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.”
Donning blue-jean skirts and makeshift habits, Sister Kate and Sister Darcy are orderless and self-proclaimed nuns who have been reverently growing and producing cannabis-based tonics and salves in their Merced operation known as the Sisters of the Valley. The Sisters say their non psychoactive products are imbued with healing intent, and their customers claim the “plant medicines” treat myriad ailments
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”
“I think people need to be educated to the fact that cannabis is not a drug. Cannabis is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” (Willie Nelson / Musician, Writer, Actor, Activist)
The Cannabis News Network’s journey leads to a remote cave, far away from daily life. Here they meet their Sadhu, or Baba.
A GODLY place!
A quest, to seek out why cannabis is considered a sacred plant and how it has been used, spiritually and medicinally.
In the past two years, we have witnessed a sea of change in the attitude of Americans toward cannabis. Colorado made history by becoming the first state to completely decriminalize possession and use of the plant, with Washington and other states soon following.
Medical cannabis use is now legal in 23 states, and others will soon be joining that list. Polls find that a solid majority of Americans support cannabis legalization, especially for medicinal use. The Free Thought Project has reported on many incredible ways that cannabis is being used to treat a variety of ailments. Its effectiveness at reducing or eliminating epileptic seizures is nothing short of amazing.
People are also realizing that the war on cannabis—and all drugs for that matter—is a war on people carried out by law enforcement to restrict freedom and to extort millions of dollars for victimless behavior. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) gains a sizable amount of revenue through cannabis seizures. The dried plant also provides ample opportunity for local law enforcement to carry out its favorite, most insidious form of extortion known as Civil Asset Forfeiture.
The good news is that these abuses of human rights are being exposed, and law enforcement is sounding ever more desperate as justification for their actions withers under the advance of reason and logic. When cannabis is finally decriminalized everywhere, our evolution from the days of Reefer Madness will provide an entertaining yet tragic documentary.
The fight continues, and we must build on the momentum if we are to see it to completion. The arguments for legalization are many, and they are sound. But perhaps the entire narrative needs to be reconsidered as we make the final push.
Over half the U.S. population supports “recreational use” of cannabis. Unfortunately, those whose don’t support recreational use, oppose it vitriolically. “Recreational cannabis” is exactly what the opposition is fighting to prevent.
The flip side to this is that over 80% of Americans support medical cannabis use and over 85% support freedom in healthcare decisions. All of these statistics are trending upwards.
In the South, “recreational cannabis use” is a non-starter and a debate that cannot be empirically won. On the other hand, “medical cannabis use” is a debate we win. And we don’t need to manipulate our messaging to change the debate, we need only to correctly identify ‘medicinal use.’”
The basis for this argument lies in our increasing understanding of a part of human physiology known as the endocannabinoid system, which is turning out to be vital to many life-supporting processes.
Scientific knowledge will validate what many cannabis users already know—the plant can provide relief from certain ailments and stimulate some of the best human qualities such as creativity and empathy.
Macris has interviewed several people and found they use cannabis for conditions that would otherwise be treated with pharmaceutical drugs in the current paradigm.
“It makes me relax,” “It helps me sleep,” “It calms me down,” “It helps me think,” “It helps my stomach calm down,” and it “It helps me talk to people,” are some of the ways people have said cannabis helps them.
All of these conditions—anxiety, sleep disorder, ADHD, inflamed bowels, and social anxiety—are targeted by pharmaceutical companies that vigorously advertise their manufactured pills with government complicity.
“Recreational cannabis users are using cannabis for medical purposes, they just don’t realize it,” says Macris.
When someone says they are a “recreational user,” they should consider saying “therapeutic user.” This will be far more effective in the push to completely decriminalize cannabis, as “recreational” implies that it can be abused on the level of alcohol or other drugs. Government may insist on keeping the distinction, as they can tax “recreational” use much more than medical use.
In any case, we can garner much more support from fellow citizens when legalization efforts are rightfully carried under the banner of medical use.
Children with high and medium academic ability at age 11 are more likely to use cannabis in late adolescence compared to children with low academic ability, according to a new study published in BMJ Open.
The researchers, from University College London, examined the school records of more than 6,000 children. Their analysis showed that children of medium academic ability at age 11 were more likely to go on to be either occasional or persistent users of cannabis than children of low academic ability. This was the case for both early adolescence (13 to 17 years of age) and in late adolescence (18 to 20 years of age).
For children with high academic ability at age 11, the results were less certain. Although they were more likely than the low ability children to use cannabis in early adolescence, the difference between the two groups was not statistically significant. In other words the association could have been down to chance. However, for the period between 18 and 20 years, the high ability group was significantly more likely to be either occasional or persistent users of cannabis than the low ability group.
Previous research has found a clear link between academic ability and intelligence, so the evidence suggests that smarter kids are more likely to smoke cannabis than their less gifted peers. The big question is: why?
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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has announced the launch of a Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research. The new Center will serve as one of the world’s leading institutes for conducting and coordinating research about cannabinoids, endocannabinoids and medical cannabis. In addition, it will promote collaboration and disseminate information.
Staffed by some of the world’s leading scientists and medical doctors from the Hebrew University and its affiliated Hadassah Medical Center, the Multidisciplinary Center is already supporting exciting new research. In February 2017, the Center awarded funding to three research projects:
—The effects of CBD on traumatic brain injury (Prof. Rami Yaka & Prof. Oren Ostresetzer)
—The anti-angiogenic and anti-cancer activity of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) agonists (Dr. Ofra Benny)
—Effect of a Cannabis extract on acute radicular pain and on analgesics (Prof. Elyad Davidson)
“The establishment in Israel of the Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research is of great relevance at this time since both academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies worldwide are channeling enormous efforts to basic and clinical research in this field,” said Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Tam, Director of the Hebrew University’s Multidisciplinary Center on Cannabinoid Research, and Head of the Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory at the Hebrew University’s Institute for Drug Research in the Faculty of Medicine.
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