This Week: Inhaled Cannabis Controls Convulsions in Epileptics; Medical Marijuana: The Replacement for Very Dangerous Drugs; Poll Shows Most Americans and Canadians Ready to Legalize Marijuana; California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate to Record Low; 4 Fascinating Things Marijuana Legalization Has Already Taught Us; Patricia Spottedcrow Released from Prison; Deepak Chopra Joins the Drug Policy Alliance; and more.
Hi Everyone. I’m back from my Italian vacation. Special thanks to Cynthia Johnston who kept things going wile I was gone. I’ll try to fill in the gaps of what we missed in this issue since we did miss last week. This week’s photo shows me in Italy.
Inhaled Cannabis Controls Convulsions in Epileptics— Cannabis inhalation is associated with significantly reduced incidences of convulsions in a pair of epileptic patients, according to a forthcoming case report in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior.
Medical Marijuana: The Replacement for Very Dangerous Drugs — “Marijuana is less addictive and less dangerous than Starbuck’s espresso.” Compelling credible commentary from Dr. Phil Leveque.
Poll Shows Most Americans and Canadians Ready to Legalize Marijuana — A majority of people in the United States and Canada believe cannabis should be readily available for those who want to use it, a new two-country Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found. In the online survey of representative national samples, a majority of Canadians (57%) and Americans (54%) support the legalization of marijuana.
4 Fascinating Things Marijuana Legalization Has Already Taught Us — Here are four of the most fascinating ways marijuana legalization has become the forefront of a groundbreaking discussion to which the media should starting paying attention.
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate to Record Low — Between 2010 and 2011, California experienced a drastic 20 percent decrease in juvenile crime–bringing the underage crime rate to the lowest level since the state started keeping records in 1954. According to a recently released study, much of that improvement can be credited to the decriminalization of marijuana.
Patricia Spottedcrow Released from Prison— After a two year incarceration, the Oklahoma mother who has become the face of unfair sentencing laws in Oklahoma has been released from prison. Patricia Spottedcrow, 26, walked out of Hillside Correctional Center about 8 AM Thursday. Spottedcrow was first convicted in 2010 on a felony charge for selling $30 of marijuana to a police informant in Kingfisher.
Deepak Chopra Joins the Drug Policy Alliance — Physician, bestselling author and global thought leader Deepak Chopra has joined the Honorary Board of the Drug Policy Alliance, the U.S.-based organization that is leading the fight for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. The DPA Honorary Board includes prominent figures from both the left and the right who are renowned for their leadership in the fields of law, health, business, media and politics – from Harry Belafonte, Russell Simmons and Sting to the former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci, and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker.
NBC’s Parenthood Features Medical Marijuana Storyline— Kudos to the NBC show for their honest portrayal of a family dealing with cancer.
TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITIES
Tell Your Representatives to Respect States’ Rights on Marijuana — Urge your legislators to support a new bill in Congress that would enable the states to implement their own marijuana laws free from federal interference.
White House Petition to Pardon Montana’s Chris Williams — Chris Williams is a Montana man who opened up a Medical Marijuana production facility after 62% of voters approved the law in his state. Chris William’s operated his facility according to the law that was passed by Montana voters. However, his facility was raided by the Federal Government in March of 2011, and he was charged for operating the grow facility. Mr. Williams was convicted and is facing 80 years in prison. He has been offered numerous plea deals to reduce his sentence, but has refused them because he believes he has committed no crime. Mr. William’s sentence, a sentence that will take him away from his family for the rest of his life, is most certainly cruel and unusual. Tell the White House to grant Williams a full and complete pardon.