Sunday, October 30, 2005

WONDERS OF CANNABIS - Ed Rosenthal - October 28 to 30, 2005

Seeking video clips (5 minute max) from WONDERS OF CANNABIS in San Francisco this weekend.

Rick Steves Key Note Speaker At Wonders of Cannabis

Fairfield firefighters get hefty federal grant for fitness training: "Travel writer and public television star Rick Steves is in the Bay Area this weekend with a special tip: Lay off marijuana smokers.
Steves, whose European guides have made him a near-household name in the Bay Area, is also a board member of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He'll be making an address in that role at this weekend's Wonders of Cannabis Festival in Golden Gate Park.

'Society has to make a choice to tolerate other lifestyles or build more prisons,'' Steves told us in a phone interview from his Seattle office.

Citing what he called the 'European perspective,' Steves said decriminalizing weed doesn't necessarily mean that use goes up. "

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Denver Considers Easing Marijuana Laws

Denver Considers Easing Marijuana Laws: "DENVER -- The nickname Mile High City could soon have an entirely new meaning.

Denver voters will decide Tuesday whether to make it legal for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Seattle, Oakland, Calif., and a few college towns already have laws making possession the lowest law enforcement priority.

Supporters in Denver have launched a "Make Denver Safer" campaign that contends the change will help curb domestic violence.

"There's no doubt that if people choose to use marijuana instead of alcohol we would not have the same number of problems," said Mason Tvert, the 23-year-old campaign organizer.

The argument has angered local officials.

"It's a deceptive and deceitful campaign," said Councilman Charlie Brown, who spent a recent Saturday night ripping the signs down from parks and medians _ where they are banned _ and throwing them in the garbage. "Domestic violence is not on the ballot. Alcohol is not on the ballot. Marijuana is on the ballot."

A "yes" vote probably won't make much difference. The city attorney's office said Denver police will simply file marijuana possession charges under state law, which carries up to a $100 fine and a mandatory $100 drug-offender surcharge." (more)

Friday, October 28, 2005

Hartford Drug Conference of October 21 & 22, 2005

Hartford Drug Conference 10/21&22/05

Several of NORML's Board Of Directors spoke at the Hartford Drug Conference which was coordinated by NORML Boardmember Cliff Thorton.

Listen To Sessions

Sessions 1&2
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Red Ribbon rappin'

Red Ribbon rappin':

photos by Pico Van Houtryve/THE PRESS-TRIBUNE Gates Elementary fifth-graders, from left, Sidney Raey-Gonzales, Tess Wenning, Andrew Greenblatt and Audrey Farris perform a "say no to drugs" rap during a Red Ribbon Week assembly Monday.

"If you want kids to learn about the danger of using drugs, leave it up to the big kids.

They won't just teach - they'll rap.

'You're too smart to start, listen to your heart, you know you've got to think, before you take a drink, yo,' recited Sidney Raey-Gonzales, one of four Gates Elementary fifth-graders who performed a 'Drugs Away - You've Got the Power' rap for the school during a Red Ribbon Week assembly Monday afternoon.

Gates Elementary, like many other schools across the country, is observing Red Ribbon Week with events aimed at promoting drug- and alcohol-free lifestyles.

'I think the emphasis is the awareness piece so the students will make healthy choices,' explained Janet Handley, Gates principal.

'Too Smart to Start' is this year's red ribbon theme, and it was acted out, rapped and pledged in an event led by Gates' three fifth-grade classes." (more)

NOTE: It is ironic that the Carpe Vino wine store's animated ad is featured in this anti-alcohol article.

Cannabis and Tobacco Smoke are not Equally Carcinogenic

More people are using the cannabis plant as modern basic and clinical science reaffirms
and extends its medicinal uses. Concomitantly, concern and opposition to smoked
medicine has occurred, in part due to the known carcinogenic consequences of smoking
tobacco. Are these reactions justified? While chemically very similar, there are
fundamental differences in the pharmacological properties between cannabis and tobacco
smoke. Cannabis smoke contains cannabinoids whereas tobacco smoke contains nicotine.
Available scientific data, that examines the carcinogenic properties of inhaling smoke and
its biological consequences, suggests reasons why tobacco smoke, but not cannabis
smoke, may result in lung cancer. (more)

Thursday, October 27, 2005 Pro-Pot Billboards Go Up, Without Image (Access Video) Pro-Pot Billboards Go Up, Without Image: "The group behind the pro-pot initiative on the Denver ballot has changed its controversial billboards.

The old one that had been scheduled to debut on Monday showed a battered woman, suggesting that if pot were decriminalized, there would be less domestic abuse resulting from alcohol. Those billboards were yanked, and the new billboard which has gone up carries the same message, but without the picture.

'We believe that if adults were provided with the alternative to use marijuana instead of alcohol, then we could cut back on quite a number of the incidents that occur,' marijuana use supporter Mason Tvert said.

Opponents say the group's entire ad campaign is deceptive, especially the Vote Yes yard signs that say 'Make Denver Safer.'" (more) Vet In Med Marijuana Flap Jailed Vet In Med Marijuana Flap Jailed: "An Army veteran who fled to Canada to avoid prosecution for growing marijuana to treat his chronic pain was yanked from a hospital by Canadian authorities, driven to the border with a catheter still attached, and turned over to U.S. officials, his lawyer says.

He then went five days with no medical treatment and only ibuprofen for the pain, attorney Douglas Hiatt said.

Steven W. Tuck, 38, was still fitted with the urinary catheter when he shuffled into federal court for a detention hearing Wednesday, Hiatt said.

'This is totally inhumane. He's been tortured for days for no reason,' Hiatt said. " (more)

DEA Briefs & Background, Drugs and Drug Abuse, Drug Descriptions, Drug Trafficking in the United States

"Marijuana is the most widely abused and readily available illicit drug in the United States, with an estimated 11.5 million current users. At least one-third of the U.S. population has used marijuana sometime in their lives. The drug is considered a 'gateway' to the world of illicit drug abuse. Relaxed public perception of harm, popularization by the media and by groups advocating legalization, along with the trend of smoking marijuana-filled cigars known as 'blunts,' contribute to the nationwide resurgence in marijuana's popularity.

The Internet also contributes to marijuana's popularity. Websites exist that provide information and links extolling the virtues of marijuana. These sites provide forums for user group discussions, post documents and messages for public discussions, and advocate the 'legal' sale of marijuana. Several web sites advertising the sale of marijuana and providing instructions on home grows have also been identified."

WATCH VIDEO - Administrator Karen P. Tandy Red Ribbon video address

Protesters Call for Medical Marijuana Use

"Americans for Safe Access protested in seven U.S. cities yesterday asking the Department of Health and Human Services to take marijuana off the 'dangerous drugs' list or face a lawsuit. Twenty-five protesters showed up for the Washington D.C. rally while two hundred gathered in San Francisco. Hillary McQuie with Americans for Safe Access wants marijuana taken off the government's list of Schedule 1 drugs.
'Schedule 1 is reserved for drugs that are addictive, highly dangerous, and have no medical use. That does not describe marijuana at all.' " (more)

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

WNDU-TV: News Story: National Red Ribbon week celebrated with hats - October 25, 2005

"It's National Red Ribbon week, and one local elementary school is saying 'hats on', to raise awareness for the anti-drug campaign.
Students at North Liberty Elementary were allowed to wear hats to class Tuesday.

Most took advantage of the opportunity, sporting hats of all shapes and sizes." (more)

WATCH VIDEO: Medical Marijuana - About WAMM

Medical Marijuana - About WAMM: "WAMM has emerged as a unique model, a patient self-help alliance, and an alternative to the inflated prices of an illicit black market. Need rather than financial capability affirm the inherent value of medical marijuana. A handful of seriously ill patients has grown into a collective membership of more than 250 seriously intentioned citizens"

Active in education and research, we provide data regarding our findings. Information collected since 1993 regarding the efficacy of different marijuana varieties and measured effects on different symptoms is the basis for our study. I have recently completed a second paper, Differential Effects of Medical Marijuana Based on Strain & Route of Administration: A Three-Year Observational Study, peer reviewed and published in 2001. Our financial support is entirely dependent upon donations and funding.

In 1973, Valerie Corral (left) was in an automobile accident that left her so severely epileptic. She often suffered from m five seizures a day, She began using marijuana as an adjunct medicine. This treatment replaced a rigorous pharmaceutical regimen. With deliberate application and mindful monitoring, marijuana was to eventually become the sole medication that has controlled her seizures for well over a decade.


Santa Cruz proposes medical marijuana department

Santa Cruz proposes medical marijuana department : "Some city leaders want to sell medical marijuana to ill residents by creating a new department within the city: an Office of Compassionate Use, with a five-member advisory commission and the capacity to archive patient records.
The office would provide the drug to people suffering from serious illnesses who have a note from their doctor.
'I see it as a real opportunity to do something that can help people,' Councilwoman Emily Reilly said Monday.
The city has long struggled with balancing strict federal marijuana laws with looser state and local laws.
'It's really a shame we should be in this position,' Reilly said. 'The people in this state made it clear medical marijuana is something we want.'" (more)

NOTICE: Seeking video blogger to cover this story.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Erowid Cannabis (Marijuana) Vault

Informational Resource Site

Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants and chemicals and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.

Red Ribbon Coalition and National Family Partnership Themes

RRW Theme: "2005 Red Ribbon Theme: Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other emphasizes the idea that each of us must first commit to taking care of our own wellbeing and then we must reach out to others who might need some support. "

The Red Ribbon Coalition Website was created by ICDP in 1999 to assist school site prevention coordinators (parent, teacher and student volunteers) who are responsible for developing and hosting Red Ribbon Celebration activities at their school or in their community.

National Family Partnership Red Ribbon 2005 Theme

Why do two organization have different themes for the same thing?

Good News for Red Ribbon Week: U.S. Schools Massive Drug Prevention

Good News for Red Ribbon Week: U.S. Schools Massive Drug Prevention: "Millions of people are expected to join in Red Ribbon activities this week. According to Peggy Sapp, president of the National Family Partnership, - Red Ribbon Week is our way of reminding adults that drugs continue to pose a serious threat to our Nation and to the world.'

Results from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveal this to be true. 3.8 percent of youths aged 12 or 13 reported current illicit drug use, increasing to 21.7 percent amongst 18 to 20 year olds for the same period.

"A student with real knowledge of the dangers of drugs will make the difference," says Tony Bylsma, Director of the Narconon Drug Prevention programs in California, who will personally give presentations to over 3,800 kids in schools this week. "Red Ribbon Week has to be effective and we have to start young. A student truly educated about drugs is the only one who can make up his own mind on the subject." (more)

Monday, October 24, 2005

NBC 6 News - Helicopter kicks off Red Ribbon Week at local school

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"Some Waco elementary students got a big surprise Monday. McLennan County Sheriff's deputies arrived at Parkdale Elementary School in their helicopter as part of National Red Ribbon Week.

The deputies talked to the kids about staying away from drugs and alcohol.

Deputy Bob Summers says, 'We try to give a positive message. So many times the kids receive negative images in the media and other places that they see the negative effects. We want to show them what positives there are from having a good healthy lifestyle.'

Students are encouraged to participate in the D.A.R.E. program or drug abuse resistance education. About 3,000 McLennan County fifth graders graduate from the program every year. "

D'Alliance: Meth Today, Bongs Tomorrow

D'Alliance: "This is a little late, but last week NPR's media-critique show 'On The Media' did a good segment on sloppy drug war journalism, especially when it comes to the 'next big drug scare' phenomenon. Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief at Reason magazine who is interviewed for the segment, isn't afraid to name names, or at least newspapers and magazines, when it comes to especially bad drug war reporting. You can listen to the show archive here." (more)

Transcript Excerpt

BOB GARFIELD: - "this is what happens when you fool around with Mary Jane" kind of quality to it. And I guess we as reporters should be embarrassed about that. But where's the harm?

NICK GILLESPIE: Well, there's a lot of harm in this. First off, if you have hysterical over-reporting, both on the part of law enforcement and the media, everybody turns off. A great example of this is the Tennessee District Attorney's Association has a website called "Meth is Death," which they put up recently. I mean, this site is linked to prominently by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration, so it's giving it its imprimatur on some level. But this Meth is Death site says that one in seven high school students will try meth. Okay? And follow the kind of math on this. One in seven high school students will try meth; 99 percent of first-time meth users are hooked after just the first try, and only five percent of meth addicts are able to kick it and stay away. (more)

Red Ribbon Week

The Moberly Monitor-Index Online: "The 2005 celebration of National Red Ribbon Week is October 23-31, 2005. Communities and students across America are coming together to commit themselves to live drug-free lives. It is very important to the men and women of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to join with others to support eh goals and dreams of our children and to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice made by Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena on our behalf.

National Red Ribbon Week serves as a tribute to Special Agent Camarena who was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico. In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children. Over 80 million Americans are expected to participate in Red Ribbon events this year." (more)

During Red Ribbon Week, the school is decorated and each class is given large ribbons to sign and tie on a tree as a pledge to "Say NO to Drugs". The students are given bracelets and rewarded with licorice each day for wearing them. - 2004 Olive Elementary School

What does Red Ribbon Week mean to you?

Alva Review Courier

Alva Elementary School Counselor Brenda Dixon asks parents to take this opportunity to encourage youth to make good choices concerning all medicines and drugs.

"Talk with your child(ren) to help work through childhood questions and fears," Dixon said. "Remember, adults set the example so join the yearly promotion of Red Ribbon Week to symbolize commitment to the fight of illegal use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco." (more)

October 25 UPDATE:

Last night on the news, it was reported that 70 million doses of flu vaccine is available this season nationwide.

Yesterday, I called the national office of D.A.R.E. and was told that the national organization does not participate in Red Ribbon Week.

In the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) press release, it is stated that "Approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events nationally from October 23-31."

I don't understand how the DEA came up with 80 million 2005 Red Ribbon participants. In fact, it appears to be a totally made up number.

The press nationwide is using this false figure in their articles and the public is presented with a dishonest snapshot of the events support.

This is a good story for vlogger citizen journalists to check out.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Hippy Gourmet TV Show: Episode 51 - Google Video

The Hippy Gourmet TV Show: Episode 51
The Hippy Gourmet and ICFX-TV
17 min 59 sec - Sep 29, 2005

(Google Video)

Baking Solar Pizza at the Institute for Solar Living in Hopland, California. The Hippy Gourmet uses a solar oven to create a set of Whole Wheat, Organic Veggie and Hemp Seed Crust Pizzas, using only the power of the sun! We also visit with Jon Schaeffer the founder of the Solar Institute and Eva one of their interns as she guides us through their organic gardens

US: Web: Transcript: Melissa Etheridge's Anthem of Hope

US: Web: Transcript: Melissa Etheridge's Anthem of Hope:

Melissa Etheridge & Joss Stone Perform At the Grammys 2005

"If anyone can turn a bout with breast cancer into an anthem of hope, it's Melissa Etheridge. Etheridge is now cancer-free, and feeling stronger than ever. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's the perfect time, we thought, to check in with a survivor who was diagnosed a year ago this month.

Eight months ago, Etheridge talked for the first time about her battle against breast cancer. In a recent interview, she reveals new details about her struggle, including her decision to use a controversial drug to help her get through chemotherapy.

Stone Phillips, anchor: The day you were diagnosed with cancer is not one to celebrate. But it's been a year. Is this a happy anniversary?

Melissa Etheridge: Happy? Yeah. Happy time to look back and go, 'Whoa, look at this year. What a year. My goodness. We can get through anything.'

Phillips: The hair is back.

Etheridge: How 'bout that?

Etheridge: I decided instead of signing up for the drugs that-well, there's the drug that you take for the pain. But that constipates you. So, you have to take the constipation drug. But then that actually gives you diarrhea. So, you need a little diarrhea drug. Instead of taking five or six of the prescriptions, I decided to go a natural route and smoke marijuana.Phillips: Medicinal marijuana.

Etheridge: Medicinal marijuana. Absolutely. Every doctor I talked to that I asked about it said that's the best thing to do. The doctors know.

Phillips: You spoke to your doctors about using marijuana?

Etheridge: Oh, yeah. From the surgeons to the oncologists to the radiation. Every single one was, "Oh, yeah. That's the best help for the effects of chemotherapy."

While the medical community remains divided, California is one of 10 states that allows seriously ill people to use marijuana, with a doctor's recommendation. But federal law prohibits the drug under any circumstances. So, Melissa's doctors didn't actually write a prescription. And Melissa used it, despite the risk of federal prosecution.

Etheridge: If they really wanted to come get me really, I mean, there's so much more going on. And I just-no, I didn't worry. But it was worth it.

Smoking the marijuana proved too harsh, so early on, she switched to a vaporizer to inhale it. She says it eased her pain, restored her appetite and lifted her depression.

Phillips: How often were you using it?

Etheridge: Oh, every day. I was doing a lot of it at the time, for my pain and for my symptoms. And the minute I didn't feel it, it I stopped.

Phillips: As a rock star, your position on this does not come as a complete surprise.

Etheridge: I know, I know.

(Access Video, more)

Friday, October 21, 2005

prohibitioncontest ; Drug Warriors

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.: ""

At first the video is a little fuzzy but soon smooths out.

Anita T. Mayfield
President, Mississippi Marijuana Party

Thursday, October 20, 2005

NORML On The Street Interviews Part 1

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.: ""

Passerbys are asked their opinions regarding medical and recreational marijuana use by two 18 year-olds on Water Street, Port Townsend, WA.

Everybody Must Get Stoned - Techno Re-Mix

Video of the Technohippies remake of the Bob Dylan classic: Everybody Must Get Stoned


Marijuana Arrests in the U.S. Hit Record High

"Police arrested an estimated 771,608 persons for marijuana violations in 2004, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The total is the highest ever recorded by the FBI, and comprised 44.2 percent of all drug arrests in the United States.

'These numbers belie the myth that police do not target and arrest minor marijuana offenders,' said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre, who noted that at current rates, a marijuana smoker is arrested every 41 seconds in America. 'This effort is a tremendous waste of criminal justice resources that diverts law enforcement personnel away from focusing on serious and violent crime, including the war on terrorism.'

Of those charged with marijuana violations, 89 percent - some 684,319 Americans - were charged with possession only. The remaining 87,289 individuals were charged with 'sale/manufacture,' a category that includes all cultivation offenses - even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use. In past years, approximately 30 percent of those arrested were age 19 or younger.

'Present policies have done little if anything to decrease marijuana's availability or dissuade youth from trying it,' St. Pierre said, noting that a majority of young people in the U.S. now report that they have easier access to pot than alcohol or tobacco.

The total number of marijuana arrests in the U.S. for 2004 far exceeded the total number of arrests in the U.S. for all violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault." (more)

Arrest of Juveniles for Drug Abuse Violations from 1994 to 2003

Percent Distribution of the Estimated Number of Drug Arrests of Juveniles
by Drug Type, 1994-2003

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Zach describes his drugtest

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.: ""

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

prohibitioncontest entry: Annie's Scarlet Letter

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.: ""

A video created with pictures from the November Coalition and music by Carolyn Wonderland.

NORML Video Blog Cash Prize Contest

Monday, October 17, 2005

How To Make A Mic Flag - A 12 Step Pictorial

Microphone flags add a professional touch to your video production when doing field reporting.

Here is a step-by-step photo tutorial on how-to make a "mic flag" using two standard NORML 5 inch stickers.

At OlyHempFest, we attached a clip on wireless mike to a bong that was used for interviews. It was an interesting idea, but didn't add anything appealing to the production. (More OlyHempfest Photos)

Watch Video : Debbie, from Spokane, sits down with 2005 Global Marijuana Music Award Winner Paul Bullock. Paul recites his award winning poem, "Car Pool Mom."

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Marijuana may spur new brain cells

Marijuana may spur new brain cells: "Scientists said Thursday that marijuana appears to promote the development of new brain cells in rats and have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects, a finding that could have an impact on the national debate over medical uses of the drug.

Other illegal and legal drugs, including opiates, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, have been shown to suppress the formation of new brain cells when used chronically, but marijuana's effect on that process was uncertain.

Now, a team led by Xia Zhang of the department of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon may have found evidence the drug spurs new brain cells to form in a region of the brain called the hippocampus, and this in turn reduces anxiety and depression.

Paul Armentano, senior policy analyst with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, told UPI he thought the findings "would have a positive impact on moving forward this debate, because it is giving ... a scientific explanation that further supports long-observed anecdotal evidence, and further lends itself to the notion that marijuana, unlike so many other prescription drugs and controlled substances, appears to have incredibly low toxicity and as a result lacks potential harm to the brain that many of these drugs have."

The DEA Web site, however, contends that "marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug that poses significant health threats to users," including cancer and impaired mental functioning.

Armentano said this is a distortion of what scientific studies actually show. Studies in animals indicate marijuana actually may protect against many forms of cancer, rather than cause the disease, he said. In addition, studies in marijuana smokers have found little evidence of cognitive deficits, and even when they do, the defects disappear if the person stops smoking for 30 days." (more)


Friday, October 14, 2005

The Globe and Mail: Study turns pot wisdom on head

The Globe and Mail: Study turns pot wisdom on head:

Rhiannon Rose, right, and Heidi Farnola enjoy pot yesterday at Marijuana Party bookstore in Vancouver.
Photo: Lyle Stafford/The Globe and Mail

"Calgary - Forget the stereotype about dopey potheads. It seems marijuana could be good for your brain.
While other studies have shown that periodic use of marijuana can cause memory loss and impair learning and a host of other health problems down the road, new research suggests the drug could have some benefits when administered regularly in a highly potent form.

Most 'drugs of abuse' such as alcohol, heroin, cocaine and nicotine suppress growth of new brain cells. However, researchers found that cannabinoids promoted generation of new neurons in rats' hippocampuses.

Hippocampuses are the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory, and the study held true for either plant-derived or the synthetic version of cannabinoids.

'This is quite a surprise,' said Xia Zhang, an associate professor with the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
'Chronic use of marijuana may actually improve learning memory when the new neurons in the hippocampus can mature in two or three months,' he added." (more)

Online NewsHour: Supreme Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users Are Subject to Prosecution -- June 6, 2005

GWEN IFILL, PBS NewsHour, discusses the Supreme Court ruling on medical marijuana, June 6, 2005, with Jan Crawford Greenburg of the Chicago Tribune.


GWEN IFILL: So the court today, did they just flat outlaw medical -- medicinal use of marijuana?

JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG: What they said today was that federal law, federal drug laws that outlaw the use of medical marijuana trump laws in up to 11 states that had allowed terminally ill patients to smoke marijuana for medical purposes.

The court's ruling today means that terminally ill patients who choose to use marijuana for medical reasons can now be subject to arrest and prosecution for violating the federal drug laws.

GWEN IFILL: But is it the federal drug laws or the federal commerce laws which were the controlling laws of this case?

JAN CRAWFORD GREENBURG: The federal drug laws. And Congress got authority to pass those federal drug laws from the U.S. Constitution and the commerce clause, and it argued -- the Justice Department in defending the application of those laws in these kind of cases -- argued that Congress was well within its authority to regulate the use of medical marijuana, even in states like California and others thought it should be allowed for those purposes.

And the court in its decision today, 6-3 decision, agreed that Congress was within its power under the commerce clause of the Constitution to pass these kind of laws, even though they didn't -- you know, when it looked at it on its face, it didn't look like they had much to do with interstate commerce.

A state or federal government right to legislate?

Interpretations of the Supreme Court ruling

GWEN IFILL: Now, two interpretations of today's ruling. They come from Calvina Fay, executive director of the Drug Free America Foundation, an organization that favors tougher drug laws and enforcement; and Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group favoring legalization of medical marijuana and changing other drug laws.

CALVINA FAY: I think it remains to be seen how each one of those states will address this issue now with this ruling, but I think it definitely will have a chilling effect on the states that are being targeted. Those that are advocating for the out and out legalization of all drugs, including the organization that Mr. Nadelmann represents, have said they're targeting 23 states in our country this year to legalize marijuana as a medicine. And I think those states will think twice about it, and I think they will look more carefully at the issue, and I do want to encourage the viewers to look at those organizations that he claims have endorsed marijuana as medicine.

ETHAN NADELMANN: Well, I mean, first of all most of the studies -- you can go to the Web site,; you can go to the web site of the National Institute of Health and pop in "therapeutic cannabis" and you can find ample documentation for what I'm talking about.

The bottom line is thousands of doctors, New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, the Lancer, have all said very clearly that marijuana works. In the pill form which Calvina is talking about, it works for some people. But there are good studies to show that smoking it or eating the cannabis form actually works a lot better. People are able to titrate their dose; they're able to limit their intake. That drug Marinol can make people just as high or even higher.

The bottom line is this is an effective medicine that works. And the notion that people should be criminalized or should be persecuted that because they find this medicine most optimal, that's a horrific thing. The Bush administration talks about compassionate conservatism this is a place where they can lay it on the line and really show what they're talking about. (more)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Visitors from beyond our world come and let us know the obvious truth about marijuana prohibition.

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.: ""

Houston NORML PSA - Drug agents can't keep up with pot growers - Drug agents can't keep up with pot growers: "NORTHERN MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. - In the waning days of a record season, a helicopter buzzes treetops here in a remote corner of the 'Emerald Triangle,' redwood country notorious as the USA's premier producer of marijuana.

State narcotics officers from CAMP — Campaign Against Marijuana Planting — are searching for "gardens" to eradicate and find six on a warm, cloudless day.

They strap onto a 150-foot cable dangling from the chopper, drop into the pot patches, hack down the plants and bundle them for the chopper to haul back to a landing zone.

CAMP's critics equate the program with Prohibition in the 1930s.

"Look at the amount of economic value we're destroying," says Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "This could be legally taxed and regulated and we could all be making money off it. We never saw this lawlessness until there were drug laws and CAMP." NORML estimates that Californians' pot consumption could yield at least $250 million a year in sales taxes.

Gieringer also says that, despite the government's assertion, there is no evidence that Mexican cartels are involved in the cultivation.

Roger Rodoni is a cattle rancher and registered Republican who has represented a conservative district in Humboldt County — conservative by local standards, anyway — on the board of supervisors since 1997. He calls CAMP "an exercise in futility."

"It's a vast expenditure of public funds that for all practical purposes does no good," Rodoni, 65, says. Demand for marijuana keeps growing, and CAMP has done little to stem the supply, he says. As evidence he points to a drop in the price of "the quality stuff'" from $6,000 a pound a few years ago to $3,000 today." (more)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Apple Announces the Video iPod

WATCH VIDEO of Steve Jobs presentation today. (QT7)

The new Apple iPod. The 20GB version is selling for $299 and the 60GB iPod for $399. The display measures 2.5 inch. Resolution is 320x240 pixels. Battery life is up to 20 hours.

New iTunes 6.0 (available now) features music videos, movies and TV shows for downloading at $1.99 each.

Set your music in motion

First, iPod put music in your pocket. Now it puts on a show. With support for up to 15,000 songs and up to 150 hours of video on a 2.5-inch QVGA color display, iPod gives you the ultimate music experience — sight and sound — in a lighter, thinner design. Available in classic white and dramatic black. (More)

Apple Introduces Video, TV Playing IPod

The Associated Press / Washington Post
Wednesday, October 12, 2005; 2:34 PM

Apple Computer Inc. unveiled Wednesday an iPod capable of playing videos, evolving the portable music player of choice into a multimedia platform for everything from TV shows to music videos.

Videos will now be sold alongside songs on Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Fueled by record sales of its iPod players and strong back-to-school computer sales, Apple Computer Inc. said Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, its fourth-quarter net income surged more than 300 percent to $430 million, marking the company's highest ever earnings and sales for a quarter and year.

Citing a groundbreaking deal with ABC Television Group, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said the online iTunes store will sell episodes of hit shows "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" for $1.99 each, making them available the day after they air on television. (more) - Smoking A Joint and Driving on Camera

In a controlled test for a BBC film crew, a British graphics designer smokes a joint and gets behind the wheel to see how marijuana affects his driving abilities.

Fifth Gear
An exciting and informative motoring magazine series from the team who appeared in the BBC's hugely popular Top Gear. Topics include the best of new car reviews, second-hand bargains and industry news with a different feature piece in every episode.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

USA TODAY Live Debate Show - Allen St. Pierre Vs. Drug Free America's Calvina Fay (MP3)

USA TODAY Live Debate Show

Allen St. Pierre Vs. Drug Free America Foundation's Calvina Fay

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Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. is a drug prevention and policy organization committed to developing, promoting and sustaining global strategies, policies and laws that will reduce illegal drug use, drug addiction, drug-related injury and death.

Drug legalization and permissive drug policies will lead to a greater availability of dangerous drugs in our communities and undermine each nation's commitment to law enforcement, health care, education, commerce and the family. (Marijuana View-Point)

The Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. mission statement tells only half the story.
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Monday, October 10, 2005

Current Studio // MelodyProductions // Current Issue: Drug Laws


People's opinions on the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Producer: Allison Melody Biggar (Photo)

Current Comments:

This issue is important to me because my aunt has multiple sclerosis and smoking has helped ease her physical and mental state. I would like to see more on this issue, maybe interview a doctor. Good film.

posted by JustJames on 11 aug

I am happy to see this video. Perhaps backing it up with some survey visuals would assist in getting across the idea that all kinds of people think it is ok for medicinal purposes. My personal opinion is, if any government official has been through chemo themselves or been in the same room with a loved one, they would pass the law in a heartbeat. My significant other found instant relief from nausea and that was enough said. Can someone else please define "abuse their medical marijuana prescriptions", from the previous post?! And, hey, god forbid you or I get cancer and have to deal with it, but I don't want to have to go down to some street corner and risk the rest of my life on picking up a bag. That is the crime. Legalize it for everyone already, geez.

posted by kit on 5 sep

Saturday, October 08, 2005

BBC - Science & Nature - Hot Topics - Cannabis - Index Page

BBC - Science & Nature - Hot Topics - Cannabis - Index Page

Video: medical trials, one man's story (Real Media Player Required)

Key Points

Cannabis contains more than 400 chemicals. The main psychoactive ingredient is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or 'THC'

Cannabis contains more tar than tobacco, and has a higher concentration of carcinogens (cancer-causing agents)

Cannabis became a controlled substance in Britain in 1928

44% of 16 to 29 year-olds have tried cannabis at some point in their lives. Half of them have used it in the last year

In 1998, 76% of people arrested for drugs offences in Britain were charged with possession of cannabis

Smoking marijuana is more popular in America than surfing the Internet

Thursday, October 06, 2005

'Debate' on HDnet Makes Its Debut

'Debate' on HDnet Makes Its Debut : "Debate' on HDNet, a weekly television program in which guests question each other on controversial topics, made its debut Monday October 4th. In the program, Allen St. Pierre of N.O.R.M.L. squared off against Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation in a debate over whether or not marijuana should be legalized.

Debate's moderator takes hot national issues and triggers intellectual discussion, bringing about heated dialogue between guests from opposing sides of the issues. Guests have the opportunity to override the moderator and ask questions directly to one another as well. In upcoming programs, Debate's topics include: abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, sex education, the war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina. The program attracts a wide variety of guests, including respected authors, heads of national organizations and U.S. Congressmen.

Content and topics for Debate are chosen from the editorial pages of USA TODAY. The show's moderator is Lauren Ashburn (photo), managing editor and anchor for USA TODAY LIVE. USA TODAY reporters and editors offer journalistic expertise on selected topics. USA TODAY's reader editor Brent Jones wraps each episode with feedback from viewers and readers. Alex Walworth, formerly of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, is executive producer. For more information on "Debate," please log on to" (more)

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

NORML Player - Listen 2 Marijuana Music

NORML Player - NORML: "Now on the NORML player, you can hear some great music donated by musicians who care about marijuana law reform. Fire up the NORML player, listen to the tunes, read the latest news headlines, and get active!

We will be updating the music as often as we can, and the news will update everyday, so we hope you'll enjoy the NORML player regularly." Listen to Music

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

ClickPress | NORML Launches First Video Blog (Vlog) Cash Prize Contest On Free Community Sites

Organization Commemorates 68th Anniversary of Marijuana Prohibition By Recruiting and Rewarding ‘People Power’ To Change Laws
‘Prohibition’ is the first theme for 5-month multi-theme $5,000 Competition

Washington DC - NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, announced today the NORML Video Blog Cash Prize Contest with, a free video hosting community, and Veoh, the first Internet Television Peercasting Network.

To acknowledge that October 3, 1937 is the first day of marijuana prohibition in America, “Prohibition” is the theme of the October contest with $500 in prize money.

To participate in the NORML “Prohibition” Video Blog Cash Prize Contest, individuals must become members of either YouTube or Veoh (membership is free), upload their videos (not longer than 5 minutes) and tag their entries:


The “Prohibition” theme relating to marijuana’s prohibition can include:

-Being told to do something you don't want to do
-Being told to NOT do something you want to do
-Analogies and comparisons to alcohol Prohibition
-Marijuana Prohibition
-Absurdness of banning industrial hemp along with marijuana

Undesirable content:
-Children using marijuana
-Irresponsible use of marijuana (i.e., consuming marijuana and driving or use in the workplace)
Contest videos will be showcased throughout the month of October 2005 on the NORML Video Blog


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