Help Us Reach the Marijuana Tipping Point

Dear NORML members and supporters,

Donate to NORMLIt is nearly impossible to detect the precise moment when support for a change in social policy reaches the "tipping point", but for the marijuana legalization movement, that time was likely July 26, 2014, when the editorial board of the New York Times published their editorial entitled Repeal Prohibition, Again.

For those who may have missed it, here an excerpt; it is one of the strongest endorsements I have ever read.

"The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana." …

"The social costs of the marijuana laws are vast. There were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012, according to F.B.I. figures, compared with 256,000 for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives. Even worse, the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals."

"There is honest debate among scientists about the health effects of marijuana, but we believe that the evidence is overwhelming that addiction and dependence are relatively minor problems, especially compared with alcohol and tobacco. Moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults. Claims that marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs are as fanciful as the "Reefer Madness" images of murder, rape and suicide."…

"Creating systems for regulating manufacture, sale and marketing will be complex. But those problems are solvable, and would have long been dealt with had we as a nation not clung to the decision to make marijuana production and use a federal crime."…

"it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition."

And that is only beginning. The Times editors, with whom NORML’s staff and board have been assisting for some time, are now publishing additional editorials, dealing with different aspects of marijuana legalization on a daily basis. The editors of America’s most influential newspaper have not just changed their position; they are now determined to lead the change from marijuana prohibition to legalization.

Their new position on marijuana policy reflects a gradually evolving perspective, going back to 1966, when the paper warned readers that marijuana "for a considerable number of young people who try it, it is the first step down the fateful road to heroin."

By 1969, they were calling for some "distinction between soft and hard drugs," and by 1972, with the release of the Marijuana Commission report, the Times acknowledged "the dangers inherent in smoking marijuana appear to be less than previously assumed," and called for the elimination of penalties for possession and use.

But it was not until early 2014 that they heralded the opening of the first licensed marijuana shops in Colorado, noting that the experiences in Colorado and Washington "will serve as test cases for full-on legalization."

And now they have taken the crucial, final step to endorse full legalization for all adults, the position NORML has advanced since 1970.

New York Times

  • 1966 – "for a considerable number of young people who try it, it is the first step down the fateful road to heroin."
  • 1969 – "distinction between soft and hard drugs,"
  • 1972 – "the dangers inherent in smoking marijuana appear to be less than previously assumed,"
  • 2014 – "The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."

So we trust you will understand if, to those of us at NORML, who have been fighting for full legalization for 44 years, we see this latest endorsement by the New York Times as the unofficial tipping-point for legalization.

Sure, there remains a great deal of work to move legalization forward in the remaining 48 states. But with the favorable reviews coming out of Colorado and Washington, and with the national polling demonstrating that we currently enjoy the support of between 53% and 58% of the American public, we think it is fair to say we have turned the corner politically, and victory will be ours within just a few years.

And that is why we are writing today, to ask that you please make a generous contribution to NORML so we can expand our lobbying activities, and media and educational outreach efforts so that we can continue to build on this momentum. Without question, we are finally winning this struggle, but nevertheless marijuana arrests continue unabated in most states today, and seriously ill patients still do not have access to medical marijuana in more than half of the states.

Let us take a well-deserved moment to celebrate the enormous progress we have made, but then let’s get back to work to stop the senseless arrests of marijuana consumers. We must stop destroying the lives and careers of so many otherwise law-abiding citizens, simply because they prefer to use marijuana when they relax in the evening, just as tens of millions of Americans enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at the end of the day. And we need to put in place regulations for licensed marijuana growers and sellers, to bring the black market above ground.

NORML was the first marijuana legalization lobby in America–with over 1.5 million supporters and members we’ve been the voice for marijuana consumers now for more than four decades.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to NORML Foundation (for public education and mass communications) and/or a regular charitable donation to NORML (in support of our direct lobbying and other political activities).

With your generous support, we can continue to lead the charge for full legalization, both state and federal, all across this country.

Regards,

Keith Stroup
NORML Founder and Legal Counsel

39 thoughts

  1. Its just that,i think cannabis is leading me to experiment with carbohydrates….I know,i fell really bad!

  2. I’m really enjoying watching prohibition collapse. I’m particularly enjoying NORML’s masterful steering of the movement through the choppy waters to legalization.

    Vote, people. Success is NOT guaranteed.

  3. For those of you that haven’t already done it, sign up for the Amazon Smile program so that every time you buy anything from Amazon, NORML gets a portion of the transaction. Click the link I’ve provided to learn more.

    http://smile.amazon.com/about/ref=smi_ge_ucl_lm_raas

    If you don’t use Amazon for your purchases, please make a donation. We can’t let this slip through our hands! California let legalization slip by thinking it would just happen. It didn’t!

    I really don’t want to be considered a criminal any longer (since my first puff right around 1970). I’m not a criminal in any other way except for my choice to use cannabis and I’m just disgusted with our Govt with regards to this issue.

  4. Honestly, keep pushing on this momentum, and the whole damn thing will snowball.

    This needs to be accelerated, now more then ever.

    I honestly believe that if legalization is to occur anytime soon, it will coincide with the run up to the 2016 presidential elections/the final election of the next president.

    To that end, we have roughly 2 years to push on this issue harder than ever. If we are to be taken seriously enough to have this issue become a real agenda on the next presidential race, then we need to make it occur in time before then.

    This is honestly our best bet to get this reform change within the next 2 years.

    Now or never people.

  5. I’d like to see the NYT come up with the plan politicians use to steer the U.S. out of cannabis prohibition and out of the Single Convention on Narcotics of 1961 and any other treaties politicians are using as an excuse not to legalize.

  6. I think it is just a matter of sheer numbers and the passage of time more than anything else.,

    The old school money is spent and the conservative and more religious Right and other old monied big populations are and have been in a steady decline and are now being replaced with a more worldly and broadly educated people who are not so ridged in their thinking.

    The “Babyboomer” generations were about 50/50 when it came to the Left., Right.,
    Pro and Con about major societal ideals and those big shifts and with it all things like ending drug prohibition were thrown into the mix especially with concerns about the situation on marijuana prohibition.

    That generational shift soon had children and those children saw first hand from their own experiences and that of their friends who had grown up with an alternative view on things.

    They lived amongst them and saw that they were not bad people and thus the shift and major societal experimentation again took off.

    A societal shift such as this was pushed along to where we are today with the usual corrupted politicians and their thug class criminals having made big money on the backs of many dead and addicted people.

    These influences came from the outside sometimes bad influence from big business and government but now many more people are alive today who have seen first hand what this insane drug prohibition has wrought upon our planet and our individual societies.

    I support you 1000% and I wish I had money to fill your coffers buy I am on disability and I can’t spare a dime right now. sorry

  7. It will take all of us for this to happen. They’re not going to lay down and go away.
    This has been a jobs program for law enforcement.

    The legalization bonus is in Hemp and has the potential to refurbish and rebuild the middle class beyond anything we could imagine.

    We need to push hard with all together and make the “legalization of marijuana and hemp” a reality, while at the same time putting an end to an immoral drug war against American citizens.

    This should be a daily prayer.
    BTW Thanks NYT!!

  8. I just purchased an item via Amazon Smile. The price of my order was about $2.50 or something so NORML will probably get less than one cent, but if everybody who visits this webpage (I’ll spread the word via other forums as well) uses the Smile medium to purchase their items while donating just a little of their money to this worthy cause, we can help turn things around before the 2016 elections. I refuse to donate to organizations that regularly resort to fear-mongering such as the NRA, but in this case I think it’s safe to say that the gains we’ve made this year alone might be in danger if the wrong people get elected in the coming elections, and in order to help people make good choices we need to do much more towards educating our fellow citizens. Print out flyers and staple them to telephone poles/leave them in public areas, give them out at school-there’s so much more we can do to help out.

  9. Thanks for reminding us about NORML Foundation. I’ve placed so much priority on NORML PAC before elections, but we really need to get our education right. I used to believe that the “tipping point” was merely getting past the %50 mark so we can influence Congress. While their is some true work to that measure, the work is EDUCATION… in which the NYTimes has courageously participated with the guidance and wisdom of NORML.
    We need continuing cannabis education everywhere (A college course perhaps?); at the state and local level, Cannabis education in our public schools; I say let’s tax marijuana and use the revenue on extracurricular activities.
    Whether we donate more to NORML Foundation or NORML PAC, both are critical to get legalization done and done right.
    Thank you, all of you at NORML, for what you do everyday. You have our continued support, donations, our votes and our prayers.

    The longer the battle, the sweeter the victory…

  10. “We must stop destroying the lives and careers of so many otherwise law-abiding citizens, simply because they prefer to use marijuana when they relax in the evening, just as tens of millions of Americans enjoy a beer or a glass of wine at the end of the day.”

    So far so good, Keith, with the evening relax and all that, now prioretize also revising our economic system so that creative reuse wins out against use-once-and-throw-away, and genial handworkers are respected for serving a modest good morning toke (or two, each 25 mg) before intense hours of innovative pioneering design and work with materials protected from waste for the benefit of the planetforest.

    @Eric: you started with cigarettes– yes that is the gateway drug to junk food and other self-harm, but surprise: the #1 gateway drug is the JOINT! Because it steers many youngsters interested in cannabis toward guess what, the $igarette habit (6,000,000 deaths a year, etc.). If everyone had their first toke vaping from a flexible drawtube one-hitter, H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide combustion papers might disappear in less than a generation.

    @Oracle, with your advocacy against 1961 Single Convention, work on this: it fraudulently propagandizes by including cannabis under the label “Narcotics”, contrary to all science and truth.

  11. Marijuana does not make people turned into monsters. It’s been proven by millions of people over many years. There is no sin to feel happy and laugh at the silly things in life. When is the last time you have ever giggled? Well that’s been too long.

  12. I have been reading the numerous news stories on marijuana daily and it is very refreshing seeing this much support for it.

    I can’t wait for the day where I don’t need to worry about a drug test simply because I enjoy relaxing at night!

  13. I think the push to legalize MJ is very healthy for the country.States rights were removed by federal action during the civil war its time for your state to regain independence.I will vote for legalization this November.If your a republican in the state of Maryland and not for it you will not get my vote or money!

  14. I’m very glad to be alive to witness the end of this insane crusade.

    When it’s all over, I hope you will all join me in a smoke in memory of our brothers and sisters who’ve been persecuted, imprisoned, and killed over this most miraculous herb.

    A lot of them aren’t here today, but they still helped pave the way. Remember, never forget.

  15. Recently, I signed on to a form letter to my state senator, John Cornyn, to encourage him to support the Smarter Sentencing Act. I tried to copy and paste the response here, but wasn’t able to do so. I guess they’re able to prevent that. The point is that Senator Cornyn seems to be unmovable. It amazes me that everyone can see the sea change in attitudes toward marijuana and punishment for marijuana possession in general, but in Texas, it’s like they just refuse to accept it or relent to what the voters want. I was tempted to write again to point out that he is a representative of the people and not an ‘overlord’ but apparently whatever his personal motives are, he seems pretty determined to stay his course. I read a piece about Representative Pete Gallego recently where he had signed something in support of the V.A., but then went on to refuse to sign legislation which would give V.A. doctors authority to treat soldiers with PTSD with marijuana. I see nothing in this mans history that would suggest that he has any medical background whatsoever and yet, apparently he wants to limit what tools the doctors have to treat the soldiers who are suffering. I saw no history of military service either. I also noticed that he supports lifetime imprisonment without parole. Texas needs leaders with compassion, not politicians who pander to private prisons and those who profit at the expense of people who are harmed by outdated laws. We absolutely must vote these neanderthals out of office at every opportunity !

  16. @Miles, Thanks.

    Here is specifically what I mean, referring to the language from the Single Convention on Narcotics available at:
    https://www.unodc.org/pdf/convention_1961_en.pdf

    Article 1, Definitions, states how to amend the treaty in paragraph u by following Article 3:

    “u) “Schedule I”, “Schedule II”, “Schedule III” and “Schedule IV” mean the correspondingly numbered list of drugs or preparations annexed to this Convention, as amended from time to time in accordance with article 3.”

    Article 3 states that signatories can have the UN Secretary General start amendment proceedings to remove cannabis from Schedule I of the treaty:

    Article 3

    “CHANGES IN THE SCOPE OF CONTROL
    1. Where a Party or the World Health Organization has information which in its opinion may require an amendment to any of the Schedules, it shall notify the Secretary-General and furnish him with the information in support of the notification.

    2. The Secretary-General shall transmit such notification, and any information which he considers relevant, to the Parties, to the Commission, and, where the notification is made by a Party, to the World Health Organization.”

    Skip to paragraph 6 b) of Article 3:

    “6. Where a notification relates to a drug already in Schedule I or Schedule II or to a preparation in Schedule III, the Commission, apart from the measure provided for in paragraph 5, may, in accordance with the recommendation of the World Health Organization, amend any of the Schedules by:
    a) Transferring a drug from Schedule I to Schedule II or from Schedule II to Schedule I; or
    b) Deleting a drug or a preparation as the case may be, from a Schedule.”

    —-
    Removing cannabis from the UN’s Schedule I also leaves prohibitionists without the time-tested excuse that the U.S. or The Netherlands, or Jamaica, or Uruguay or whatever country can’t legalize cannabis because it’s against international treaties, id est the “SINGLE CONVENTION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS, 1961, As amended by the 1972 Protocol amending the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961.”

    That raises the question as whether any country has tried to get the Secretary-General to remove cannabis from Schedule I before.

    Has it been tried before?

    If the US begins such proceedings in the UN, I just don’t see them refusing. It ought to be a done deal. The US is just going forward with cannabis legalization, because as Angela Hawken of Pepperdine University recently put in on C-SPAN, the UN can prevent the US from legalizing at the federal level because the federal government is a signatory to the Convention but the states are not signatories and are not obliged to maintain the UN’s Schedule I cannabis prohibition.

    I’m figuring the US Secretary of State has to be the one to initiate the process in the UN to have cannabis removed from the treaty altogether.

    This is where The New York Times comes in. I mean, the UN is right there in NYC, so start applying the pressure and keep up the drumbeat. The sheiks and prohibitionists in Vienna are going to lift a finger to help unless they have no other choice. It’s like I keep saying, the prohibitionists will Never legalize unless you leave them no other choice.

    Get the NYT to beat this UN drum that I’ve explained, and get the NYT to bang the drum to get the White House (Hey, Barry, hope you’re doing okay with all the shit they’ve been giving you in DC)to get their ducks in a row on this. I don’t care if you have to send a delegation of doctors and lawyers to write the change in the law for the Secretary of State to present to the UN. I mean, that UN bunch isn’t going to do any more work than they have to, and the work will end up with the prohibitionists in Vienna to make the changes, so the poor babies will have to remove a couple of sentences and all mentions of cannabis, and then they’ll be earning their paychecks for a change. Fat cats at the UN stationed in Vienna, what a luxurious city, great classical music, rich culture and lots of excellent coffee houses (not coffeeshops) to choose from.

    Please get the ball rolling.

  17. They said they would eradicate it hunt it down and destroy it until is was extinct. So much has changed the things I hear on the news make me so happy. Thanks New York Times, Thanks Norml. Come please liberate us in Idaho, and end this insanity.

  18. I really messed up a legal case and now it looks like I will do a minimum state sentence for growing 4 plants on my own land. It is a mess, the original police report stated I was doing it on federal land, not true. I couldn’t challenge this thru 4 court appointed lawyers and should have folded.

  19. @Oracle, thanks for the quotes from 1961 Convention, mentioning that the World Health Organization can influence the scheduling with its recommendation. Relevant: their tobacco expert, Douglas Bettcher, on May 30, 2011 issued the famous estimate that tobacco (meaning mainly H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide $igarettes) kills 6,000,000 a year; can we press Mr. Bettcher and the WHO to support (a) SUBSTITUTING cannabis for tobacco; (b) SUBSTITUTING vaping for smoking; (c) SUBSTITUTING 25-mg single toke for joints and $igarettes? Tipping point for sure! Eliminate “smoking-related” disease within a generation, Knowitwell Prize for NORML bigwigs, cannabis liberation for everybody.

  20. I’m all for reducing smoking-related disease via public education campaigns and other methods that do not involve government overreach. Getting the UN and WHO to remove cannabis from their Schedule opens the door for US companies to engage in valuable pro-cannabis research and allows for immediate legal production of the high CBD tinctures and treatments the prohibition currently bans. It will remove so many obstacles beyond just legitimizing NY state’s medical marijuana laws according to international treaty, according to international law.

    I realize that Secretary of State Kerry and the Administration have a whole bunch of Middle East on their plates right now, but in the winter when tensions tend to subside over there and the set the stage for redrawing the political borders in the Middle East and backing the Christians, non-Muslims, and giving them their own countries so the US and Israel can have another ally in the region, along with whatever friendly Muslim groups there maybe or whatever else they are scheming up or dreaming up in DC that the issue of cannabis can get back on the front burner. It just always seems to be that something more dire demands political attention, and much overdue and much needed progress on cannabis legalization gets forgotten. That’s why I think it’s so important for the NYT to keep up the drumbeat on this, and bring the UN into the fold, as well.

  21. If someone really wants to give this a tip send me a lawyer fast, I am headed to prison in a few days for growing 4 minor plants and there is a lot more to the story I would be glad to tell.

  22. If we’re fishing for a Federal lawsuit, here is a scandal with one written all over it;
    (Repost from “Grow our Own,”):

    The N.Y Times just published their coverage of the firing of Dr. Sisley from the University of Arizona for her research on veterans with PTSD using vaporized strains of marijuana. It was discovered that a Republican, Kimberley Yee, chairwoman of the State’s Educational Committee made a phone call to Mr. Biggs at the University of Arizona that got Dr. Sisley fired. Dr. Sisley is appealing to another institution to continue her research, but this will force her to reapply for permission from the DEA. The DEA delayed her research by claiming that their not-so-secret-anymore marijuana research facility at the University if Mississippi had run out of the strains Dr. Sisley requested and would have to grow some more. The Times calls this action by the DEA “moving the goal post,” for domestic marijuana research, which is central to maintaining prohibition through the Controlled Substances Act. The question I have is could the DEA have predicted that through this scandal the Times would declare an End to Prohibition and break the story on the involvement of the DEA delay and Republican Yee’s malicious intervention? Continued government supression of Dr. sisley’s research is a threat to national security, and a slap in the face to our veterans. What can we do at NORML to support Dr. Sisley’s research?

    I commend Oracle and Mexweed for getting down to the infected heart of prohibition dealing with our archaic U.N. drug policies. However, I believe we may be overlooking a serious domestic opportunity that has a powerful case for litigation; Dr. Sisley’s termination at the University of Arizona and the DEA, DOJ and ONDCP’s failure to provide adequate research for marijuana’s medicinal use is under intense Congressional scrutiny, specifically over the law that prevents the ONDCP from spending funds on the research for medicinal marijuana.
    Skip to the middle of this You-tube clip from February showing the Deputy Drug Czar getting slapped down by Dem. Steve Cohen, TN:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rc8p7AwSaU

    Deputy Drug Czar Michael Boticelli wasn’t even able to answer whether “tobacco is more harmful than marijuana,” and Cohen let him have it. “Perhaps this failure to communicate is why your Office has failed at Drug Policy…” says Cohen to Boticelli, “Maybe that’s why kids don’t believe anything you say, because kids on the street know you’re lying! Marijuana doesn’t kill people. Heroin does.”

    If there is any lawsuit that could take us passed the proverbial “tipping Point” legislatively, it would be against the entire C.S.Act for being unconstitutionally organized by an executive office under the Drug Czar. (How did a McCarthy-era politician like Nixon ever develop a witch-hunting law like the C.S.Act by developing an office with a Communist name like “Drug Czar”?)
    Since my earliest understanding of our poisoned U.S. drug policy-for-profit, I felt that it was fundamentally unconstitutional that an executive Drug Czar’s office was permitted to write U.S. drug policy in the first place. There is a complete violation of the Separation of Powers in the DOJ; And I’m not even talking about the CIA or the prison-military-industrial complex! I’m referring to the three branches of power and WHO is required by law to write our policies; the Legislative branch, NOT the Executive!

    Americans get, (although may not accept) that our laws are read and written by hat-switching, blood-sucking lobbyists; But when the Executive branch is given the job to write drug policy by Congress the affirmative defense for the resulting enforcement is that:
    “The Controlled Substance Act and all of its subsequent agencies are unconstitutionally organized through direct violation of the Separation of Powers by allowing an executive agency, whether out of the Department of Justice or the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to write U.S. Drug Policy both foreign a and domestic, which is ordered by the Constitution to be the job of Congress.”
    Don’t worry folks, Obama was president of Harvard Law. He knows Congress has to try and fail to correct our drug policy before an executive order can be enacted. (Wait for it…) If Congress doesn’t fix this problem by November, Obama will. The truth has always been on our side; Now the majority of Americans are… and apparently the disproportionately discriminated boss of the Drug Czar; The President of the United States…

  23. There is too much money in reducing charges from felonies to misdemeanors to let it slip away. That’s the real problem, its kind of hidden reasoning kept the way it is for profit.

  24. I must concur with Julian about filing a lawsuit if this is a way to force the prohibitionists to legalize. I keep repeating the only way prohibitionists will legalize is if you leave them no other choice. If the cannabis community wins this lawsuit that Julian is suggesting, it’s one more way of leaving the federal government no other choice but to legalize, and eventually the federal government will have to request the removal or scheduling change from the UN Secretary General. The order of things is what is uncertain. Will the feds legalize first then send the envoy to the UN to demand change, or will the feds ask for the UN to remove cannabis from the UN/WHO Schedule or change the Schedule before formally legalizing cannabis?

    I say if there is a lawsuit there, the cannabis community needs to pursue it. We need to stick up for the medical professionals who take the risk to find positive uses for cannabis and whose lives are ruined by the Drug Enforcement Administration and other prohibitionist agencies. Dr. Sisley deserved her job back, with back pay plus. If there is a way, the cannabis community needs to stand behind Dr. Sisley.

  25. The US Gov conducts “perjury” when they say;
    Medical Marijuana has no “medical use”. When the FDA says: “high potential for abuse”; Marijuana has “no known safety record”; they “lie through their teeth”; If Marinol is THC and Marinol is Schedule III; and if Marijuana is THC then Marijuana is Schedule III. THC cannot be both Schedule I; II; + III(Marinol was Schedule II until July 2012.
    The Gov. knows full well THC is not schd. I.

  26. this war on weed “impedes my personal health.
    I await the Connecticut Cannabis Dispensary !
    might not save money; hope the weed is better
    obtaining street weed is wearing me thin !! @

  27. On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Pat Robertson reported on the 700 club that he was in favor of decriminalization of Marijuana. He said that USA had the highest amount of incarcerations in the world. Something has to be done, he stated.

  28. for shame on all you evil pot smokers for standing up to all of our trusted beauracrates who have only our well being on their mind. why, You act like you don,t want them to tell you how to act or feel anymore. Don,t ya like for those rich hypocrites to control ya? yahoo, bring it on America.

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  30. I was reading on the internet the FDA “rescheduled MARINOL from a Schedule II to a Schedule III a few yrs. ago. (Marinol is synthetic THC made from “native Oak Moss which is grown in Germany and exported to US; takes 100 kilos oak moss = 1 k. Marinol)
    comment: so the FDA could reschedule MJ+MMJ;(I am not sure if FDA or DEA rescheduled Marinol a few years ago. WHEN will O’ reschedule?”why do sick children not matter?”

  31. Marinol (Wikipedia)

    Dronabinol is the INN for a pure isomer of THC, (–)-trans-?9-tetrahydrocannabinol,[75] which is the main isomer found in cannabis. It is sold as Marinol (a registered trademark of Solvay Pharmaceuticals). Dronabinol is also marketed, sold, and distributed by PAR Pharmaceutical Companies under the terms of a license and distribution agreement with SVC pharma LP, an affiliate of Rhodes Technologies. Synthesized THC may be generally referred to as dronabinol. It is available as a prescription drug (under Marinol[76]) in several countries including the United States and Germany. In the United States, Marinol is a Schedule III drug, available by prescription, considered to be non-narcotic and to have a low risk of physical or mental dependence. Efforts to get cannabis rescheduled as analogous to Marinol have not succeeded thus far, though a 2002 petition has been accepted by the DEA. As a result of the rescheduling of Marinol from Schedule II to Schedule III, refills are now permitted for this substance. Marinol has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the treatment of anorexia in AIDS patients, as well as for refractory nausea and vomiting of patients undergoing chemotherapy, which can remain in the body for up to 5 years[medical citation needed], which has raised much controversy[citation needed] as to why natural THC is still a schedule I drug.[77]

  32. “Marinol is made from Oak Moss which is produces Olivetol; when combined with “Catnip” (a known medicinal herb); THC can be produced. Marinol uses “NE Oak Moss”; which is legal in the USA. My comment is:
    1. Marijuana is “Schedule I”
    2. Cesamet synthetic thc analogis Schedule II
    3. Marinol synthetic thc is Schedule III.

    Summary: THC is Schedule I; II; + III
    this is because “too many cooks spoil the broth; too many hands in too many pockets; too many people “speaking falsely”. imho g.g.

  33. ps apparently “ThC can be ‘whipped up’ quite readily using ‘tons of oak moss and catnip (oil). I think people should try this method.
    Catnip is another wonderful medicinal Herb. At the very least Catnip Teas can be enjoyed.

    I would say any herbal Tea enhances Marijuan.

  34. Cigarettes and alcohol kill everyday.
    Marijuana is NOT a gateway to drugs.
    Our creator put it here on EARTH for OUR ailments….
    The Creator DID NOT put all the CHEMICALS that FDA puts in our Pharmacies that DO NOTHING BUT slowly KILL us off.

  35. @Maninder Sandhu and Dr. Mewa Singh, thanks for injecting the idea of NANOTECH here– what’s in a name? Surely another viable interpretation is SUBSTITUTING the 25-mg single toke for a 500-mg “joint” (see my boring comment above). “Nanify carbon monoxide, maximize vitamin [thc].”

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