Gallup: Sixty-Four Percent Of Americans Want Obama Administration To End Crackdown On Marijuana

marijuana_leafPresObamaWe discussed earlier how the top Justice Department attorney in Washington State said that the federal government would not yield to the state referendums legalizing marijuana use and possession. This followed a statement the day after the election that the Administration would not change their policy on targeting marijuana, including medical marijuana. However, a new Gallup poll shows an impressive 64 percent of Americans object to the enforcement in state legalizing or decriminalizing pot. Only 34 percent supported the continuation of the Obama policy.

What is fascinating is that even those who oppose legalization of marijuana still opposed the Obama policy by 43 percent.

The Obama policy for the last four years has been the subject of continual criticism. As on national security and civil liberties, Obama has not wavered from continuing and even expanding on the earlier Bush policies. The massive bureaucracy of police, prosecutors, and policy makers in the drug campaign have become something of a perpetual enforcement machine — relying on the proceeds of drug raids and seizures to support hundreds of thousands of jobs. In the meantime, we are giving criminal records to tens of thousands of people every year and clogging our courts with pot cases. This is a case where citizens are far more rational than their leaders. Yet, for four years Obama have refused to budge on the issue and, after these historic state measures, the Justice Department has said that it will not yield even in these states. This includes a highly misleading statement made by the U.S. Attorney in Washington state. The Administration has previously declined to enforcement certain immigration laws and can clearly redirect federal resources toward enforcement of more serious drugs. The Administration could have backed off of these raids and prosecutions at any time in the last four years and, according to statements after the election, is not inclined to do so in the second term. The question is how much pressure can brought to bear on Congress, particularly from states who want to tax marijuana which could bring in billions in new revenue.

47 thoughts on “Gallup: Sixty-Four Percent Of Americans Want Obama Administration To End Crackdown On Marijuana

  1. As JT states the main impediment to changing all of this is the massive bureaucracy built by the “Drug War” complex that get massive amounts of money searching out and jailing people. It is in the personal interests of many supposed “experts” to continue to flog the need for the “drug war”, even though all efforts thus far have been total failures. Even the drug treatment industry has a “cure” rate of 15 to 20 %, which is less than impressive.

    Historically a man named Harry J. Anslinger, an Elliot Ness contemporary, dreamed up making Marijuana illegal after he faced job loss when alcohol became legal again. So it goes.

  2. Puzzling,

    That’s one part of the equation….. I’m for personal choice….. I’m not of the school that its a gateway to other drugs…..

    I’m also for states rights…..

    As bob esq pointed out the other day….. There are no general federal criminal laws…… I wonder if the founders knew something about oppressive overlords….

  3. Excerpt:

    Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs Eleven Years Ago And The Results Are Staggering
    Samuel Blackstone | Jul. 17, 2012, 9:37 AM | 193,394 | 50

    Portugal Drug Bust

    AP Photo/ Paulo Duarte
    On July 1st, 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug, from marijuana, to cocaine, to heroin. Some thought Lisbon would become a drug tourist haven, others predicted usage rates among youths to surge.

    Eleven years later, it turns out they were both wrong.

    Over a decade has passed since Portugal changed its philosophy from labeling drug users as criminals to labeling them as people affected by a disease. This time lapse has allowed statistics to develop and in time, has made Portugal an example to follow.

    First, some clarification.

    Portugal’s move to decriminalize does not mean people can carry around, use, and sell drugs free from police interference. That would be legalization. Rather, all drugs are “decriminalized,” meaning drug possession, distribution, and use is still illegal. While distribution and trafficking is still a criminal offense, possession and use is moved out of criminal courts and into a special court where each offender’s unique situation is judged by legal experts, psychologists, and social workers. Treatment and further action is decided in these courts, where addicts and drug use is treated as a public health service rather than referring it to the justice system (like the U.S.), reports Fox News.

    The resulting effect: a drastic reduction in addicts, with Portuguese officials and reports highlighting that this number, at 100,000 before the new policy was enacted, has been halved in the following ten years. Portugal’s drug usage rates are now among the lowest of EU member states, according to the same report.

    One more outcome: a lot less sick people. Drug related diseases including STDs and overdoses have been reduced even more than usage rates, which experts believe is the result of the government offering treatment with no threat of legal ramifications to addicts.

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  4. States rights in red states don’t work out so well….. voter suppression, no gay marriage, poorly funded public schools ,restrictive abortion laws, overuse of the death penalty, repressive drugs laws at the state level…..

  5. “When Colorado’s marijuana measure passed last month with 55 percent of the vote, Hickenlooper cautioned pot smokers not to get too excited because the drug remains illegal under federal law. Colorado and Washington officials both reached out to federal authorities to see if they planned to sue to block the state pot measures. There’s been no signal, with federal authorities simply repeating that the Controlled Substances Act remains intact.

    Hickenlooper said there are still many questions to be answered about how federal authorities plan to respond to state marijuana legalization. Colorado’s measure specifically directs lawmakers to regulate commercial sales of marijuana, something federal authorities have repeatedly said they won’t allow.

    The governor said he’s not frustrated by the slow federal response.

    “They’re going as fast as they can,” Hickenlooper said. “There’s no black and white, right and wrong answer here.”

    Colorado’s constitution now allows adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and six plants. Hickenlooper has set up a task force of lawmakers, law enforcement, marijuana activists and agriculture officials to suggest how the drug should be regulated. The group has a February deadline for suggesting pot rules, which must be approved by the Legislature.” Washington Post

  6. Obama has not wavered from continuing and even expanding on the earlier Bush policies. The massive bureaucracy of police, prosecutors, and policy makers in the drug campaign have become something of a perpetual enforcement machine — relying on the proceeds of drug raids and seizures to support hundreds of thousands of jobs. In the meantime, we are giving criminal records to tens of thousands of people every year and clogging our courts with pot cases. This is a case where citizens are far more rational than their leaders.

    Time for a new chapter in civics textbooks that explains these phenomena as results of the reality of an epigovernment and what those handlers want done.

    Higher ups want this done for ulterior motives, possibly an international drug industry.

  7. A few cities in Michigan also legalized medicinal pot during this last election.

    We need to demand that the Federal government get out of the pot prohibition business and stop wasting our resources in fighting a battle the public no longer supports.

  8. SM, I don’t know whether to be surprised at AK’s rate of arrests or not. I’ve certainly been around people who smoke pot in the lower states but not to the extent that I experienced in AK. It just seemed to be the thing that so many people did that it was generally accepted. Or maybe it was just the people I was around.

  9. I say tax the production and purchase of marijuana.
    I think Portugal got it right by decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana, but possession should not be illegal. Of course, the prison industry would fight any decriminalizing of the drug laws,notwithstanding the sense it would make.

  10. Lets not forget, like everyone else in government, Obama is a whore, nothing more, nothing less. The alcohol and pharmaceutical industries, who pay our whore’s very well, are both very much opposed to legalizing marijuana.

    As has been mentioned, we could tax marijuana which would be good for the government, but marijuana does not require much “processing” so it is hard for large companies to make much money from it – as they do from alcohol which is much more of a manufactured product. So, much like the food industry opposes more natural and less processed foods, the alcohol industry opposes marijuana.

    And, it goes without saying why the pharmaceutical industry opposes legalized marijuana. We are the most medicated nation on earth by far, there have been several recent articles, including a special by Sanjay Gupta on CNN, discussing the shockingly high percentage of Americans taking prescription drugs of the “mind altering type” – narcotics, antidepressants, Valium, Xanax, etc.

    So, this is how America works. They pay the whore, and the whore does what he’s told because he likes the money and the power.

    So much for “hope and change”.

  11. Professor Turley: >”The question is how much pressure can brought to bear on Congress, particularly from states who want to tax marijuana which could bring in billions in new revenue”.<

    The answer is: It doesn't matter. Since WHEN has ANY administration cared about what the public thinks or wants?

  12. The crime of making Industrial Hemp illegal should be addressed as well. When we see all the signs of ‘peak oil’, the mining of the Canadian Tar Sands was always the major predictor of peak oil, why continue to make a plant that can replace thousands of oil based products ‘illegal’ to grow?

    It is the height of stupidity. The whole government is in a tizzie about the price of oil and food and the declining industrial base in America that led to massive job losses, etc. If we had a decent law regarding industrial hemp, we could have thousands of ‘home grown’ industries.

    Products that have a closed ‘carbon cycle’. We could replace all the oil based single use plastics with hemp. Medical products like plastic gloves. Car parts and anything made of fiberglass. Industrial hemp as a base material would lower the amount of carbon dumped into our atmosphere each year.

    Look at the dismal results of the recent climate change talks in Doha. If Obama wants to support reduction of greenhouse gasses by ‘voluntary’ means, in both business and production, he should legalize industrial hemp today!
    Business corporations would form. Farmers would plant. Machines to process would be bought. Hempcrete building materials would be made. Soundproof hemp wall board would be manufactured. People would be hired to work in all sorts of new industries.

    Our whole government is blocking the way for economic growth by denying American farmers the right to grow the most useful plant on Earth. It is idiocy.

  13. I see this as just further evidence that the Federal government – in it’s corruption and malfeasance – now sees itself as a national government which is something outside the bounds of the Constitution. We are in form a Federal Republic. The Federal government exists to serve the needs of the states and their citizens, not the other way around. The Federal government’s recalcitrance in this matter just goes to illustrate who their real masters are on this matter: Big Pharma, Big Alcohol and the Private Prison-MIC-LE Industrial Complex.

    The people want marijuana legalized.

    There is no just reason to continue to fight against them.

    The lessons of Prohibition are clear.

    The only excuse now is bribery and corruption to maintain the illegal profits surrounding a wrongly prohibited substance and the enforcement machinery around said prohibition.

  14. Barry has the same statistical number of supporters as Dubya had as he rode off into the sunset. No wonder because he’s just saving a place for our future totalitarian leader.

  15. I would rather eat hemp seeds than corn. Now we see our government shilling for GMO corn all over the world. Using our Ambassadors and punishing nations who do not comply.
    Then came the French study, and other independent studies showing GMO corn has serious adverse health effects. But still, in the ‘secret’ current farm bill, more support for GMO corn.

    It will be interesting to see the legal cases in the future when people have a huge class action legal action against Monsanto for causing organ damage and infertility. Already, Keiser Permenente is warning members about GMOs in food.
    Will the health insurance corporations have to sue Monsanto to bring down the health costs in their insured populations? It would not surprise me at all to see this in the future.

    I do not see this in any other way than the government is picking winners and losers in this economy. Compared to corn or wheat, hemp seed is superior: highly nutritious, high concentrations of Omega 3 oils, does not need pesticides or herbicides or any chemical input in order to grow. It improves poor soils.

    Hemp seed should be cheaper than corn as a basic food in America. It is not because of the government and that is the only reason.

    Here is a petition protesting the current farm bill which should be stopped:


    World leaders call for an end to the War on Drugs ™. If Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter cannot persuade Obama then we know he is doing this for all the wrong reasons (and he does not need further campaign cash, does he?):

    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton:
    Obviously if the expected result was that we would eliminate serious drug use in America and eliminate the narco-trafficking networks, it hasn’t worked. […]
    We could have fighting, killing over cigarettes if we made it a felony to sell a cigarette or smoke one. So we legalized it. If all you do is try to find a police or military solution to the problem, a lot of people die and it doesn’t solve the problem. […]
    I think there should be safe places where people who have addiction could come, and not think they’re gonna be arrested and will have basic needs met. I have experience with this including personal experience. I have a brother who was addicted to cocaine, so I know a lot about this.

    Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso:
    When I was in office in Brazil, of course I was aware of the situation of the drugs, but I was convinced that true repression would be possible to stop the production of drugs. But I was wrong at the time.

    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos:
    I think a new approach, or at least to open up or break the taboo is what the world should do. There are many possibilities, including the possibility of legalizing drugs. Politically, I know that this has cost a lot. I have already incurred this cost. They have attacked me for saying what I am saying to you. But I don’t think politicians or leaders of any country can only say what people want to hear.

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (from the film’s web page):
    Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.

    Former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria:
    I personally fully disagree with the U.S. saying that they are being more successful just because they have more people in jail or because they have more sentences against traffickers than they had 20 or 10 or five years ago. That is not a good way to say that a policy is successful. … If they had less violence and less consumption, well that would be a success.

    Former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss:
    I am sure that regulation by the state with very clear limitation is the solution.

    Jorge G. Castañeda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico:
    I think the war has created the situation. The situation did not create the war. The problem is that the Mexican military is not trained for this. It’s not trained for police missions. This is a police task and you’re asking it to fight a war it cannot win and it knows it is not winning. And so the military go in and they shoot. That’s what soldiers do. All of this has been going on now for 4 or 5 years and it’s getting worse and worse and worse.

    Dr. Peter Moskos, criminologist and former police officer:
    In the neighborhood I policed [in Baltimore], men who are born there have about a 12 percent chance of getting murdered in their lifetime. It seems like these problems are far more important than some sort of futile goal of creating a drug-free society. People should care more about all these deaths and by and large the vast majority are related to prohibition.

  17. As long as a Monsanto person is in charge of all farms and food we’re stuck with GMO and forget it being labeled.

  18. Hickenlooper signed an executive decree pushing the legalization of personal marijuana in Colorado to begin today instead of January.

    Smart men see the pointlessness of these laws.
    Many over the counter drugs- antihistamines, aspirin, tylenol, nasal sprays- are more dangerous than marijuana.
    The Governor simply does not want to waste any more time and money on trying to enforce unenforceable and unreasonable laws

  19. bettykath. I really believe that in the future there will be massive law suits on GMO corn, soybeans, and canola oil.
    Health Insurance corporations will have statistical analysis showing the damage done to human health by these foods. I would not be surprised to see some government officials, like the head of the FDA , will be charged with collusion with Monsanto et al to damage human health for profits.

    It is a terrible, horrible conspiracy. Bill Gates is on record saying these foods will limit population growth! Too bad he has so much money to back this harmful technology.

    They spout about free markets yet they create a monopoly that is harming populations all over the world and the environment as well. While they make a more nutritious food plant illegal. It is collusion. Americans would be so much healthier if we put hemp seed in all processed food instead of GMO corn, soy, etc.
    There would be no talk about Medicare going bankrupt. Right now, many medical doctors are advising their patients to stop eating GMOs. Funny, all those people get well when they banish these substances from their diet. This will only become more and more obvious….

  20. a new Gallup poll shows an impressive 64 percent of Americans object to the enforcement in state legalizing or decriminalizing pot. Only 34 percent supported the continuation of the Obama policy.

    the other 2% were too busy pigging out on moonpies to answer.

  21. There’s a way for the Obama administration to decriminalize medical marijuana without even involving Congress. The Controlled Substances Act, the 1970 law that governs federal drug policy, is based on a system known as “scheduling,” in which drugs are sorted into categories based on their potential for abuse and usefulness in medicine. Marijuana, along with the likes of heroin and DMT, is a schedule I drug, meaning it is judged to have a high potential for abuse and little medical value. By contrast, cocaine, oxycontin and PCP are all schedule II drugs, and can be prescribed.

    Rulings on scheduling, however, are not permanent. Upon petition from private citizens, the DEA can initiate a process that results in a drug being rescheduled. In effect, that means that the attorney general can direct the DEA to act on a petition for marijuana rescheduling. In effect, Eric Holder could direct the agency to remove marijuana from the list of scheduled drugs, decriminalizing it for medical use federally.

    I signed a White House. gov petition to reschedule marijuana. That petition made the number needed for a response, but nothing as of now. And then there was a little tidbit about Eric Holder saying there would be some sort of statement from Obama on the new laws passed in Colorado and Washington.

  22. “WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing early next year on federal marijuana policy, the head of the committee said Thursday. Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy said he intends to hold a hearing in light of recently passed state laws legalizing personal marijuana use. Given the fiscal constraints of federal law enforcement, Leahy asked in a letter to Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske how the administration plans to use federal resources in light of new laws in Colorado and Washington State, as well as what recommendations the agency is making to the Department of Justice. He also asked the ONDCP director what assurances the administration can give to state officials to ensure they will face no criminal penalties for carrying out their duties under those state laws.”

  23. Bill Maher says police should stop going after people who smoke marijuana and target pharmaceutical companies and doctors who peddle “the prescription sh-t.”
    “One of the big problems with the Drug War is that it goes after the wrong drugs,” Maher wrote on Wednesday in a blog post. “Because of prescription abuse, drug-related overdoses have doubled nationally in the last decade.”
    He added: “We should lay off the pot and start curtailing the pharmaceutical companies and doctors peddling the prescription sh-t.”

    The host of “HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher” noted The Los Angeles Times’ November series that reported there were 3,733 deaths from prescription drugs between 2006 and 2011 in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and San Diego counties — more than heroin or cocaine.
    “Compare that to the number of deaths from OD’ing on marijuana, which was just one guy in the Valley who giggled to death,” Maher quipped.

    Since the states of Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana last month, politicos have weighed in on the topic — most recently former President Jimmy Carter, who supports the legislation. But it’s at odds with federal regulations, and federal authorities have indicated they will still enforce national laws. At a speech last night, Attorney General Eric Holder said a federal response on states’ legalization efforts could come within the next month.

    Maher’s take? Authorities should focus on prescription abuse.
    “Wouldn’t we be a lot better served asking our drug czar to stop worrying about the other drugs and focus instead on cleaning up this problem?” he asked

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  24. Santa prefers the to drink the urine of his reindeers who have been eating a psychedelic tundra fungus. The reindeer kidney purifies the drug.
    Speculation that this is the origin of Santa has wide backing in Scandinavia.

  25. Dear Santa,

    When you go to pete’s place, be sure to take him a box of MoonPies too.

    And a DVD of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.

  26. “”It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that under state law that’s legal,” he told ABC News in part of an interview released on Friday.

    “At this point (in) Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue. And, as it is, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions,” Obama said.

  27. yea, Nal, I saw that this morning. Obama said the same thing about the medical marijuana dispensaries in California. People are in jail now for that lie. People who were following state law, who had consulted with sheriffs departments, who did everything they could to comply.

    From Jan. 2012
    Tommy LaNier — Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s National Marijuana Initiative — warned that Justice Department officials are also intending to target city and county officials who oversee local regulations permitting the production or dispensing of medical cannabis. “[We] have … advised those places where they’re trying to regulate marijuana — which is illegal under the Control Substances Act — (that) they cannot do that,” LaNier said.

    He added that the Justice Department’s crackdown intends to eventually target every state that allows for some form of limited legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.

    In December, US Attorney General Eric Holder told members of Congress that the Justice Department would only target medical cannabis operators that “use marijuana in a way that’s not consistent with the state statute.”

    Members of the NORML Legal Committee filed suit in November against the federal government arguing that its actions were in violation of the Ninth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. That lawsuit remains pending.”

  28. Spain Study Confirms Hemp Oil Cures Cancer Without Side Effects

    By Mark Sircus Ac., OMD

    The medical science is strongly in favor of THC laden hemp oil as a primary cancer therapy, not just in a supportive role to control the side effects of chemotherapy. The International Medical Verities Association is putting hemp oil on its cancer protocol. It is a prioritized protocol list whose top five items are magnesium chloride, iodine, selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid and sodium bicarbonate. It makes perfect sense to drop hemp oil right into the middle of this nutritional crossfire of anti cancer medicines, which are all available without prescription.

    Hemp oil has long been recognised as one of the most versatile and beneficial substances known to man. Derived from hemp seeds (a member of the achene family of fruits) it has been regarded as a super-food due to its high essential fatty acid content and the unique ratio of omega3 to omega6 and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) – 2:5:1. Hemp oil, is known to contain up to 5% of pure GLA, a much higher concentration than any other plant, even higher than spirulina. For thousands of years, the hemp plant has been used in elixirs and medicinal teas because of its healing properties and now medical science is zeroing in on the properties of its active substances.

    Both the commercial legal type of hemp oil and the illegal THC laden hemp oil are one of the most power-packed protein sources available in the plant kingdom. Its oil can be used in many nutritional and transdermal applications. In other chapters in my Winning the War on Cancer book we will discuss in-depth about GLA and cancer and also the interesting work of Dr. Johanna Budwig. She uses flax seed oil instead of hemp oil to cure cancer – through effecting changes in cell walls – using these omega3 and omega6 laden medicinal oils.

    Rick Simpson, the man in the above mentioned videos, has been making hemp oil and sharing it with friends and neighbors without charging for it. In small doses, he says, it makes you well without getting you high. “Well you can’t deny your own eyes can you?” Simpson asks. “Here’s someone dying of cancer and they’re not dying anymore. I don’t care if the medicine comes from a tomato plant, potato plant or a hemp plant, if the medicine is safe and helps and works, why not use it?” he asks.

    When a person has cancer and is dying this question reaches a critical point. The bravery of Rick Simpson from Canada in showing us how to make hemp oil for ourselves offers many people a hope that should be increasingly appreciated as money dries up for expensive cancer treatments. We are going to need inexpensive medicines in the future and there is nothing better than the ones we can make reasonably cheaply ourselves.

    For most people in the world it is illegal so the choice could come down to breaking the law or dying. There is no research to indicate what advantages oral use of hemp oil vs. vaporization but we can assume that advantage would be nutritional with oral intake. Dr. Budwig Below work would sustain this point of view especially for cancer patients.

    The Science

    According to Dr. Robert Ramer and Dr. Burkhard Hinz of the University of Rostock in Germany medical marijuana can be an effective treatment for cancer.[v] Their research was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access on December 25th of 2007 in a paper entitled Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1.

    The biggest contribution of this breakthrough discovery, is that the expression of TIMP-1 was shown to be stimulated by cannabinoid receptor activation and to mediate the anti-invasive effect of cannabinoids. Prior to now the cellular mechanisms underlying this effect were unclear and the relevance of the findings to the behavior of tumor cells in vivo remains to be determined.

    Marijuana cuts lung cancer tumor growth in half, a 2007 Harvard Medical School study shows. The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

    This is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy. THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors.

    “The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer,” said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine. Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation.

    Researchers reported in the August 15, 2004 issue of Cancer Research, the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, that marijuana’s constituents inhibited the spread of brain cancer in human tumor biopsies.[vii] In a related development, a research team from the University of South Florida further noted that THC can also selectively inhibit the activation and replication of gamma herpes viruses. The viruses, which can lie dormant for years within white blood cells before becoming active and spreading to other cells, are thought to increase one’s chances of developing cancers such as Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease.

    In 1998, a research team at Madrid’s Complutense University discovered that THC can selectively induce programmed cell death in brain tumor cells without negatively impacting surrounding healthy cells. Then in 2000, they reported in the journal Nature Medicine that injections of synthetic THC eradicated malignant gliomas (brain tumors) in one-third of treated rats, and prolonged life in another third by six weeks.

    Led by Dr. Manuel Guzman the Spanish team announced they had destroyed incurable brain cancer tumors in rats by injecting them with THC. They reported in the March 2002 issue of “Nature Medicine” that they injected the brains of 45 rats with cancer cells, producing tumors whose presence they confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). On the 12th day they injected 15 of the rats with THC and 15 with Win-55,212-2 a synthetic compound similar to THC.

    Researchers at the University of Milan in Naples, Italy, reported in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics that non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana inhibited the growth of glioma cells in a dose-dependent manner, and selectively targeted and killed malignant cells through apoptosis. “Non-psychoactive CBD produce[s] a significant anti-tumor activiity both in vitro and in vivo, thus suggesting a possible application of CBD as an antineoplastic agent.”

    The first experiment documenting pot’s anti-tumor effects took place in 1974 at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest of the U.S. government. The results of that study, reported in an Aug. 18, 1974, Washington Post newspaper feature, were that marijuana’s psychoactive component, THC, “slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.”

    Funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice — lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research even though the researchers “found that THC slowed the growth of lung cancers, breast cancers and a virus-induced leukemia in laboratory mice, and prolonged their lives by as much as 36 percent.”

    “Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids,” an article in a 1975 Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports, “Lewis lung adenocarcinoma growth was retarded by the oral administration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinol (CBN)” — two types of cannabinoids, a family of active components in marijuana. “Mice treated for 20 consecutive days with THC and CBN had reduced primary tumor size.”

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