where patients are permitted to use marijuana medicinally for serious and/or chronic illnesses and a patient's physician has recommended its use in accordance with that state's law and that state’s medical practice standards, the patient should not be subject to federal criminal penalties for such medical use.”

The American Nurses Association has consistently supported protections for patients who use marijuana for medical purposes under their physicians’ supervision. They are joined by many other health care organizations, as well as thousands of doctors and health care professionals who are on record as supporting medical marijuana and opposing the arrest of patients who use medical marijuana.

[Your Comments Here]

I urge you to support the Hinchey amendment. Your vote of support will benefit tens of thousands of patients, and I will be immensely grateful. Thank you.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]

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Posted: Jul 11, 2007 2:48pm
Mar 3, 2006
 
  • ASA IN THE NEWS: Action on Dispensary Bans
  • NEW YORK: State Bill Has Support
  • ILLINOIS: New Bill Up for Consideration
  • MINNESOTA: Proposed State Bill Stalls
  • RHODE ISLAND: Start of New Program Looms
  • VERMONT: Doctor Speaks Out on Cannabis
  • CALIFORNIA: Implementation in Fits and Starts
  • CALIFORNIA: ID Card Program Moving Forward
  • CANADA: Patient Resolves Paperwork Problem

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ASA IN THE NEWS: Action on Dispensary Bans
Legal action by ASA has had an effect on how local officials are approaching the regulation of dispensaries, an important aspect of safe access. While many patients can grow their own medicine, many of the most in need are ill equipped to do so.

Pinole struggles to fill cannabis club panel
by Tom LochnerContra Costa Times
More than nine months into a yearlong moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, the city has yet to form a task force to study the issue. The city attorney says he's trying to fashion an implementation ordinance that "won't be immediately challenged by either the federal government or the Americans For Safe Access," a medical marijuana patient advocacy group based in Oakland.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3145
 
Lake Elsinore could ban marijuana dispensaries
by Jose CaravalNorth County Times
Lake Elsinore could soon join a growing list of California cities banning places that dispense medical marijuana -- even though it doesn't yet have any operating within its borders. Hilary McQuie, a spokeswoman for the medicinal marijuana group Americans for Safe Access, said that if Lake Elsinore joined those cities in prohibiting dispensaries, it would be going against the will of state voters who overwhelmingly approved medicinal marijuana.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3136
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NEW YORK: State Bill Has Support
Many thought a bill to allow medical cannabis would pass the New York state legislature last year after talk-show host Montel Williams went to Albany to lobby for it. Supporters such as the state lawmaker who authored this OpEd piece are ready to try again.
 
Medical Marijuana Overdue in New York
by Richard N. Gottfried, OpEdGay City News
Early this year, Rhode Island became the 11th state to enact a medical marijuana law, adding another light on a path that New York should follow.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3146
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ILLINOIS: New Bill Up for Consideration
The state Senate will be taking up the issue of medical cannabis again in this session. Momentum is growing in Illinois and around the country, and lawmakers are recognizing that their constituents want and need appropriate protections.
 
Illinois Senate to vote on medical marijuana
by Heather GachThe Dispatch (IL)
A bill to allow patients with serious medical conditions to possess limited amounts of marijuana under a physician's supervision could go to vote before the Illinois Senate as early as today.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3135

Medical marijuana faces Senate vote
by Associated PressWQAD - TV (IL)
Legislation allowing people with serious illnesses to use marijuana under a doctor's care is headed to the Illinois Senate for a vote.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3140
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MINNESOTA: Proposed State Bill Stalls
A tie vote in committee stopped the advance of a proposed bill on medical cannabis pending before the Minnesota Senate, but with an independent electorate and strong public support, the issue will be back later, if not sooner.


Medical marijuana bill carried by gubernatorial candidate Steve Kelley fails in committee
by T.W. BudigECM Newspapers (MN)
A medical marijuana bill carried by a DFL gubernatorial candidate failed in a Senate committee on Thursday (March 2) and perhaps failed for the session.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3143
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RHODE ISLAND: Start of New Program Looms
Medical cannabis patients with the wherewithal to grow their own medicine will be signing up with the state soon, though questions remain about how those who can’t are to legally obtain their cannabis.
 
Registration date in April for medical marijuana use
by AssWPRI -TV (RI)
Rhode Islanders will soon be able to obtain permission from the Health Department to grow limited amounts of marijuana for medical use.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3141
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VERMONT: Doctor Speaks Out on Cannabis
Despite recent research developments, the limits of traditional medical training for dealing with medical cannabis questions was the subject of a physician’s talk in Vermont. Patients and advocates continue to lead the way in gathering information on effective treatment.
 
Physician advocates for medical marijuana
by Brendan McKennaRutland Herald
As he opened his remarks about medical marijuana, Dr. Joseph McSherry said he couldn't be as informative as he would like to be. "I asked a very good friend, who happens to be a medical marijuana patient, what I should tell you today," McSherry said. "He said to tell you not to ask a doctor. Doctors don't know (expletive) about medical marijuana."
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3137
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CALIFORNIA: Implementation in Fits and Starts
Voters and state legislators in California have made clear their intention to allow patients to use medical cannabis, but responsibility for regulating dispensaries that provide cannabis has been left in part to local officials, who in many cases are still educating themselves on the subject.
 
Commission OKs medical pot plan
by Suzanne BohanOakland Tribune
Law enforcement officials here want dispensers of medical marijuana to serve as honest farmers who keep their harvest safely out of the public eye. Thursday night, the city's Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 to back their plan for keeping marijuana cultivation anonymously inside buildings, and banning storefronts selling pot.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3148

New law eyed on marijuana clinics
by Saqib RahimSan Mateo County Times
City planners hope to snuff out fears of drug abuse when they consider Thursday a new law designed to keep medical-marijuana clinics out of residential neighborhoods.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3139

City bans pot shops in Auburn
by Niesha LofingSacramento Bee
Medical marijuana dispensaries were banned from Auburn by the City Council during a public hearing Monday night.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3134
 
Supervisors tell pot club in Ashland to close its doors
by Karen HolzmeisterOakland Tribune
Alameda County supervisors' decision to deny a permit to an Ashland cannabis club will leave no dispensary in east Ashland and Castro Valley, the third of three areas designated by supervisors as sites for medical marijuana clinics.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3147
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CALIFORNIA: ID Card Program Moving Forward
The voluntary ID card program the state legislature established a little over a year ago with SB420 is a supplement to the Compassionate Use Act, passed by voter initiative in 1996. County health officials are charged with making the cards available, and one dispensary has made the state-issued cards mandatory.
 
Not all pot users sold on ID cards
by K. KaufmannNorth County Times
Garry Silva says he will; Summer Glenney probably won't. Both are medical marijuana users now facing a decision of whether to get a county-issued medical marijuana identification card so they can continue to buy the drug at CannaHelp, the medical marijuana dispensary on El Paseo.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3144


Nurse urges board to set fee for medical marijuana identification card
by Shayla AshmoreLassen News (CA)
Jill Miller, of the Lassen County Health Department, urged the board to set up the fees for medical marijuana ID cards established in 1996 by Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3138
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CANADA: Patient Resolves Paperwork Problem
While it’s a victory for the patient involved to be vindicated by officials, the return of his plants was not real compensation for the hardship of losing them in the first place, as too many patients in the U.S. know all too well.
 
Seized pot returned to Canadian user
by Saskatchewan News NetworkStar Phoenix (Canada)
A Regina medical marijuana user has his plants back. Tom Shapiro was at Regina police headquarters Thursday collecting the 21 marijuana plants seized by officers last month following a delay in the renewal of his license to grow pot.
http://safeaccessnow.org/article.php?id=3149

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Previous News Summaries from Americans for Safe Access are archived. The complete text of all these articles and more is available by clicking the links on the article name or the news source, as well as at the ASA website, safeacccessnow.org. You can also see the latest news for the week by selecting "News Articles" under the Press Room menu.

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Feb 17, 2006
 

MYTH: MARIJUANA'S HARMS HAVE BEEN PROVED SCIENTIFICALLY.
 
In the 1960s and 1970s, many people believed that marijuana was harmless. Today we know that marijuana is much more dangerous than previously believed.


FACT
: In 1972, after reviewing the scientific evidence, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse concluded that while marijuana was not entirely safe, its dangers had been grossly overstated. Since then, researchers have conducted thousands of studies of humans, animals, and cell cultures. None reveal any findings dramatically different from those described by the National Commission in 1972. In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research editors of the British medical journal Lancet concluded that "the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health."


MYTH
: MARIJUANA HAS NO MEDICINAL VALUE. Safer, more effective drugs are available. They include a synthetic version of THC, marijuana's primary active ingredient, which is marketed in the United States under the name Marinol.


FACT
: Marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing the nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulating appetite in AIDS patients, and reducing intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma. There is also appreciable evidence that marijuana reduces muscle spasticity in patients with neurological disorders. A synthetic capsule is available by prescription, but it is not as effective as smoked marijuana for many patients. Pure THC may also produce more unpleasant psychoactive side effects than smoked marijuana. Many people use marijuana as a medicine today, despite its illegality. In doing so, they risk arrest and imprisonment.


MYTH
: MARIJUANA IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. Long term marijuana users experience physical dependence and withdrawal, and often need professional drug treatment to break their marijuana habits.


FACT
: Most people who smoke marijuana smoke it only occasionally. A small minority of Americans - less than 1 percent - smoke marijuana on a daily basis. An even smaller minority develop a dependence on marijuana. Some people who smoke marijuana heavily and frequently stop without difficulty. Others seek help from drug treatment professionals. Marijuana does not cause physical dependence. If people experience withdrawal symptoms at all, they are remarkably mild.


MYTH
: MARIJUANA IS A GATEWAY DRUG. Even if marijuana itself causes minimal harm, it is a dangerous substance because it leads to the use of "harder drugs" like heroin, LSD, and cocaine.


FACT
: Marijuana does not cause people to use hard drugs. What the gateway theory presents as a causal explanation is a statistic association between common and uncommon drugs, an association that changes over time as different drugs increase and decrease in prevalence. Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the United States today. Therefore, people who have used less popular drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and LSD, are likely to have also used marijuana. Most marijuana users never use any other illegal drug. Indeed, for the large majority of people, marijuana is a terminus rather than a gateway drug.


MYTH
: MARIJUANA OFFENSES ARE NOT SEVERELY PUNISHED. Few marijuana law violators are arrested and hardly anyone goes to prison. This lenient treatment is responsible for marijuana continued availability and use.


FACT
: Marijuana arrests in the United States doubled between 1991 and 1995. In 1995, more than one-half-million people were arrested for marijuana offenses. Eighty-six percent of them were arrested for marijuana possession. Tens of thousands of people are now in prison or marijuana offenses. An even greater number are punished with probation, fines, and civil sanctions, including having their property seized, their driver's license revoked, and their employment terminated. Despite these civil and criminal sanctions, marijuana continues to be readily available and widely used.


MYTH: MARIJUANA POLICY IN THE NETHERLANDS IS A FAILURE
. Dutch law, which allows marijuana to be bought, sold, and used openly, has resulted in increasing rates of marijuana use, particularly in youth.


FACT
: The Netherlands' drug policy is the most nonpunitive in Europe. For more than twenty years, Dutch citizens over age eighteen have been permitted to buy and use cannabis (marijuana and hashish) in government-regulated coffee shops. This policy has not resulted in dramatically escalating cannabis use. For most age groups, rates of marijuana use in the Netherlands are similar to those in the United States. However, for young adolescents, rates of marijuana use are lower in the Netherlands than in the United States. The Dutch people overwhelmingly approve of current cannabis policy which seeks to normalize rather than dramatize cannabis use. The Dutch government occasionally revises existing policy, but it remains committed to decriminalization.


MYTH: MARIJUANA KILLS BRAIN CELLS
. Used over time, marijuana permanently alters brain structure and function, causing memory loss, cognitive impairment, personality deterioration, and reduced productivity.


FACT
: None of the medical tests currently used to detect brain damage in humans have found harm from marijuana, even from long term high-dose use. An early study reported brain damage in rhesus monkeys after six months exposure to high concentrations of marijuana smoke. In a recent, more carefully conducted study, researchers found no evidence of brain abnormality in monkeys that were forced to inhale the equivalent of four to five marijuana cigarettes every day for a year. The claim that marijuana kills brain cells is based on a speculative report dating back a quarter of a century that has never been supported by any scientific study.

MYTH: MARIJUANA CAUSES AN AMOTIVATIONAL SYNDROME. Marijuana makes users passive, apathetic, and uninterested in the future. Students who use marijuana become underachievers and workers who use marijuana become unproductive.


FACT
: For twenty-five years, researchers have searched for a marijuana-induced amotivational syndrome and have failed to find it. People who are intoxicated constantly, regardless of the drug, are unlikely to be productive members of society. There is nothing about marijuana specifically that causes people to lose their drive and ambition. In laboratory studies, subjects given high doses of marijuana for several days or even several weeks exhibit no decrease in work motivation or productivity. Among working adults, marijuana users tend to earn higher wages than non-users. College students who use marijuana have the same grades as nonusers. Among high school students, heavy use is associated with school failure, but school failure usually comes first.


MYTH: MARIJUANA IMPAIRS MEMORY AND COGNITION
. Under the influence of marijuana, people are unable to think rationally and intelligently. Chronic marijuana use causes permanent mental impairment.


FACT
: Marijuana produces immediate, temporary changes in thoughts, perceptions, and information processing. The cognitive process most clearly affected by marijuana is short-term memory. In laboratory studies, subjects under the influence of marijuana have no trouble remembering things they learned previously. However, they display diminished capacity to learn and recall new information. This diminishment only lasts for the duration of the intoxication. There is no convincing evidence that heavy long-term marijuana use permanently impairs memory or other cognitive functions.


MYTH: MARIJUANA CAN CAUSE PERMANENT MENTAL ILLNESS
. Among adolescents, even occasional marijuana use may cause psychological damage. During intoxication, marijuana users become irrational and often behave erratically.


FACT
: There is no convincing scientific evidence that marijuana causes psychological damage or mental illness in either teenagers or adults. Some marijuana users experience psychological distress following marijuana ingestion, which may include feelings of panic, anxiety, and paranoia. Such experiences can be frightening, but the effects are temporary. With very large doses, marijuana can cause temporary toxic psychosis. This occurs rarely, and almost always when marijuana is eaten rather than smoked. Marijuana does not cause profound changes in people's behavior.


MYTH: MARIJUANA CAUSES CRIME
. Marijuana users commit more property offenses than nonusers. Under the influence of marijuana, people become irrational, aggressive, and violent.


FACT
: Every serious scholar and government commission examining the relationship between marijuana use and crime has reached the same conclusion: marijuana does not cause crime. The vast majority of marijuana users do not commit crimes other than the crime of possessing marijuana. Among marijuana users who do commit crimes, marijuana plays no causal role. Almost all human and animal studies show that marijuana decreases rather than increases aggression.


MYTH: MARIJUANA INTERFERES WITH MALE AND FEMALE SEX HORMONES
. In both men and women, marijuana can cause infertility. Marijuana retards sexual development in adolescents. It produces feminine characteristics in males and masculine characteristics in females.


FACT
: There is no evidence that marijuana causes infertility in men or women. In animal studies, high doses of THC diminish the production of some sex hormones and can impair reproduction. However, most studies of humans have found that marijuana has no impact of sex hormones. In those studies showing an impact, it is modest, temporary, and of no apparent consequence for reproduction. There is no scientific evidence that marijuana delays adolescent sexual development, has feminizing effect on males, or a masculinizing effect on females.


MYTH: MARIJUANA USE DURING PREGNANCY DAMAGES THE FETUS
. Prenatal marijuana exposure causes birth defects in babies, and, as they grow older, developmental problems. The health and well being of the next generation is threatened by marijuana use by pregnant women.


FACT
: Studies of newborns, infants, and children show no consistent physical, developmental, or cognitive deficits related to prenatal marijuana exposure. Marijuana had no reliable impact on birth size, length of gestation, neurological development, or the occurrence of physical abnormalities. The administration of hundreds of tests to older children has revealed only minor differences between offspring of marijuana users and nonusers, and some are positive rather than negative. Two unconfirmed case-control studies identified prenatal marijuana exposure as one of many factors statistically associated with childhood cancer. Given other available evidence, it is highly unlikely that marijuana causes cancer in children.


MYTH: MARIJUANA USE IMPAIRS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
. Marijuana users are at increased risk of infection, including HIV. AIDS patients are particularly vulnerable to marijuana's immunopathic effects because their immune systems are already suppressed.


FACT
: There is no evidence that marijuana users are more susceptible to infections than nonusers. Nor is there evidence that marijuana lowers users' resistance to sexually transmitted diseases. Early studies which showed decreased immune function in cells taken from marijuana users have since been disproved. Animals given extremely large doses of THC and exposed to a virus have higher rates of infection. Such studies have little relevance to humans. Even among people with existing immune disorders, such as AIDS, marijuana use appears to be relatively safe. However, the recent finding of an association between tobacco smoking and lung infection in AIDS patients warrants further research into possible harm from marijuana smoking in immune suppressed persons.


MYTH: MARIJUANA IS MORE DAMAGING TO THE LUNGS THAN TOBACCO
. Marijuana smokers are at a high risk of developing lung cancer, bronchitis, and emphysema.


FACT
: Moderate smoking of marijuana appears to pose minimal danger to the lungs. Like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke contains a number of irritants and carcinogens. But marijuana users typically smoke much less often than tobacco smokers, and over time, inhale much less smoke. As a result, the risk of serious lung damage should be lower in marijuana smokers. There have been no reports of lung cancer related solely to marijuana. However, because researchers have found precancerous changes in cells taken from the lungs of heavy marijuana smokers, the possibility of lung cancer from marijuana cannot be ruled out. Unlike heavy tobacco smokers, heavy marijuana smokers exhibit no obstruction of the lung's small airway. That indicates that people will not develop emphysema from smoking marijuana.


MYTH: MARIJUANA'S ACTIVE INGREDIENT, THC, GETS TRAPPED IN BODY FAT
. Because THC is released from fat cells slowly, psychoactive effects may last for days or weeks following use. THC's long persistence in the body damages organs that are high in fat content, the brain in particular.


FACT
: Many active drugs enter the body's fat cells. What is different (but not unique) about THC is that it exits fat cells slowly. As a result, traces of marijuana can be found in the body for days or weeks following ingestion. However, within a few hours of smoking marijuana, the amount of THC in the brain falls below the concentration required for detectable psychoactivity. The fat cells in which THC lingers are not harmed by the drug's presence, nor is the brain or other organs. The most important consequence of marijuana's slow excretion is that it can be detected in blood, urine, and tissue long after it is used, and long after its psychoactivity has ended.


MYTH: MARIJUANA USE IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS
. Like alcohol, marijuana impairs psychomotor function and decreases driving ability. If marijuana use increases, an increase in of traffic fatalities is inevitable.


FACT
: There is no compelling evidence that marijuana contributes substantially to traffic accidents and fatalities. At some doses, marijuana affects perception and psychomotor performances- changes which could impair driving ability. However, in driving studies, marijuana produces little or no car-handling impairment- consistently less than produced by low moderate doses of alcohol and many legal medications. In contrast to alcohol, which tends to increase risky driving practices, marijuana tends to make subjects more cautious. Surveys of fatally injured drivers show that when THC is detected in the blood, alcohol is almost always detected as well. For some individuals, marijuana may play a role in bad driving. The overall rate of highway accidents appears not to be significantly affected by marijuana's widespread use in society.


MYTH: MARIJUANA RELATED HOSPITAL EMERGENCIES ARE INCREASING, PARTICULARLY AMONG YOUTH
. This is evidence that marijuana is much more harmful than most people previously believed.


FACT
: Marijuana does not cause overdose deaths. The number of people in hospital emergency rooms who say they have used marijuana has increased. On this basis, the visit may be recorded as marijuana-related even if marijuana had nothing to do with the medical condition preceding the hospital visit. Many more teenagers use marijuana than use drugs such as heroin and cocaine. As a result, when teenagers visit hospital emergency rooms, they report marijuana much more frequently than they report heroin and cocaine. In the large majority of cases when marijuana is mentioned, other drugs are mentioned as well. In 1994, fewer than 2% of drug related emergency room visits involved the use of marijuana.


MYTH: MARIJUANA IS MORE POTENT TODAY THAN IN THE PAST
. Adults who used marijuana in the 1960s and 1970s fail to realize that when today's youth use marijuana they are using a much more dangerous drug.


FACT
: When today's youth use marijuana, they are using the same drug used by youth in the 1960s and 1970s. A small number of low-THC sample sized by the Drug Enforcement Administration are used to calculate a dramatic increase in potency. However, these samples were not representative of the marijuana generally available to users during this era. Potency data from the early 1980s to the present are more reliable, and they show no increase in the average THC content of marijuana. Even if marijuana potency were to increase, it would not necessarily make the drug more dangerous. Marijuana that varies quite substantially in potency produces similar psychoactive effects.


MYTH: MARIJUANA USE CAN BE PREVENTED
. Drug education and prevention programs reduced marijuana use during the 1980s. Since then, our commitment has slackened, and marijuana use has been rising. By expanding and intensifying current anti-marijuana messages, we can stop youthful experimentation.


FACT
: There is no evidence that anti-drug messages diminish young people's interest in drugs. Anti-drug campaigns in the schools and the media may even make drugs more attractive. Marijuana use among youth declined throughout the 1980s, and began increasing in the 1990s. This increase occurred despite young people's exposure to the most massive anti-marijuana campaign in American history. In a number of other countries, drug education programs are based on a "harm reduction" model, which seeks to reduce the drug-related harm among those young people who do experiment with drugs.



*Lynn Zimmer and John Morgan.
Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence, (New York: The Lindesmith Center, 1997).



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Jan 28, 2006
Urgent Help Save Steve Kubby's Life! 
 
Steve Kubby Arrested At SFOPot-TV
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Medical marijuana crusader Steve Kubby was arrested Thursday night at San Francisco Airport after spending years as a fugitive in Canada.

Kubby was arrested on a no-bail warrant and booked into San Mateo County jail, San Francisco police said.

Kubby's supporters and family were on hand as he boarded the flight escorted by his American lawyer, who worried he could die without access to pot in jail.

"The officials in Canada might be sending him back to a death sentence," said Bill McPike

CALIFORNIA NORML RELEASE - JAN 26, 10:30 PM PST
KUBBY SERIOUSLY ILL IN SAN MATEO JAIL - PLACER COUNTY RESPONSIBLE
Steve Kubby was arrested by a dozen police immediately upon landing at the San Francisco airport and has been whisked off to the Redwood City jail. A welcoming party of supporters and media were disappointed to discover that he had been spirited away out of sight through a back entrance.
"I'm really sick already," Kubby said from jail two hours afterwards, "I'm gonna start puking my brains out." He says his guards laughed at him when he requested Marinol. Kubby says he hasn't had marijuana for half a day and has begun to experience all of the symptoms of his life-threatening disease - nausea, headaches, swollen kidneys. He has chills and has not been able to get a blanket from the guards."They don't understand that they're dealing with someone with cancer," he says.
Kubby is upset that he was arrested immediately off the plane, when he had offered to turn himself in voluntarily in Placer County on Tuesday. San Francisco airport police said that they had arrested him at the request of Placer County authorities. They said Kubby will be arraigned in court tomorrow morning, though it wasn't clear where - in Redwood City, where he is being detained, or in Placer County.
California NORML is calling on Placer County authorities to desist its inhumane persecution of Steve Kubby.
- D. Gieringer, Cal NORML




Placer County District Attorney Office

Bradford R. Fenocchio D.A.

(530) 889-7000

(530) 889-7129 fax

bfenocch@placer.ca.gov


To District Attorney Bradford R. Fenocchio


I ____________ , am writing to express my concern and outrage due to the arrest, detention, and inhumane treatment of Steve Kubby.

I/we urge you to take immediate action to ensure Steve Kubby, who is being unjustly imprisoned in the Placer County Jail, to be released without further delay.

I/we would also urge you to insure Steve Kubby's physical integrity.

Steve Kubby is unjustly being held and is likely to die due to your detaining him and not allowing him the natural medicine he needs to live. If Steve Kubby dies while in custody; his death will be on your hands and on the hands of The United States Government for inprisoning yet another non violent medical marijuana patient.

Sincerely,

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Jan 28, 2006
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Steve Kubby Arrested At SFOPot-TV
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Medical marijuana crusader Steve Kubby was arrested Thursday night at San Francisco Airport after spending years as a fugitive in Canada.

Kubby was arrested on a no-bail warrant and booked into San Mateo County jail, San Francisco police said.

Kubby's supporters and family were on hand as he boarded the flight escorted by his American lawyer, who worried he could die without access to pot in jail.

"The officials in Canada might be sending him back to a death sentence," said Bill McPike

CALIFORNIA NORML RELEASE - JAN 26, 10:30 PM PST
KUBBY SERIOUSLY ILL IN SAN MATEO JAIL - PLACER COUNTY RESPONSIBLE
Steve Kubby was arrested by a dozen police immediately upon landing at the San Francisco airport and has been whisked off to the Redwood City jail. A welcoming party of supporters and media were disappointed to discover that he had been spirited away out of sight through a back entrance.
"I'm really sick already," Kubby said from jail two hours afterwards, "I'm gonna start puking my brains out." He says his guards laughed at him when he requested Marinol. Kubby says he hasn't had marijuana for half a day and has begun to experience all of the symptoms of his life-threatening disease - nausea, headaches, swollen kidneys. He has chills and has not been able to get a blanket from the guards."They don't understand that they're dealing with someone with cancer," he says.
Kubby is upset that he was arrested immediately off the plane, when he had offered to turn himself in voluntarily in Placer County on Tuesday. San Francisco airport police said that they had arrested him at the request of Placer County authorities. They said Kubby will be arraigned in court tomorrow morning, though it wasn't clear where - in Redwood City, where he is being detained, or in Placer County.
California NORML is calling on Placer County authorities to desist its inhumane persecution of Steve Kubby.
- D. Gieringer, Cal NORML






Placer County District Attorney Office

Bradford R. Fenocchio D.A.

(530) 889-7000

(530) 889-7129 fax

bfenocch@placer.ca.gov


To District Attorney Bradford R. Fenocchio


I ____________ , am writing to express my concern and outrage due to the arrest, detention, and inhumane treatment of Steve Kubby.

I/we urge you to take immediate action to ensure Steve Kubby, who is being unjustly imprisoned in the Placer County Jail, to be released without further delay.

I/we would also urge you to insure Steve Kubby's physical integrity.

Steve Kubby is unjustly being held and is likely to die due to your detaining him and not allowing him the natural medicine he needs to live. If Steve Kubby dies while in custody; his death will be on your hands and on the hands of The United States Government for inprisoning yet another non violent medical marijuana patient.

Sincerely,


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Jan 25, 2006
Cannabis and you, Fact and Fiction



WE ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT LEGALIZING MEDICAL MARIJUANA! Marijuana aided many people with the coping of terminal diseases. The use of medicinal marijuana has allowed many with no hope, to enjoy life more fully and lead rather decent life-styles!


Frequently Unasked Questions (FUQs)

If marijuana has no medical value, why would someone with a serious
medical problem decline to use legal medicines that would be covered
by their insurance and insist on something that could subject them to arrest?
If marijuana has no medical value, what is the appropriate jail term
for a sick, dying or disabled person who uses it?
If marijuana has no medical value, what is the appropriate jail term
for a doctor who prescribes it when he finds that no legal medication works as well?
If marijuana has no medical value, why is it used in cancer and spinal
cord injury wards through out the country?
If marijuana has no medical value, why is the government providing
it for free to eight people?
If marijuana has no medical value, why is its principle active
ingredient, THC, legally available by prescription?
If marijuana has no medical value, why was it called "One of the
safest therapeutically active substances known...." by the Drug
Enforcement Administration's own Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, in 1988.
If marijuana is so dangerous, where are the actuarial statistics
about its victims? Where are the bodies?

Please come join us and share your thoughts with us on this issue....

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