Friday, April 21, 2006

FDA rejects medicinal use of marijuana

Agency contradicts scientists, jumps into a political struggle


WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that "no sound scientific studies" supported the medical use of marijuana, contradicting a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists.

The announcement inserts the health agency into yet another fierce political fight.

Susan Bro, an agency spokeswoman, said that the statement resulted from a past combined review by federal drug enforcement, regulatory and research agencies that concluded that "smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment." She said that the FDA was issuing the statement because of numerous inquiries from Capitol Hill but would likely do nothing to enforce it.

"Any enforcement based on this finding would need to be by DEA, since this falls outside of FDA's regulatory authority," she said.

Opponents of efforts to legalize marijuana for medicinal uses suggest that marijuana is a "gateway" drug that often leads users to try more dangerous drugs and become addicted.

But the Institute of Medicine report concluded that there is no evidence that marijuana acts as a "gateway" to harder drugs. And it said that there was no evidence that medical use of marijuana would increase its use among the general population.

Dr. Daniele Piomelli, a professor of pharmacology at the University of California-Irvine, said that he had "never met a scientist would who will say that marijuana is either dangerous or useless." He said that studies clearly show that marijuana has some benefits for some patients.

"We all agree on that."

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

YouTube - 60 Minutes Prince of Pot - Mark Emery

YouTube - 60 Minutes Prince of Pot - Mark Emery: ""

Transcript: The Prince of Pot

60 Minutes Web Site: Video/Transcript/Links and more

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Alan Young Peace Summit 2 Speech - Google Video

Alan Young Peace Summit 2 Speech - Google Video

Alan Young's speech at the Peace Summit in Toronto.

This is Marc Emery's speech at the Peace Summit.

This a well-spoken medical patient talking about the problems associated with having her medicine considered illegal.

This is Renee Boje at the protest

Here is Marc at the protest

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

YouTube - Legalize it

Thursday, January 12, 2006 "If you're driving on the interstate this summer (2001) and you smell a strange odor don't worry: You're not having a flashback and that isn't a 'doobie' you smell, it's Hempcar! The exhaust won't 'catch you a buzz' but the car is creating one amongst hemp activists and environmentalists. It's a car powered by hemp seed oil and it will be touring the country to promote drug-law reform and environmental fuel technologies.

Grayson Sigler and Kellie Ogilvie created the project to demonstrate the utility of hemp to car crazy Americans. They are embarking on a 10,000 mile journey around the continent beginning in Washington D.C. on July 4, 2001. 'We've been pleasantly surprised by the attention the car is getting,' says Ogilvie. 'The website is starting to take off and we're getting a lot of support from the hemp industry.' " (more)

NOTE: Seeking HempCar videos...

Monday, January 09, 2006

Sam's Journey Animation - NORML

NORML and the NORML Foundation are proud to announce the release of our first major Internet viral animation project. It¹s called Sam's Journey.

I think you¹ll enjoy this funny and poignant 90-second animation and will want to forward it on to ALL of your like-minded friends, family and co-workers. In fact, the only way the project can be successful is for you to pass the animation around.

Please don't Bogart Sam's Journey. Pass it around, and as always, thanks for the terrific support you provide NORML!

Rhode Island just became the 11th state to legalize medical marijuana so this year is already shaping up to be a dynamic one for marijuana law reform.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

YouTube - SNL - The Chronic of Narnia Rap

YouTube - SNL - The Chronic of Narnia Rap: ""


- This is especially funny if you live in NYC. Magnolia does have some damn tasty cupcakes. And of course everyone sneaks food into the theater... At $10+ per ticket, who wouldn't? For me, this is more a spoof on a typical nerdy/lame NYC Sunday rather than a rap spoof. (This video is almost exactly how my weekend went, including the debate about internet map sites). Bravo!

- Best SNL skit since Will Farrell's cowbell sketch.

NOTE: The Chronic of Narnia Rap was created by the Bing Bong Brothers