Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Medical Marijuana Council

January 21, 2011

The Medical Marijuana Council provides a great deal of information on medical marijuana and studies that have been done regarding marijuana and it's effectiveness and safety with regard to various illnesses.  Most all information they provide is in layperson terms and is extrapolated from scientific studies to help the patient who is considering medical marijuana make a decision. 

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Marijuana and Lung Cancer

October 18, 2010

UCLA's Dr. Donald Tashkin states he would be in favor of legalization of marijuana.  Why?  After all he did study chronic marijuana smokers and the effects of heavy long term marijuana smoking on the lungs with regards to lung cancer and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).  Prior to the study he hypothesized there would be a link between heavy marijuana smoking and lung cancer or COPD.  Guess what?  He was wrong!  To his surprise the study concluded otherwise. 

"What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect," says Tashkin, whose research was the largest case-control study ever conducted. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Tobacco smokers in the study had as much as a 21-fold increase in lung cancer risk, and developed COPD more often in the study.  Researchers found marijuana did not impair lung function. (perhaps this is why Michael Phelps was able to win 8 gold medals in the Bejing Olympics... of course in all fairness he did win the medals prior to getting caught on camera smoking marijuana).

 

Tashkin, supported by other research, concluded that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), an active ingredient in marijuana, has an "anti-tumoral effect" in which "cells die earlier before they age enough to develop mutations that might lead to lung cancer." 

"Early on, when our research appeared as if there would be a negative impact on lung health, I was opposed to legalization because I thought it would lead to increased use and that would lead to increased health effects," Tashkin says.

"But at this point, I'd be in favor of legalization. I wouldn't encourage anybody to smoke any substances, because of the potential for harm. But I don't think it should be stigmatized as an illegal substance.

"Tobacco smoking causes far more harm. And in terms of an intoxicant, alcohol causes far more harm," Tashkin stated.

And of course this is ONLY in reference to smoking marijuana.  It doesn't take into consideration the other methods of medicating, such as vaporizing marijuana and marijuana edibles. 

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Marijuana and Brain Cancer

October 13, 2010

At Clomputense University in Spain, brain cancer was successfully treated with THC, one of the active ingredients found in cannabis.  The cancer cells essentially digest themselves when fed THC.  The wonderful find is that not only do the cancer cells digest themselves, but the THC also does not cause damage to surrounding tissue. 

The type of cancer cells that were treated were glioblastoma muliforme, which are highly aggressive brain tumors.

The findings appear in the April 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

This study along with many others shows that cannabis is not only treating the symptoms of cancer such as nausea, appetite and sleep, but can also be used to actually treat the cancer itself.  While the findings of the study indicate that THC was responsible for killing brain cancer cells, one has to remember that there are wide fluctuations in the amount of THC in marijuana.  And for those people who live in an area where no medical marijuana is available, they may be getting marijuana with much lower percentages of THC. 


The Federal Govt. provides cannabis patients with pre-rolled joints that contain 10% THC, which is considered low.  However the THC level in most strains of medical marijuana is  anywhere from 10-25%.  The thing about the live plant is that there are other active compounds that have been found to be beneficial as well.  One which looks very promising is CBD.  It is impossible to know how all these compounds interact in nature when using only one in a study.  Regardless, THC has been shown to precipitate the Death of Brain Cancer cells, which certainly goes way beyond the happy, hungry, sleepy effects cannabis known for.

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Medical Marijuana 35 Day Waiting Period

October 9, 2010

So you're sick, and you prefer to medicate with medical marijuana to ease your pain and symptoms. After all it is non-toxic and is well known to aid sleep, appetite, and mood, not to mention medical marijuana can ease pain and suffering of anxiety, pain, glaucoma, MS, wasting syndrome, nausea, and many other ailments.  So you visit your Dr. and he or she agrees that your ailment may benefit from the use of medical marijuana, AND that your sickness is on the list of "approved" ailments by the Colorado Department of Health.  So.. you send in your application to be listed as a medical marijuana patient with the State of Colorado and your Dr. recommendation along with the required fees to the State of Colorado Health Dept. Division of Medical Marijuana.  Do you think you're legal to use medical marijuana?  You're NOT!  It doesn't matter that your Dr. and you both agree that medical marijuana is a good option.  You must WAIT for the Colorado Dept. of Health to APPROVE your medical marijuana application.  But WAIT!  They are backlogged NINE MONTHS on medical marijuana applications!   Although it would seem that a decision about your health would be between you and your Dr.  and NOT involve the Government.  Well think again.  However the good news is you don't have to wait the entire NINE MONTHS! 


Colorado medical marijuana patients need to remember that their medical marijuajna card or application is valid 35 days AFTER they send in their medical marijuana application to the Colorado Department of Health (we know it sucks that you have to wait considering this is a matter of health, however it could be much worse if the law required you to wait for your card to return in the mail). 

IF you are currently an actively licensed medical marijuana patient in Colorado you should be sure to review your expiration date so you can reapply 35 days before the expiration date on your medical marijuana card, and not be caught in a 35 day waiting period of being unable to obtain your medical marijuana from a medical marijuana center if you wait until the final expiration date to reapply.  In other words always renew and reapply for your card at least 35 days before the expiration of your existing medical marijuana card. 

Since the Colorado Dept. of Health is backlogged up to 9 months on processing medical marijuana ID cards, you are not considered legal for the first 35 days UNLESS by some miracle the Colorado Dept. of Health catches up with their back log of medical marijuana applications, and sends out your medical marijuana card within days.  Therefore it is important you carry the following on you at all times to prove you have applied to be a medical marijuana patient: 

1. A copy of your medical marijuana application form. 

2.  A copy of PROOF of mailing (certified mail receipt) 

3.  Proof of payment (money order receipt)

If you are a medical marijuana patient who is growing your own marijuana plants, you should also keep a copy of all of the above items at your home, so if anyone wants to verify that you are a legitimate patient your family can show a copy of your medical marijuana papers if you are not home. 

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Change of Caregiver to Comply with New Law

July 27, 2010

There is some confusion in  the air regarding the new law changes effective August 1st, 2010.  In the past ONLY individuals could be caregivers.  What is a caregiver?  A caregiver is a person who grows your marijuana for you.  With the new law, dispensaries are now referred to as "medical marijuana centers."  Medical Marijuana Centers can now be listed as caregivers, whereas in the past only "individuals" could be listed as "caregivers" (not businesses).   In the past dispensaries had you list "an individual" that represented the dispensary as your caregiver.  With the new law, individuals (or caregivers) are limited to 5 patients, so you MUST UPDATE YOUR FORM to reflect the Medical Marijuana Center rather than the individual that represented the dispensary as your caregiver to comply with the new law changes.  Once again, the "medical marijuana center" must now be listed as your caregiver, instead of the individual that represented the dispensary in the past.  The new forms have clarified that you can grow your own plants PLUS list a medical marijuana center as your caregiver.   To comply with the law changes stop by and update your state form at Mile High Medical Cannabis located at 1705 North Federal Blvd., Denver, CO  80204   (directly across from Mile High Stadium - Invesco Field) on the corner of 17th and Federal Blvd. If you have questions please call us at (303) 455-9333.

Added to our existing selection this morning are some excellent strains of very high quality medical marijuana which are fresh in from curing, some of which have been proposed as cannabis cup contenders:  Big Budda Kush, Maui Hash Plant, Blue Widow Hash Plant, Blue Mist, Train Wreck, White Rhino, and Mango.


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V.A. Accepts Marijuana

July 24, 2010

Veterans can now obtain medical marijuana, in States with Medical Marijuana laws,  without fear of telling their V.A. Dr. 

Click Here to get the full story on this policy change by the Veteran's Administration, a branch of the Federal Government, which has many marijuana activists cheering since the Federal Government has completely failed to acknowledge the medical benefits of marijuana.....  at least publicly.  Even though the Federal Government did file patent # 6,630,507 stating that cannabinoids were effective in treating and preventing a wide variety of diseases.  The patent is assigned to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Marijuana for PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

July 14, 2010

THC Activates a Network of Receptors in the brain which are useful for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Although the Colorado Department of Health does not recognize PTSD on their list of diseases and disorders that can be treated in Colorado with medical marijuana.  This video clearly shows that post traumatic stress disorder may very well be one of the disorders that marijuana can significantly benefit.

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Marijuana Facts

July 14, 2010

Marijuana Facts AND a Very Nice Soundtrack!

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Marijuana Quotes

July 13, 2010

Spread the word.  Share the video.   Watch all the way to the end..... for great news!

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Cannabis Cup Winners

June 29, 2010

2010 HIGH TIMES MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP WINNERS


Sativa
1. GreanBicycles (Vortex)
2. The Green Door San Francisco (Candy Jack)
3. Purple Lotus Patient Center (Durban Poison)

Indica
1. Mr. Natural Inc (Cali Gold)
2. Elemental Wellness (True OG)
3. Tehama Herbal Collective (Bubba Kush)

Concentrates
1. Leonard Moore Cooperative (Ingrid)
2. Phillips Rx (Herojauna)
3. 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center (Granddaddy  Purple Wax)

Edibles
1. Greenway Compassionate Relief (Biscotti)
2. Medithrive (Bliss Edibles Truffles)
3. The Hampton Collective (Totally Baked Medibles Tincture)

Expo Booth
1. Humboldt Patients Resource Center
2. TIE: Cmaz Glass, Green Door
3. Stealth Grow LED

Glass
1. Zong 2 Kink Jack Herer Bong
2. Glass Slider
3. 'Sea Life' by Voorhees and Christina Cody

Product
1. TIE: Essential Vaaapp H20 Eclipse, Stealth Grow LED
2. Grassroots HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup Hat
3. TIE: Canna Fresh, Boldt Bags

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"Higher" Education

June 17, 2010

The Colorado Department of Higher Education Division of Private Occupational Schools oversees the state's 330 vocational and trade schools, and they have now agreed to regulate Greenway University which teaches students how to grow, and distribute marijuana. 

This is a first for the Department of Higher Education who will approve the curriculum and set standards for the teachers.  Approximately 1,000 students have attended Greenway since it started satellite classes downtown last year. 

Marijuana will not be allowed in the classrooms for now.  This author is not sure how they teach growing, without growing?

Greenway University's I-25/Alameda Denver campus is expected to open in about a month.

Courses take between three and five months, and can cost between $300 and $2,000 depending on the curriculum.


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Marijuana Myth - Marijuana is a Gateway Drug

June 13, 2010

FACT:  Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  If marijuana was a gateway drug, use of harder drugs would be a much more massive problem than it is.  It is estimated that over 83 million people in the US have smoked marijuana. 

BEWARE!  MILK IS A GATEWAY DRINK TO DANGEROUS SODA!

Obviously people drink soda because they choose to drink soda.  Not because milk led them to drink soda.  The same is true for cannabis and hard drugs.  People who use hard drugs choose to use hard drugs, not because marijuana made them seek out something stronger, but because that is a choice they make. 

While some research shows that many hard drug users used cannabis or alcohol before moving on to the harder substances, other research shows that some serious drug abusers have used other drugs before using cannabis or alcohol.  The former is particularly evident in individual drug-abuse histories which tend to show that "hard drug" users tend to jump from drug to drug, or progress from one drug to another.   When you take into account that less than 1% of marijuana smokers use harder drugs the gateway theory is further eroded.


Study on San Francisco vs. Amsterdam

In 2004, a study comparing cannabis users in San Francisco to those in Amsterdam was done to test the effects of the differing drug policies in the two cities on drug use patterns. The Netherlands has a drug policy of decriminalization in which cannabis can be bought by adults over 18 in quasi-legal "coffee shops" and used publicly, while in the United States cannabis is criminalized and must be bought in the black market  (often from the same dealers that sell hard drugs) and used "underground". The results found that, compared with their counterparts in Amsterdam the San Francisco cannabis users were significantly more likely to use cocaine, crack, amphetamines, ecstasy, and opiates despite similar cannabis use patterns and a more permissive drug policy in the NetherlandsOne plausible explanation is that the black market itself acts as a gateway to harder drugs, as opposed to the effects of cannabis. 

Marijuana is NOT a gateway drug.  99% of marijuana use is by people who only use marijuana because they choose to only use marijuana.  In fact, it would be much easier to hide the use of most of the harder drugs because they don't smell, are  much easier to hide, simpler to use, quicker to use,  and often times easier to get.    Pop an Oxycontin - it takes 2 seconds, there is NO smell, it's easy to conceal, there is no rolling, you don't have to wait for the vaporizer to warm up, you can get a script so if you are searched you are totally legal.   Yet people CHOOSE to use marijuana - because they know it is LESS harmful if they are using recreationally, and can be more helpful if they are using medically.   

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Marijuana Myth - Marijuana Harms Have Been Scientifically Proven

June 13, 2010

FACT:
In 1995, based on thirty years of scientific research, editors of the highly respected and well regarded British medical journal "The Lancet" concluded that "the smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health."

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Marijuana is Safer than Acetaminophen

June 11, 2010

In Five Thousand years of marijuana use, there has not been one death.   However, every year acetaminophen poisoning results in 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure.

What is Acetaminophen?  Tylenol is Acetaminophen among other brand names.  Marijuana is Safer than Tylenol and the other brand names of acetaminophen.  The LEADING cause of acute liver failure in the U.S. is not alcohol abuse, nor viral hepatitis.  The number one reason Americans suffer acute liver failure is a drug the FDA has allowed to be sold for decades after its lethal toxicities were known. 

The FDA has bent over backwards to protect billions of dollars of profits earned annually by pharmaceutical companies who sell this deadly drug.  As the body count mounted in 2009, the FDA was forced to mandate a lower dosage and remove it from prescription combinations that were particularly lethal. 

 

When acetaminophen is ingested a rapid depletion of glutathione in the liver occurs.  The result of glutathione depletion is free radical destruction of liver cells.  A scientist suggested to a supplement company that they produce a combination product that probably eliminate virtually all acetaminophen related acute deaths.  It is a very long story, but the short version is this:  The FDA prohibits combining existing drugs and dietary supplements unless a New Drug Application is filed, tens of millions of dollars of clinical studies are performed, and the FDA agrees to allow the combination to be sold.  The process can cost upwards of $100 million and take a decade to complete.  EVEN if both of the ingredients that would go into the new drug are sold "over the counter".  So by bureaucratic edict, a safer form of acetaminophen never made it to market. 

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.

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Scientists find Marijuana can Suppress and "Turn off" Cancer Cells

June 7, 2010

Denver medical marijuana  dispensary

Scientists are discovering new benefits of marijuana including the ability of marijuana to stop the spread of cancer or turn off cancer cells. 

The diagram below shows the different forms of cancer and the effects of THC which is one of the active ingredients in marijuana. 

More information from new studies on the effects of cannabis on cancer cells can be found here.

Mile High Medical Cannabis is a Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary providing Medical Marijuana to Medical Marijuana Patients.


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Seniors Support Marijuana

June 6, 2010

From choking on food, thoughts of suicide, pain from advanced stage multiple sclerosis, and inability to sleep, a retired nurse, living in a retirement community says "there are good people out there who need marijuana."  The retirement community created their own marijuana garden.  "Marijuana is the ONLY thing that helped me from constant pain says another resident of the retirement community."   The Seniors are ready for a fight!  For them marijuana means freedom from a life of pain, and freedom from addictive and lethal pain pills.

Denver medical marijuana dispensary

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Marijuana works for Seizures

June 5, 2010

Time and time again patients with seizure disorders are reporting that marijuana provides effective treatment without all the harmful side effects of many other treatments.

Click to Read Article by Patient overcoming seizures with marijuana

 

Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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If Marijuana is so Great why is it Mostly ILLEGAL?

May 15, 2010

Why is marijuana illegal?  If you are old enough to vote, you MUST know the history if marijuana.  WHY?  Because in the very near future you will have the power to vote for a plant, and the very basic rights of people of the United States to use that plant.  A plant that has been abused.


Abused, not in the sense of abused by consumption.  But rather abused by the LIES, corruption, greed, racism, manipulation, and businesses who did not want competition, and used their deception to make and keep this plant illegal.  

Marijuana is illegal because the Federal Government has spent billions of dollars over the last 75 years with anti-marijuana propaganda.  Why?  Because marijuana prohibition is a corporate conspiracy which now serves the law enforcement community.  In the past it served to keep out competition in several industries including the paper industry, and pharmaceuticals among others.  A complete waste of money.  It is a very easy bust which fuels the law enforcement money machine.  Marijuana use is a victimless crime.  A crime which is locking up millions annually, who are forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees for very small amounts of marijuana,  and fees to newly created "drug programs".  And millions of Americans have spent years of their lives behind bars in PRIVATE FOR PROFIT prisons.  WHAT?  yes!  Prisons for profit

  For the last 75 years millions of Americans have smoked marijuana and not stood up to the unjust laws of the Federal Government until now.  Americans have had enough.  The truth is spreading rapidly across the internet and people are angry they have been lied to.  The Federal Government has turned its back on the American people and refused to listen to the TRUTH about marijuana.  Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states.  And much evidence is coming out that marijuana actually has the ability to HEAL.  (no wonder it was in so many medications in the early 1900's)  Not only is marijuana used for nausea, pain, sleep, and to increase the appetite of a patient, but there is a growing body of evidence (despite attempts by the Federal Government to not reveal the information, and to not allow testing) that marijuana has reduced tumors, AND it not only reduces tumors but it also PROTECTS the surrounding tissue as it does.  (unlike chemo, or radiation therapy).    With 1 out of 2.3 American Men and 1 out of 2.8 American Women getting cancer sometime in their life this is a very remarkable benefit that as a voter you need to be aware of the next time you vote.  You could have access to a plant that is extremely effective and natural for healing yourself, and loved ones.  And more easily tolerated than man made drugs that attempt to mimic the plant.  We're NOT saying don't listen to your Doctor or avoid traditional treatments.  We're saying this plant has healing properties that you can greatly benefit from.  And NOT only when treating cancer.  Seizure disorders have had HUGE success as well as many other diseases and disorders.  There are thousands of patients who have greatly reduced the number of their man made prescriptions and chose marijuana, which to them offered a more effective treatment.  Some have been using it to treat autism in children, although controversial the parents of these children have risked a lot and swear by it.  Marijuana is non-toxic.  You can NOT overdose from marijuana.


As a Voter it is important for you to know that there are several drug companies that are coming out with drugs that TRY to mimic cannabis.  Sativex is one.  Marinol has already been released.  And there are more in the works.  More on the true Science of marijuana can be found on the "Strains" page near the bottom.   The thing to keep in mind is the pharmaceutical brands have not been successful at replicating the benefits of the plant, with acceptable side affects.  The plant contains many ingredients the lab has been unable to mimic, and the interaction of these chemicals may just be why marijuana "the plant" is most often preferred.   Most people who have tried Marinol , don't like it due to the psychoactive properties are too extreme, and the relief they were seeking was not effective.   So now the drug companies and big money are more involved again you can be sure there will be lots of misinformation to keep marijuana "the plant" illegal, or VERY tightly controlled.  So when you start seeing and hearing stories in the news that detract from this amazing healing plant keep in mind the real history of marijuana, and not the history you thought you knew.  Read on to find out more about the TRUE history of why marijuana is illegal.  I bet you thought it was to protect you.  Or you thought it was illegal because it is a gateway drug to very dangerous drugs.  BOTH of these statements are lies, and part of the propaganda spread over the last 75 or so years.

Many groups have secretly, and illegally been using marijuana for dozens of ailments with greater success and less side effects than pharmaceutical medications.  Yet the Federal Government continues to classify marijuana as a Class I drug (which means it has no medical purpose - plus the penalties are the most serious of any drug in the US). 

How did this all come about?


In the beginning America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619. It was a law “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hemp seed. There were several other “must grow” laws over the next 200 years (you could be jailed for not growing hemp during times of shortage in Virginia between 1763 and 1767), and during most of that time, hemp was legal tender (you could even pay your taxes with hemp!) Hemp was such a critical crop for a number of purposes (including essential war requirements – rope, etc.) that the government went out of its way to encourage growth.  The United States Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp “plantations” (minimum 2,000-acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas,   and even the cordage used for baling cotton.

 


In the early 1900s, the western states developed significant tensions regarding the influx of Mexican-Americans. The revolution in Mexico in 1910 spilled over the border, with General Pershing’s army clashing with bandit Pancho Villa. Later in that decade, bad feelings developed between the small farmer and the large farms that used cheaper Mexican labor. Then, the depression came and increased tensions, as jobs and welfare resources became scarce.

One of the “differences” pointed out during this time was the fact that many Mexicans smoked marijuana and had brought the plant with them, and it was through this that California apparently passed the first state marijuana law, outlawing “preparations of hemp, or loco weed.”  Why?  Because the Mexicans were not welcome to the smaller farmers, and the use of marijuana was something that made them "different".   Since this was something new to the early settlers, they used this fact and exaggerated it to their benefit by fabricating stories about how the Mexicans and their use of marijuana made them crazy and made them hard to control, and capable of killing.  All the while thinking that if they could not have their marijuana they would go home. 


One of the first state laws outlawing marijuana may have been influenced, not just by Mexicans using the drug, but, oddly enough, because of Mormons using it.  Mormons who traveled to Mexico in 1910 came back to Salt Lake City with marijuana. The church’s reaction to this may have contributed to the state’s marijuana law. (Note: the source for this speculation is from articles by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law at USC Law School in a paper for the Virginia Law Review, and a speech to the California Judges Association

Other states quickly followed suit with marijuana prohibition laws, including Wyoming (1915), Texas (1919), Iowa (1923), Nevada (1923), Oregon (1923), Washington (1923), Arkansas (1923), and Nebraska (1927). These laws tended to be specifically targeted against the Mexican-American population.

When Montana outlawed marijuana in 1927, the Butte Montana Standard reported a legislator’s comment: “When some beet field peon takes a few traces of this stuff… he thinks he has just been elected president of Mexico, so he starts out to execute all his political enemies.” In Texas, a senator said on the floor of the Senate: “All Mexicans are crazy, and this stuff [marijuana] is what makes them crazy.”

In the eastern states, the “problem” was attributed to a combination of Latin Americans and black jazz musicians. Marijuana and jazz traveled from New Orleans to Chicago, and then to Harlem, where marijuana became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the time (Louis Armstrong’s “Muggles”, Cab Calloway’s “That Funny Reefer Man”, Fats Waller’s “Viper’s Drag”).


Again, racism was part of the charge against marijuana, as newspapers in 1934 editorialized: “Marihuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men’s shadows and look at a white woman twice.”

Two other fear-tactic rumors started to spread: one, that Mexicans, Blacks and other foreigners were snaring white children with marijuana; and two, the story of the “assassins.” Early stories of Marco Polo had told of “hasheesh-eaters” or hashashin, from which derived the term “assassin.” In the original stories, these professional killers were given large doses of hashish and brought to the ruler’s garden (to give them a glimpse of the paradise that awaited them upon successful completion of their mission). Then, after the effects of the drug disappeared, the assassin would fulfill his ruler’s wishes with cool, calculating loyalty.

By the 1930s, the story had changed. Dr. A. E. Fossier wrote in the 1931 New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal: “Under the influence of hashish those fanatics would madly rush at their enemies, and ruthlessly massacre every one within their grasp.” Within a very short time, marijuana started being linked to violent behavior.


During this time, the United States was also dealing with alcohol prohibition, which lasted from 1919 to 1933. Alcohol prohibition was extremely visible and debated at all levels, while drug laws were passed without the general public’s knowledge. National alcohol prohibition happened through the mechanism of an amendment to the constitution.

Earlier (1914), the Harrison Act was passed, which provided federal tax penalties for opiates and cocaine.

The federal approach is important. It was considered at the time that the federal government did not have the constitutional power to outlaw alcohol or drugs. It is because of this that alcohol prohibition required a constitutional amendment.

At that time in our country’s history, the judiciary regularly placed the tenth amendment in the path of congressional regulation of “local” affairs, and direct regulation of medical practice was considered beyond congressional power under the commerce clause (since then, both provisions have been weakened so far as to have almost no meaning).

Since drugs could not be outlawed at the federal level, the decision was made to use federal taxes as a way around the restriction. In the Harrison Act, legal uses of opiates and cocaine were taxed (supposedly as a revenue need by the federal government, which is the only way it would hold up in the courts), and those who didn’t follow the law found themselves in trouble with the treasury department.


In 1930, a new division in the Treasury Department was established — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics — and Harry J. Anslinger was named director. This, if anything, marked the beginning of the all-out war against marijuana.

WHO is Harry Anslinger?  

Anslinger was an extremely ambitious man, and he recognized the Bureau of Narcotics as an amazing career opportunity — a new government agency with the opportunity to define both the problem and the solution. He immediately realized that opiates and cocaine wouldn’t be enough to help build his agency, so he latched on to marijuana and started to work on making it illegal at the federal level.

Anslinger immediately drew upon the themes of racism and violence to draw national attention to the problem he wanted to create. He also promoted and frequently read from “Gore Files” — wild reefer-madness-style exploitation tales of ax murderers on marijuana and sex and… Negroes. Here are some quotes that have been widely attributed to Anslinger and his Gore Files:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”

“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”

“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

And he loved to pull out his own version of the “assassin” definition:

“In the year 1090, there was founded in Persia the religious and military order of the Assassins, whose history is one of cruelty, barbarity, and murder, and for good reason: the members were confirmed users of hashish, or marihuana, and it is from the Arabs’ ‘hashashin’ that we have the English word ‘assassin.’”


WOW!!  You say?   Me too!  I can't believe what I'm reading?  I couldn't either.  But hold on...... it gets better....

Harry Anslinger got some additional help from William Randolf Hearst, owner of a huge chain of newspapers. Hearst had lots of reasons to help. First, he hated Mexicans. Second, he had invested heavily in the timber industry to support his newspaper chain and didn’t want to see the development of hemp paper in competition. Third, he had lost 800,000 acres of timberland to Pancho Villa, so he hated Mexicans. Fourth, telling lurid lies about Mexicans (and the devil marijuana weed causing violence) sold more newspapers, making him rich.


Some samples from the San Francisco Examiner:

“Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days — Hashish goads users to bloodlust.”

“By the tons it is coming into this country — the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms…. Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him….”

And other nationwide columns…

“Users of marijuana become STIMULATED as they inhale the drug and are LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING. Most crimes of violence in this section, especially in country districts are laid to users of that drug.”

“Was it marijuana, the new Mexican drug, that nerved the murderous arm of Clara Phillips when she hammered out her victim’s life in Los Angeles?… THREE-FOURTHS OF THE CRIMES of violence in this country today are committed by DOPE SLAVES — that is a matter of cold record.”

Hearst and Anslinger were then supported by Dupont chemical company and various pharmaceutical companies in the effort to outlaw cannabis. Dupont had patented nylon, and wanted hemp removed as competition. The pharmaceutical companies could neither identify nor standardize cannabis dosages, and besides, with cannabis, folks could grow their own medicine and not have to purchase it from large companies.

This all set the stage for…


The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

After two years of secret planning, Anslinger brought his plan to Congress — complete with a scrapbook full of sensational Hearst editorials, stories of ax murderers who had supposedly smoked marijuana, and racial slurs.

It was a remarkably short set of hearings.

The one fly in Anslinger’s ointment was the appearance by Dr. William C. Woodward, Legislative Council of the American Medical Association.

Woodward started by slamming Harry Anslinger and the Bureau of Narcotics for distorting earlier AMA statements that had nothing to do with marijuana and making them appear to be AMA endorsement for Anslinger’s view.

He also reproached the legislature and the Bureau for using the term marijuana in the legislation and not publicizing it as a bill about cannabis or hemp. At this point, marijuana (or marihuana) was a sensationalist word used to refer to Mexicans smoking a drug and had not been connected in most people’s minds to the existing cannabis/hemp plant. Thus, many who had legitimate reasons to oppose the bill weren’t even aware of it.

Woodward went on to state that the AMA was opposed to the legislation and further questioned the approach of the hearings, coming close to outright accusation of misconduct by Anslinger and the committee:

“That there is a certain amount of narcotic addiction of an objectionable character no one will deny. The newspapers have called attention to it so prominently that there must be some grounds for [their] statements [even Woodward was partially taken in by Hearst's propaganda]. It has surprised me, however, that the facts on which these statements have been based have not been brought before this committee by competent primary evidence. We are referred to newspaper publications concerning the prevalence of marihuana addiction. We are told that the use of marihuana causes crime.

But yet no one has been produced from the Bureau of Prisons to show the number of prisoners who have been found addicted to the marihuana habit. An informed inquiry shows that the Bureau of Prisons has no evidence on that point.

You have been told that school children are great users of marihuana cigarettes. No one has been summoned from the Children’s Bureau to show the nature and extent of the habit, among children.

Inquiry of the Children’s Bureau shows that they have had no occasion to investigate it and know nothing particularly of it.

Inquiry of the Office of Education— and they certainly should know something of the prevalence of the habit among the school children of the country, if there is a prevalent habit— indicates that they have had no occasion to investigate and know nothing of it.

Moreover, there is in the Treasury Department itself, the Public Health Service, with its Division of Mental Hygiene. The Division of Mental Hygiene was, in the first place, the Division of Narcotics. It was converted into the Division of Mental Hygiene, I think, about 1930. That particular Bureau has control at the present time of the narcotics farms that were created about 1929 or 1930 and came into operation a few years later. No one has been summoned from that Bureau to give evidence on that point.

Informal inquiry by me indicates that they have had no record of any marihuana of Cannabis addicts who have ever been committed to those farms.

The bureau of Public Health Service has also a division of pharmacology. If you desire evidence as to the pharmacology of Cannabis, that obviously is the place where you can get direct and primary evidence, rather than the indirect hearsay evidence.”

Committee members then proceeded to attack Dr. Woodward, questioning his motives in opposing the legislation. Even the Chairman joined in:

The Chairman: If you want to advise us on legislation, you ought to come here with some constructive proposals, rather than criticism, rather than trying to throw obstacles in the way of something that the Federal Government is trying to do. It has not only an unselfish motive in this, but they have a serious responsibility.

Dr. Woodward: We cannot understand yet, Mr. Chairman, why this bill should have been prepared in secret for 2 years without any intimation, even, to the profession, that it was being prepared.

After some further bantering…

The Chairman: I would like to read a quotation from a recent editorial in the Washington Times:

The marihuana cigarette is one of the most insidious of all forms of dope, largely because of the failure of the public to understand its fatal qualities.

The Nation is almost defenseless against it, having no Federal laws to cope with it and virtually no organized campaign for combating it.

The result is tragic.

School children are the prey of peddlers who infest school neighborhoods.

High school boys and girls buy the destructive weed without knowledge of its capacity of harm, and conscienceless dealers sell it with impunity.

This is a national problem, and it must have national attention.

The fatal marihuana cigarette must be recognized as a deadly drug, and American children must be protected against it.

That is a pretty severe indictment. They say it is a national question and that it requires effective legislation. Of course, in a general way, you have responded to all of these statements; but that indicates very clearly that it is an evil of such magnitude that it is recognized by the press of the country as such.

And that was basically it. Yellow journalism won over medical science.

The committee passed the legislation on. And on the floor of the house, the entire discussion was:

Member from upstate New York: “Mr. Speaker, what is this bill about?”

Speaker Rayburn: “I don’t know. It has something to do with a thing called marihuana. I think it’s a narcotic of some kind.”

“Mr. Speaker, does the American Medical Association support this bill?”

Member on the committee jumps up and says: “Their Doctor Wentworth[sic] came down here. They support this bill 100 percent.”

And on the basis of that lie, on August 2, 1937, marijuana became illegal at the federal level.

The entire coverage in the New York Times: “President Roosevelt signed today a bill to curb traffic in the narcotic, marihuana, through heavy taxes on transactions.”

Anslinger as precursor to the Drug Czars

Anslinger was essentially the first Drug Czar. Even though the term didn’t exist until William Bennett’s position as director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy, Anslinger acted in a similar fashion. In fact, there are some amazing parallels between Anslinger and the current Drug Czar John Walters. Both had kind of a carte blanche to go around demonizing drugs and drug users. Both had resources and a large public podium for their voice to be heard and to promote their personal agenda. Both lied constantly, often when it was unnecessary. Both were racists. Both had the ear of lawmakers, and both realized that they could persuade legislators and others based on lies, particularly if they could co-opt the media into squelching or downplaying any opposition views.

Anslinger even had the ability to circumvent the First Amendment. He banned the Canadian movie “Drug Addict,” a 1946 documentary that realistically depicted the drug addicts and law enforcement efforts. He even tried to get Canada to ban the movie in their own country, or failing that, to prevent U.S. citizens from seeing the movie in Canada. Canada refused. ( Drug Czar John Walters is trying to bully Canada into keeping harsh marijuana laws.)

Anslinger had 37 years to solidify the propaganda and stifle opposition. The lies continued the entire time (although the stories would adjust — the 21 year old Florida boy who killed his family of five got younger each time he told it).

So to sum it up..... WHY is Marijuana illegal?  Because the many Americans have been brainwashed by the Federal Government, and don't realize the benefits and uses that they and loved ones have lost due to the prohibition of marijuana. 

Here we are in 2010, and 1 in 1.3 men will get cancer during their lifetime.  1 in 1.8 women will get cancer in their lifetime.  Marijuana has been shown to reduce tumors, stop seizures, ease pain, increase appetite, heal skin lesions, ease nasuea, induce sleep, increase quality of life, stop pain, reduce swelling, and is a very significant option for those who suffer from alcoholism, or drug dependence, especially those who have found themselves addicted to pain pills. 

It is time for the American people to STOP the NONSENSE, get ACTIVE, and VOTE for the legalization of marijuana.

Denver Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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Famous People Marijuana Quotes

May 2, 2010

These are some of the brightest minds in the world.  All of whom are Leaders in their fields and are world recognized, who have publicly supported the legalization of marijuana.

"Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."  - William F. Buckley Jr.- Conservative Author, Commentator, Syndicated Newspaper Columnist

  William F. Buckley Jr. -

"Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere."
- George Washington, U.S. President quote on Hemp

 

"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption." 
- John Adams, U.S. President, Vice President, and Father of the Navy - quote on Hemp

John Adams - US President,  US Vice-President (twice)

"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana."
- Jimmy Carter, U.S. President quote on Marijuana

Jimmy Carter - US President

"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?"
-  Henry Ford - Inventor, Founder Ford Motor Co. - quote on Marijuana

The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
-  Carl Sagan - Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Author -  quote on Marijuana

"The ‘War on Drugs’ has failed - but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned. "

"People who genuinely need help can't get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases. We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties." - Sting (Gordon Sumner) - Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Activist, Actor, Philanthropist, Front Man for The Band "Police".


"I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it".
- Jennifer Aniston - Actress, Ranked #8 on "Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities List"- quote on Marijuana

"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."
- Albert Einstein - Physicist, Philosopher, Nobel Prize Recipient - quote on Marijuana

"That is not a drug. It’s a leaf," 
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California, Actor, Body Builder

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country."
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, Vice President,  quote on Hemp

"It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics . . . dope and all that crap. It's a thousand times better than whiskey - it's an assistant - a friend."
-  Louis Armstrong - Famous Jazz Trumpeter, Musician, Singer - quote on Marijuana

"If John Lennon is deported, I'm leaving too...with my musicians..and my marijuana."
- Art Garfunkel - Singer, Poet, Actor - quote on Marijuana

"When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point."
- Barack Obama, US President - quote on Marijuana

"I think pot should be legal. I don't smoke it, but I like the smell of it."
- Andy Warhol - Artist - quote on Marijuana

"When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening with drugs?"
- Milton Friedman - Economist - quote on Marijuana

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420 4:20 4/20 4-20

April 20, 2010

Today is April, 20th which is a day of celebration for marijuana enthusiasts, and activists the world over.  There will be rallies and smoke-outs across the country at parks, campuses, and steps leading to government buildings.  In Denver at Civic Center Park there will be speakers and live entertainment through out the day starting at 9:00am.  The National Director of NORML  (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will speak at Civic Center Park in Denver.  Click here for the schedule of events at the 420 rally in Denver.

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