UK: Big Tobacco 2.0 WEED Wasters! Taking Plays Straight from big Tobacco! Addiction For Profit Peddlers!

Academy that teaches doctors how to use medicinal cannabis that claims ‘smoking joints soothes pains’ is owned by tycoons set to make millions out of the drug

  • Boss, neurologist Professor Mike Barnes, could make millions from selling shares
  • AMC is owned by European Cannabis Holdings that invested to make a profit

By STEPHEN ADAMS HEALTH CORRESPONDENT FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

UPDATED: 11 January 2019

A supposedly independent ‘academy’ set up to teach doctors about how cannabis can be used as a medicine is owned by financiers looking to make millions from the drug, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The self-styled Academy of Medical Cannabis (ACM) purports to offer doctors impartial advice about how it can be used to help people with pain, epilepsy and other conditions.

It suggests patients smoke joints to soothe neurological conditions and eat gummy bears laced with the drug.

Launched last November, it describes itself as ‘a free and independent platform for all medical professionals to use’.

But it is actually part of a ‘portfolio’ of interests owned by European Cannabis Holdings (ECH), a company which seeks to ‘invest’ in the cannabis industry to create ‘significant value for our shareholders’.

A supposedly independent ‘academy’ set up to teach doctors about how cannabis can be used as a medicine is owned by financiers looking to make millions from the drug. File image used

Only on the academy website’s terms and conditions page is the link with ECH mentioned at all – and only then referring to it as ‘European C Holdings’.

Last night, leading doctors said the academy had a duty to come clean about its financial backers – and criticised its teachings on cannabis as ‘biased’ and ‘frankly dangerous’. The ACM’s director of education is neurologist Professor Mike Barnes.

The Mail on Sunday revealed last month that he is set to become a millionaire by selling a stake in his company – which has imported cannabis to the UK for medical use – to a Canadian marijuana conglomerate.

Another part of ECH’s portfolio is a market research company called Prohibition Partners, which recently forecast Europe’s legal cannabis market would be worth €116 billion (£104 billion) a year by 2028.

One section titled ‘How to ingest’ suggests methods including vaping the drug, taking capsules and oils, applying creams or patches containing cannabis, smoking joints and eating cannabis ‘edibles’, illustrated with an image of gummy bears.

The site also compares smoking cannabis favourably to smoking tobacco, stating: ‘Unlike tobacco, there is no hard evidence that smoking cannabis causes lung cancer.’

In another module Dr Bonikowski cites studies in which patients with neurological problems smoked cannabis, with favourable results, but in the video he gives no caution about this method not being medically recommended.

Sam Ahmedzai, Professor Emeritus of palliative care at Sheffield University who reviewed a video on the Academy’s website said, said: ‘This implied condoning of taking cannabis by smoking joints without being accompanied by any ‘health warning’, strikes me as misleading, irresponsible, and frankly dangerous.’

He was also concerned the content appeared to cherry-pick studies which came to positive conclusions about cannabis use.

For complete story https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6561831/Academy-Medical-Cannabis-owned-European-tycoons-make-millions-drug.html

 

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CALIFORNIA: BONGING ON CASH BONANZA A BUST!

California’s first year of recreational legal weed was a major bust

The state nearly taxed and regulated its recreational marijuana industry out of business

By Amy Martyn 12/31/2018 | ConsumerAffairs

Photo (c) Shannon Price – Getty ImagesIn the city of Los Angeles, people no longer need to meet with a drug dealer or a doctor if they want to buy weed. Instead, shoppers can wait in line outside a dispensary, flash their Government-approved ID cards, and then pay a 34.5 percent sales tax for the privilege of using recreational cannabis.

California’s first year of recreational weed legalization has been slow due to high sales taxes and other regulations that put a chokehold on the industry.

Under the new recreational cannabis regulations, all California shoppers are subject to a state excise tax of 15 percent before local city taxes are added on. According to a recent analysis by the Los Angeles Times, sales taxes on recreational pot reached as high as 45 percent in some municipalities.

The first year of Prop 64

When California voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016, the promise of weed that could be easily purchased from a local storefront had industry experts and state officials seeing dollar signs. Despite fierce opposition from law enforcement groups, some state officials optimistically predicted that there would be 6,000 licensed cannabis shops in several years and $1 billion in annual revenue.

As the first year of Proposition 64’s implementation comes to a close, however, the numbers tell a different story. The state Bureau of Cannabis Control has only issued 547 licenses to marijuana retail stores this year, and state tax revenue is expected to generate just $471 million.

Most cities banned weed

The majority of cities in California failed to embrace legal weed. They instead took advantage of a provision in Proposition 64 that gave municipalities authority to regulate weed sales.

Numerous beach cities, including Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Hermosa Beach, saw their local city councils ban dispensaries entirely. Of California’s 482 cities, only a total of 89 allowed recreational weed sales.

In cities like Los Angeles, where recreational weed is legal but extremely pricey due to added taxes, users can avoid the extra fees if they obtain a prescription from a doctor.

Recreational weed was supposed to offer easier shopping and more anonymity than medical weed, yet that also hasn’t turned out to be the case.

Numerous recreational dispensaries in California require shoppers to show their ID cards. The dispensaries then maintain information about those shoppers via “customer profiles” and other methods. That’s despite Proposition 64 not having any requirements that recreational shoppers identify themselves.

“When asked why customer profiles were created, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the information was required under Proposition 64,” reports the Fresno Bee newspaper

For complete story https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/californias-first-year-of-recreational-legal-weed-was-a-major-bust-123118.html#social-link

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Now for the Hard Part: Getting Californians to Buy Legal Weed

Jan. 2, 2019

In California, around $2.5 billion of legal cannabis was sold in 2018, half a billion dollars less than in 2017 when only medical marijuana was legal.

In California, around $2.5 billion of legal cannabis was sold in 2018, half a billion dollars less than in 2017 when only medical marijuana was legal

SAN FRANCISCO — A billion dollars of tax revenue, the taming of the black market, the convenience of retail cannabis stores throughout the state — these were some of the promises made by proponents of marijuana legalization in California.

One year after the start of recreational sales, they are still just promises.

For more https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/us/buying-legal-weed-in-california.html

 

 

 

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Global: Cannabis Culture Carnage – Crap starting Hit the Fan!

Backlash against cannabis culture has begun:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/backlash-against-cannabis-culture-has-begun-r3jwzgk9n

The Scent of London has changed: all I can smell now is cannabis: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/01/the-scent-of-london-has-changed-all-i-can-smell-now-is-cannabis/

Medical Cannabis Users’ Comparisons between Medical Cannabis and Mainstream Medicine: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02791072.2018.1563314

Canadian Government: Proposed regulations for additional cannabis products: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/services/drugs-medication/cannabis/resources/proposed-regulations-edible-cannabis-extracts-topical-eng.pdf

Attorney General calls cannabis US’s ‘most dangerous drug’: https://twitter.com/Andy_Ed_Brown/status/1088184337139490824/video/1

Marijuana will not fix the opioid epidemic: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2019/01/marijuana-will-not-fix-the-opioid-epidemic.html

CSJ: Cannabis: The Case Against Legalisation: https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/library/cannabis-the-case-against-legalisation?mc_cid=c34842a271&mc_eid=149da443bd

 

Pharmaceutical Journal: Davos report highlights British doctors fears’ around medical cannabis prescribing: https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/20206057.article?utm_campaign=2483_PJ_weekly_roundup&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Pharmaceutical%20Journal&firstPass=false

Marijuana Toxicity: Heavy Metal Exposure Through State-Sponsored Access to “la Fee Verte’ https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/marijuana-toxicity-heavy-metal-exposure-through-statesponsored-access-to-la-fee-verte-2167-7689-1000202-99945.html

Author who linked cannabis to violence faces death threats: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6636297/Author-faces-death-threats-cannabis-legislation-link-violence-claim.html

 

 

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Europe: EURAD News!

Drugs policy inquiry launched

The Health and Social Care Committee is seeking written submissions on the health consequences of illicit drugs policy. The closing date for written submissions is Monday 18 March.

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US: National Drug Control Strategy

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has published the administration’s first National Drug Control Strategy and outlined its priorities for combating illicit drug abuse and distribution.

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Call for Applications: Civil society participation in the Ministerial Segment round tables

In order to ensure an inclusive, comprehensive and meaningful civil society participation, the Civil Society Task Force (CSTF) has been tasked by CND Resolution 61/10 to select one panelist for each round table discussion covering the following topics: Taking stock and Safeguarding the future

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USA: Idaho Telling the Truth on Weed!

Anti-marijuana billboards raise questions for Treasure Valley residents

A Keep Idaho campaign sign against legalization of marijuana is displayed near the intersection of 2nd Street South and Northside Boulevard in South Idaho.

Cars drive past a Keep Idaho campaign sign against the legalization of marijuana on 16th Avenue South in Nampa Friday night.

A Keep Idaho campaign sign against legalization of marijuana is displayed by Durobilt near the intersection of 2nd Street South and Northside Boulevard in Nampa Friday evening.

Keep Idaho is a campaign run by Boise-based nonprofit DrugFree Idaho, Inc., created to educate Idahoans about the impact legalized marijuana has had on surrounding states, especially its effect on youth, according to Rob Stevenson, executive director of DrugFree Idaho.

“People need to know that marijuana is not a harmless substance,” Stevenson said. “It affects people.”

Nearly all of Idaho’s surrounding states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada and Montana — have legalized marijuana in some form. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 10 states across the United States, and medical marijuana is legal in 33.

“Obviously we’re surrounded by states that have normalized marijuana,” Stevenson said. “We wanted to try to get those details out about some for the consequences that have come from that.”

Keep Idaho’s website shows a number of claims about marijuana use, mostly in Colorado, and the consequences it’s had on the states. Commercials laying out the claims about marijuana in schools and driving under the influence began popping up on televisions during the 2018 election season, and the billboards were put up shortly after, Stevenson said.

There are roughly 50 billboards across the state, Stevenson estimates.

Comments criticizing the sourcing behind Keep Idaho’s claims have circulated across various forms of social media.

“I love how they’re concerned with the source, but there not concerned that the children and pets may be in harm — that’s very interesting,” Stevenson said. “Maybe they should be concerned that this is happening — even if they are for legalization, they should still be concerned.”

Keep Idaho says on their website that “marijuana-related traffic deaths when a driver was positive for marijuana more than doubled from 55 deaths in 2013 to 123 deaths in 2016,” and cites the Colorado Department of Transportation 2012-2016.

The campaign also says that “seizures of Colorado marijuana in the U.S. mail has increased 914 percent from an average of 97 pounds (2009-2013) to 984 pounds (2013-2016) in the four-year average that recreational marijuana has been legal,” citing the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Prohibited Mailing of Narcotics.

For complete story Keep Idaho Weed Free

 

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USA: Marijuana Uptake/Use WILL NOT INCREASE under legalization???

HOW MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IMPACTS USE RATES

IDAHO AND NATIONAL COMPARISONS

12 YEARS AND ABOVE

OREGON HAS THE HIGHEST MARIJUANA USE IN THE NATION

108% higher than the national average

152% higher than Idaho

12-17 YEAR-OLDS

VERMONT HAS THE HIGHEST MARIJUANA USE IN THE NATION (MEDI-POT ONLY)

64% higher than the national average

70% higher than Idaho

18-25 YEAR-OLDS

VERMONT HAS THE HIGHEST MARIJUANA USE IN THE NATION (MEDI-POT ONLY)

80% higher than the national average

141% higher than Idaho

26 YEARS AND ABOVE

OREGON HAS THE HIGHEST MARIJUANA USE IN THE NATION

138% higher than the national average

183% higher than Idaho

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION ADVOCATES HAVE CLAIMED FOR MORE THAN A DECADE

THAT LEGALIZATION WILL REDUCE YOUTH MARIJUANA USE

ANY QUESTIONS?

SOURCE: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2016 & 2017

 

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USA: Vaping Sell Out Continues! Big Tobacco 2.0 Wanting to Cash in On Addiction!

Today was the first time I heard Sean Hannity’s voice promoting JUUL vape products on the radio. It made me physically ill. Another high-profile sell-out to the barons of the merging worlds of pot and tobacco.

I don’t know exactly when Hannity sold his soul, but his personal and enthusiastic endorsement of this product coincides with a $12.8 billion dollar investment in JUUL by Altria, the company that owns Phillis Morris and US Smokeless Tobacco. Altria brands include Marlboro, Copenhagen, and Skoal. More importantly, Altria’s investment in JUUL came at the same time that Altria acquired a major stake in the Canadian pot industry.

Since JUUL manufactures one of the most popular devices used by kids to ingest nicotine (as well as marijuana concentrates) it is a match made in heaven for those accustomed to exchanging lives for obscene profits.

Of course, the Hannity JUUL commercial was superficially about “responsible adults” and “healthy” alternatives to tobacco, but it was as fake as anything that Altria and other tobacco companies have produced for decades.

Here is an article about Altria’s recent investment in the marijuana industry, followed by Altria’s press release explaining its investment in JUUL.

Marijuana Marlboro And What Altria’s Purchase Of A Canadian Marijuana Maker Means

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanwaldrep/2018/12/18/marijuana-marlboro-and-what-altrias-purchase-of-a-canadian-marijuana-maker-means/#785cedd3398e

Altria Makes $12.8 Billion Minority Investment in JUUL to Accelerate Harm Reduction and Drive Growth

http://investor.altria.com/file/Index?KeyFile=396169695

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Portugal: Pushing Pot Legalization in Portugal!! What did you expect!

Attempts to legalise dope in troubled Portugal

Fuseworks Media Monday, 21 January, 2019

Family First NZ says that it is significant that political parties in Portugal are now pushing for the legalisation of marijuana in their country because they wrongly believe it will combat current problems around organised crime, drug trafficking, increased consumption and the use of psychoactive substances.

“For years, and especially recently, we have heard that Portugal’s decriminalisation is the perfect model of marijuana legislation. But Portugal is simply taking the next step in the grand plan of drug normalisation – decriminalisation to legalisation – the same journey that the Drug Foundation and the Green Party with its referendum wants to take New Zealand down. And marijuana isn’t the only drug that they will want to liberalise. Availability and acceptability of drug use will all increase consumption which will be a health disaster,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

But Portugal shows troubling results. The most recent statistics show that between 2012 and 2017 Lifetime Prevalence statistics for alcohol, tobacco and drugs for the general population (aged 15-64) have risen by 23%. There has been an increase from 8.3% in 2012, to 10.2% in 2016/17, in the prevalence of illegal psychoactive substance use.

The National Survey on the Use of Psychoactive Substances in the General Population in Portugal 2016/17, reports: “We have seen a rise in the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco consumption and of every illicit psychoactive substance (affected by the weight of cannabis use in those aged 15-74) between 2012 – 2016/17.” Last-12-months-use of any illicit substance has doubled between 2012 and 2017.

“It is also significant to note that Portugal recently voted down a bill proposing to legalise medicinal – including grow-your-own – cannabis, and opted for a more confined law allowing use of some medicinal cannabis,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“If Portugal has been such a success since 2001, why are countries not rushing to replicate their approach – and why are politicians within the country even now saying it has failed. It is clear that the claims of success in Portugal well exceed the reality.”

For complete article http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/5/330353

 

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USA: New York Medical Society Concerns over Cannabis Legalisation

 

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS V. MARIJUANA

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Thomas J. Madejski, MD MSSNY President January 10, 2019

Colleagues:

MSSNY members are familiar with my strong concerns regarding legalization of recreational marijuana and potential severe consequences with regards to expanded use on our fellow citizens individually, and as a society. There are a number of financial considerations that continue to push for expansion of marijuana use.  Potential tax revenues are enticing. A 2018 state report estimates state and local taxes to range from $248 million – with a 7 percent tax – to $678 million if New York were to enact a 15 percent tax.  Big Tobacco is salivating about becoming Big Marijuana with the acquisition of commercial marijuana growers in other states, and obtaining novel delivery systems for a new potentially addictive substance.

This week I welcome the statement of the New York State Association of County Health Officials’ (NYSCHO) that MSSNY signed onto earlier in the week: “County Health Officials serve as the first line of defense in our communities, and they have seen up close the devastation associated with the abuse of legalized prescription opioid medications. While the addictive risk of opioids is different than marijuana, we are very concerned that the legalization of marijuana will similarly result in unintended, harmful consequences for countless New Yorkers.’’

For complete speech http://www.mssnyenews.org/enews/011119/

 

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USA: Oregon UTTERLY FAILS to Regulate Weed!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 30, 2019

CONTACT: Colton Grace Colton@learnaboutsam.org (864)-492-6719

BREAKING: Oregon Utterly Fails to Regulate the Marijuana Market; SAM Calls for Moratorium on Sales

(Alexandria, VA) - Today, an audit conducted by the Oregon Secretary of State found that the recreational marijuana market has failed to stay up to date on mandated inspections, its testing system continues to allow exposure to harmful contaminants, and regulators of the industry have done next to nothing to stop legal marijuana from fueling the black market

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), an organization founded by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, is calling for an immediate moratorium on “legal” marijuana sales, an independent commission to examine the problems with the “legal” market, a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation on the shortcomings in Oregon, and the possible appointment of a special master by the federal government.

This remarkable report found that only 3% of Oregon’s retail stores and only a third of its growers have been inspected for shortcomings, like molds, metals, and bacteria. In a remarkable statement for a legal-state government entity, the state admitted: “Oregon’s marijuana testing program cannot ensure that test results are reliable, and products are safe.”

“This earth-shattering report makes one thing clear: states cannot regulate the marijuana industry. Earlier this month, it was reported that Oregon was seriously considering exporting pot grown within its borders to other “legal” states. Now it comes to light that the problem is worse than we thought,” said SAM President and CEO, former Obama advisor, Dr. Kevin Sabet. “It is painfully evident that the state is not just failing to hold the industry accountable, they aren’t even trying.”

In response to this report, SAM is officially calling for the following:

  • An immediate moratorium on marijuana sales in the state of Oregon.
  • An audit of state inspection facilities
  • An independent state commission to examine problems
  • DOJ and/or special master intervention to ensure the state secures public health

SAM is also actively looking into various legal channels to put an end to this clear public health crisis since the state is dramatically failing to do so. In addition, today SAM will formally request a meeting with Governor Katie Brown.

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About SAM: Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) is a nonpartisan, non-profit alliance of physicians, policy makers, prevention workers, treatment and recovery professionals, scientists, and other concerned citizens opposed to marijuana legalization who want health and scientific evidence to guide marijuana policies. SAM has affiliates in more than 30 states.

 

Evidence shows that marijuana – which has skyrocketed in average potency over the past decades - is addictive and harmful to the human brain especially when used by adolescents. In states that have already legalized the drug, there has been an increase in drugged driving crashes, youth marijuana use, and costs that far outweigh pot revenues.These states have seen a black market that continues to thrive, sustained disparities in marijuana arrest rates, and tobacco company investment in marijuana.

 

Marijuana is not a harmless drug. View the stories of its victims here.

For more information about marijuana use and its effects, visit www.learnaboutsam.org

 

 

 

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