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COMMENTARY · 25th January 2013
Terrace Daily News
In a response to a reader who comments regularly on this website, Terrace's newest 'millionaire' lottery winner Bob Erb had the following to say. He asked us to republish this on his behalf.

Following his words is an article published in the Los Angeles Times from September 2012; a story of a young boy saved where nothing else worked.

After this captivating story is a link to further writings which reveal the corruption and profiteering with political posturing, which has resulted in the laws against hemp and marijuana, which laws could be considered criminal in themselves.

And following that is a link to a source of material which convincingly addresses a serious cure for cancer.

Directly after Bob's words is a link to the audio of an interview he participated in.


From Bob Erb

I read the brief comments from a reader supporting Canada’s ‘anti cannabis’ laws and realized there are still pockets of ignorance within the community.

An Angus Reid poll published Nov. 2, 2012 in the Vancouver Province shows 75 per cent of British Columbians and 66 per cent of Canadians support legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana.

To support prohibition is to support crime in our neighborhoods and terrorism abroad.

The huge benefits of legalization are mind-boggling. Industrial fibre for pulp mills and strand board mills is just one; an annual renewable resource; not every 60-plus years as is the case with wood fibre.

Clothing, food, cosmetics are just a few of the multitude of other uses.

Not to mention the many medical uses approved by Health Canada. Also, many find marijuana is a safer way to relax with rather than using alcohol or tobacco.

Check on the computer as to leading causes of death. Tobacco and alcohol are by far the leading causes followed by prescription drugs. Zero for marijuana.

After 14 years of Prohibition in the United States, millions of jobs were created. Trucking, warehousing, distilleries, bars, liquor stores and so on.

Marijuana legalization would result in income taxes collected, increased spending on home mortgages and municipal infrastructure upgrades.

More money for health care, Pharmacare, education, pensions, fixed incomes, etc. are just a few of the benefits – all without raising taxes.

New revenue would come from a huge new source – B.C.’s marijuana industry. It’s now estimated at $12 billion annually, making it our largest industry.

Other benefits would be a big drop in many types of crime. Not good news for the police. Pot crime is their bread and butter.

This would translate into lower policing, court and prison costs.

Freeing up these resources would help provide institutions for the real criminals.

Guns, gangs and drug houses would disappear from our neigbourhoods.

Think about it. Al Capone would have been only a petty neighbourhood crook if not for Prohibition.

To the supporters of Canada’s ‘anti cannabis’, I would say educate yourself on facts, not myths.

There’s no excuse for ignorance in this age of technology and information.

One interesting fact as reported in several reputable medical journals show findings that people who use pot regularly are usually of a higher education and IQ. So pot users may be dopeheads but are not dopey people.

Bob Erb,
Thornhill, BC

End Note: Bob would like to see residents visit a local store handling Hemp products, Deviant Fibres, located in the Lazelle Mini Mall, to try actual healthy products, all made from the hemp plant.

Listen to Bob - Check it out at the 31 minute mark.
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Or search - thestory.org - archives to December 17, 2012


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CANNABIDOL HELPS BOY REDUCE SEIZURES


" Before Jayden David turned 5, he had tried a dozen powerful medications to tame a rare form of epilepsy. The side effects were devastating.

There were grand mal seizures that lasted more than an hour. “If he wasn’t sleeping, he was seizing,” said Jayden’s father, Jason David.

David said, he contemplated suicide. Then one day he heard about a teenager who was expelled from school for using marijuana to help control seizures.

In the 14 months since, the little boy has been swallowing droppers full of a solution made mostly of cannabidiol, or CBD, the second most prominent of marijuana’s 60 or so cannabinoids. Unlike the dominant THC, cannabidiol is not psychoactive, so the sweet-tasting infusion Jayden takes four times a day doesn’t make him high.

Down from 22 prescription pills per day to four, he now eats solid food, responds to his father’s incessant requests for kisses and dances in his Modesto living room to the “Yo Gabba Gabba!” theme song.

But this summer, federal prosecutors moved to close Oakland's Harborside Health Center — the nation's largest dispensary and the place David has relied on most for help.

The public debate over medical marijuana — which violates federal law but is legal in California, 17 other states and the District of Columbia — for the most part has pitted those who praise its health benefits against those who say it is merely an excuse to get high. Lost in the discussion has been the fact that marijuana has myriad components that affect the body in a number of ways.

CBD, for instance, was virtually bred out of U.S. plants decades ago by growers whose customers preferred the mind-altering properties of high-THC varietals. Yet it is experiencing a resurgence, having shown promise as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, neuroprotectant and cancer-fighting agent.

"Nobody is going to a dispensary for this to get high," said Martin Lee, a Bay Area writer who has reported on cannabidiol for years. "With CBD, it's clear that it's just about medicine."

A photo in the kitchen shows a beaming David nuzzled up against his newborn son. But the family's joy soon clouded. Jayden had his first grand mal at 4 1/2 months. The muscle jerks followed, as did seizures that cause sudden collapse.

At 1 1/2, the blue-eyed boy was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a form of infant epilepsy described in medical literature as catastrophic — and potentially fatal.

David and Jayden's mother, whose marriage failed under the stress, consulted top experts, resulting in "more drugs and more ambulance trips," David said.

By late 2010, Jayden had tried 11 medications. The 12th was stiripentol, hailed as a potential Dravet breakthrough. But after six months, Jayden's seizures and side effects were worse. David said his son rarely responded to those around him, had difficulty chewing and often screamed in fear.

"I was going crazy," David said. The onetime jewelry store manager recalled stepping out onto his front lawn in April 2011 to make a phone call: "Mom," he said. "I'm going to shoot myself in the head. I can't stand seeing him this way."

That Sunday, David, a devout Assyrian Christian, and his girlfriend brought Jayden to their parish. "We were asking God for signs," David said.

The TV news story David saw the next day about the epileptic teenager seemed to offer one. Scouring the Internet, he came across decades of research documenting the therapeutic effects of CBD." View Article from LA Times Here

VIDEO:VIDEO:Minute 3:00, Minute 12:00, Minute 19:00, Minute 25:00, Minute 32:00 High in CBD Cannabis(Meet the father and son from the picture above) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAl9FKnLG2g

More Info Here

"Cannabinoids, the active components of Cannabis sativa L., act in the body by mimicking endogenous substances - the endocannabinoids - that activate specific cell surface receptors. Cannabinoids exert various palliative effects in cancer patients. In addition, cannabinoids inhibit the growth of different types of tumor cells, including glioma cells, in laboratory animals.

They do so by modulating key cell signaling pathways, mostly the endoplasmic reticulum stress response, thereby inducing antitumoral actions such as the apoptotic death of tumor cells and the inhibition of tumor angiogenesis.

Of interest, cannabinoids seem to be selective antitumoral compounds, as they kill glioma cells, but not their non-transformed astroglial counterparts. On the basis of these preclinical findings, a pilot clinical study of Delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme has been recently run. The good safety profile of THC, together with its possible growth-inhibiting action on tumor cells, justifies the setting up of future trials aimed at evaluating the potential antitumoral activity of cannabinoids."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17952650

"Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia.

Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting..." http://www.google.com/patents/US6630507

Top 5 Lobbyist Against Cannabis Reform-

1.) Police Unions: Police departments across the country have become dependent on federal drug war grants to finance their budget. In March, we published a story revealing that a police union lobbyist in California coordinated the effort to defeat Prop 19, a ballot measure in 2010 to legalize marijuana, while helping his police department clients collect tens of millions in federal marijuana-eradication grants. And it’s not just in California. Federal lobbying disclosures show that other police union lobbyists have pushed for stiffer penalties for marijuana-related crimes nationwide.

2.) Private Prisons Corporations: Private prison corporations make millions by incarcerating people who have been imprisoned for drug crimes, including marijuana. As Republic Report’s Matt Stoller noted last year, Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest for-profit prison companies, revealed in a regulatory filing that continuing the drug war is part in parcel to their business strategy. Prison companies have spent millions bankrolling pro-drug war politicians and have used secretive front groups, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to pass harsh sentencing requirements for drug crimes.

3.) Alcohol and Beer Companies: Fearing competition for the dollars Americans spend on leisure, alcohol and tobacco interests have lobbied to keep marijuana out of reach. For instance, the California Beer & Beverage Distributors contributed campaign contributions to a committee set up to prevent marijuana from being legalized and taxed.

4.) Pharmaceutical Corporations: Like the sin industries listed above, pharmaceutical interests would like to keep marijuana illegal so American don’t have the option of cheap medical alternatives to their products. Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now lobbies the government to relax marijuana prohibition laws, told Republic Report that next to police unions, the “second biggest opponent on Capitol Hill is big PhRMA” because marijuana can replace “everything from Advil to Vicodin and other expensive pills.”

5.) Prison Guard Unions: Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars just like for-profit prison companies. In 2008, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent a whopping $1 million to defeat a measure that would have “reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison.” http://www.republicreport.org/2012/marijuana-lobby-illegal/
— with Kim Love and Eric Bruce Eichbauer.

From the Terrace Daily May 15, 2011

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From Cannabis Culture dot com
If you really want to cure cancer
READ THIS ARTICLE AND WATCH THE VIDEO "RUN FROM THE CURE

Contained within this above linked article are numerous videos and news reports on the benefits of cannabis treatment and usage.
Greatest medical benefit is
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 31st January 2013
The best medical benefit is we wouldn't be paying doctors to save the lives of people who have been shot from illegal drug deals or innocent by standers who are maimed by drug dealers in shoot outs.
Cannabis is safer than Alcohol and Tobacco.
Comment by Deaner on 26th January 2013
Alcohol is toxic to healthy cells and organs, a side effect that results directly in about 35,000 deaths in the United States annually from illnesses such as cirrhosis of the liver, ulcers, cancer and heart disease. Heavy alcohol consumption can depress the central nervous system — inducing unconsciousness, coma and death — and is strongly associated with increased risks of injury.
According to US Centers for Disease Control, alcohol plays a role in about 41,000 fatal accidents a year and in the commission of about 1 million violent crimes annually. Worldwide, the statistics are even grimmer. Stated a February 2011 World Health Organization report, alcohol consumption causes a staggering 4 percent of all deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence.

By contrast, the active compounds in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, are relatively nontoxic to humans. Unlike alcohol, marijuana is incapable of causing a fatal overdose, and its use is inversely associated with aggression and injury.
According to a just-published review in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, “A direct comparison of alcohol and cannabis showed that alcohol was considered to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to users, and five times more harmful as cannabis to others (society). … As there are few areas of harm that each drug can produce where cannabis scores are more [dangerous to health] than alcohol, we suggest that even if there were no legal impediment to cannabis use, it would be unlikely to be more harmful than alcohol.”

Cannabis is far safer than tobacco.

According to a 2009 white paper by the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, health-related costs per user are eight times higher for drinkers than they are for those who use cannabis, and are more than 40 times higher for tobacco smokers. It states: "In terms of (health-related) costs per user: tobacco-related health costs are over $800 per user, alcohol-related health costs are much lower at $165 per user, and cannabis-related health costs are the lowest at $20 per user."

A previous analysis commissioned by the World Health Organization agreed, stating, "On existing patterns of use, cannabis poses a much less serious public health problem than is currently posed by alcohol and tobacco in Western societies." So then why is the federal government so worried about adults consuming it in the privacy of their own homes?

Some tax revenue is better than no tax revenue.

According to a 2007 George Mason University study, U.S. citizens each year spend about $113 billion on marijuana. Under prohibition, all of this spending is directed toward an underground economy and goes untaxed.

Having the personal experience of losing friends and family to the short term and chronic use of Alcohol and also long term Tobacco use; but not one death to Marijuana use; the evidence speaks for itself; ignorance, BS (Belief System), and control are the issue here.
Everything has a Cost
Comment by Simon on 26th January 2013
Mr Peters, perhaps we should look at the costs of other things while we are at it and maybe ban them too.

Firstly, we can ban the most dangerous drugs of all, alcohol and tobacco. I could list the reasons, but some people have short attention spans. I think it is safe to say that they cause far more damage than cannabis. The benefits of both are pretty small too. Neither are really all that useful for medical purposes, but marijuana is.

But the argument for banning them is not the purpose of my post. I think it is time that we, mature adults that we claim to be, looked long and hard at the other sources of death and damage in our society. Lets start with cars. Lots of people die in crashes, and many many more are left horribly injured. Then there is the damage to the environment, which is substantial. We are consuming oil at an incredible rate and if everyone join in with us Canadians and guzzled it at the same rate as us, the supply wouldn't last very long indeed. And trucks, SUVs and bigger vehicles are much worse. Such vehicles are also one of the reasons that we are so fat. So, cars and trucks kill people, destroy the environment and help make us fat.

Lets look at dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO) or hydric acid. It's a terrible substance that kills many people every year. It is the main ingredient in acid rain. It is essential part of the production of most illicit drugs. It can cause burns, hypothermia, corrosion, and is fatal if inhaled. In fact, it is probably the one material that causes the most damage and yet the Canadian government has been complicit in making sure that it is part of our water supply, and has done nothing to remove it from our rivers, forests or even food. Of course, it is water, but that's immaterial, it causes incredible amounts of harm each year.

If you haven't guessed, I'm trying to say that everything has a cost and some have benefits. As mature adults, we get to decide what costs (where such costs are ours to bear) are acceptable for the benefit we receive. In my opinion, it is not my place to tell you what you can consume so long as it does not hurt me or my dependants. I don't think that if you take marijuana the same way most people consume alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine (in moderation and in an appropriate environment) that it is right for me or my representatives (the government) to stop you. Just because some people may abuse it does not mean that it should be illegal. Otherwise cars, trucks, alcohol, tobacco, guns, internet, telephones, video recorders, cameras, etc. would all be illegal as they can all be misused. If we allow our government to make the decision for us as to what we can use, especially so where the costs are very much borne by the user, we have allowed Canada to become a nanny state and I for one do not want that.
To what benefit?
Comment by Mr. Peters on 25th January 2013
I will not argue the social arguments for the legalization of marijuana as they can be apply to any drug or activity and thereby nullify those very arguments. I want to look at the medical effects of this drug as that is what we should be concerned about. What is this drug doing to me?

Although legalization activists and many marijuana users believe smoking pot has no negative effects, scientific research indicates that marijuana use can cause many different health problems.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the Canada about 14% of people say that they smoke it on regular basis. When smoked, it begins to effect users almost immediately and can last for one to three hours. When it is eaten in food, such as baked in brownies and cookies, the effects take longer to begin, but usually last longer.

Short-Term Effects

The short-term effects of marijuana include:
Distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch)
Problems with memory and learning
Loss of coordination
Trouble with thinking and problem-solving
Increased heart rate, reduced blood pressure

Sometimes marijuana use can also produce anxiety, fear, distrust, or panic.

Effects on the Brain

The active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, acts on cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells and influences the activity of those cells. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors, but other areas of the brain have few or none at all. Many cannabinoid receptors are found in the parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.
When high doses of marijuana are used, usually when eaten in food rather than smoked, users can experience the following symptoms:
Hallucinations
Delusions
Impaired memory
Disorientation

Effects on the Heart

Within a few minutes after smoking marijuana, the heart begins beating more rapidly and the blood pressure drops. Marijuana can cause the heart beat to increase by 20 to 50 beats per minute, and can increase even more if other drugs are used at the same time.
Because of the lower blood pressure and higher heart rate, researchers found that users' risk for a heart attack is four times higher within the first hour after smoking marijuana, compared to their general risk of heart attack when not smoking.

Effects on the Lungs

Smoking marijuana, even infrequently, can cause burning and stinging of the mouth and throat, and cause heavy coughing. Scientists have found that regular marijuana smokers can experience the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers do, including:
Daily cough and phlegm production
More frequent acute chest illnesses
Increased risk of lung infections
Obstructed airways

Most marijuana smokers consume a lot less cannabis than cigarette smokers consume tobacco, however the harmful effects of smoking marijuana should not be ignored. Marijuana contains more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke and because marijuana smokers typically inhale deeper and hold the smoke in their lungs longer than tobacco smokers, their lungs are exposed to those carcinogenic properties longer, when smoking.

What About Cancer?

Although one study found that marijuana smokers were three times more likely to develop cancer of the head or neck than non-smokers, that study could not be confirmed by further analysis.
Because marijuana smoke contains three times the amount of tar found in tobacco smoke and 50 percent more carcinogens, it would seem logical to deduce that there is an increased risk of lung cancer for marijuana smokers. However, researchers have not been able to definitively prove such a link because their studies have not been able to adjust for tobacco smoking and other factors that might also increase the risk.
Studies linking marijuana smoking to lung cancer have also been limited by selection bias and small sample size. For example, the participants in those studies may have been too young to have developed lung cancer yet. Even though researchers have yet to "prove" a link between smoking pot and lung cancer, regular smokers may want to consider the risk.

Other Health Effects

Research indicates that THC impairs the body's immune system from fighting disease, which can cause a wide variety of health problems. One study found that marijuana actually inhibited the disease-preventing actions of key immune cells. Another study found that THC increased the risk of developing bacterial infections and tumors.

Effects of Exposure During Pregnancy

Several studies have found that children born to mothers who used marijuana during pregnancy exhibit some problems with neurological development. According to those studies, prenatal marijuana exposure can cause:
Altered responses to visual stimuli
Increased tremulousness
Problems with sustained attention and memory
Poor problem-solving skill.

What is good about it.