State Sanctioned Abduction: Child Kidnapped From Army Vet by State and the Reason Will Shock You (Videos)

Marijuana

by N.Morgan

Zoey Thomas. Photo from Justice for the Thomas Family Facebook Page.

The reason the precious little girl above was kidnapped from her loving family, due to the fact her father, Edward Thomas chose to treat his crippling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with medical Cannabis.

On March 22nd, 2018, the Thomas Family of Eagle, Idaho, experienced first hand just how harsh the state of Idaho can be when someone chooses to use medical cannabis, rather than dangerous pharmaceuticals.

Edward Thomas with daughter Zoey. Photo from Justice for the Thomas Family Facebook Page.

Edward Thomas is a 29-year-old, Iraq Veteran of the Army National Guard.

He spent a year stationed within a combat zone in Baghdad and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by the horrors of war he witnessed during his time in battle.

Edward Thomas served his country in Iraq. Now, the state has removed his daughter simply because he found relief for his PTSD and seizures from medical cannabis. Photo supplied by family.

In the past couple of decades, it has been common knowledge that soldiers suffering from PTSD are almost always prescribed a strong cocktail of psych drugs, that more often than not, have toxic side effects that are worse than the disorder itself.

U.S. military vets are committing suicide at a higher rate than seen before and we are losing more of our veterans to suicide. The suicide stats even dwarf the number of fatalities due to war.

Edward Thomas also suffers from a small benign tumor in his brain that has caused several epileptic episodes in the past.

Edward currently works as a customer service representative in Boise, Idaho, to provide for his small family, including his wife of six years, Ashley, and 2-year-old daughter, Zoey.

Edward and Ashley are also currently expecting their second daughter, Scarlet, due to arrive on June 22nd, 2018.

Ashley is a 27-year-old, disabled mother, that suffers from scoliosis, heart issues, as well as chronic depression and Bipolar disorder.

Both Edward and Ashley have found relief from their suffering due to their various conditions, through the use of medical cannabis.

Edward stated:

It helps with my nightmares and insomnia caused by my time overseas. I used to wake up in a panic from dreams that I was killed in an explosion or seeing my family killed in one. It helped me stop taking several pills for depression and anxiety and even helps with my chronic pain.

CPS Shows Up to New Home Based on Anonymous Phone Call

Ashley with daughter, Zoey. Photo from Justice for the Thomas Family Facebook Page.

On the morning of March 22nd, Ashley was home alone with Zoey, about to eat breakfast, when two social workers from the Idaho Department of Health Welfare, Child Protection Division, showed up at their door.

Amy Johnson and Holly Lavoie told Ashley that they had received an anonymous phone call with a report of concern for Zoey’s well-being and asked Ashley if they could come inside the home.

Ashley declined and stated that she was busy right then. She says that the social workers pointed out a bong that was sitting on the counter and said that she had to let them in because of the paraphernalia.

Not knowing that this was not true and that she had the 4th amendment right to say no and demand a warrant, Ashley let the social workers into her home.

Edward and Ashley had recently bought a run-down mobile home trailer to renovate and make their own. They had rented space in a park outside of the city of Eagle and had only been there for two weeks before the social workers arrived at the door.

The home was cluttered with moving boxes and animal cages.

Edward breeds guinea pigs for show and as a hobby and had several cages in the living room. Ashley explained to the social workers that they had just moved there and the house wasn’t finished being unpacked or renovated.

The kitchen was also cluttered with dishes that Ashley hadn’t had time to tackle yet, as well as more moving boxes in the process of being unpacked.

The social workers looked around the home and told Ashley that they had to call the police to report the paraphernalia. The social workers waited outside of the house for the police to arrive.

Daddy with Zoey in untidy, just-moved-in home. Photo from Justice for the Thomas Family Facebook Page.

Two officers arrived on the scene and entered the home, Sheriff Deputy Paul Lim and Deputy Austin Eckhardt. They searched around of their own accord and then asked to enter the locked room. Ashley told them that it wasn’t hers and did not give permission for the police to enter it.

Ashley reports that Deputy Lim pushed on the door until it opened due to the faulty door lock, allowing the officers to look inside. Ashley says that she did not give permission, nor did the officers have a warrant to open the locked door.

Inside of the room were five medical marijuana plants, growing under some lights. The fertilizer that was being used is reportedly made from bat guano, which resulted in a very rank smell, a smell that Edward and Ashley say the social workers and police officers attributed to the conditions of the house instead of the fertilizer.

Deputy Lim and Deputy Austin called in more officers to investigate the scene. They located numerous pieces of marijuana paraphernalia, including a scale, bongs, pipes, and containers. They also located Edward’s .45 handgun, which had been secured in a gun box on a shelf in their bedroom.

According to the police reports, the officers took their time as they searched through Edward and Ashley’s belongings, noting every negative they could find within the house; even allegedly masquerading as electricians and contractors in an effort to report on the structural integrity and electrical safety of the home the Thomas Family had just purchased.

They went as far as to point out stains on the carpet, despite the fact that the Thomas Family had just moved in and couldn’t have been there long enough to create that amount of damage.

Edward and Ashley defended their home and pointed out that ALL of their belongings had just been moved to the location, so of course it was not in the most tidy condition. They had just moved in.

As many parents have found is common with these types of situations, even positives were turned into negatives.

“The fridge was well stocked…” “…but had several stains inside.”

“The child was appropriately dressed…” “…but had greasy hands.”

In the photo that was provided in the police evidence, Ashley points out the Pringles can sitting next to Zoey in the stroller and comments “of course they were greasy, she was just eating chips when they took the photo!”

Parents Arrested and Sent to Jail

Photo from Justice for the Thomas Family Facebook Page.

The police confiscated everything they found, including Edward’s legally-obtained firearm.

Idaho is a very conservative state, that strongly supports it’s citizen’s rights to bear arms, and, as a military veteran, Edward is obviously well-trained in the use and safety of weapons, but that didn’t keep the social workers and police officers from using Edward’s possession of a gun against him and taking it into evidence.

The officers and social workers ransacked the Thomas home, ultimately arresting Ashley, as well as Edward upon his arrival at the home. The couple was transported to the Ada County Jail, where they were questioned by officers, separately, without an attorney present.

Both Edward and Ashley were booked into the jail, each on three felony charges – Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Manufacturing a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver where a Child is Present, and Injury to a Child.

A No Contact Order with Zoey was requested by the Department and granted, forbidding Edward and Ashley from any contact with their daughter.

Fortunately, Zoey was placed in a kinship foster placement with Ashley’s mother and not in the home of strangers.

Having family members nearby in their home state of Idaho to help out the young family is the main reason why they could not consider moving to a state with more friendly medical cannabis laws.

Parents Out on Bail Try to Meet Ever-Changing Demands of CPS to get Daughter Back

Edward and Ashley were able to bail out of jail with the help of their family, each on a $20,000 bond.

They’ve cooperated with the department, jumping through what seems like an endless line of hoops and demands.

They have been forced to rush the renovations on their home, costing them thousands in repairs to appease the requests of the social workers.

Edward claims:

No matter what repairs were made they seemed to constantly have something to add on.

They were told to fix the stained carpet, so they did.

Then it became the cracked tile in the kitchen. So, it was fixed.

Everything they could find had to be fixed immediately, including the smallest gap between the fridge and the cupboard.

Then it became an issue with the animals and every “what if” the social workers could drum up. So, Edward made a gate to separate the guinea pigs from the living room.

They were told by social workers that they are being “rewarded” by the department for their cooperation by being allowed to have supervised visits with their daughter.

After a little more work and cooperation, they were given unsupervised visits and promise of 48-hour visits with overnights.

They have yet to hear back on when this will be allowed, despite that they were told they’d be able to have their daughter come home next week if they cooperated fully.

Edward continued:

They just keep asking to do walk-throughs of the house; in my mind they are just looking for more reasons why it is unfit.

The social workers keep changing on them, as well as the plan for Zoey’s return home. Currently, Social worker Heather Blair is assigned to the case, with Kristen Nate supervising.

Edward and Ashley have done everything that has been asked, but the department seems to be stalling before their adjudicatory hearing.

Both Ashley and Edward continue to face three felony charges in criminal court as well, with preliminary hearings scheduled for May 25th.

Idaho Wants to Convict These Parents as Criminals – Forever Altering Their Future

Edward and Ashley on their Wedding Day. Hopes and dreams for a happy family are now dashed as they face the future of being labeled as criminals for choosing a natural healing plant over dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. Photo supplied by family.

Edward and Ashley were each offered a plea agreement at their last court date, a deal that would include five years of Felony Probation, if they just plead guilty to the two felonies related to the Marijuana, and a reduced misdemeanor Injury to Child charge.

Both Ashley and Edward turned down this deal, with the hope of fighting back against what they feel is injustice in Idaho regarding their necessity of a safer medicine and a better quality of life.

Ashley says:

I feel destroyed that they took our daughter over a healing plant. I feel like our government and justice system are corrupt and unjust. And I want justice.

Taking Dangerous Pharmaceutical Drugs Now Required to Get Daughter Back

Edward and Ashley have since had to return to taking the dangerous pharmaceuticals they were avoiding, in the hopes to control their pain and suffering.

Edward is already up to 150 mg of the anti-anxiety medication, Hydroxyzine, which is intended for short-term use only and includes side effects like involuntary motor activity and tremors, severe headaches, and hallucinations.

These young parents now live in a state of chaos and confusion, combined with physical and emotional pain, compounded with the threat of permanently losing their daughter, Zoey; and, as many expectant parents have experienced while under supervision of the Department – the fear of losing their new baby, Scarlet, upon her birth in June.

Family Advocate and local activist, Serra Frank stated:

When it comes to Medical Marijuana, the laws and policies of the state of Idaho conflict greatly with the Will of The People.

The People of Idaho do not want our Veterans locked in cages, or their children taken away, just for choosing a non-toxic plant over dangerous pharmaceuticals.

We owe our lives and our freedom to these soldiers.

And this is how we repay them? By destroying their families and forcing them into a criminal system just for making the decision to combat their demons with a safer drug?

It doesn’t make sense, and it isn’t what the people of Idaho want.

How You Can Help

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/justice4thomasfamily/

Change.org petition – https://www.change.org/p/c-l-butch-otter-justice-for-the-thomas-family

Contact Idaho Governor – Butch Otter – Facebook Page

DISTRICT 14 REPRESENTATIVES

Sen. Marv Hagedorn

Rep. Mike Moyle

Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director, Russell S. Barron, 208-334-5500

Deputy Director, Health, Welfare, and Family services: Lori Wolff, 208-334-5500

Contact the Director’s  Office:  https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/ContactUs/DirectorContact/tabid/3833/Default.aspx

UPDATE:

Zoey has apparently been allowed to go home to her parents for now, although the State of Idaho still has custody. The criminal charges remain against the parents, and they are required to stay on pharmaceutical drugs with toxic side effects as a condition to have their daughter in their home.

References:

https://medicalkidnap.com/2018/05/09/2-year-old-girl-taken-away-from-parents-because-military-vet-dad-chose-medical-cannabis-over-dangerous-psych-drugs-for-ptsd/

https://www.facebook.com/justice4thomasfamily/

https://medicalkidnap.com/2016/11/10/idaho-mom-loses-two-children-for-using-medical-cannabis-to-stop-seizures/

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This Is Why More Businesses Are Mellowing Out Over Hiring Marijuana Smokers (Video)

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by N.Morgan

Since 29 states have legalized marijuana use, either medically or recreationally, employers are faced with a huge labor shortage and are making the decision to hire those who partake in marijuana use.

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.

These employers and many others are quietly taking what once would have been considered a radical step: They’re dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees.

Marijuana testing — a fixture at large American employers for at least 30 years — excludes too many potential workers, experts say, at a time when filling jobs is more challenging than it’s been in nearly two decades.

“It has come out of nowhere,” said Michael Clarkson, head of the drug testing practice at Ogletree Deakins, a law firm. “I have heard from lots of clients things like, ‘I can’t staff the third shift and test for marijuana.’”

Though still in its early stages, the shift away from marijuana testing appears likely to accelerate.

More states are legalizing cannabis for recreational use; Michigan could become the 10th state to do so in November.

Missouri appears on track to become the 30th state to allow medical pot use.

Medical marijuana users in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have won lawsuits in the past year against companies that rescinded job offers or fired workers because of positive tests for cannabis.

Before last year, courts had always ruled in favor of employers.

The Trump administration also may be softening its resistance to legal marijuana.

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta suggested at a congressional hearing last month that employers should take a “step back” on drug testing.

“We have all these Americans that are looking to work,” Acosta said. “Are we aligning our … drug testing policies with what’s right for the workforce?”

There is no definitive data on how many companies conduct drug tests, though the Society for Human Resources Management found in a survey that 57 percent do so.

Nor is there any recent data on how many have dropped marijuana from mandatory drug testing.

But interviews with hiring executives, employment lawyers and agencies that help employers fill jobs indicate that dropping marijuana testing is among the steps more companies are taking to expand their pool of applicants to fill a near-record level of openings.

Businesses are hiring more people without high school diplomas, for example, to the point where the unemployment rate for non-high school graduates has sunk more than a full percentage point in the past year to 5.5 percent. That’s the steepest such drop for any educational group over that time.

On Friday, the government is expected to report another robust jobs report for April.

Excluding marijuana from testing marks the first major trend shift in workplace drug policies since employers began regularly screening applicants in the late 1980s.

They did so after a federal law required that government contractors maintain drug-free workplaces. Many private businesses adopted their own mandatory drug testing of applicants.

Most businesses that have dropped marijuana tests continue to screen for cocaine, opiates, heroin and other drugs.

But James Reidy, an employment lawyer in New Hampshire, says companies are thinking harder about the types of jobs that should really require marijuana tests.

If a manufacturing worker, for instance, isn’t driving a forklift or operating industrial machinery, employers may deem a marijuana test unnecessary.

“Employers are saying, ‘We have a thin labor pool,’ “Reidy said. ” ‘So are we going to test and exclude a whole group of people? Or can we assume some risks, as long as they’re not impaired at work?’

Yet many companies are reluctant to acknowledge publicly that they’ve dropped marijuana testing.

“This is going to become the new don’t ask, don’t tell,” Reidy said.

In most states that have legalized marijuana, like Colorado, businesses can still, if they wish, fire workers who test positive.

On the other hand, Maine, which also legalized the drug, became the first state to bar companies from firing or refusing to hire someone for using marijuana outside of work.

Companies in labor-intensive industries — hoteliers and home health care providers and employers with many warehouse and assembly jobs — are most likely to drop marijuana testing.

By contrast, businesses that contract with the government or that are in regulated industries, like air travel, or that have safety concerns involving machinery, are continuing marijuana tests, employment lawyers say. Federal regulations require the testing of pilots, train operators, and other key transportation workers.

Dropping marijuana testing is more common among employers in the nine states, along with the District of Columbia, that have legalized pot for recreational use.

An additional 20 states allow marijuana for medical use only. But historically low unemployment is driving change even where pot remains illegal.

After the Drug-Free Workplace Act was enacted in 1988, amid concerns about cocaine use, drug testing spread to most large companies.

All Fortune 500 companies now engage in some form of drug testing, according to Barry Sample, a senior director at Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest testing firms.

In Denver, in a state with just 3 percent unemployment, 10 percent of employers that screen for drugs had dropped marijuana as of 2016, according to a survey by the Employers Council, which provides corporate legal and human resources services.

“It’s because unemployment is virtually non-existent” in Colorado, said Curtis Graves, a lawyer at the council.

“People cannot afford to take a hard line against off-duty marijuana usage if they want to hire.”

That’s particularly true in Colorado’s resort areas, where hotels and ski lifts are heavily staffed with young workers, Graves said: “They can lose their jobs and walk across the street and get another one.”

FPI, a property-management firm in San Francisco that employs 2,900 around the country, from leasing managers to groundskeepers, has dozens of jobs listed on online boards.

Its ads say applicants must pass a “full background check and drug screening.”

But it adds, “As it relates to marijuana use, FPI will consider any applicable state law when dispositioning test results.”

FPI didn’t respond to requests for comment, which isn’t unusual given that companies that have dropped marijuana tests aren’t exactly billboarding their decisions.

Most still seek to maintain drug-free workplaces and still test for harder drugs.

“They’re pretty hush-hush about it,” Graves said.

AutoNation, which operates dealerships in 17 states, is one of the few that have gone public.

The company stopped testing for marijuana about a year ago.

Marc Cannon, a company spokesman, said it did so mostly in response to evolving public attitudes.

But it also feared to lose prospective employees.

“The labor market has tightened up,” Cannon said.

AutoNation heard from other business leaders, Cannon said. They said things like, “‘We’re doing the same thing; we just didn’t want to share it publicly.’”

Relaxed attitudes among employers are spreading from states where recreational marijuana is legal to those where it’s lawful only for medical use, such as Michigan and New Hampshire.

Janis Petrini, who owns an Express Employment staffing agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says that with the area’s unemployment rate below 3 percent, employers are growing desperate.

Some are willing to ignore the results of drug tests performed by Express, which still screens for marijuana and won’t place workers who test positive.

“We have had companies say to us, ‘We don’t worry about that as much as we used to,’” Petrini said. “We say, ‘OK, well, we are still following our standards.”

One of Reidy’s clients, a manufacturer in New Hampshire, has dropped marijuana testing because it draws some workers from neighboring Massachusetts and Maine, which have legalized pot for recreational use.

Another client, which runs assisted living facilities from Florida to Maine, has stopped testing its housekeeping and food service workers for marijuana.

People stand outside after shopping at the Essence cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas. Some companies are dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

The long and unfounded stigma surrounding marijuana use is eroding, compounding pressure on employers to stop testing.

Sixty-four percent of Americans support legalizing pot, a Gallup poll found, the highest percentage in a half-century of surveys.

In Las Vegas, where recreational use is legal, marijuana dispensaries “look almost like Apple stores,” said Thoran Towler, CEO of the Nevada Association of Employers.

Many high-tech companies have been moving from California to Nevada to escape California’s high costs, and they’re seeking workers.

Towler says the most common question from his 400 member executives is, “Where do I find employees?”

He estimates that roughly one-tenth of his group’s members have stopped testing for marijuana out of frustration.

“They say, ‘I have to get people on the casino floor or make the beds, and I can’t worry about what they’re doing in their spare time,’” Towler said.

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References:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/careers/employment-trends/2018/05/03/labor-shortage-businesses-mellow-over-hiring-pot-smokers/573710002/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/04/27/medical-marijuana-used-pots-emotional-connection-spread-nationally/520864002/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuJTmsp0-YQ

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Majority of Cancer Patients Turning To Cannabis for Relief (Videos)

Cancer, Health, Marijuana

by N.Morgan

 

According to a recent survey conducted by one of the nation’s leading cancer research facilities, if marijuana is legalized cancer patients will choose it as their preferred medicine, over the mainstream medical treatments.

A team of researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, based in Seattle, Wash., surveyed 926 cancer patients and found that roughly 25 percent of them used cannabis as a medicinal therapy in the past year.

The results were published on Monday in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

The groundbreaking study concluded:

This study of cancer patients in a state with legalized cannabis found high rates of active use across broad subgroups, and legalization was reported to be important in patients’ decision to use.

Cancer patients desire but are not receiving information about cannabis use during their treatment from oncology providers.

A large number of cancer patients report that cannabis helps them with pain, nausea, stress, depression, insomnia and other unpleasant symptoms.

But patients are frustrated by the lack of information they receive from the American healthcare system.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals lack training and education in cannabis science.

“More than half of active users reported that legalization significantly increased their likelihood of using, and cannabis use was spread across demographic subsets, including age, sex, and cancer diagnosis subsets,” the study finds.

According to the research:

The median age of those surveyed was 58.

74 percent of the patients wanted information from cancer providers and had a strong interest in learning about cannabis during treatment.

24 percent used cannabis as a medical therapy in the past year.

21 percent self-treated with cannabis in the past month.

70 percent inhaled (smoked or vaped) their medicine.

70 percent consumed edibles.

40 percent did both.

75 percent reported their primary use was for physical pain.

64 percent used it for neuropsychiatric symptoms.

“We hope that this study helps to open up the door for more studies aimed at evaluating the risks and benefits of marijuana in this population,” said study author Dr. Steven Pergam. “This is important, because if we do not educate our patients about marijuana, they will continue to get their information elsewhere.”

The American Cancer Society admits that more research is needed on marijuana as a treatment for cancer symptoms.

The organization also concedes that properties in marijuana have the potential to combat cancer cells and be a pivotal force in defeating cancer.

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states; adult recreational use is legal in eight states. Washington, where the study was conducted, allows both.

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References:

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatments-and-side-effects/complementary-and-alternative-medicine/marijuana-and-cancer.html

https://thefreshtoast.com/rx/1-out-of-4-cancer-patients-are-turning-to-cannabis/

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An Embattled Pharmaceutical Company That Sells the Powerful Painkiller Fentanyl Has Donated $500,000 to Campaign Opposing Pot Legalization, Pro-Legalization Campaign Says ‘We Are Truly Shocked.’ (Video)

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(N.Morgan) The shady pharmaceutical company that distributes the dangerous painkiller Fentanyl has donated $500,000 toward defeating a ballot initiative that would make recreational use of marijuana legal under Arizona law.

In the eyes of pot legalization proponents, it’s difficult to imagine a more sinister donor than Insys Therapeutics Inc. It is also more evidence that the pro pot movement have been validated by this latest move by Insys, since they have alleged for many years that the big drug companies want to keep cannabis illegal to corner the market for drugs, some addictive and dangerous, that relieve pain and other symptoms.

Insys currently markets just one product, according to an August filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission: a sublingual fentanyl spray it calls Subsys.

Two former company employees pleaded not guilty last month to federal charges related to an alleged kickback scheme to get doctors to prescribe Subsys.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit late last month against the company alleging Insys hawked the drug to doctors for off-label prescribing, saying the company’s “desire for increased profits led it to disregard patients’ health and push addictive opioids for non-FDA approved purposes.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid significantly more potent than heroin that can cause overdoses, especially when it’s used to cut the supply of illegally sourced drugs.

During his autopsy,it was found the musician Prince died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose in April.

Insys made its very generous contribution to the anti-legalization campaign group Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy on Aug. 31, according to information posted online by the Arizona secretary of state’s office.

Advocates for the marijuana legalization initiative Proposition 205, which is up 10 percentage points in a poll released Wednesday by the Arizona Republic, condemned the donation.

J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the initiative-backing Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said in a statement that “we are truly shocked by our opponents’ decision to keep a donation from what appears to be one of the more unscrupulous members of Big Pharma.”

Holyoak continued: “Our opponents have made a conscious decision to associate with this company. They are now funding their campaign with profits from the sale of opioids – and maybe even the improper sale of opioids.

We hope that every Arizonan understands that Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is now a complete misnomer. Their entire campaign is tainted by this money. Any time an ad airs against Prop. 205, the voters should know that it was paid for by highly suspect Big Pharma actors.”

From 2011 through at least last year, Insys also sold a second product: a generic equivalent to Marinol, a synthetic version of the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which the Food and Drug Administration allows for treatment of cancer and HIV-related symptoms like nausea and loss of appetite, which cannabis advocates say the raw plant material can treat without a corporate middleman.

Insys said in its August filing it has no plans to resume those sales, though it is preparing a similar drug.

Marijuana legalization supporters state legal access to cannabis, which does not cause overdose deaths, could help combat overuse of medicine that serves as an on-ramp to potentially life-destroying addictions.

Johns Hopkins University researchers concluded in 2014, after studying the effects of state medical marijuana laws through 2010, that “medical cannabis laws are associated with significantly lower state-level opioid overdose mortality rates.”

Presently, 25 states have laws allowing residents to use marijuana as medicine, though the plant remains a federally illegal Schedule I substance, which is defined as having no accepted medical value.

The Obama administration had permitted states broad leeway to regulate sales of marijuana for recreational or medical use, despite federal prohibition. President Trump has not addressed the issue, but during his presidential campaign said he would follow the same guildlines.

Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana in an initiative that won by about a 4,000-vote margin in 2010, and supporters of this year’s legalization initiative expect the ultimate vote to be close again, perhaps the closest of the five states – including Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California – that also will consider joining the four pioneering pot legalization states and the nation’s capital in November.

Pro-legalization campaign spokesman Barrett Marson says if the other side has any shame they will return Insys’ donation, which is far and away the largest received by opponents to date.

Fentanyl Maker May Have Just Caused Marijuana Legalization To Jump Forward

The irony that an opioid maker may have just jump started cannabis legalization is huge, get the facts on how Insys just got schedule 2 approval, click here https://cannabis.net/blog/news/fentan…

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References:

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-08/fentanyl-maker-donates-big-to-campaign-opposing-pot-legalization

https://cannabis.net/blog/news/fentanyl-maker-may-have-just-caused-marijuana-legalization-to-jump-forward

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCac90FGCTwkj5gRGYE6fy0w

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Washington Defies DEA – Will Conduct Cannabis Research (Video)

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(N.Morgan) At the beginning of this month, the DEA revealed its complete ignorance and enslavement to Big Pharma, by refusing to reclassify marijuana, which will stand at a Schedule 1 drug. This means, according to their classification system marijuana has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

The decision came as a shock to many who had expected the agency to recognize the 21st century body of scientific evidence on cannabis’ medicinal value, and the real-life stories of people cured with this plant.

It has been widely documented online and by the Free Thought Project  the various examples of children suffering from constant epileptic seizures, who, after receiving CBD treatment (an extract of cannabis), experience a dramatic reduction in seizures and gain a quality of life like never before.

The DEA’s continual denial of the infinite potential of medical cannabis is cruel and borderlines criminal.

In a review of the evidence, U.S. government’s own National Institutes of Health, researchers concluded:

Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that Information on safety is lacking.

As Justin Gardner reported: The good news is, hardly anyone really cares what the DEA thinks. Civil disobedience is happening all over the country as individuals and even state governments recognize the injustice of cannabis prohibition. In a heartening example, one brave Georgia lawmaker admitted that he goes to Colorado to secure medical grade cannabis and brings it back to treat sick children in his own state.

Shortly after the DEA’s decision was released, Washington state – which legalized the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis – announced perhaps the boldest act of defiance yet.

The News Tribune reported:

Washington state is moving ahead with its plans to allow scientific research of marijuana, sidestepping federal rules that critics say have hampered study of the drug for decades.

The state has a new marijuana research license that will allow laboratories to grow marijuana for scientific study. State officials expect to start accepting applications for the new license by January.

The DEA claims they “don’t have enough research” to say cannabis has medicinal value, but their own impossibly strict regulations have smothered research for decades. So Washington has taken the lead and is directly addressing this disingenuous claim by paving the way for more research to be conducted.

Sam Méndez, the executive director of the Cannabis Law & Policy Project at the University of Washington School of Law, states: “It can take up to two years just to get the federal licenses in the first place, because the process is so long and onerous.”

And, when a researcher finally does get a federal license, the only place they can get research-grade cannabis is from the University of Mississippi. Further, when discoveries are made about the medicinal properties of cannabis, they cannot be applied to state-level systems.

Washington’s state licensing program will bypass these ridiculous road blocks, and will make pave the way for private research facilities to conduct research as well as state universities. Research-grade cannabis can be sourced from within the state from a variety of qualified producers.

“The state Liquor and Cannabis Board is now setting up a scientific review panel to scrutinize applications for the new marijuana research license, a first step toward opening the door to applicants”, said board spokesman Brian Smith.

The scientific review panel — made up of officials from Washington State University and the University of Washington — will evaluate the quality of proposed research projects, as well as whether applicants have the expertise and facilities to carry out the work.

After developing rules to govern the application process, the LCB expects to start soliciting applications at the start of 2017, with the first licenses to be issued sometime after that.

On the issue of cannabis, Washington gets full commendations for the rare act of “legislating” freedom by allowing recreational use of cannabis, and for breaking tyrannical barriers to a research on a plant with such medical promise.

It will soon join Israel as one of the world’s leading areas of medical cannabis research, and open the door for a thriving multi-million dollar industry which also serves the benefit of humanity.

References:

Justin Gardner

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/dea-refuses-reschedule-cannabis/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358713/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article96791752.html

https://www.merryjane.com/news/israel-the-epicenter-of-cannabis-research-and-innovation

The Feds Continue To Spread Misinformation About Marijuana (Video)

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(N.Morgan) For many years, the debate has raged as to whether marijuana has any valuable medicinal purposes and if it can not only help treat, but cure some of the diseases running rampant through our society. Some claim it has cured their Cancers. Others say it helps to treat their Epilepsy seizures, which I can say I’ve witnessed this personally, through someone close to me. And yet, the feds still lie about it uses and classify it in a category that is inappropriate and false. Big pharma wants to keep this valuable medication out of the public’s hands and continue to poison us with medications they will approve, even if they are proven to be deadly.

 

 

 

Via AlterNet (Please follow the link to read the entire piece):

 

 

 

In her latest blog post, US National Institute on Drug Abuse director Nora Volkow claims that “science should guide marijuana policy.” But if the nation’s top anti-drug doc truly believes that facts, not ideological rhetoric, ought to shape America’s drug policies, why does she feel the need to keep distorting the truth about pot? Writes Volkow: “Besides being addictive, marijuana is cognitively impairing even beyond the phase of acute intoxication and regular use during adolescence may cause a significant, possibly permanent IQ loss.”

 

Or, more than likely, it may not. In fact, the very study Volkow relies on to make this questionable claim was publically repudiated in a 2012 review published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That review suggests that socioeconomic differences, not pot use, are responsible for dissimilarities found among former teen marijuana users and non-users. In fact, once economic variables were factored into the assessment, the analysis reported that cannabis’ actual effect on IQ was likely to be “zero.” As for Nora Volkow’s allegation that pot is addictive, well, a bit of context is necessary. Do a minority of people who experiment with cannabis at some point in their lives exhibit symptoms of drug dependence? Yes, about nine percent do so, according to the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine.

 

But this percentage is similar to that of anxiolytics and is far lower than the dependence liability associated with other substances like alcohol (15 percent) and tobacco (32 percent). So concludes the Institute in its report “Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base”: “[A]lthough few marijuana users develop dependence, some do. But they appear to be less likely to do so than users of other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), and marijuana dependence appears to be less severe than dependence on other drugs.”

 

 

How Many People Have Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana? (Video)

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(N.Morgan) There’s been a ton of negative propaganda in regards to the harmful effects of marijuana. A recent report released states there have been NO overdoses due to marijuana use for 2014 or 2015. Many people try to argue that marijuana is a “gateway” drug, which I’ve always found interesting, since most teens first experiment with cigarettes and alcohol. No one ever discusses that part of this issue. Can marijuana impair driving? Yes, however, just as with alcohol, this too can be monitored and regulated.

 

Here’s How Many People Overdosed on Marijuana Last Year

Marijuana has been used for thousands of years by many different cultures for medical relief, as we are seeing today, many people are turning back to marijuana to treat all sorts of ailments, from Cancer to PTSD. Another argument is that you can’t get the healing properties without the psychotropic effects, such as getting high, which is also false.

CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.

CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.

However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years.

When one brings up the statistics of alcohol abuse and the fatalities involved with its consumption, people get defensive and say, well, it’s legal. Yes, alcohol is legal, and easily accessible in our society. It’s seen as a good time and something we can drink daily to relax after work. This year, the substance has aided in killing Americans at a rate that hasn’t been seen in roughly 35 years according to the Washington Post.

Reports state that more than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes in 2015. This number does not include those who died as a result of alcohol related deaths like drunk driving or other accidents. If it did, the number would be close to 100,000.

According to a 2006 report in American Scientist, “alcohol is more lethal than many other commonly abused substances.” The report goes on to also mention:

Drinking a mere 10 times the normal amount of alcohol within 5 or 10 minutes can prove fatal, whereas smoking or eating marijuana might require something like 1,000 times the usual dose to cause death.

But it may not be fair to say that marijuana doesn’t have downsides because clearly it does. It’s speculated that it can cause brain developmental challenges in people under the age of 25 who smoke regularly, as it affects grey matter and it can of course also lead to drugged driving which can also be dangerous. But are the dangers as bad as alcohol? And can we truly compare therapeutic values? What about when we look at pharmaceuticals?

Here are 2 graphs presented by the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

Reviewing the reported cases in the US, we see that prescription drugs prescribed by a doctor, as well as pain reliever addictions, have led to a combined 42,000 or so deaths in 2014. This is even more than alcohol! Strictly from a statistics point of view, prescription drugs, while having value in other areas, come with a great number of downsides and also happen to be the biggest business. Is there a conflict of interest in handing out these drugs when the ability to make money is attached?

Do more drugs than are needed enter our society? The obvious answer is yes, when you look at how often drugs are not only wrongly prescribed, but are also the first option to fix something fickle before we even look at the potential behind lifestyle changes.

Public Demand

Although the public in North America in general seems to be pushing for the legalization of marijuana, it is still opposed heavily. Some groups include the pharmaceutical lobby, who would lose big in profits, as well as police unions who would lose federal budget for the war on drugs. You can begin to see our society runs less on common sense and more on political and monetary rigidity with groups all working against each other in their own interest.

But to be honest, legalization is a whole other topic, because I believe it is not quite as good as people hype it up to be.

Some challenges that would come in include who controls marijuana growth, the quality of what is made available, and the manipulation of that product.

Interestingly enough, among all 2016 presidential contenders, Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the only one who outright supports the legalization of marijuana. As of now the substance is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, up there with heroin and LSD. (which is a whole other topic of discussion)

In closing, shouldn’t it be up to the consumers whether or not marijuana is legal? Shouldn’t marijuana be an option for the those are ill and tired of the mainstream medicines that have been proven to cause addiction and death and typically leave the patients with more unpleasant symptoms than the disease they are fighting?

References:

http://video.beforeitsnews.com/heres-how-many-people-overdosed-on-marijuana-last-year_d714238e7.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/22/americans-are-drinking-themselves-to-death-at-record-rates/

https://www.americanscientist.org/libraries/documents/200645104835_307.pdf

http://www.thecannabist.co/2014/11/17/marijuana-young-brain-study/23251/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marijuana-deaths-2014_56816417e4b06fa68880a217

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/12/29/report-heres-how-many-people-fatally-overdosed-on-marijuana-in-2015/

http://www.leafscience.com/2014/02/23/5-must-know-facts-cannabidiol-cbd/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvixJtaXuNdMPUGdOPcY8Ag

4 Remarkable Health Benefits Of Juicing Marijuana Raw (Videos)

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(N.Morgan)  Were you aware that marijuana is a vegetable? Believe it – it’s true.The leaves and buds of the marijuana plant are actually loaded with numerous antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer compounds.

These compounds are collectively known as cannabidiols (CBD), and they make marijuana, cannabis, or whatever nickname you like to use into a superfood of superfoods.

Don’t Get Dazed and Confused

When marijuana is heated, all of that nutritious and beneficial superfood goodness evaporates – it literally goes up in smoke, completely blown away. Instead of blowing away all of the awesome nutritional benefits, take the time to juice it and feel the wonderful health benefits that juiced raw marijuana has to offer.

When heat is applied to marijuana, the psychoactive compound – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – is released from the plant. Most people don’t want to get high from their medication however. Our bodies were made to receive and process the marijuana cannabidiols, and the raw plant leaves and buds should not be heated when someone is seeking to obtain healing properties of this superfood.

We come equipped with cannabinoid receptors built-in to our bodies. Getting CBD into your body can normalize functional systems like cell communication and immune functions.

This means that the systems which make up your body, from cells to organs, will communicate better with each other, resulting in a better understanding of what’s going on, and together will help to clean things up and get these important systems back to top working order.

Whole Lotta Love

This kind of great communication is like a good relationship – both people should talk to each other and work with each other to keep the house clean. Having the already built in cannabinoid receptors in our brains and basically no other way to get cannabidiol, one of at least 85 active cannabinoids, marijuana seems to be the perfect medicine to ensure our bodies are working at their peak performance.

CBDs bridge the gap of neurotransmission in the central nervous system by providing a two-way system of communication that completes a positive “feedback loop” says Dr. William Courtney, a medical marijuana expert and founder of Cannabis International. This is instead of a one-way transmission which promotes chronic inflammation.

CBDs imitate the body’s natural two-way communications syste

Making Raw Cannabis Juice

Stairway To Heaven

“The endogenous cannabinoid system acts as a modulator in fine-tuning for many of these systems, and if something is deranged biochemically in a person’s body, it may well be that a cannabinoid system can bring things back into balance.” – Dr. Ethan Russo, a Seattle area physician, Senior Advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals.

Juicing raw marijuana ensures you’ll get the healing benefits of the plant without the high. No smoking, no high, and you can ingest higher doses of the plant, which will inevitably have your system running more smoothly and you feeling better quickly. Juicing the plant also offers versatility: you can add other fruits and veggies to make delicious juices and incorporate cannabis into your diet.

Also, those who suffer from IBD’s (Irritable Bowel Disease) or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) can get the extra vitamins, minerals, and nutrients when they are on a fast. Sometimes patients with these diseases cannot eat solid foods, and consuming a liquid diet is their only option. Raw marijuana juice would be an excellent addition to any liquid diet.

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Communication Breakdown

Research has determined smoking of marijuana can promote inflammation which often leads to infection and potential dysfunction or to communication breakdowns in your body. While several doctors suggest using the vaporizing method over smoking, the majority promote edibles over vaporizing. However, heat is still required when using marijuana in the creation of edibles. That’s why, medically speaking, juicing the plant works best and provides the highest benefits.

4 Health Benefits To Juicing Marijuana

Dr. Courtney and other doctors and nutritionists are working together. They are focused on towards the national legalization of marijuana, wanting to see the plant added into mainstream diets. They have found that using cannabis as a food (instead of a smokeable) can help prevent, diminish, and fix:

Autoimmune Disorders
Cellular Dysfunction
Chronic Inflammationv
Cancer Cells

Please talk to a doctor – not a dealer – when researching the drug for use as a juice or other edible. Currently in the United States, marijuana is currently only legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon, but marijuana has been allowed for medical use in 23 other states.

References:

/alternative/2016/01/4-surprising-health-benefits-of-juicing-raw-marijuana-3289456.html

http://www.riseearth.com/2016/01/4-surprising-health-benefits-of-juicing.html

http://video.beforeitsnews.com/leaf-health-benefits-of-juicing-raw-cannabis_ce71e79a5.html

http://video.beforeitsnews.com/making-raw-cannabis-juice_4b0820d5a.html

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZiy3cQu9s1nnsK2y00Zg1w

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCroQXt70ZQz8U3HkEBk6zvg

http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-juicing-raw-cannabis-marijuana-leaves.html

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/benefits-of-juicing-cannabis.html?t=JV

Weed The People (Video)

Health, Marijuana

(N.Morgan)  Weed The People is a new medical documentary about the use of cannabis in the treatment of children with Cancer. A long over due look into the lives of the parents who have to come to such desperate decisions, all in the hopes of saving their children’s’ lives.What would you do to end your child’s suffering? Wouldn’t you as a parent, do anything to relieve their pain? Many people are still ignorant and uneducated about the miracles that cannabis and marijuana hold for people who are terminally ill as well as chronically ill. It can mean the difference between life and death, in some cases.

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A film about Weed?

Not Quite. Filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake take an unflinching look at the underground world of herbal medicine, where patients become experts on their own conditions and spend thousands of dollars on federally illegal medicines that are concocted in suburban kitchens. Nowhere is this phenomenon more compelling than in the treatment of children, whose parents will stop at nothing to help them. “Weed the People” looks beyond pot-activist propaganda and politics to reveal the legitimate science behind cannabis medicine and the compelling stories of ordinary people whose lives are inescapably caught up in the controversy.

 

Sophie’s case

In July 2013 new parents Tracy and Josh Ryan received the devastating news that their 7-month-old baby Sophie had an inoperable brain tumor. The doctors prescribed chemotherapy as the only course of treatment, but could not guarantee it would work. Tracy Ryan felt intuitively that western medicine alone would not be enough to save her daughter. After intensive research, the Ryans began Sophie on a regimen of medicinal cannabis oils, hoping for a miracle. Eighteen months later doctors cannot believe the results.

 

4 Remarkable Health Benefits Of Juicing Marijuana Raw (Videos)

Marijuana

 

(N.Morgan)  Were you aware that marijuana is a vegetable? Believe it – it’s true.The leaves and buds of the marijuana plant are actually loaded with numerous antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer compounds.

These compounds are collectively known as cannabidiols (CBD), and they make marijuana, cannabis, or whatever nickname you like to use into a superfood of superfoods.

Juicing-Marijuana-–-A-Blessing-to-Liver-Health- (2)

Don’t Get Dazed and Confused

When marijuana is heated, all of that nutritious and beneficial superfood goodness evaporates – it literally goes up in smoke, completely blown away. Instead of blowing away all of the awesome nutritional benefits, take the time to juice it and feel the wonderful health benefits that juiced raw marijuana has to offer.

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