Cannabis, schizophrenia, and Israel’s ‘Big Pharma’ problem

Jerusalem Post editorial

Could it be that lobbyists from large pharmaceutical companies are putting pressure on the government to prevent the Israeli medical cannabis market from taking off?

Cannabis and schizophrenia

AN EMPLOYEE checks on cannabis plants at a medical-marijuana plantation in the North last year.. (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / REUTERS)


Israel’s attitude toward medical cannabis is schizophrenic.

On one hand, it is probably the most developed nation in the world when it comes to innovation in the field. Israel, one of the few countries where it is completely legal to engage in clinical research, has develop new and innovative ways to deliver the medicinal substance in cannabis. Inhalers, creams, pills and oils make it easier for people who need cannabis to administer it. And researchers have perfected measurement of dosages so that the patient receives the exact amount he or she needs, and is not dependent on fluctuating qualities.

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Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds

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The legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes has led to a significant reduction in violent crime in several US states bordering Mexico, according to new research.

The study, published in The Economic Journal, found that the rate of violent crime – including robberies, murders and aggravated assaults – fell by 12.5 per cent in counties close to the border after the introduction of medical marijuana laws (MMLs).

“MMLs allow people to grow and cultivate marijuana plants legally within the US,” Professor Evelina Gavrilova, one of the study’s authors, told The Independent.

“This means that people don’t need to buy illegal marijuana anymore so drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) have far fewer customers.”

Read the entire article at Independent

Cannabis Tax Revenues Will be a Roadblock to Sessions’s Drug War


Through November of 2017, the State of Colorado collected more than $226 million in revenues from cannabis taxes, licenses, and fees. That’s a lot for a state government with total discretionary spending of about $10 billion.

This doesn’t count tax revenues produced by industries that serve cannabis industries — but aren’t cannabis businesses per se. Like other businesses, cannabis businesses also hire bookkeepers, lawyers, landscapers, janitors, and construction workers.

In other words, cannabis employs people, produces tax revenue, and is as much a part of the local economy as any other industry. (The industry employs more than 30,000 people.)

What’s happening in Colorado, though, is likely to be dwarfed by the new cannabis industry in California where there are far more people, including many more millionaires and billionaires. Many of them will likely be interested in making some money in the new industry.
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Republican Candidate Wants To Make Nebraska The Hemp Capital Of America

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 4.12.40 PM.pngBy James McClure  |  Dec 29, 2017

Nebraska could become the hemp capital of America if Republican candidate Krystal Gabel becomes the next governor of the Cornhusker State.

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from Gabel’s website

Gabel — a resident of Omaha — has pledged to usher in major marijuana reforms in the midwest state if she wins the 2018 gubernatorial election. Her campaign promises include decriminalizing marijuana, pardoning non-violent cannabis offenders and legalizing medical marijuana as well as industrial hemp production. Continue reading

Alcohol Industry Bribed Congress To Demonize Marijuana

Screen Shot 2018-01-14 at 3.16.06 PM.pngWhen one compares the effects of marijuana to alcohol, there really is no competition. To begin with, alcohol is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths in the United States each year and marijuana 0.

In addition, people can die from overdosing on alcohol but it’s nearly impossible with marijuana. Salon relays that while alcohol use damages peoples’ brains, marijuana use does not. Of course, we’re not saying smoking isn’t likely to eventually take a toll on one’s lungs, but toking the herb has been found to be far less detrimental to one’s bodily health than regularly consuming alcohol. It’s also pertinent to note that according to research, alcohol is by far the more addictive substance. Continue reading

Cannabis for regaining memories after head trauma

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Perusing the comments section on a 2015 article, Cannabis and the brain, I came across this comment ~

I got a recorded 5.5 brain injury on 08-30-2008 when I wrecked my H/D with no helmet on. It killed me 3 times and I was in a coma 87 days. I returned home 14 months later with no memory of what I use to do. They tested me & said I had lost the last 10 years of memory. I had to relearn life again. I had a friend ask me to get a medical card & try “cannabis”. I was amazed, my memories started returning. Since then I have learned that it is THC that does this. Every “head rush” makes the heart pump harder while the THC constricts blood vessels, making the ends of the blood veins grow in thew brain. That is what it needs !

From the main article:

There is evidence that shows Cannabis may grow brain cells, may protect the brain, and that it shrinks cancerous tumors and heals damage caused by chronic stress.

Politico: Did Jeff Sessions Just Increase the Odds Congress Will Make Marijuana Legal?

Read the article on Politico

As of late Friday, POLITICO Magazine could not find a single member of Congress who had issued a statement in support of Sessions’ actions

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When Jeff Sessions announced Thursday morning he had removed the barrier that had held back federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana cases in states that had made pot legal, he delivered on something he had all but promised when he was nominated as attorney general. Most of the marijuana world saw it coming, but they freaked out anyway.
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