Cannabinoid Administration Halts Disease Progression, Decreases Mortality In Primate Version of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

The long-term administration of delta-9-THC, the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana, is associated with decreased mortality in monkeys infected with the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a primate model of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) disease, according to in vivo experimental trial data published in the June issue of the journal AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.
Investigators at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center assessed the impact of chronic intramuscular THC administration compared to placebo on immune and metabolic indicators of SIV disease during the initial six-month phase of infection.
Researchers reported, “Contrary to what we expected, … delta-9-THC treatment clearly did not increase disease progression, and indeed resulted in generalized attenuation of classic markers of SIV disease.” Authors also reported that THC administration was associated with “decreased early mortality from SIV infection” and “retention of body mass.”
Investigators concluded, “These results indicate that chronic delta-9-THC does not increase viral load or aggravate morbidity and may actually ameliorate SIV disease progression.”
Clinical trials have previously documented that the short-term inhalation of cannabis does not adversely impact viral loads in HIV patients, and may even improve immune function.
Additional studies documenting the disease modifying potential of marijuana is available in the NORML handbook, Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis & Cannabinoids: Fourth Edition, available online here.
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  1. Amazing how this plant keeps showing to be of enormous value. I am glad that even science done properly cannot be influencedd by the fear mongers and ultra conservative. I hope this report isn’t redacted as so many instances before where science defucct the drug wars’ propaganda.

  2. Just one more example of why so many view cannabis as a medicine. Most reasonable people anyway (which I thought was the test for many legal evaluations).
    What’s it going to take for Washington to become reasonable?

  3. This is great to hear. With marijuana, and its effects, its legitimacy of use grows exponentially with age (pun not intended). Pertaining to elders: much lower risk of concern for predisposed mental illnesses, enhances some aspects of sleep, decreases pain effectively with little to no threat of serious addiction, increases appetite and interest in daily activities, enhances the recall of long-term memory in some cases, and is a safe recreational alternative for those who don’t wish to drink alcohol. But, kids use it most now. Although that is changing some with the doubled increase in elder use in the past few years (thank you ensuing Baby Boomers!!!).

  4. Hey, NORML….can you slow up there so everyone has a chance to read this ?
    DEA to legalize marijuana chemical for Big Pharma but keep it a crime for everyone else
    (NaturalNews) Have no illusions about the true nature of the so-called “War on Drugs” and the actions of the DEA. The War on Drugs has always been about protecting the profits of the drug companies which have a long and well-documented history of copying street drugs, repackaging them as “medications” and selling them to children as FDA-approved drugs (see below).
    Today, yet another example emerges as the DEA moves to legalize THC in Big Pharma’s pills while simultaneously making it illegal for anyone else to grow, sell or possess THC. The DEA, you see, is working to change the classification of THC from a schedule I substance (like street heroin) to a schedule III drug (pharmaceuticals). So if Big Pharma grows its own marijuana plants, extracts the THC and puts it into a “pot pill,” those pills will be perfectly legal. They’re already FDA approved, actually, when made with the synthetic version of THC.
    But if a guy grows the very same chemical in his backyard, then extracts THC from those plants — even for his own personal use — suddenly he’s guilty of committing a federal crime and will likely be subjected to an armed raid by DEA agents.
    The DEA answers to its pharma slave masters
    Why would the DEA decide to legalize THC only for pharmaceutical companies? Well, because Big Pharma requested it, of course! As the DEA says on the subject:
    “The DEA has received four petitions from companies that have products that are currently the subject of ANDAs (abbreviated new drug applications) under review by the FDA. …While the petitioners cite that their generic products are bioequivalent to Marinol, their products do not meet schedule III current definition provided above. Therefore, these firms have requested that 21 CFR 1308.13(g)(1) be expanded to include naturally derived or synthetically produced dronabinol.”
    You can read it all at the DEA’s own website:
    The DEA goes on to say:
    “This proposed action expands the schedule III listing to include formulations having naturally-derived dronabinol and products encapsulated in hard gelatin capsules. This would have the effect of transferring the FDA-approved versions of such generic Marinol[supreg] products from schedule I to schedule III.”
    Just so you can make total sense of this, the DEA’s loopy logic is that since Marinol (an FDA-approved synthetic THC drug) is already recognized as a pharmaceutical, the DEA is saying that other generic drugs containing natural THC from marijuana plants can also be recognized as a pharmaceutical. What they fail to recognize is that even the synthetic THC is, of course, based on natural THC grown in marijuana plants!
    It’s classic Big Government pseudoscientific quackery: Only “synthetic” chemicals are considered authoritative, even when those synthetics were stolen from nature in the first place.
    Your doctor is your new dealer
    So now, thanks to the DEA and its twisted position on THC, your doctor is now your dealer and Big Pharma steps in to take over the manufacturing and distribution of drugs that have traditionally been handled by street criminals and Mexican drug gangs. That’s what this was always about of course: Big Pharma taking over the drug trade, using its own private gang of armed enforcers known as DEA agents.
    It’s a lot like Mexico, in fact: Armed enforcers, drug profits, turf wars… except in the U.S., it’s all “legal” under the monopolistic protection of the FDA — an agency that has always sought to protect Big Pharma’s market monopolies.
    What’s astonishing about all this is the DEA’s insanity in saying that the very same chemical can be legal for corporations to sell you but illegal for you to grow yourself using a natural plant. THC is THC, after all, and if this chemical is so “incredibly dangerous” that the DEA must throw people in prison for daring to grow it, possess it or sell it, why is it suddenly okay for corporations to do the exact same thing?
    You already know the answer: The DEA’s position on marijuana and hemp has always been based on the king of warped logic you only get if you’re smoking crack.
    The DEA becomes armed enforcement branch of Big Pharma
    The real job of the DEA, you see, is not to protect people from dangerous drugs, but rather to protect the profits of Big Pharma by shooting, arresting or otherwise destroying anything that competes with Big Pharma. Namely, street dealers of marijuana.
    It’s not the first time the DEA has done this, of course. Drugs that used to be sold on the street as “speed” are now FDA-approved pharmaceutical medications for ADHD — and they’re being prescribed to children by the tens of millions!
    Every successful drug operation needs henchmen who run around with guns eliminating the competition. In a drug gang, that used to be the job of “Frankie” back in the Sicilian mob days. But today, with Big Pharma, it’s the job of the DEA.
    Hilariously, this announcement by the DEA was posted by their “Office of Diversion Control” (…). For once, they’re honest: It is a diversion! A diversion to prevent people from realizing the truth about the DEA, the War on Drugs and the pharmaceutical industry.
    Because the DEA, of course, is the armed enforcement division of Big Pharma. It works hand in hand with the FDA, of course: The FDA legalizes Big Pharma drug dealing, and the DEA targets the competition for elimination. It’s a bang-up job, a real one-two punch to protect the world’s largest drug dealers of all… the drug companies themselves.
    I wonder how long it will take before a few DEA agents will wake up and realize they are the armed mercs working for their corporate slave masters known as the pharmaceutical companies?
    The real criminals, you see, are not the joint-smoking hippies getting high in their basements but rather the Big Pharma CEOs whose entire careers are dedicated to addicting people to their patented, FDA-approved pharmaceuticals… even when they’re the exact same chemicals the DEA claims are “illegal drugs” on the street.
    [Paul Armentano responds: FYI, I reported on this for several media outlets, including Alternet, back in February (which is where Natural News got the story)
    It was also reposed on the NORML blog here:

  5. Impressive findings with regards to this particular study. The veil is being lifted leaving little but straws to grasp at (unfortunately in today’s political climate the straws will suffice).

  6. and no one can dispute that it is now revered by all who use it for a medicine, it IS a healing medicine !! cancer too…so why keep it from us ?!

  7. Seriously, this sort of news accomplishes nothing. The Federal Gov’t already knows cannabis has many beneficial properties. They have the patent on THC if fact, “worthless” though, as they describe it.
    The fact that marijuana has medicinal value is hardly new. It was never disproved, nor considered when the Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937. It has not been disproved since – meaning it’s Federal Drug Schedule 1 status has never been validated. Except by the gov’t own foxes in the hen-house, the only real research during the last 50 years in the golden age of medicine has been done by and approved for the gov’t fox-dogs.
    It is good to know legitimate research into cannabis has begun finally, but it’s time to realize, and accept, cannabis is not the kind of “drug” that legal penalties, in and of itself. The key failure of any “war on drugs”, any “save the children” is that the status of cannabis as the “devil’s weed”, is fantasy, and the barbaric laws preventing people from using it for personal use are Unconstitutional, bias towards racism, unscientific, harmful to society, and constitutes a sort of genocide in enslaving (penalizing) and punishing people who use it or want to use it.
    Sure, “Medical Marijuana” is a welcome relief in that many states are recognizing it’s benefits. But the task at hand is decriminalizing it and demanding our government provide the science behind the laws that make it a prohibitive “drug”.
    It is an herb, not a weed, not a drug. If it were a “drug”, both alcohol and nicotine would have to be scientifically evaluated alongside of it. And I guarantee, alcohol would be seriously upgraded as a threat, and nicotine, found in tobacco, would be rescheduled to a Schedule 1 DRUG! If SCIENCE determined are reality based drug laws.

  8. Paul, your one heck of a bright individual . Guess you beat me on that one .
    On another issue & i hate bringing up a presidential election so far away but, Romney would be America’s next, Adolf Hitler if he were elected President and you could say, Bye, Bye on any type Cannabis reform coming from this guy .
    The thought of this guy being President gives me the shutters .

  9. “And the great scientific news just keeps rolling in.”
    DEMAND SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH – AND – PRESENT ALL EVIDENCE – FROM ALL SOURCES OF SCIENCE – TO COME TO “SCIENTIFIC CONCLUSION.” Your voice can be heard – over the shouting of the millions – with one little swipe of your pen – in the voting box – check – X – it’s done. “THE TRUTH IS IN THE SCIENCE.”

  10. If Romney could be Hitler in the US, then Gadafi could be a god. Even IF elected President, which he won’t – as he “loves ass pinching”, he can’t stop nature, anymore than any man. The cat’s out of the bag, held there against it’s best interest for far too long… the Big Bullies, like Big Brother have lost their power to hold the cat…
    No matter how you spell it, “marijuana”, ganja, hemp, cannabis, reefer, pot…
    It is cruel to torture the cat.
    Only sick, demented, Republican bullies torture cats!
    Will Romney torture cats? Most likely.
    Will he become President of the US?
    And if he does?
    The cat’s out of the bag. Everyone knowns now the “Emperor Wears NO CLOTHES”!!!
    Best of luck to him. We might just as well call him Gahdafi… with all the spellings his name has acquired… Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Nixon, Anslinger….
    Here’s to Human Rights, and Democracy! Long live the truth!!!

  11. 18. BobKat
    You can’t lie when you’re standin’ there butt ass naked. It’s all hangin’ out for the world to see. Ya can’t cover up that wort on your ass.
    “No matter how you spell it, marijuana, ganja, hemp, cannabis, reefer, pot” – it’s honorable name is “Manna.” If we keep applying slang [negative terms] to it – that’s the way the world will view it [the wort] on our ass.
    Good CDXX Communion.

  12. The USGOV will just argue that cannabinoids offer medical value, but not the whole plant matter. Just like we have plenty of opiates and opiate derivatives in Rx medicine, we don’t have legalized opium. Same will happen with marijuana.
    It is great that cannabinoids will be used to cure/alleviate diseases, but it will be all for big-pharma’s gain. Just as Opium wasn’t legalized from opiate Rx drugs, Marijuana will be even less accessible to us responsible recreational users as big pharma starts to own it.

  13. The phrase “Contrary to what we expected..” is revealing. I don’t think this study would ever have been funded if they expected the results they got.

  14. I wanted to thank you for publishing this finding as it seems too often Marijuana is just demonized and because of that a lot of Scientists/Engineers do not look into the medicinal uses of the plant. Or cannot due to current laws or university’s political ideology.
    It is truly amazing that it can suppress such an advanced virus and the detail in the journal just solidifies that THC/CBN/CBD/THCV has more than just recreational uses.
    Government needs to catch up to the current science. And stop pulling 10 year old debunked studies out for their defense.

  15. To The American Genesis, #19:
    You’re absolutely correct! However, some slang is friendly, some is used to invoke prejudice and/or fear. I have studied cannabis – the plant, history and laws since the mid-70’s. I didn’t learn that the slang-name marijuana used to legally define cannabis was Mexican slang for the plant until I saw a History Channel documentation a few years ago. It, the whole hemp prohibition issue fell into place then. We’ve been fighting this Mexican immigration war for hundreds of years, and the Marijuana Tax Act was a feather in the cap of many in Washington when it passed.
    Calling cannabis marijuana was a direct on Mexicans wanting to work and live in the US. I then became curious what it was called prior to 1937 in the US and was surprised to find no mention of the term marijuana in any dictionaries or encyclopedias prior to the 1930’s. It was called ganja.
    The result of prejudice building until 1937, is that what was once hardly noticed except in medicine, is the recreation of god’s in Washington of a virtuous plant, cannabis, now becoming a “dangerous drug” called “marijuana”. The media in particular will not part with the slang-name… so it appears we are destined to live with that term forever… I have even heard “news-specialists” say “marijuana” was discovered as a medicine in the 1840’s by so and so.
    Ah, NO. Marijuana wasn’t even a word in the US or the world until 1937. Ganja is what it was called and it was even encouraged by the Temperance Movement over use of alcohol as early as the 1840’s. Doctor’s called it cannabis, as noted in US Pharmacopedia’s dating to 1940.
    The term marijuana is a word that denotes racial hatred towards the people of Mexico, of which there is a lot of that going around these days. Think the N-word every time someone calls cannabis, marijuana!
    To Bri, #20:
    Opium was controlled starting in the early 1900’s along with cocaine because they really were very addictive and a public health problem. The inventor of Coca Cola died of cocaine addiction. Although present Washington mindset is to treat cannabis as a similar public health risk, it is not based on any science that can even remotely put it in the same category. Big Pharma may like to monopolize cannabis, but I think we’ll see, it won’t be able to. We’re talking apples and opium, apples being the cannabis that “keeps the doctors away”. It’s an herb, a fruit-plant… people don’t die from cannabis, but they can from legitimate addictive plants and plant products, like tobacco, hops brewed alcohols, heroin, cocaine, etc.
    A lot I said… hope I made sense. I believe all recreational drugs from plants including opium should be legal like tobacco and alcohol, I simply want to make clear there were legitimate reasons why we can’t grow opium poppies, as compared to there is no legitimate reason why we can’t grow cannabis.
    Governments can “control” the growing of certain recreational commodities, as they do hops and tobacco. But they rarely can outright prohibit it. They need very sound legal cause to restrict the growing of God-given plants, of which they essentially, have no scientific legitimacy to prohibit a person from growing, and especially using cannabis. In fact, here on NORML’s website, you can find info on several states that offer available “marijuana” tax-stamps. That N-word again, sorry – it’s the US fighting the racial war against Mexico, and I’m/we are in the middle.

  16. 20. Austin
    “Stop pulling 10 year old debunked studies out for their defense.”
    That’s exactly what we want them to do – pull out every damn shred of evidence they’ve got – until they’ve got nothing. Their bad evidence will be exposed along with the rest of their lies – and – then they’ve got nothing.

  17. For your legal guy– Been thinking a lot about the 21st amendment lately. The language of that amendment is so vague that it doesn’t say anything about WHY the 18th amendment was repealed. However, couldn’t a state (like CA) argue that the 2nd article of Amendment 21 could apply to any intoxicating substance (not just liquor)? That coupled with the 10th amendment seems like it would trump the commerce clause

  18. Austin, #23…
    The Federal government hasn’t DONE ANY legitimate studies… The M-word Tax Act of 1937 had one physician at the hearings in Washington, a representative for the AMA. His testimony argues strongly against the bill, but no one in Congress listened (that I’m aware of), they were too concerned with the Mexicans crossing the border, to find jobs, and the American Dream.
    Don’t get me wrong… a country like ours, the ideal our Founding Fathers had for this Nation, require diligence and sound judgement and controls on who enters this land. However, our violent past, both racial and religious, is a warning that we need to have sound, scientific reasoning behind our policies, laws and controls.
    It is important that WE elect officials VERY interested in those principals. Common-sense would be appreciated too!!! Something current Republicans don’t seem to have, along with several Democrats. Even President Obama has, in general, been a disappointment, on the economic front, Afghanistan, big business… but should get credit – a lot of it for taking the “heat” off use of cannabis for medicinal needs, and joining in on a the stand against Gadhaffi in Libya, for human right’s atrocities.
    Just think, if Ex-President George Bush had concentrated on the Afghan war when it started, and was a legitimate concern to our country, instead of waging a “awe and shock”, “Victory Parade ” into Iraq, the Afghan war likely would be a distant memory, and Libyan and unrest in the Arab hotbeds could be considered with more reason. As it is, unrest in the Arab world is probably a distraction right now in Washington. Add to that, the exploding acceptance of M-word for medical use in several states that have defied the Feds, and legalized it.
    Correct again, # 27, American Genesist, let’s have the federal government/DEA pull out every bit of evidence they have for the past 250+ years, that proves cannabis is a “public health problem”! That anyone has wasted away from using it, died.
    If 38 billion dollars is flowing south into the pockets of Mexican cartels, instead of into the pockets of American citizens, I want to know what the sound, scientific reasoning is behind it. I want to know why use of cannabis by Americans is aggressively investigated and high on the list of the DOJ priorities, when 10’s of thousands of people go missing every year and all law enforcement can do is raise their hands and say, “Captain, I’m giving her all we got…”, we don’t have the funds or person-power to chance down missing people.
    That’s one example of hundreds… tax-payer dollars diverted to red-herring.
    Stop The Hurt!

  19. Good points, above, about Big Pharma wanting to monopolize the provision of herb; but I suspect the link to tobacco $igarettes is even more telling. $igarettes kill, statistics tell us; but more important, THEY CREATE PROFITABLE ILLNESSES for Big pHARMa to sell treatments for.
    Cannabis legalization will destroy the $igarette marketing $ystem two wayws:
    a. Cannabis can substitute for tobacco for some personjs;
    b. Cannabis users readily learn how to use slow-suck, low-temperature devices– one-hitters cheaply made out of socket wrenches, barbed hose nipples etc. with a long drawtube– generally for better economy (instead of a hot burning wasteful joint). WHAT HAPPENS TO BIG pHARMa when 40,000,000 American $igarette smokers learn to imitate cannabis users, replace $igarette smoking with a one-hitter (or a vaporizer, and they will get cheaper and cheaper)? Where will they find patients to prescribe Lipitor to ($4-bil/year sales on one product)?

  20. I can’t begin to tell you how angry I am about the fact that marijuana has even been consider for making illegal. The medicinal effect help me with a grocery list of painful illnesses. I have severe arthritis in every joint, I have GCA which affects the eyes and can cause blindness and it is irriversable. MJ helps the pain of this more than prescription drugs. I have fibromyalgia which is made vastly more comfortable with MJ. The other meds have many more side effects and all Docs feel squirly about writting prescritions for the pain pills because to much can make them noticed or fined or lose their license.
    I heard that MJ got its reputation after a planter decided to make it illegal for his slaves because the planter thought that happy slaves don’t pick as fast. What a reason to deprive MJ. Interesting our army went on to addict all soldiers in the Second World War by supplying the troops with as many cigarettes as they wanted for free. When men smoked they were calmer and on tract, the troops ate less food, they were more confident. All positive when fighting a world war.
    Let us decide to work towards the right the choice of those things that help us with pain, improve our life adding the fight against depression and we know does less damage than cigrettes. Take Cre all, Flynt

  21. Does anyone think that we “want” to continue living like we are now? Does anyone think that we can correct man’s mistakes? Does anyone think [believe] that the past cannot be corrected [it’s the past] – but – the future can be corrected by not making the same mistake twice. Is that what we “want” to do – or – are we “willing” to give up our “last hope” for freedom?
    We Genesists have an “abundant need” to practice our Faith and receive its Sacrament. We advocate – “the moment that leads to the future.” At this moment in time – our language has to have meaning. We need to turn our language into imagery. We certainly aren’t listening to each other! – and – the reality is – “We live in an ocean where the big fish eat the little fish.”
    What are we to do with the reality? Reality is “The Truth.” – seek the truth. The truth is in the science – follow the science. Present all science [all research/evidence/testimony – from all scientific sources] to a candid audience. The light exposes all the flaws hid by the darkness. “Step out of the darkness into the light.”

  22. The Coalition for Religious Use.
    I am a Monothe“ist “ [one God]. Wade is a Polythe“ist” [many Gods]. It sure would be nice if we could get the input from an Athe“ist” [no God] – perhaps even a Prohibiton“ist” would be welcomed in the mix. It is not our intent to give speeches. Rather – it is our intent to have a viable discussion on how different religions can untie on one issue, and thereby abide. “A three strand rope is not easily broken” [especially when made of hemp].
    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 – “has been violated – of this there can be no mistake” – by a law that denies or prohibits “the free exercise of religion.” The First Amendment proscribes any such law that would violate the Establishment Clause – and – the “free exercise thereof.” Excluding Compelling Justification and Prior Competing Governmental Interests – RFRA – is as beautiful a piece of work as any in the Constitution. To violate it – is to dishonor and disgrace our Constitution. If we don’t abide by our Constitution – what then – do we hold as dear and place above all else to insure our freedom.
    To unite all religions – to protect the use of Sacrament. To this there can be no end save
    Please give us your input. Our only job is to receive your individual input.
    Thanking you in advance for your contribution,
    Genesis San Diego, Ca. Colony

  23. Thanks to Flynt @32 for mentioning SLAVERY and completing my point. Nicotine overdose hot burning $igarettes are the slavery of our time. (And the disproportionate arrests of black men over white for cannabis are the New Jim Crow. And the banning of cannabis users from jobs, university funding, public housing etc. etc. are the New Apartheid. So it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut’s omniscient narrator said in some book.)
    According to the Fugitive Slave Laws (about 1850) you could be prosecuted, jailed, lynched for helping a slave excape to Free Soil in some place that sounded like Cannabis– Cannecticut, Cannada etc. (Underground Railroad). A Congressman named “Bully” Brooks appeared in the Senate and beat Senator Sumner, an abolitionist from New England, repeatedly over the head with a walkstick (I don’t say “cane” it sounds more hollow and less hurtful).
    The hot burning overdose nicotine $igarette company oligarchs think of their slave addict customers ($3000 a year for a pack-a-day habit) as THEIR PROPERTY and if you helped an addict quit $igarettes by (a) switching to a petite 25-mg serving size one-hitter away from the 700-mg.-per-lightup $igarette or (b) switching from tobacckgo to cannabis, you’d be VIOLATING THEIR PROPERTY RIGHTS. Hell hath no fury like that of a jilted slave-owner, in 1850 or today! The tobacckgo industry is far and away the #1 enemy of cannabis legalization.
    But just to review the Sequence of Entrapment to provide perspective on the connections with $$ Alcohol and $$ pHARMa:
    * BINGE DRINKING helps get kids hooked on nicotine (side stream smoke inhaled at the party; try a $igarette to sober up and drive the car; try a $igarette to selfmedicate the hangover; a couple of $igarettes to stay up all night cramming for the Big Test… hooked for life!
    * Spend $100,000 over three or four decades on Coffin Nails (remember those Joe Coffin cartoons?)
    * For pain relief etc. in the last decade of your shortened life, you’ll need another $100,000 for LIPITOR, opioids, surgery, hospital etc. etc.
    6,000,000 $igarette deaths a year (WHO estimate, May 30, 2011)– Happy Holocaust everybody!

  24. I notice that the article posted at the hyperlink ‘access’ says HIV is associated with illicit drug use, including chronic marijuana use. Are they saying passing a joint around can spread the disease through infected saliva, or is weed just used by users of intravenous drugs, hence the association?

  25. #37, Galileo…
    Cannabis is a “schedule on drug”… that makes it a “DRUG”, of “Abuse”, I should add. Along with other drugs that are used via needles to get “high”. According to the god’s of Washington, the alseerers, they are all ONE DRUG.
    Cannabis, in fact, if you belive the fiction is fact, is the stone to step on that brings you to that Dark Side!
    Please don’t read into what was said. Sex is Great, but it too can lead to HIV, or “drug use”. But just because one travels along many roads in life, and gets led or guided through certain passages, doesn’t mean there is a link. It is life, our journey, a journey in which it would be nice if human-beings were more considerate to each other, less vindictive and self-centered.
    I know… look at the “reality” and accept it. You’re either a “part of the team, or not”. “The only way to “stop the slaughter in Mexico is to stop demanding illegal drugs”. That is the mentality our leaders believe in.
    Great, if that’s so, i demand tobacco and alcoholic products are prohibited, and tobacco made a Schedule One drug which is really where it belongs, immediately, just as the DEA did with K2 products.
    Then let’s see who’s doing the demands, and who is supplying their “drugs”.
    We already know, thanks to the 18th Amendment… only in that case it was Americans doing the brewing, stilling and smuggling, not Mexicans. The “War on Drugs was started by president Nixon 40 years ago today, and the Drug Czar wants us to forget it, not call it a WAR any-longer.
    Sorry… they started the war on American citizens, not We the People! You can’t simply turn off 1 trillion dollars spent to torture, enslave and ruin the lives of millions of Americans and expect it’ll end because the drug Czar says it is over.
    It’s not over… not until Washington and the holy DEA either present the facts that make cannabis so deadly to society and our health, or they legalize and respect an Americans right to use what ever plant they damn well want to use!
    But to say that WE Americans who want to use cannabis are responsible for the 40,000 deaths in Mexico is the ultimate insult!!! To that I say – GFYS!
    Either make alcohol and tobacco illegal, or decriminalize the use and gardening of cannabis and other illegal, useful plants that God gave us to use.
    “Stop the Hurt”!

  26. Religious Use
    Compelling Justification and Prior Competing Governmental Interest is a “diabolical and flagrant violation of the Constitution.” If one can refute this statement with any legitimacy – the scales of justice are heavily tilted, the blind fold is off Lady Justice, and she is a total embarrassment and disgrace to the robe she wears, and We the People of the United States of America she represents.

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