Posts Tagged ‘marijuana’
In pursuit of their World Cup ambitions, England must face Uruguay, the only country in the world where cannabis is fully legalised and regulated by the government.
But is cannabis a performance enhancing drug? Will the Uruguay players have an unfair advantage?
In America there is much debate about cannabis in sport. It is widespread in baseball, football and almost de rigueur in ice hockey.
The evidence is that moderate cannabis use probably is performance enhancing, in that it will improve recovery, healing and general health. Used as an intoxicant it will dull the senses for a while but far less than a night on the San Miguel.
Of course, if you’re not playing then both together is also fully acceptable in polite society nowadays, particularly if you also have a doctor’s recommendation. So how can sport regulators deal with that? Is it just medicine?
After a long night watching the election results come in, my heart bursting with joy at the news from Colorado and Washington, it was time to take the dogs for a walk.
On top of the hill, way over in the west I can definitely see hope shining out.
There was time for just a few tears, then back to work…
For gross violation of all the ethics of friendship.
For deserting his friends and mates and running off to the US of A.
For flagrantly, negligently and with smug aforethought, glorifying in his experience of Colorado’s finest farms, dispensaries and marijuana with no thought whatsoever for the misery and dereliction of his chums…
THIS MAN MUST BE CAUGHT!
On the back foot all the way through, desperately trying to dig himself out of a hole, eventually breathing a sigh of relief as he thinks he’s blagged his way through it.
The utter hypocrisy, lack of sincerity, evident embarrassment at the idea he has to support but he doesn’t know why.
In fact, Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada, your stumbling, faltering, clumsy words are as eloquent as it is possible to be AGAINST prohibition!
This excellent new documentary from MontanaPBS features Dr Lester Grinspoon, Dr. Igor Grant, Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Dr. Eric Voth, Drug Policy Advisor to Presidents Reagan, Bush Senior, Clinton and Bush Junior.
You can watch the film here.
The second edition of ISMOKE magazine is now available here. It promises to be even better than the first.
The contents are:
- Lead Editorial – Nuff Said
- Cannabis Is A Wonderful Thing – Peter Reynolds
- Cannabis In The News
- Meet The Sprayer – Nuff Said
- An Interview With Jason Reed – Nuff Said
- Bud Porn – THCDUDEUK
- Strain Reviews – The Cannablog
- When There’s A Wall, There’s A Way – Clark French
- Twisted Logic, You Know It Makes Sense – Jason Reed
- Marijuana Myths: The Dangers Of Smoking Cannabis – Cure Ukay
- The New Legalise Cannabis Alliance – Peter Reynolds
- Recreational Or Medical: A Distinction Without A Difference – Alun Buffry
- UKCIA – Derek Williams
- Your Pictures
- My Sacrament – Jakub Carter (FRANKDONTKNOWJACK)
- Around The World – Cannabis College Amsterdam
- Stateside: Nuff Said Reaches Out To Farmer Tom
- Blogs You Should Read – Nuff Said
- Cannabis Strains – Rags (THCTALK)
- ISMOKE Reviews – Nuff Said
- How To Do Your Bit For The Cannabis Campaign – Nuff Said
- ISMOKE Competition
- My Story – Luke Bunce
- Visitor Map On ISMOKEHerb
Following the example of my comrade-in-arms, Jason “HomeGrown Outlaw” Reed, here is another letter writing campaign.
Yesterday, on YouTube, David Cameron gave a shockingly inaccurate and misleading answer to a question about cannabis. You can read the full story and watch the video here.
I have written to Mr Cameron asking that he meet me as the leader of the LCA so that I can prove to him how wrong he is. Now what is needed is for hundreds, preferably thousands of us, to write to Mr Cameron asking him to arrange that meeting.
What I would suggest is that you print out a copy of my letter and then attach it to a letter of your own.
You can download and print my letter here.
I suggest your letter goes something like this:(Please copy, paste and edit to make it a little more personal. Better still, make it a hand-written note clipped to the copy of my letter. That is the sort of thing that will make most impact. Don’t forget your reply address.)
Dear Mr Cameron,
I was very concerned by what you said recently on YouTube about marijuana. The leader of the LCA has written to you asking for a meeting (copy attached). He represents my interests so will you please arrange to see him?
Mr Cameron’s address is:
David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
If you want to take it one step further, send a copy to your MP too.(Find out who you MP is at www.parliament.uk. Please copy, paste and edit to make it a little more personal. Better still, make it a hand-written note clipped to the copy of my letter. That is the sort of thing that will make most impact. Don’t forget your reply address.)
Dear (insert name),
I was very concerned by what David Cameron said recently on YouTube about marijuana. The leader of the LCA has written to him asking for a meeting (copy attached). He represents my interests so please, will you ask Mr Cameron to see him?
Your MP’s address is:
(insert name) MP
House Of Commons
See the interview here. The relevant part starts at 10:45.
Al Jazeera: This was incidentally, the second most popular question because viewers would submit questions and then members of the public would vote.
Why is marijuana illegal when alcohol and tobacco are more addictive and dangerous to our health, but we manage to control them? Wouldn’t education about drugs from a younger age be better?
Cameron: Well there’s one bit of that question I agree with which I think education about drugs is vital and we should make sure that education programmes are there in our schools and we should make sure that they work. But I don’t really accept the rest of the question. I think if you actually look at the sort of marijuana that is on sale today, it is actually incredibly damaging, very, very toxic and leads to, in many cases, huge mental health problems. But I think the more fundamental reason for not making these drugs legal is that to make them legal would make them even more prevalent and would increase use levels even more than they are now. So I don’t think it is the right answer. I think a combination of education, also treatment programmes for drug addicts, I think those are the two most important planks of a proper anti-drug policy.
Al Jazeera: What about the argument that it could be used as medicinal properties? That was another question we actually had, a person saying it’s got proven medicinal properties. If used properly and regulated properly it could actually be quite helpful.
Cameron: That is a matter for the science and medical authorities to determine and they are free to make independent determinations about that. But the question here about whether illegal drugs should be made legal, my answer is no.
Dear Mr Cameron,
I am writing about your answer to the question about marijuana during the recent Al Jazeera World View YouTube interview.
I am the recently elected leader of the LCA. I represent the interests of at least two million regular users of cannabis and perhaps as many as 10 million occasional users in Britain. This is a huge proportion of the population and on their behalf I am requesting a meeting with you.
We were dismayed, shocked even, at your answer to the question. With respect, clearly it is you who are in great need of education about cannabis. The information you gave was inaccurate and false. While we must all respect different opinions, your answer was factually wrong and you must correct it.
Cannabis is not “incredibly damaging”, nor “very, very toxic”. It is a myth that there is anything significantly different about the cannabis on sale today and the idea that it causes “in many cases, huge mental health problems” has been comprehensively disproved many times over by scientists all over the world.
I can provide you with scientific information which proves that these ideas are false. Recently we have been pursuing various newspapers through the Press Complaints Commission for publishing the same inaccuracies. I am seriously alarmed when I see the prime minster of my country distributing such untruths.
Two key facts:
The Therapeutic Ratio of cannabis (ED50:LD50) is 1:40000 (Alcohol = 1:10, Paracetamol = 1:30). Even potatoes are more toxic than cannabis.
Professor Glyn Lewis of the University of Bristol reviewed all published research on cannabis and psychosis in 2009 and concluded that 96% of people have no risk whatsoever and in the remaining 4% the risk is “statistically tiny”.
Your suggestion that legalising drugs increases use is also not supported by the evidence. In both Holland and Portugal where cannabis use is not prosecuted, consumption is much lower than in Britain.
Finally, on medicinal use it is simply not true that the scientific and medical authorities are free to make independent determinations. The Home Office stamps on any medicinal cannabis use even when prescribed by a doctor. People from other European countries can bring medicinal cannabis to Britain and use it legally under the Schengen agreement but you can’t if you’re British. Here, sick and disabled people are being prosecuted every day for use of a medicine which is scientifically and medically proven. Surely you cannot be unaware of this? It is a cruel and evil policy which shames our nation.
So please, Mr Cameron, will you meet with me in order that I may show you the evidence and the facts about cannabis? Remember, this was the second most popular question you were asked on Friday and I represent the interests of millions of British citizens. Please make time for me in your diary.
I look forward to hearing from you.