Good Drugs and Bad Medicine

The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal

Taking the stage to rousing applause last February, [Patrick] Kennedy joined more than 2,000 opponents of marijuana legalization a few miles south of Washington, DC, at the annual convention of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA), one of the largest such organizations in the country.

“Let me tell you, there is nothing more inconsistent with trying to improve mental health and reduce substance-abuse disorders in this country than to legalize a third drug,” Kennedy boomed.

Unless that “third drug” is safer and less toxic than the other drugs, and would likely lead to lower use of those other drugs. So who, prey tell, could be against that?

Given that CADCA is dedicated to protecting society from dangerous drugs, the event that day had a curious sponsor: Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxy-Contin, the highly addictive painkiller that nearly ruined Kennedy’s congressional career and has been linked to thousands of overdose deaths nationwide.

Prescription opioids, a line of pain-relieving medications derived from the opium poppy or produced synthetically, are the most dangerous drugs abused in America, with more than 16,000 deaths annually linked to opioid addiction and overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more Americans now die from painkillers than from heroin and cocaine combined. The recent uptick in heroin use around the country has been closely linked to the availability of prescription opioids, which give their users a similar high and can trigger a heroin craving in recovering addicts. (Notably, there are no known deaths related to marijuana, although there have been instances of impaired driving.)

This article is more proof that the simplest way to understand how our world works is to follow the money, and the vast amount of money spent to ban marijuana and hemp will give you an small idea of the even more vast profits that are being protected by the competitors of legal marijuana and hemp. From alcohol, tobacco, and prescription pills, to fossil fuels, petrochemicals, and the entrenched agribusiness interests of soy, wheat, and corn: All these industries would lose business to a thriving hemp market, while independent farmers and manufacturers of America would benefit. I guess it’s pretty clear which side those industries are on…

The good news is that legally grown hemp and marijuana are now as inevitable as solar powered homes and cars, the bad news is that these these multinational corporations will do everything in their power to delay the legalization of this wonder crop for as long as possible while they keep raking in their Federally protected profits.

 

Speed and Weed: The Story of Two Schedules

The Speed of Hypocrisy: How America Got Hooked on Legal Meth

Most people understand that heroin and Oxycontin are both hard, addictive drugs. Not so with speed. When it comes to amphetamine, we’ve chosen a national split-screen in which doctors airily put millions of healthy children and adults on daily speed regimens while SWAT teams throw concussion bombs in baby cribs in pursuit of small-fry meth dealers.

I generally stay away from the medical marijuana debate because almost 80 years of Drug War propaganda has turned the “debate” into a chaotic mess of ignorance, racism, and police state inertia that has little to do with the facts, and this article is a great example of how ridiculous the “War on (Some) Drugs” has become.

Hemp has been banned for decades because the DEA declared that it is the same thing as the demon weed marijuana and therefore a Schedule I Drug (which are considered “the most dangerous of all drugs”).

So, what drugs does the DEA consider to be safer than marijuana? Cocaine, meth, and oxycodone, to name a few.

From the DEA:

Schedule I

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote

Schedule II

Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, less abuse potential than Schedule I drugs, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous. Some examples of Schedule II drugs are:

cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin

This policy was upheld without a second thought when the Obama White House answered a petition to allow farmers to once again grow hemp by declaring that since it was the same thing as marijuana it should remain illegal “to protect public health and safety.”

While there is little debate outside the DEA whether marijuana or crystal meth is more dangerous to society at large, the truly amazing thing is how the federal government, mainstream media, and Wall Street have given a big thumbs-up to drugs like crystal meth and heroin as long as they are marketed under a patented tradename by the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies (who not-coincidentally give lots of money to politicians and the media while raking in the profits for Wall Street).

Much like the disparity in news reports and police interest based on the imaginary difference between cocaine and crack, OxyContin and Adderall are simply the patented time-released versions of heroin and crystal meth, and sales are through the roof!

Across all demographics, national spending on speed has nearly doubled since 2008. It is now a $10 billion market accounting for more than four-fifths of the world’s pharmaceutical speed. America’s speed consumption is projected to rise another quarter by the end of 2015. The Express Scripts report concludes with a rhetorical question: “Are we over-diagnosing and overmedicating the adult population?”

“Medicating” isn’t the word they’re looking for, but the query is a good start.

In Orlando, ADDA [the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, a front group for Johnson and Johnson’s Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Concerta] will officially celebrate 25 years in existence. The group will unofficially celebrate much more. After decades in suspended animation, the adult speed market is finally back on its feet, feeling pepped, and ready to go. A long-term strategy of cultivating professional societies, primary care doctors, the media, and political allies has paid off. From the beginning, the secret weapon of this strategy has been women like Quinn: pseudo-scientific quiz givers who talk like Oprah, who claim to suffer from ADHD and “get” you, and who have a little something that just might help you shed those pounds, manage house, and keep the blues at bay.

While the DEA’s Drug War targeted poor people for possession of pot, they have ignored a true epidemic of Neo-American speed freaks that will do far more damage to our country, but acknowledging the glaring hypocrisy at the heart of their “War on Drugs to protect public health and safety” would bring down their whole house of cards.

If you ask me, its time to burn that house of lies to the ground and put our tax money into something that actually helps the American people, instead of continuing to destroy countless lives to protect corporate profits and the DEA’s budget.

 

Autism Facts and Fiction

The Real Issue That Vaccine Truthers Like Jenny McCarthy Should Be Focusing On

A large study published this month, which relies on the data from 100 million medical records here in the U.S., found a significant association between autism and “harmful environmental factors.” University of Chicago researchers studied genital malformation in boys, a type of birth defect that’s already been linked to exposure to pesticides, and found a strong link with autism rates. A one percent increase in those defects corresponded to a 283 percent increase in autism.

The current state of the anti-vaccine debate  is a perfect example of how the corporate controlled mass media stirs up fear and paranoia while completely failing to inform the public. There is no question that autism has reached epidemic levels, but the real causes are largely absent from the public debate.

Autism is yet another cost of our dependence on expensive and toxic petrochemical products. From poisoned water and air, to bloated military budgets, we can no longer pretend that our addiction to oil is perpetuated because it’s “cheap and easy” while solar, wind, and other sources of clean energy are too expensive or untested.

Not only have cheap and clean energy sources been available for decades, they’re getting cheaper every day, and the costs of “doing nothing” and maintaining the petrochemical status quo are getting more expensive everyday.

Who’s Health Care Would Jesus Take Away?

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Matthew 25:31-46

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

How can self-professed Conservative Christians look Jesus in the face while they ignore  his most important teachings?

Jesus healed the sick, he didn’t punish them for getting sick.

HE preached empathy and mercy, not greed and hate.

HE said a house divided against itself will not stand.

Those are REAL Christian values, not the false Corporate Christian “values” that have turned the Republican party into a morass of ignorance, fear, and hate.

TAKE YOUR PARTY BACK to its Republic-an roots and stand with the rest of the People of America against the corrupt politicians driving us apart.

And just in case you’re confused about the 7 deadly sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride are BAD THINGS, not slogans for a Political Party platform.

Anti-Cancer Cannabis and Corporate Lies

The Data is Very Strong: Marijuana Plant Extract Stops Cancers From Spreading

Cannabis is a Class B drug that is illegal to have, give away or sell. “If cannabis were discovered in an Amazon rainforests today, people would be clambering to make as much use as they could out of the potential benefits of the plant,” said Donald L. Abrams, MD, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University California. Dr. Abrams is widely known for his research on medical cannabis applications. “Unfortunately, it carries with it a long and not so long history of being a persecuted plant,” he added.

Seriously people, as if hemp’s potential to end our dependence on petroleum wasn’t enough reason to end the war on marijuana, 40 years of studies have shown cannabis to be an effective treatment in the fight against cancer. If I didn’t believe everything the Corporate Media tells me, I might start to think there was a conspiracy to keep us all sick and enslaved by an artificially high cost of living. [cough]