This documentary is filled with great information for those people who are just learning about cannabis
“Using original and archival footage,”WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER” presents highly convincing evidence that this forbidden herb has healing properties beyond any other plant on the planet— interacting as it does with the body’s own “endocannabinoid system” to keep us fit and disease-free. “WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER” explains how we are all born with a form of marijuana already in our bodies, and when pot is consumed, the “endocannabinoids” inside us—along with any cannabinoids we ingest—fit together like a key in a lock, thereby promoting the death of cancer cells without harming the body’s healthy cells. A powerful and eye-opening film about the future of cannabis—and perhaps even the future of medicine. Narrated by Emmy-winning actor, PETER COYOTE.
FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST “I recommend an excellent documentary film, ‘WHAT IF CANNABIS CURED CANCER,” by Len Richmond, which summarizes the remarkable research findings of recent years about the cancer-protective effects of novel compounds in marijuana. Most medical doctors are not aware of this information and its implications for cancer prevention and treatment.”- ANDREW WEIL, M.D.”
“Joy Smith was diagnosed in July 2016 with ovarian cancer. In August 2017 she was given six weeks to live after it was discovered that the cancer has spread to her stomach and bowel. But now she’s in remission and claims cannabis oil cured her terminal disease. Research Consultant Matthew Atha explains why the research into cannabis oil has been so limited.”
Ever wondered how cannabis social clubs work? The people from Catalonia have first hand experience of how! They organised themselves and pushed to make the region legally and socially tolerant of cannabis consumption. They successfully set up cannabis clubs and voluntarily started self-regulating after they realized the government wouldn’t do it for them. Below is some information on the inner workings of the cannabis club network in Spain, with lots of advice and food for thought from the activists
In 2001 Catalan Cannabis Association were first to obtain a licence to grow cannabis for its members on the basis that some people cant grow plants because of medical reasons or living situation. The argument being that not all consumers have facilities or the capabilities to do so
Basque people got people together to teach themselves how to be self sufficient with cannabis cultivation
Rasquera – Villagers had a referendum and agreed to grow cannabis for themselves. This caused lots of new clubs to spring up even though the Rasquera model failed
Pulled resources in to grow crops as for members only (social model)
Selling to private – non members came later (commercial model)
Woman participation was extremely Important
Harnessed the energy of cannabis users and others with a magazine that featured their own information (latest research, studies, movements, gatherings, interviews, viewpoints, advertising and more) – Novelty free “souvenir cannabis seed” was selling point and changed a lot of perceptions
Got other businesses involved – Had Expos – Invited industry traders
Suggestions for speaking to Media/Public:
Deter media from raising social alarm when it isn’t needed
Stick to your point and control the conversation with clear facts with quotes/references
Avoid differentiating between medicinal user and recreational users as much as possible because it helps people understand that it’s a human rights issue
Talk less about cannabis or the cannabis plant and more about cannabinoids and the terpenes produced in trichomes. The pant is just the skeleton that produces the cannabinoids
Always try to quote your source ie; according to Dr. Gupta, Professor Nutt, Harvard study etc…
Promote cannabis growing equipment, paraphernalia, seeds etc for personal only
Legal adviser’s suggestions & thoughts:
Restricting Access is a key thing to get across to people, currently the law doesn’t do this as only I.D needed for teen to buy drugs is cash
Suicide isn’t a criminal offence because charging someone with homicide (or attempted ?) on themselves would be absurd. So protecting the public from themselves can’t be implemented or ever work
When someone has a bulk amount of drugs they usually distribute them between friends. Proven not guilty if the amount of drugs conflicts with the persons lifestyle (ie; they can’t afford all the drugs in their possession) and friends come forward to declare that they pooled their money, which costs the state/tax payer more money to charge each person with each individual offence. Pointless and has negative affect
When Spain decriminalised cannabis one of the aims was to have no needles or even roaches in the streets, forcing people to be more responsible in their own communities if and when using drugs. This has worked well.
The people who supported the no tolerance ‘war on drugs’ feared an immediate rise of people using drugs if they decriminalised drug use but this did not happen either
Doctors certificates for patients makes it easier to facilitate activities
Keep records – document stating where cannabis going , with names, amounts – protects club and memebrs
Police have accepted these clubs as legal
Self regulation served a purpose as a guarantee for politicians
Compassionate Cannabis Growing – compassionate giving isn’t a criminal offence
Offer the first club set up as a study group to local authorities if still facing fierce opposition
Working alongside city hall to avoid conflict *Was Important Part Of The Change*
Documents stating where cannabis going , with names, amounts
Daily routine helps normalize
More accepted (In a legal sense) if the club is not easily recognizable in the area. Has heavily secured door and cameras
Clubs can set own policies. Ie; constitution says 18 years old is legal but some clubs have set their minimum age to 21 years old
Clubs are Tax exempt because they’re Non-Profit entities
Accountancy, All expenses transparent
Employee wages taxed
Cannabis not taxed No VAT – Non Profit
Club starts with 3 people
Clubs can be as simple as a cannabis exchange. Members swapping strains
Members only grow for members – Social model
Advertising people’s own use is fine but not for business purposes
Clubs for residents only – SOCIAL MODEL
Tourists can use but advised to act responsibly – COMMERCIAL MODEL
Establish Distances between clubs – zones
Delivery available to those in need – i.e; immobile/ ill
Getting a tax number makes it a legally recognised entity
Club Cards explain what you are doing to local people as well as function as club I.D
No growing goes on at the premises (cannabis club)
Members delegates grow
Growing only to consume
Moral responsibility to have all information available to members/consumers
No transport advice is given. Vulnerable to arrest in transporting of cannabis – grey area needs amended
Software used for running clubs are all different – No standard
Small : 0 – 200 people
Medium : 300 – 600 people
Large : 700 – 1000 + people
3 main separate areas in club:
Check-in room – Registration & check in
Distribution room – To obtain the cannabis
Social room – To consume the cannabis
No smoking in Check in room or Distribution due to workers rights*
CatFAC – Federation of Associations of Catalonia Cannabiswas set up in 2012 by 8 cannabis clubs to help regulate and standardize the cannabis clubs to give the cannabis community better legal standing and to help facilitate a better alternative to the black market. Fighting for the rights of consumers and workers, CatFAC focuses on the legality of cannabis and practices associated
Anti-prohibitionists focused on pressuring/lobbying politicians (especially before election time), changing the social mindset and changing health policies so CatFAC helped in the organization of a people’s pushback
“The Federation of Associations of Catalonia Cannabis (CatFAC) is a grouping of associations formed by consumers of cannabis which collectively build a proposal for self-regulation in which partners are supplied in closed circles and profit . We all are previous users of cannabis, legal age or illness for which cannabis is considered a palliative of choice.
We develop our activities with homogeneous groups that make up the Federation Cannàbiques (FAC) statewide.
Through CatFAC, our platform action participate from all fronts to change current drug policies including the prohibition on public policies designed, owned and participatory with all stakeholders, to ensure the freedom of people choose their consumption with less risk and more, as well as health and coexistence in society in general.
Cannabis is our scope here but collaborate with other groups that seek to advance civil rights and welfare of citizens.” –CatFAC Website
3 tier system :
General assembly – Meetings once a month for decision making
Technical Committee – Meetings weekly to oversee general running of club
Representation – Communication with public & media
Representation is in two separate parts that focus on different areas
Parliamentary Group of the Parliament of Catalonia
– Social Movement
Other cannabis federations
Movement cannabis Catalan
CatFAC Organization Breakdown
Activism/ Activists – For the organization of activists, events & demonstrations
Therapeutic – At least one voluntary doctor *Very Important* for medical advice
Audits – At least 1 per year – a normal procedure in any establishment
Cultivation – Monitors & analyses production & quality
Territory – Free advice service for potential clubs setting up (more clubs – more normal)
Women – Insuring equality of sexes in the industry
Lobbying – To work with but also pressure government, political parties & councils
Networking – Connecting with other social movements, building relationships with like minded groups
“Cannabis News Network traveled down to Colombia for an exclusive 3 part report on the state of medical cannabis in Colombia: Colombia Gold. This is part 1 on cannabis politics.
Colombia is perhaps best known among most people for the failed War on Drugs, thanks to Netflix’ internationally acclaimed ‘Narcos’ which debuted in 2015. Whereas the whole world was introduced to the horrors of a failed War on Drugs in the beautiful country of Colombia, the country itself wants to move on from a war that got 220.000 people killed, millions of people homeless and billions of dollars wasted.
Legislation in 2012 had already decriminalized private use, possession of up to 20 grams and 20 plants for personal use. 3 years later in 2015, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos legalized medical cannabis. The Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2016, announced in a nationally televised address he signed legislation, allowing licenses to be granted for the possession of seeds, cannabis plants and cannabis.
We’re now two years further and Cannabis News Network traveled down to Colombia for an exclusive report on the state of medical cannabis in Colombia: Colombia Gold.
The three part series called Colombia Gold, features a wide variety of experts including Martin Jelsma (Transnational Institute), Andrés López (Director National Narcotics Control), Ricardo Vargas (Director de Acción Andina Colombia), Diana Paola Valenzuela (Institute of Studies for Development and Peace), Julian Caicedo (Anandamida Gardens) and more.
We take a look at the politics of cannabis, medical cannabis licenses and fair trade cannabis. Especially the latter two are dubious, as the first license was handed to a privately owned Canadian medical cannabis company, Khiron. The licenses granted also allow companies to export legal medicinal cannabis. Quite a change looking at recent history”
“The Sinister Reason Weed is Illegal” is a theatrical explanation and useful summary of how cannabis became so demonized and why, The short was put together by College Humour’s – Adam Ruins Everything series. Check it out…
Ava suffers from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome which causes her severe seizures. Cannabis has shown to reduce and even completely stop seizures in people. Ava is on CBD oil which has massively reduced her seizures but hasn’t completely eradicated them. CBD is legal in Ireland but Ava needs a whole cannabis plant medicine, which is the full spectrum of cannabinoids – including THC.
In this video, Published on Apr 8, 2017 by communities against water charges on Youtube sees Vera passionately address the large crowd gathered to protest water charges in Ireland’s capitol city, Dublin. Vera makes a very interesting point by asking why should she and her daughter facilitate the government by leaving the country to gain access to cannabis where it is legal to do so. A question that every family could ask when in a similar situation, especially when they know cannabis can alleviate problems and save lives. Cannabis has been shown to help with thousands of diseases and ailments but governments continue to deny it to citizens who need it most, which is unfortunately to the advantage of the big pharmaceutical companies. Please find out what is going on locally and get involved wherever you are in the world, we need to end the madness of cannabis prohibition….
“On a beautiful sunny day in Dublin, Vera once again made the trek from Cork to Dublin to speak to the crowd about her struggle to get her daughter Ava who is 7 years, old medicinal cannabis to control her seizures from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravits Syndrome. Make it medicine, Make it Happen!”
You Can keep up to date with Vera’s campaign for her daughter here Hope For Ava
Although medical marijuana is not traditionally covered under company-paid health insurance programs, the largest pharmacy chain in Canada has changed this by allowing thousands of workers to have access to medical cannabis under the company’s benefits package.
According to a report from The Star, Loblaw Companies Limited and Shoppers Drug Mart recently announced medical cannabis coverage as part of its employee health insurance.
The company stated that, effective immediately, insurance provider Manulife will cover the herb for patients suffering from “spasticity and neuropathic pain associated with multiple sclerosis and nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy for cancer patients,” up to $1,500 per year.
California is trying to become the first marijuana sanctuary state in the country. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, explain.
“California legislators have taken a page from laws establishing sanctuary cities for immigrants to create a measure aimed at protecting marijuana from a federal crackdown.
Similar to laws shielding undocumented immigrants, the recently introduced Assembly Bill 1578 would bar cooperation by police in the state with federal authorities seeking to bust marijuana growers and sellers operating legally under California law.
The proposed legislation would prohibit state and local agencies — unless served with a court order — from using local money, facilities or personnel to assist a federal agency to “investigate, detain, report, or arrest” any person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized by law in the State of California — and transferring an individual to federal law enforcement authorities for purposes of marijuana enforcement.”
Kate O’Connell rejects claim that medical marijuana Bill would cut overdoses and save lives
Proposals to legalise medicinal cannabis are “madness” and “verging on the immoral”, the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health has been told by the Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell. O’Connell, a practising pharmacist in Dublin, said the proposals would undermine existing regulations that are designed to protect the public.
She was responding to the People before Profit TD Gino Kenny, who said his Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill would save lives by reducing overdoses from other drugs. Ms O’Connell said the arguments for legalisation rested on “fake facts”, anecdote and hearsay, separate from scientific evidence about the effectiveness and safety of cannabis.
“I see this Bill as undermining the current regulatory framework we have with the Health [Products] Regulatory Authority and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, who are internationally recognised as the competent authorities,” she told the committee.
She pointed out that a recent report from the authority found a complete lack of clinical and scientific evidence for medicinal cannabis and that patients can already obtain a cannabis product provided that a competent, qualified hospital consultant judges that it is needed. Ms O’Connell asked what would happen if a person with epilepsy had a fit after taking medicinal cannabis and then crashed a car. “On whose hands is that?”
She added that after speaking against the Bill at a previous meeting she had endured “10 days of vile abuse” online
Davis residents may get to try out their green thumbs in a matter of months, as the Davis City Council unanimously approved an outdoor cannabis cultivation ordinance Tuesday night.
The vote marks the city’s latest step toward crafting local cannabis policy after Californians overwhelmingly approved Proposition 64 in November. An ordinance on cannabis manufacturing and testing businesses, as well as policies for medical and recreational dispensaries, are still in the works.
The second and final reading of the outdoor cultivation ordinance is expected to go before the council on April 18, and the new policy could take effect by May 18.
The new outdoor cultivation policy is similar to state law, allowing households to grow a maximum of six plants in their back yards. Davis’ ordinance, however, requires residents to keep their plants behind a solid or opaque fence and restricts the height of plants to 6 feet or the fence line, whichever is shorter.
Davis residents growing cannabis also will be required to keep their plants 5 feet away from the property line. Outdoor cultivation is restricted to adults over 21, and landlords retain the right to prohibit cultivation on their property.
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