Mexico Just Legalized Medical Cannabis Nationwide Exposing America’s Oppression

Source: ActivistPost.com
Rachel Blevins
June 20, 2017

As a growing number of individual states in the U.S. stand up to the federal government on marijuana prohibition, Mexico legalized medical marijuana nationwide on Monday.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a decree, following the bill’s overwhelming approval from Mexico’s Senate in December, with a vote of 98-7, and from Mexico’s Lower House of Congress in April, with a vote of 374-7 vote.

The ruling eliminates the prohibition and criminalization of acts related to the medicinal use of marijuana and its scientific research, and those relating to the production and distribution of the plant for these purposes.

The decree stated that the nation’s Ministry of Health would be in charge of “public policies regulating the medicinal use of pharmacological derivatives of cannabis sativa, indica and Americana or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol, its isomers and stereochemical variants, as well as how to regulate the research and national production of them.”

The measure was also applauded by Mexico’s Secretary of Health, Dr. José Narro Robles. “I welcome the approval of the therapeutic use of cannabis in Mexico,” he wrote on Twitter.

While Peña Nieto was once a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization, he appears to have changed his tune, following a nationwide public debate on legalization in early 2016. He is now encouraging the U.S. to follow Mexico’s lead.

During a speech at the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions, Peña Nieto called for a change in global drug policy, and said he believes drug use should be viewed as a “public health problem,” and users should not face criminal charges.

“So far, the solutions [to control drugs and crime] implemented by the international community have been frankly insufficient,” Peña Nieto said. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Peña Nieto introduced a measure in April 2016 that would have decriminalized the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis. It would have also freed anyone who was on trial, or serving time for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. The bill was stalled in Congress.

We Mexicans know all too well the range and the defects of prohibitionist and punitive policies, and of the so-called war on drugs that has prevailed for 40 years. Our country has suffered, as few have, the ill effects of organized crime tied to drug trafficking. Fortunately, a new consensus is gradually emerging worldwide in favor of reforming drug policies. A growing number of countries are strenuously combating criminals, but instead of criminalizing consumers, they offer them alternatives and opportunities.

As The Free Thought Project reported, Grace Elizalde, an 8-year-old girl with epilepsy, became Mexico’s first legally recognized medical marijuana patient in September 2015. Her family said they sought out the treatment, after their daughter began suffering from up to 400 seizures in a single day.

Mexico’s decision to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, accompanied with Peña Nieto’s newfound support for a change in global drug policy, serve as a reminder that after nearly 50 years of battling a failed “War on Drugs,” the U.S. federal government is still refusing to acknowledge the real answer to the problem.

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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. This article first appeared here at The Free Thought Project.

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Cannabis phytochemicals found to be effective in destroying leukemia cells

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Frances Bloomfield
June 11, 2017

Researchers from St. George’s, University of London have confirmed that cannabinoids are effective in destroying the cells of leukemia, a cancer of blood-forming organs. When used in conjunction with chemotherapy treatments, cannabinoids, the active chemicals in cannabis, results against the blood cancer cells improved significantly. The new findings, which have been published in the International Journal of Oncology, suggest that lower doses of chemotherapy can be administered to patients.

The researchers set out to test the efficacy of existing chemotherapy treatments alongside cannabinoids, and to determine whether the order of the drugs had any impact on potency. Different types of cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), were then paired up and used in combination the chemotherapy drugs vincristine and cytarabine. Based on their results, the researchers determined that using cannabinoids after chemotherapy improved the chances of cancer apoptosis, or programmed cell death. The outcome was less favorable when the order was reversed and the cannabinoids were given prior to chemotherapy.

“We have shown for the first time that the order in which cannabinoids and chemotherapy are used is crucial in determining the overall effectiveness of this treatment,” lead author Dr. Wai Liu said of the study. “Studies such as ours serve to establish the best ways that they should be used to maximise a therapeutic effect.”

The researchers noted that more tests would be needed before this practice can be implemented on a larger scale. Liu also pointed out that the team didn’t use the entire plant during their study; instead, he and his team utilized cannabis extracts. “These extracts are highly concentrated and purified, so smoking marijuana will not have a similar effect,” Liu told the DailyMail.co.uk.

Regardless, the results of the study are very promising. Chemotherapy has numerous severe side effects such as hair loss, mouth sores, and an increased risk of infections. If combined with cannabinoids, then chemotherapy dosages could be greatly diminished.

Moreover, the news could not have been more timely. Ireland is poised to legalize the use of cannabis for treating certain medical conditions such as severe epilepsy and multiple sclerosis in order to offset the damaging effects of chemotherapy. Simon Harris, the Irish Health Minister, has expressed his support for medical cannabis, especially in cases “where patients have not responded to other treatments and there is some evidence that cannabis may be effective.”

Meanwhile, Australian actress Olivia Newton-John revealed that she will be using cannabis oil and “other natural remedies” after her second breast cancer diagnosis. Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, stated that her mother opted to use cannabis oil in addition to modern medicine. “My mom and best friend is going to be fine. She will be using medicine that I often talk about. CBD oil! (Cannabis has scientifically proven properties to inhibit cancer cell growth) and other natural healing remedies plus modern medicine to beat this,” said Lattanzi. (Related: Cannabis oil (CBD) CURES 12-year-old girl of life-threatening seizure)

Though controversy still surrounds cannabis, its healing effects are gaining more attention, and its medical potential is gaining traction. What Liu and his colleagues have unearthed has opened the door to for cannabis, and like Liu said: “Cannabinoids are a very exciting prospect in oncology.”

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Sources include:

DailyMail.co.uk

MedicalNewsToday.com

Health.com

Spandidos-Publications.com

France is “decriminalizing” cannabis nationwide

Image: France is “decriminalizing” cannabis nationwide
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Vicki Batts
June 8, 2017

How cannabis use laws will be enforced is about to undergo a big change in France. Recently, the nation announced that they would be ending all prison terms for cannabis users by the end of 2017. Currently, cannabis use is punishable by up to one year in prison and a staggering EUR 3,750 fine. While it will still remain a criminal offense, it seems that prison sentences will no longer be on the table.

It will still be a long time before France truly “decriminalizes” cannabis, but it’s clear that a monumental shift is taking place. Many hope that French President Emmanuel Macron will continue to reform current marijuana legislation in the country, and that current laws will continue to be modified. Encouraging cannabis law reform was a key component of Macron’s electoral campaign, and so far it seems that he is beginning to deliver on his promise.

France is one of half a dozen of countries belonging to the European Union that criminalizes the use of cannabis, but the tides are slowly changing. Countries such as Portugal, Estonia and Latvia have already decriminalized cannabis, and Spain has decriminalized it as well, provided it’s being used in a public place.

French government spokesperson Christophe Castaner has said that an average violation of this sort takes up to six hours of time for police officers and presiding magistrates. “What is important today is to be effective, and above all to free up time for our police so they can focus more on essential matters,” Castaner said.

While these changes in France may seem small, they are certainly a big step in a new direction. As Waking Times reports, “The French Observatory for Drug Use and Addiction reported that in 2014, 17 million French citizens said they had taken cannabis at some point in their lives. There are estimated 700,000 daily cannabis users in France.” Clearly, there are plenty of people who will be able to breathe easy knowing that their cannabis use won’t automatically land them in jail anymore.

Why should cannabis be decriminalized?

Many people believe that possession for personal use and drug use should not be crimes, mostly because the government should not be able to tell citizens what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. There are many reasons why cannabis should be at least decriminalized. Beyond the scope of personal freedom, there is also the fact that cannabis can be used as medicine, and is decidedly less harmful than most other drugs — including legal ones like alcohol and tobacco.

As Huffington Post reports, a team of drug experts from the UK even published a study on this very fact — and found that cannabis was less harmful to others, as well as the individual user, when compared to alcohol, tobacco and a host of other drugs. While other drugs like heroin and cocaine are readily accepted as “worse” than cannabis, the fact is that cigarettes and booze are worse for you too.

And to top that off, cannabis actually has a very low potential for abuse. Statistics show that cannabis dependence occurs in just 9 to 10 percent of adult marijuana users. Comparatively, a staggering 30 percent of adult tobacco users will struggle with dependence — and despite being more addictive, tobacco is still legal. The cannabis plant is also touted for its array of medicinal uses and health benefits.

To put it simply: France is making great strides by lessening the punishment for cannabis use, but there is still a long way to go with marijuana reform.

Sources:

WakingTimes.com

EuroNews.com

HuffingtonPost.com
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Australia: Marijuana Doctor Arrested For Helping Children

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By: Jon Rappoport
June 5, 2017

Crazzfiles.com has the story (5/31):

“Dr Andrew Katelaris, will appear in the Hornsby Local Court today after being arrested yesterday.”

“Chief Inspector David Hogg confirmed to Echonetdaily that Dr. Katelaris had been charged with a number of offences including drug possession, having an indictable quantity of cannabis, and having proceeds of crime.”

“On Sunday Dr Katelaris featured in a Channel Seven report in which he was shown giving cannabis oil to a four-year-old boy, who has since been taken from his parents.”

“He had spent the weekend at a Hemp Industry forum at Rosehill in Sydney, where police arrived on the final day after reports that a large crop of cannabis was on display.”

“No arrests were made as the ‘cannabis display’, which consisted of low-THC plants for hemp production, had been approved prior to the forum.”

“Dr Katelaris has been a staunch advocate of medical cannabis, having been researching its effects since 1990.”

“He has been arrested numerous times in the past and openly admits to supplying CBD dominant cannabis to over 50 children with serious seizure disorders.”

“Just last year the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) determined Dr Katelaris, who also holds a doctorate, had been involved in more breaches of a code of conduct for non-registered health professionals after injecting two women with cannabis oil to treat ovarian cancer.”

At crazzfiles.com you can watch a short video featuring Dr. Katelaris and make up your own mind about his sincerity, skill, and competence.

The numerous government attacks against him are inevitably based on the fact that marijuana is a natural substance, and can’t be patented in that form. Having an effective medicine floating around that people can freely use for themselves contradicts the goals of the pharmaceutical money machine:

“We know what’s good for you, and what’s not good for you. The government has given us a monopoly on healing, and you’d better go along with it.”

Yes, even if a medicine kills you, it’s still the best that “science” can offer at the present moment.

And by the way, parents have no say in how their children are treated. They have no inherent rights. The government owns those children. As proof, if health authorities don’t like what the parents are doing, they can come in and take the children away and put them in foster care, where they’ll be drugged up to their eyeballs.

Medically speaking, Australia is on lockdown. The majority of citizens appear to be unaware or unconcerned. But those who are aware are looking for, and using, alternatives. They are forming a growing underground.

The Australian government is advised to study the history of police states. In the long run, they fail. People will stand for only so much, particularly when their health and the health of their children are on the line.

The police state appears to be invincible…until one day it isn’t, because huge numbers of people, who have been dealing with their very survival, outflank totalitarian departments and bureaus.

The top-down control factor disintegrates. A belittled and minimized impulse re-emerges.

It’s called freedom.

It turns out that the “market” in freedom is forever.

The mind never forgets it.

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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

USMC Veteran Facing Life In Prison Over 1 Oz. Of Cannabis To Treat His PTSD


Source: ActivistPost.com
Matt Agorist
May 25, 2017

After serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kristoffer Lewandowski was medically and honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. After fighting the State’s wars for them, however, the State has taken it upon themselves to wage a personal war against him — for naturally treating an illness — he acquired fighting for them.

Lewandowski is now a 100% disabled veteran because of the severity of his PTSD. Since he has gotten out, the VA had him taking up to 18 pills a day to treat his PTSD. This pharmaceutical treatment was literally killing him.

At 180 Percocet per month, for ten consecutive months, along with a prescription for OxyContin, Lewandowski’s liver was failing. Luckily, for this Marine veteran, he found cannabis — and it worked.

Cannabis treats PTSD so effectively — as both clinical and anecdotal evidence has shown — the Drug Enforcement Agency recently approved the first-ever study of its whole-plant medicinal use for vets in April. By allowing the use of the whole cannabis plant, the DEA opened the door for even the smoked variety to be studied for the potential alleviation of PTSD symptoms.

“We are thrilled to see this study overcome the hurdles of approval so we can begin gathering data,” explained Amy Anderson, Executive Director and Director of Clinical Research for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Public Benefit Corporation. “The study is a critical step in moving our botanical drug development program forward at the federal level to gather information on the dosing, risks, and benefits of smoked marijuana for PTSD symptoms.”

Unfortunately indicative of the government’s misplaced, draconian priorities, the continued federal prohibition of cannabis has created tragic and heartbreaking consequences for vets using the plant to treat PTSD — and Lewandowski is a living example of the State’s tyranny.

After realizing that the meds were killing his liver, Lewandowski decided that it would be a good idea try marijuana as a treatment. He began growing 6 plants for his personal use.

In June of 2014, Lewandowski had a PTSD episode. His wife grabbed the kids and took them to the neighbor’s house where she called the police to get her husband some help.

However, as is the case in so many countless other incidents, police did anything but help.

After police showed up, they searched the Lewandowski’s home and found 6 tiny marijuana plants. Police then weighed all of the plant matter together and it did not total to a single ounce. However, because of Oklahoma’s draconian laws against growing a plant, Lewandowski was charged with felony marijuana cultivation.

Meko Haze, with the Daily Haze, recently spoke to Lewandowski, who described the grow as containing “six of the worst plants I have ever seen.” The plants were two days into the flowering cycle, but due to a few mishaps, Lewandowski was sure that they were going to die. Lewandowski said that “it would have been a miracle actually to obtain usable Cannabis from them.”

According to Whitney Lewandowski, Kristoffer’s wife, the police also pulled up their tomato plants and included them in the photo for the media.

“[Police] made it look like he had this huge grow [operation] going,” Whitney said in an interview with Truth in Media.

But that was not the worst of their problems. Police then cuffed Whitney and threw her in the back of a police cruiser and told her their children were being taken by Child Protective Services. They were charging her with a felony, too.

In order to make it look like a legitimate arrest, police told Whitney that if she pressed assault charges against her husband, they would not charge her and she could keep their children. She obviously opted to stay out of prison and to not have her children kidnapped by the state.

According to Truth in Media:

Whitney Lewandowski said that the domestic violence charge does not reflect the reality of her husband’s behavior, “They’re trying to use me as a victim and to make it look worse on his case. My husband has absolutely never laid his hands on me ever. He is not an abusive man, ever… quite the opposite. He is extremely doting.”

The Lewandowski’s raised enough funds to pay the bondsman and the family then moved, with the approval of the Oklahoma DA, to California, so Kristoffer could get the medicinal marijuana he needed, “legally.”

However, while he was in the care of a Veterans Administration psychiatric hospital, Lewandowski inadvertently missed a court date. With guns drawn, and in front of all the children at his child’s daycare, undercover cops swarmed Lewandowski in a dramatic raid.

This man’s life has been turned upside down. He was taken from his family, unable to see his children, and was facing the idea of spending the rest of his life behind bars — yet, he harmed no one.

Because felony marijuana cultivation in Oklahoma carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, Lewandowski’s options were limited. However, Lewandowski’s legal council arranged for him to take a plea deal and he avoided jail — for the time being.

This plea deal, however, came with a catch. It meant that Lewandowski was going to be a felon — instead of a veteran. His felon status impeded his health and education benefits, and greatly stifled his chances of getting a good job. So, he did something about it.

As Mass Roots reports, after regretting this decision, this stand-up veteran took a big risk to clear his name.

“It is absolute insanity – this situation. Putting a three tour combat Marine veteran who served his country faithfully, in jail for using a medicine, the only medicine that was effective in treating his severe PTSD. This shows the deep and disturbing problems our country faces,” said Matthew J. Pappas, a California-based attorney who is assisting Lewandowski along with his Oklahoma attorney, Tom Hurley and Florida-based attorney, Michael Minardi.

With new counsel, clearer understanding of the repercussions for the plea and a patriot’s belief in justice, he respectfully stood before Judge Tayloe and prosecutor Jordan Cabelka, and asked to reverse his plea in the crowded courtroom.

Kris won that battle on October 19, with the Judge allowing a plea reversal. So, for the moment, he is a veteran and not a felon. But the state took it personally and added the assault with a deadly weapons charge and a firearms charge thrown in because he had an heirloom, replica firearm in the house at the time of the disturbance. The state gave Lewandowski three options or trial. Two included jail time, the other had no jail but wouldn’t allow for him to consume his medicine, even in a legal state.

On May 30, Lewandowski will face a jury of his peers for the frivolous charges the State is using to punish him. If he is found guilty, he could face life in prison, again.

“I am absolutely heartbroken that a medicine that helps me has me fighting for my legal freedom,” Lewandowski said, as reported by the Daily Haze.

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Marijuana to be legalized in Canada by mid-2018

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Tracey Watson
March 31, 2017

The long-awaited countrywide legalization of marijuana is reportedly set to take effect in Canada by 1 July 2018. Canada’s CBC News is reporting that the decision will be announced officially in the week of April 10, and that the law will be set out in harmony with the recommendations of a task force appointed by the federal government and chaired by Anne McLellan, who served as Canada’s Justice Minister between 1997 and 2002.

Though the federal government will legislate the supply of marijuana and license operators out of Ottawa, the country’s capital, provinces will decide how the plant is distributed, the price at which it will be sold, and the minimum age for buying marijuana (if higher than the absolute minimum of 18 set by the government).

Canadians will also be able to grow their own marijuana plants if they prefer, but will be restricted to no more than four plants per household.

While views about the legalization of marijuana remain divided, the United States is slowly but surely following in the same path as Canada. With several states voting to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana in the 2016 election, the number of states in which such use is now legal has reached 29. Seven states have also passed legislation approving the recreational use of pot.

In Colorado, where marijuana is legal for both recreational and medicinal use, sales grew by 40 percent to almost $1 billion in 2015 alone. The state has experienced double the economic growth of the rest of the country since choosing to make recreational pot use legal.

Proponents of legalization, particularly those who recognize the health benefits of marijuana, are encouraged to see more and more states recognizing its amazing potential, though it remains illegal at a federal level.

The more than 100 million Americans who suffer with chronic pain, for example, are generally forced to resort to opioid pain relievers, which are incredibly addictive and result in thousands of deaths annually. Marijuana, on the other hand, has a low potential for addiction, minimal side effects and is an excellent natural painkiller.

Marijuana has countless other health benefits, too:

  • It has helped countless children who suffer with seizures, including those with Dravet’s syndrome, to get their debilitating condition under control;
  • It can be used to treat glaucoma – a disease which exerts pressure on the eyeball, resulting in blindness – by decreasing pressure within the eye;
  • CBD, a compound within marijuana, has the potential to halt the spread of cancer by switching off a gene called Id-1;
  • It can provide immense relief to those undergoing chemotherapy, by reducing nausea, while relieving pain;
  • At low doses, it can be used to treat anxiety disorders;
  • Studies have found that it may slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease;
  • It reduces pain for those suffering with multiple sclerosis;
  • It helps to control muscle spasms;
  • It can reduce the side effects of hepatitis C treatment, while increasing the medication’s efficacy;
  • It has shown promise in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases like Chron’s and ulcerative colitis;
  • The elderly can use it to relieve the discomfort of arthritis;
  • It can help to reduce obesity by speeding up the metabolism;
  • It can alleviate the symptoms of the autoimmune disorder, lupus; and
  • Marijuana has shown excellent potential in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

And the list of benefits goes on …

It will be interesting to see what other medical breakthroughs and discoveries are made as more studies focus on the benefits of this little plant that packs a serious health punch.

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Sources for this article include:

CBC.ca

Fortune.com

NaturalNews.com

NaturalNews.com

BusinessInsider.com

There Are Now 100 Scientific Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer


Source: TrueActivist.com
Amanda Froelich
March 29, 2017

Despite the fact that countless individuals have used cannabis oil to heal their afflictions, the U.S. Cancer Institute lists cannabis as a ‘cure’ for cancer on its website, and a multitude of veterans credit the herb with helping them ditch opioids and alleviate symptoms of PTSD, the marijuana plant remains classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States.

In fact, in most countries around the world, use of the herb and its components for medicinal and recreational purposes remains to be illegal. This continues, regardless of the fact that 0 people die from using the herb each year. In contrast, 30,722 die from alcohol poisoning and 38,329 from abusing pharmaceuticals annually (according to 2014 data).

Some activists, such as Rick Simpson, have suggested that the plant is still illegal in the U.S. on a Federal level because of its multitude of uses. A part of the plant known as hemp can be used for clothing, food, and industrial purposes, and components of the ‘flower’ known as marijuana can inspire creativity, free-thinking and, of course, contribute to healing.

It is an injustice that individuals are refused access to the herb considering it is 100% natural and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Additionally, at least 100 studies prove that the plant can combat one of the most frightening modern afflictions: cancer. As 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men are predicted to develop cancer in their lifetimes, it is past time the herb lose its stigma and Schedule I status so that citizens worldwide might benefit from its many properties.

Following are 100 studies proving cannabis to be an all-natural cancer killer:

Cannabis kills tumor cells

Uterine, testicular, and pancreatic cancers

Brain cancer

Mouth and throat cancer

Breast cancer

Lung cancer

Prostate cancer

Blood cancer

Skin cancer

Liver cancer

Cannabis cancer cures (general)

Cancers of the head and neck

Cholangiocarcinoma cancer

Leukemia

Cannabis partially/fully induced cancer cell death

Translocation-positive rhabdomyosarcoma

Lymphoma

Cannabis kills cancer cells

Melanoma

Thyroid carcinoma

Colon cancer

Intestinal inflammation and cancer

Cannabinoids in health and disease

Cannabis inhibits cancer cell invasion