- Published on Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:51
Expect something different in the way of party political broadcasts shortly. You can look forward to a few minutes of people talking about why they are taking cannabis, not flags, parades, or corporation tax. It won't be to everyone's taste, but the BBC has confirmed it will take place soon.
We are the one region of the UK where the CISTA party (Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol) qualifies for a party political broadcast and I've had a sneak preview of the script.
- Published on Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:19
I see signs of a revolution everywhere.
I see it in the op-ed pages of the newspapers, and on the state ballots in nearly half the country. I see it in politicians who once preferred to play it safe with this explosive issue but are now willing to stake their political futures on it. I see the revolution in the eyes of sterling scientists, previously reluctant to dip a toe into this heavily stigmatized world, who are diving in head first. I see it in the new surgeon general who cites data showing just how helpful it can be.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 17:21
Sweden is famous for its highly regulated state monopoly on alcohol, with the 'Systembolaget' chain the only liquor store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages. But a similar scheme could be created to legalize the sale of cannabis, if a Swedish youth politician has her way. It's an unlikely possibility but the idea's triggered a strong debate. Hanna Wagenius (pictured left), chairwoman of Sweden's Centre Party's youth wing, told The Local on Wednesday that Sweden should take its lead from several places around the world which have legalized the drug, such as the Netherlands and a number of US states.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:19
Although several states are expected to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in 2016, there is a substantial amount of pressure being applied out West to establish a cannabis industry in the largest state in the union: California. It is there that pot proponents are currently working to develop an initiative aimed at getting the question of legalization on the ballot in the next presidential election — which, depending on its success, could be a tremendous boost for similar campaigns all across the country and ultimately lead to the end of federal prohibition.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 15:47
Colorado has famously legalized marijuana in what many consider a grand experiment regarding legitimate drug sales. Moreover, by many accounts, it is a resounding success. However, the legalization of marijuana is about more than just economics. When considering the impact of legalized marijuana use on society, does the economic gain track with its social ramifications?
According to The New York Times, the Colorado Department of Revenue reported that retail cannabis sales raised about $76 million in tax revenues and fees in 2014.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 14:09
Lawmakers in Tennessee unanimously passed a bill Monday allowing the limited use of cannabis by medical patients suffering from seizures, WATE-TV, Knoxville, Tennessee, reported. The law, headed to the governor’s desk for signing, would allow someone diagnosed with epilepsy or other types of seizures to use cannabis oil, including children suffering from infantile spasms.
"Today we have the power to make a real change,” said State Sen. Becky Massey, a Republican from Knoxville, according to The Tennessean. “These people are suffering. This medication works and is safe.”
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015 21:19
Children with two of the most severe forms of epilepsy can suffer scores of seizures each day, as well as long-term physical and cognitive problems. The two conditions, Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes, are quite rare but unfortunately very resistant to treatment with current epilepsy drugs.
Now a compound found in marijuana plants has shown promising results in a preliminary study, during which it sharply reduced the number of seizures suffered by these children. Some were even seizure-free after three months of taking the drug, cannabidiol, the research showed.
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015 14:52
At the turn of the century, before the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis and Squibb of Bristol-Myers Squibb, were marketing cannabis extracts and tinctures labeled as “uniformly effective at dose levels of 10 mg.”
In those days, most medicines had the same generic characteristics, so drug companies had to rely on marketing and brand recognition to sell their products.
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015 14:46
In a recent clinical study doctors have found that patients of theirs co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C (HCV) were less likely to develop diabetes and insulin resistance if they smoked pot.
You can get certain forms of hepatitis in the same way as HIV, and about 80% of intravenous drug users with HIV also have HCV. Both diseases put the person at risk for further complications in the liver, as well as diabetes.
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015 14:29
Professor David Nutt (pictured left) - sacked by the last UK Labour government after saying some drugs were less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco - has long campaigned for decriminalisation.
Now, with other campaigners, Prof Nutt wants to see the SNP use its Westminster influence after next month's general election to push through reform north of the border on cannabis and MDMA, the scientific name of ecstasy.