NORML SHOW LIVE looks at Government at Work this week

Last week we began streaming our live show on Stickam and it has been a resounding success. The sound quality is crystal clear and we get the added advantage of a video-cam enabled chat room for all our listeners. Our show is live every weekday at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific and the archive of every live show is now podcasted at 6pm Eastern / 3pm Pacific as the NORML Daily Audio Stash if you can’t catch us live. Check out the live page at and our blog/podcast at
2010 has begun with a bang! Last week we covered live votes in New Jersey on medical marijuana, live hearings in California on legalization, and live hearings in Washington State on both decriminalization and legalization. We are experiencing a wave of discussion around marijuana law reform like never before and NORML SHOW LIVE will be your source for the latest breaking news, interviews, and analysis.
This week we continue looking at our Government at Work. On Monday, Anthony Johnson and Lee Berger will join us from Oregon to discuss a proposed dispensary initiative, plus we get a report from Linda Adler with US Virgin Islands NORML live from the Bordeaux Rasta Fair. On Tuesday Alison Holcomb from the ACLU of Washington fills us in on the decriminalization and legalization bills in Washington and Matt Simon talks decriminalization in New Hampshire, with a special California Marijuana Report from Eric Brenner.
Wednesday we visit with SUNY Albany researcher Dr. Mitch Earleywine for some Cannabis Science, answering your questions about marijuana sent to 420research ‘at’ Thursday we take a trip down to Southern California with our friend and Hollyweed Comedian, Tere Joyce. And to round out your week on Friday we visit with High Times Senior Cultivation Editor Danny Danko to answer your grow questions in our Cultivator’s Corner.
We also feature a brand new Daily Toker Tune, with Roots Monday, Electric Tuesday, Irie Wednesday, Groovin’ Thursday, and Rockin’ Friday, brought to us by our NORML volunteer music editors. You can also log into our live chat one hour before the show for more Toker Tunes while we chat live and hang out for an hour after the show for more.
It’s NORML SHOW LIVE: The Voice of the Marijuana Nation! Join us every weekday at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific.

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  1. Sound still not good, chat room behavior undesirable, web cam showing people smoking pot.
    Sorry, no offense intended, really.
    Perhaps another show for the over 50 crowd would work. Or another show for Medical Marijuana people.
    Being a mature adult it’s not appealing NORML. If the beginning crowd sees this comment it’s LeaOne here.
    [Russ responds: Thanks for your opinion, Lea. I don’t know what sound problems you’re having; all reports I get is that the sound is leagues better than our BlogTalkRadio show. I can’t really make a show just for the over-50 crowd. I’ve got people moderating the chat room to try to keep the chat on topic and mature. I can’t control what listeners do in the web cams while listening. If the cams and chat are offensive to you, you could listen to the show live at in the header without having to go to the chat, or by listening to the archived podcast of the show at that same site, usually posted by 2:30pm Pacific.]

  2. By Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer , On Monday January 18, 2010, 4:50 pm EST
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is working to lift the smokescreen clouding the ingredients used in cigarettes and other tobacco products.
    In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they’ve done on the effects of the ingredients.
    It’s an early step for an agency just starting to flex muscles granted by a new law that took effect last June that gives it broad power to regulate tobacco far beyond the warnings now on packs, short of banning it outright.
    Companies have long acknowledged using cocoa, coffee, menthol and other additives to make tobacco taste better. The new information will help the FDA determine which ingredients might also make tobacco more harmful or addictive. It will also use the data to develop standards for tobacco products and could ban some ingredients or combinations.
    “Tobacco products today are really the only human-consumed product that we don’t know what’s in them,” Lawrence R. Deyton, the director of the Food and Drug Administration’s new Center for Tobacco Products and a physician, told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
    While the FDA must keep much of the data confidential under trade-secret laws, it will publish a list of harmful and potentially harmful ingredients by June 2011. Under the law, it must be listed by quantity in each brand.
    Some tobacco companies have voluntarily listed product ingredients online in recent years but never with the specificity they must give the FDA, said Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
    For example, Altria Group Inc., based in Richmond and the parent company of the nation’s largest tobacco maker, Philip Morris USA, has posted general ingredients on its Web site since at least 1999.
    Cigarette makers say their products include contain tobacco, water, sugar and flavorings, along with chemicals like diammonium phosphate, a chemical used to improve burn rate and taste, and ammonium hydroxide, used to improve the taste.
    Scientific studies suggest those chemicals also could make the body more easily absorb nicotine, the active and addictive component of tobacco.
    “Until now, the tobacco companies were free to manipulate their product in ways to maximize sales, no matter the impact on the number of people who died or became addicted,” Myers said. “The manner of disclosure previously made it impossible for the government to make any meaningful assessments.”
    About 46 million people, or 20.6 percent of U.S. adult smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, down from about 24 percent 10 years ago. It also estimates that about 443,000 people in the U.S. die each year from diseases linked to smoking.
    Tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma continue to cut into the number of cigarettes sold, which were estimated to be down about 12.6 percent in the third quarter compared with the same period last year.
    Cigarettes and their smoke contain more than 4,000 chemicals; among them are more than 60 known carcinogens, according to the American Cancer Society. But scientists say they can’t yet tell all they’ll learn from the new data because so little is known about how the chemicals combine to affect people.
    “The reality is that we have known so little over time that it’s difficult to know with much accuracy what getting a good look is going to tell us about what we could do in the future,” said Dr. David Burns of the University of California-San Diego, scientific editor of several surgeon general reports on tobacco.
    The real test is whether the FDA acts on the information it receives, said David Sweanor, a Canadian law professor and tobacco expert. Canadian authorities are collecting similar data, but they haven’t taken much action based on it, which is critical, he said. The European Union also has similar submission requirements.
    Myers warned that a list of ingredients or an unexplained product label is “just as likely to mislead as it is to inform” if consumers don’t know about the relative effects of ingredients.
    Altria has supported what it has called “tough but fair regulation.”
    But its chief rivals — No. 2 Reynolds American Inc., parent company of R.J. Reynolds, and No. 3 Lorillard, both based in North Carolina — opposed the law. They said it would lock in Altria’s share of the market because its size gives it more resources to comply with regulations and future limits on marketing under the law. Altria’s brands include Marlboro, which held a 41.9 percent share of the U.S. cigarette market in the third quarter, according to Information Resources Inc.

  3. Didn’t say “the cams and chat are offensive to you, …”
    What was said was: “Sorry, no offense intended, really.”

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