Vol. 6, Number 11
cheryl riley, James Freire,
Dr. David Bearman,
Gradi Jordan, Ed Glick,
Sunil K Aggarwal,
Al Byrne, Amanda Reiman,
Jim Greig, Joan Bello,
AAMC El Dorado County CA
AAMC Rhode Island
Media Leaping to Extremely Faulty Conclusions from Study on the Effects of Marijuana on the Brain - Paul Armentano
A new study identifying minor differences in the brain imaging of habitual marijuana consumers compared to non-users may be ideal for stimulating sensational headlines (e.g., “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” Los Angeles Times, November 10), but tells us little in regard to whether pot poses actual health risks.
Even if we are to accept the findings of this latest paper at face value, such concerns are hardly a justification for cannabis’ continued criminalization. Ultimately, if we are truly concerned about pot’s potential impact on the brain, and in particular how it may impact the developing brains of young people, the obvious public policy response is to regulate the substance in a manner that better restricts adolescents’ access to it and provides them with evidence-based information in regard to its potential risks. This is the policy we have employed for alcohol and tobacco, two substances that possess known risks far greater than those posed by cannabis, and they have been successful, as adolescent alcohol and tobacco use now stand at historic lows. It's high time we as a society employ a similarly principled policy for cannabis.
Paul Armentano is the deputy director of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) and the co-author of Marijuana Is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink (Chelsea Green, 2009).
Medical Marijuana: A Perspective - Arthur Livermore
During the 1970's, when I was a medical student, I was told that marijuana (cannabis) was only a drug of abuse. The knowledge of medical uses of cannabis had been lost. Thirty years earlier, doctors were knowledgeable about medical marijuana, but now it was a forbidden plant. It took me years of research to discover the medical uses of marijuana.
(The full article is available at the link below. The publisher: ABC-CLIO 130 Cremona Drive, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, has requested the removal of this article.)
Arthur Livermore is National Director of the American Alliance for Medical Cannabis, located in Arch Cape, Oregon.
This article is in the book by David E. Newton Ph.D., "Marijuana: A Reference Handbook" (Contemporary World Issues) 2013
Click here to buy "Marijuana: A Reference Handbook" by David E. Newton Ph.D.
Alabama: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Arkansas: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Idaho: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Indiana: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Iowa: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Missouri: Considering a medical marijuana law.
North Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Ohio: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Pennsylvania: Considering a medical marijuana law.
South Carolina: Considering a medical marijuana law.
South Dakota: Medical marijuana petition drive underway.
Tennessee: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Texas: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Wisconsin: Considering a medical marijuana law.
Featured Recipe - Arthritis Balm Recipe by Bryan A Krumm
Take 4 ounces of leaf marijuana and place in a large stock pot. Cover well with water and add 1.25 cups of olive oil. Bring to a boil and simmer at a low boil for 5-6 hours, adding water as needed.
Allow to cool and strain through cheese cloth, saving the liquid. Place the liquid into the refrigerator over night.
Peel the olive oil layer off the top and place into a small pot and heat over low to melt. Add some beeswax (1-2 ounces should work but experiment to get the consistency you like) and cool into a salve.
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