Global: Cannabis as ‘medicine’ – “little more than a placebo!”

Cannabis does more harm than good: Health officials warn doctors against prescribing the drug for ailments as the effects outweigh the minor benefits

  • New medical guidelines have been issued in Canada, where cannabis is legal
  • They warn the effects of the drug to outweigh minor benefits for most conditions
  • And for some, it states it most often is only marginally better than a placebo
  • The new document will be distributed to 30,000 doctors in Canada

New medical guidelines issued in Canada, where cannabis has been legal for medicinal use since 2001, warns that the effects of the drug outweigh any minor benefits for the vast majority of conditions.

And in the few conditions where it can be helpful – for example as pain relief for multiple sclerosis – the impact is only marginally better than placebo.

The document, published in the Canadian Family Physician journal, warns doctors to ‘take a sober second thought’ before prescribing the drug.

By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 07:00 AEDT, 16 February 2018 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5396693/Cannabis-does-harm-good-health-officials-warn.html#ixzz57VxtqAN6

Austalia: Medicinal cannabis access a challenge for WA patients despite legalisation last year

West Australian patients are finding it almost impossible to obtain medicinal cannabis more than eight months after it was legalised, advocates say.

By May, no health professional had applied to prescribe the drug (over 10,000 Doctors) , despite it being made legal in November. For more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-07/families-struggling-to-access-to-medicinal-cannabis/8685712

 

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USA: IBH – Latest Release. Denying uptake in formative years best practice!

Reducing Future Rates of Adult AddictionMust Begin with Youth Prevention

These findings show that prevention messaging targeting youth must address all of these three substances specifically. Most current prevention efforts are specific to individual substances or kinds and amounts of use of individual drugs (e.g., cigarette smoking, binge drinking, drunk driving, etc.), all of which have value, but miss a vital broader prevention message. What is needed, based on these new data showing the linkage of all drug use by youth, is a comprehensive drug prevention message: no use of any alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs for youth under age 21 for reasons of health.5 6 This no use prevention message provides clarity for young people, parents, physicians, educators, communities and for policymakers. It is not intended to replace public health prevention messages on specific substances, but enhances them with a clear focus on youth.

For complete Paper  NO is Best Practice

IBH_Commentary_Reducing_Addiction_Begins_with_Prevention_2-7-18

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USA: NDPA – ‘Dismantle Pot Industry’

NATIONAL DRUG PREVENTION ALLIANCE: DISMANTLE POT INDUSTRY

By Peter Stoker, National Drug Prevention Alliance As members of the worldwide drug prevention movement, the National Drug Prevention Alliance (UK) has been greatly saddened to see how the United States of America has allowed marijuana to be available in so many places for so-called medical and recreational purposes.  This far from harmless substance causes pain and hardship to individuals, families and communities.

drug-prevention-logo(Should you wish to inform yourself more on marijuana, may we respectfully suggest that you log-on towww.drugprevent.org.uk where you will find many  scientific items about this harmful substance).

There is also research which shows that regular, heavy users of marijuana go on to use cocaine. (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry  Kleber, Herbert MD. (Suppl) pp3-6 1988)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an important international legal instrument that obligates  Parties to protect children and youth from involvement with illicit drugs and the drug trade.

Under the terms of the convention, governments are required to meet children’s basic needs and help them reach their full potential. (Article 33). Since it was adopted by the United Nations in November 1989, 194 countries have signed up to the UNCRC.

The USA is a signatory to this UN convention and should therefore be passing legislation to prevent the enormous market in marijuana that has developed in America. The more children are exposed to stores that sell these harmful products, the more likely they will be to try them and the more young people will then go on to use cocaine and heroin, to the detriment of the individual and society.

Colorado has failed to meet the specific DOJ requirements on controlling recreational marijuana production, distribution and use. A report documents a significant increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, a thriving illegal black market and unabated sales of alcohol, which supports the idea that people are not using marijuana instead of alcohol but rather in addition to alcohol.  Promises were made in Colorado in 2012, before legalized recreational marijuana, that the result would be a large amount in taxes for education and the elimination of the black market. Yet in the years since,Colorado has seen an increase in marijuana related traffic deaths, poison control calls, and emergency room visits. The marijuana black market has increased in Colorado, not decreased. And, numerous Colorado marijuana regulators have been indicted for corruption.

New reports out of Colorado indicate that legal marijuana is posing real risks to the safety of young people. As Colorado rethinks marijuana, the rest of the nation should watch carefully this failing experiment.

(https://www.madinamerica.com/2017/09/unintended-consequences-colorado-social-experiment/ 11th September 2017)

For more go to Dismnantle Cannabis Chaos

 

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Global: Drug Pushing & Instagram

The drug-pushers of Instagram caught on camera: Probe reveals social media giants are fuelling terrifying craze for prescription pills among teenagers

By Ben Ellery PUBLISHED: 10:13 AEDT, 4 February 2018

Ruthless dealers are using Instagram to sell highly addictive and deadly prescription drugs to youngsters across Britain, a Mail on Sunday investigation has found.

Criminals openly lure people to buy the powerful tranquilliser Xanax, responsible for dozens of deaths, through the photo-sharing website used by millions of teenagers.

The brazen pushers make no attempt to hide their harmful and illegal trade, and before our investigation, Instagram – owned by internet giant Facebook – appeared to be making no effort to stop them.

Simply by searching for the phrase ‘xanaxUK’ and other similar terms on Instagram, Mail on Sunday investigators were able to locate dozens of drug peddlers on the site.

Doing the deal: Hoodie-wearing MZ sells Xanax to our undercover reporter

Within seconds, photographs of the pills and detailed price lists for Xanax, cannabis and ecstasy appeared alongside clear instructions on how to purchase them.

Users are instructed to contact the sellers through a free encrypted messaging app called Wickr – which deletes the messages after they are read – presumably to avoid dealers being traced by the police.

Xanax is a Class C controlled drug, carrying a maximum sentence for possessing, supplying or importing of 14 years’ imprisonment. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5348797/Drug-pushers-Instagram-caught-camera.html#ixzz56IBdbJ7P

 

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USA: NEW ILLINOIS MASON-DIXON POLL SHOWS LARGE MAJORITY OPPOSES LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

 

NEW ILLINOIS MASON-DIXON POLL SHOWS  

LARGE MAJORITY OPPOSES LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

Poll finds only 23%

support the legalization of recreational marijuana; 69% want other options such as maintaining current decriminalization law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2018

CONTACT: Luke Niforatos 303-335-7584

CHICAGO – The majority of voters in Illinois oppose legalizing recreational marijuana, according to a recent poll conducted by Mason-Dixon and paid for by SAM Action, a non-profit organization sponsoring

Healthy & Productive Illinois.

According to the poll, which is one of the first to distinguish between decriminalization and legalization, only 23 percent of Illinois residents 18 and older approve of legalizing recreational marijuana use and sales when given a choice. The majority of residents, 69 percent, want to maintain current decriminalization laws, repeal medical marijuana, or keep recreational marijuana illegal. Marijuana possession in Illinois is currently subject to a civil violation.

“The message from the people of Illinois to their representatives is clear–

they do not want Big Marijuana to profit at the expense of their communities and families,” said Kevin Sabet, PhD, founder of SAM Action, whose project, Healthy & Productive Illinois, is comprised of Illinois parents, organizations, and businesses concerned with the impacts of today’s highly potent marijuana. “Furthermore, since legalization in Colorado, more black and Hispanic youth have been arrested for pot. Social justice is not being served by any measure.”

The poll also found 47 percent of Illinois residents would like to keep marijuana laws just as they are.

“This poll clearly indicates my fellow Illinois residents are deeply concerned about the public health effects of marijuana legalization in our state. No tax dollars are worth the price of our families and communities,” said Dr. Aaron Weiner,

a member of Healthy & Productive Illinois. ”Kids’ brains are particularly vulnerable, and today’s high THC pot can affect learning and a host of other issues. We do not need to add to our opiate and alcohol problems by increasing the access and availability to another drug.”

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Global: The Real Terror Still in Play? Drugs!

A sad loner is jailed. But the real ‘terror threat’ is still roaming our streets, says PETER HITCHENS

By Peter Hitchens for The Mail on Sunday PUBLISHED: 11:24 AEDT, 4 February 2018

Darren Osborne, the mosque van killer jailed on Friday, is an unhinged, chaotic nobody, his mind spinning with drugs and drink, who knows and cares as much about politics as I know about football

It is astonishing how we cannot see what is in front of our noses when we are blinded by dogma. We cannot, for instance, see that Darren Osborne, the mosque van killer jailed on Friday, is an unhinged, chaotic nobody, his mind spinning with drugs and drink, who knows and cares as much about politics as I know about football.

More than a dozen times I have pointed out here that almost all rampage killers, all over the world, have one thing in common – the use of mind-altering drugs. I am not trying to exonerate them. On the contrary. But I am trying to prevent these things happening in future by being much tougher on illegal drugs, and much more cautious with legal prescriptions.

Sometimes it is cannabis. Sometimes it is steroids. Sometimes it is prescription ‘antidepressants’ – themselves a scandal waiting to be exposed and understood.

But it’s always there. I look and I find it. Any number of American and European school and campus massacres, the Charlie Hebdo murders, the Japanese care home knife killings, the Nice truck massacre, Anders Breivik, the Lee Rigby murder, the Westminster van killer. These and many more we know for certain. In many other cases we don’t know only because the authorities have never bothered to find out.

These killings are a subset of violent crime, but they are unusually closely studied, which is how we know. My guess is that a huge amount of violent crime is also committed by people who have derailed their sanity by taking mind-altering drugs. But the authorities are even less interested in that
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-5348749/Peter-Hitchens-Real-terror-threat-roaming-streets.html#ixzz56HssBEBX

 

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CANADA: Cannabis For Children – Trudeau’s Cannabis Chaos Continues

Justin Trudeau is on verge of legalizing pot for 12-year-olds

13/2/18

OTTAWA, February 13, 2018 — A pro-family group has blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bill legalizing recreational cannabis as “monstrous” and a “devastating attack” on society and families, and is urging Canadians to lobby the Senate to reject the legislation.

Most egregiously, Bill C-45 or the Cannabis Bill, poses significant risks for children, REAL Women of Canada vice president Gwen Landolt said in a critique posted on the group’s website.

The Liberal bill allows children over age 11 to “freely possess, use, and even share marijuana up to five grams [10 joints] at a time,” she pointed out.

“There is absolutely no recourse if a minor is seen carrying, using, or handing out marijuana,” wrote Landolt. “A child can literally take ten joints from his parents’ stash, hand it out to his friends, go back home, take another ten, hand them out and keep doing it as often as he wants. This will deeply affect school environments and our neighbourhoods.”

Bill C-45 also allows individuals over age 17 to buy and possess marijuana “in any amount. It only restricts its public use (and sharing) to 30 grams at a time (equal to 60 joints).” The bill also lets Canadians grow up to four cannabis plants in their home, Landolt noted.

Trudeau promised during his campaign he would legalize recreational pot. He toldHuffington Post Canada in 2013 he smoked marijuana about five or six times in his life, with the last time about two years after being elected a Member of Parliament in 2008.

Trudeau said in April 2017 that his younger brother Michel had been charged with possession of marijuana six months before he was killed in an avalanche in 1998, and that their father, former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, used his influence to “make those charges go away,” according to a Guardian report.

In late November, the Liberals invoked time allocations on the final vote in the House of Commons on Bill C-45, over protests by Conservatives.

But the bill has since stalled in the Senate, potentially delaying the Liberal goal of fully implementing it by July, the Globe and Mail reported last week.

For more https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/justin-trudeau-is-on-verge-of-legalizing-pot-for-12-year-olds

 

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Health: Cigarettes, Weed and Teen Psychosis

Cigarettes and pot linked to teen psychosis

January 29, 2018 – According to a recent study, the use of weed or tobacco cigarettes is connected to the increased risk of psychotic-like experiences, which could include hallucinations or delusions.

The study, published by JAMA Psychiatry, is entitled “Association of Combined Patterns of Tobacco and Cannabis Use in Adolescence With Psychotic Experiences,” and analyzes data from a longitudinal cohort study of more than 3,300 teens. While both marijuana and tobacco smoking were associated with psychotic experiences, they found that the risk was greater with weed.

“Individuals who use cannabis regularly have a 2- to 3-fold increased risk of a psychotic outcome,” researchers from the University of Bristol wrote

For more https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2669772

 

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USA: Oregon Way To Much Weed?

Is Oregon producing too much cannabis?

Top federal prosecutor for state says excess marijuana finds way to black market

  • FILE – This Sept. 30, 2016 file photo shows a marijuana bud before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore. Billy Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, is holding a marijuana summit to address what he calls a “massive” marijuana surplus in the state. He announced the Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 summit, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a memo outlining how states with legalized marijuana could avoid federal scrutiny. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File) 

  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown , at podium, speaks at a marijuana summit in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Oregon’s top federal prosecutor, Billy J. Williams, is holding the marijuana summit to hear how state, law enforcement, tribal and industry leaders plan to address a pot surplus that he says has wound up on the black market in other states and is fueling crime. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) 

  • U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Billy J. Williams, middle, speaks at a marijuana summit in Portland, Ore., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown sits to the right of Williams. Oregon’s top federal prosecutor, Williams, is holding the marijuana summit to hear how the state, law enforcement, tribal and industry leaders plan to address a pot surplus that he says has wound up on the black market in other states and is fueling crime. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) 

  • By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press  Published: February 3, 2018, 6:05 AM

PORTLAND — Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said Friday the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market and that he wants to work with state and local leaders and the pot industry to do something about it.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams convened the unprecedented summit of influential federal law enforcement representatives, state officials and marijuana industry scions after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama administration memo that had guided states with legalized weed on how to avoid federal scrutiny.

The meeting included representatives from 13 other U.S. attorney’s offices, the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. U.S. attorneys from California, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Alaska and Montana attended in person.

Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, told guests that Williams has assured members of her administration that “lawful Oregon businesses remain stakeholders in this conversation and not targets of law enforcement.”

The marijuana industry has been watching federal prosecutors in states with legalized weed like Oregon closely since Sessions rescinded the so-called Cole memo. U.S. attorneys in states where marijuana is legal under state law now face the delicate question of how to do their jobs and hew to the federal ban.

Williams sought to calm fears among pot growers, but said the market has a problem that must be addressed. Everyone needs a “bottom-line answer” on how much excess marijuana is being produced and how much of it winds up on the black market, he said. For More go to Oregon Weed

 

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CANADA: Marijuana at school: Loss of concentration, risk of psychosis

Marijuana at school: Loss of concentration, risk of psychosis

January 2018 10.17am AEDT

One of the enduring myths about marijuana is that it is “harmless” and can be safely used by teens.

Many high school teachers would beg to disagree, and consider the legalization of marijuana to be the biggest upcoming challenge in and around schools. And the evidence is on their side

As an education researcher, I have visited hundreds of schools over four decades, conducting research into both education policy and teen mental health. I’ve come to recognize when policy changes are going awry and bound to have unintended effects.

As Canadian provinces scramble to establish their implementation policies before the promised marijuana legalization date of July 2018, I believe three major education policy concerns remain unaddressed.

These are that marijuana use by children and youth is harmful to brain development, that it impacts negatively upon academic success and that legalization is likely to increase the number of teen users.

‘Much safer than alcohol’

Across Canada, province after province has been announcing its marijuana implementation policy, focusing almost exclusively on the control and regulation of the previously illegal substance. This has provoked fierce debates over who will reap most of the excise tax windfall and whether cannabis will be sold in government stores or delegated to heavily regulated private vendors.

All of the provincial pronouncements claim that their policy will be designed to protect “public health and safety” and safeguard “children and youth” from “harmful effects.”

 

However, a 2015 report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse cites rates of past-year cannabis use ranging from 23 per cent to 30 per cent among students in grades seven to 12 in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador during 2012-2013. And notes that, “of those Canadian youth who used cannabis in the past three months, 23 per cent reported using it on a daily or near daily basis.

The report also describes youth perceptions of marijuana as “relatively harmless” and “not as dangerous as drinking and driving.”

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