Archive for June 7th, 2012

Cancer.gov | Current Clinical Trials

Check NCI’s list of cancer clinical trials for cancer CAM clinical trials on marijuananabilonedronabinol and nabiximols that are actively enrolling patients.

General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

How cannabis prohibitionist Rep. Frank Wolf, was bought by lobbyist

Back on May 9th, congress sent a bill to stop the DEA from spending tax money on enforcing federal laws against states who have medical marijuana. The bill was debated heatedly, and was voted against by a majority in congress.

During the debating process, one particular congressman really stood out to me in particular. That was Republican Representative Frank Wolf, of Virgina’s 10th District.

Representative Frank Wolf basically stuck to parroting all the talking points of cannabis prohibitionist for the past 70 years, interjecting miscellaneous straw man arguments along the way.  He questioned the boundaries of states rights, stating, “If a state said that sex trafficking is okay, would we honor that and say that we are not gonna protect? I would hope not. States in the past have done things that were not good for this country.”  He also touched on the pill mill problems in Florida, stating “We talk about doctors, the number of doctors that were ripping off people with oxycontin – the number of doctors [that would be] devasting. You could go down to Broward County, in Florida, and go into some of these pain clinics — There are buses coming down, and planes coming down, to buy it, and doctors are writing prescriptions. So we are going to hide behind it and just say doctors are?  The number of doctors that ruin young people on oxycontin. .. that whereby they died, they died! Instead they hide behind a “doctor says” [and] that that means it’s okay ..”

We might be able to agree that the pain management policies are being abused, but the fact remains that people with legitimate pain are roped into the mix and are being treated like criminals.  Many of the people who are traveling by buses and planes to Florida are going there because they are unable to get proper pain management alternatives in their home states, so they are forced to be scrutinized unfairly just to be able to receive treatment.

The comparison of states rights to use cannabis, and the problem with Florida’s pill mills only exemplifies the need for states to have other alternatives for treatment.

I personally experienced a close friend go through quite an ordeal with pain management in Florida. She got into a car accident and sought a legal way to help cope with their pain. At first the doctors had trouble locating her injury and they did not want to prescribe pain killers, even though her pain was very real and excruciating. Eventually the doctors were able to pinpoint the problem and finally starting her on a precription of oxycodone.
One of the procedures utilized to locate her pain, in turn, elevated her pain and her prescription was increased.  She became fearful of building up a tolerance against the medication – or worse, she feared she may become addicted.  Her doctor placated her fears with a proverbial “pat on the head”. Within several months, despite addressing these concerns with her doctor, she did end up addicted, and eventually had to find an alternative to the oxycodone.  After spending time in drug rehabilitation she is now on methadone – probably for the rest of her life.  To this day, her health has been seriously affected as a result of using the only legal way to find relief from her injuries.

Perhaps it’s time we search for alternatives?

Medication errors harming millions

As a modern nation we have the responsibility to provide access to the best treatment available. There needs to be more than just highly addictive and expensive pills to provide needed relief for pain. By not giving people the legal choice for an alternative to pain pills when something else is available is wrong.

17 states recognize the medical efficacy of cannabis and they do not suffer the same problems Florida does with it’s addiction to pill mills. Why? They have an legal alternative. An alternative that is extremely less addictive, and with substantially less lethal side effects.

Unfortunately, our government put a red X over those 17 states and targeted attacks against the people who voted for the right to be able to use medicinal cannabis, spending billions of dollars, arresting, and seizing assets, of the people providing access to medicinal cannabis.

After watching this debate in congress, I started wondering whether Representative Frank Wolf was influenced by lobbyists, and started doing some in depth research into who has invested in his campaigns since he was elected. What I found honestly was not surprising.

I can prove Representative Frank Wolf is nothing more than a bought out talking head for cannabis prohibitionist. 

5 special interest groups that help keep cannabis illegal

The 5 special interest groups that keep cannabis illegal are: Police Unions, Private Prisons Corporations, Alcohol and Beer Companies, Pharmaceutical Corporations, and Prison Guard Unions.

Representative Frank Wolf has received campaign contributions from at least 6 contributors on the list.

Representative Frank Wolf’s full list of donors. 

Corporate Prisons:
 CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE   

Pharmaceutical:
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO. EMPLOYEE PAC  
ELI LILLY AND COMPANY POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE
NATIONAL COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION – PAC
PFIZER INC. PAC

Drug Testing: 
QUEST DIAGNOSTICS INCORPORATED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE

So you see, this is a prime example of how lobbyists have bought and paid for Representative Frank Wolf. The good news is, he is running for re-election this year.

Running against Representative Frank Wolf is Jeff Barnett. Unfortunately, I have been unable to determine if he is worth endorsing due to the fact I couldn’t find any information on his stand regarding current drug policies.

National Cancer Institute Scrubs Marijuana Tumor Fighting Effects from Cancer Treatment Database

By Kyle Daly | 05.27.11

In March, The American Independent was first to report that the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), had acknowledged the medicinal benefits of marijuana in its online treatment database. Newly obtained documents showing the development of NCI’s summary over months of emails and text revisions now reveal not only how NCI database contributors arrived at their March 17 summary of marijuana’s medical uses, but also the politicking that went into quickly scrubbing that summary of information regarding the drug’s potential tumor-fighting effects.

 

Phil Mocek, a civil liberties activist affiliated with the Cannabis Defense Coalition, obtained the documents as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request he filed in March after reading The American Independent’s coverage of the NCI action. Mocek has made a portion of the hundreds of pages of at-times heated email exchanges and summary alterations available on MuckRock, a website devoted to FOIA requests and other government documents. The American Independent has obtained the remainder of the documents from Mocek.

As stated on NCI’s website, the treatment database is called the Physician Data Query (PDQ); the PDQ entry on marijuana (“cannabis and cannabinoids” are the terms NCI uses) is maintained by the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Editorial Board. The lead reviewer of the marijuana summary statement is CAM board member Donald Abrams, the director of Integrative Oncology at the University of California-San Francisco cancer center.

Abrams is an advocate of the use of marijuana in cancer treatment, and his desire to provide a complete picture of its medical application becomes clear early in the documents. As the CAM board discussed the upcoming PDQ entry back in December, board director Jeffrey White asked for Abrams’ approval in including controversial results of an African study that some have claimed links marijuana use to cancer. Abrams came back with:

Gee, I would rather not. It flies in the face of all that is known. And it seems far-fetched to have to go to northwestern Africa to find a case control study. Could be a number of confounders! What’s wrong with the Tashkin study from LA[?] Or the Kaiser cohort? We could run the article by Tashkin and I will have a look myself, but I would strongly object to adding this and would prefer to delete the whole Cannabis section! I guess I feel pretty strongly about it!

The Tashkin study that Abrams refers to was a program funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a separate National Institutes of Health entity that holds a controversial monopoly on government marijuana research. Lead researcher Donald Tashkin, of UCLA, was surprised to find in 2006 that not only does marijuana appear not to cause lung cancer, it actually seems to reduce the risk of developing cancer at all. Similarly, the “Kaiser cohort” — from Kaiser Permanente — found that regular marijuana use doesn’t appear to have any correlation with increased risk of dying of just about anything (the one exception being deaths from AIDS, and even then, only in men — a finding that is likely not causal). Meanwhile, the African study found that men who smoked both tobacco and marijuana massively increased their chances of contracting lung cancer, but that men who smoked only marijuana saw no such increase.

Ultimately, the authors included all three studies in the summary page, but they explain that even the African study appears only to confirm that smoking tobacco can cause lung cancer, but that marijuana use has no meaningful correlation to it.

And that seemed to be the end of it — at least until March 17, when the finished summary went online. A week later, on March 24, The American Independent reported on the summary, and the attention that story received sent entities within the NIH scrambling.

Later that day, Susan Weiss, chief of the Office of Science Policy and Communications within the NIDA (the drug abuse and addiction institute that sponsored that Tashkin study, whose results shocked its backers) sent NCI officials an email saying that NIDA had just caught wind of the summary. She told them that the NIDA wanted the summary changed to acknowledge that the FDA hasn’t approved marijuana; to take away any implication that it was recommending prescribing marijuana; to highlight the addiction potential of marijuana; and to link to the NIDA’s own page on the adverse effects of marijuana.

The NCI balked at the last two (“I am unaware of any convincing evidence indicating that marijuana is addictive,” said communications officer Rick Manrow), but decided the first two were fair requests. Days later, as the CAM board grappled with how to cooperate with the NIDA’s requests without compromising its independence or editorial integrity, more federal agencies chimed in. Brooke Hardison, NCI media relations analyst:

[A press officer with the FDA] contacted me this morning because he has been getting calls from FDA staff, as well as at least one high-profile reporter, asking about NCI’s “endorsement of medical marijuana.” I provided him with the background I had. He needs to provide information for staff at the FDA, and they are trying to figure out how to respond to this issue. I suggested that it might be good for him to have a conversation with those more closely involved in this issue.

Meanwhile, as attention to the story continued to grow, the NIDA continued to fret about how it was being received. On learning that Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of anti-drug-war group the Drug Policy Alliance, had tweeted about the summary, the NIDA’s Weiss wrote to NCI, “We will be contacting our colleagues at ONDCP just to give them a heads up about it.” She also wrote to NIDA colleagues, saying, “We think that ONDCP needs to be informed.”

The ONDCP is the Office of National Drug Control Policy, better known as the office of the drug czar. Current drug czar Gil Kerlikowske has made no secret of his opposition to marijuana, which he has called a “dangerous drug” lacking any evidence of medicinal benefits. It’s unclear whether the drug czar’s involvement in this issue went beyond a “heads up” briefing from the NIDA.

At any event, the NCI did acquiesce to the NIDA’s demands by removing any implied support for prescription of marijuana — noting that the FDA hasn’t approved marijuana as a prescription drug in any form — and removing a reference to marijuana’s anti-tumor properties, much to the consternation of lead reviewer Abrams:

You know, the epidemiological data from Kaiser and Tashkin do possibly support an anti-tumor effect in humans. After reflecting for a few hours, I am not happy that NIDA has been able to impose their agenda on us. The text was vetted by the whole Board. I would ask that we [involve] the whole Editorial Board in the discussion before being bulldogged.

I am considering resigning from the Board if we allow politics to trump science!

In the end, all the relevant CAM board members agreed to the version that ultimately went up on March 29 and 30. That last day was when Mocek submitted his FOIA request and is accordingly the last day that appears in the records made available to him.

Interestingly, however, toward the end of the correspondence record, NCI and NIDA officials were in conversation about the latter institute providing further information on the adverse effects of marijuana so that the CAM board could take it into consideration during its May 6 board meeting. Several NCI and CAM officials said that any convincing evidence could spur larger changes to the entry.

NIDA prepared a list of talking points, including the claim that 9 percent of marijuana users become addicted to the drug and an undocumented claim that marijuana use leads to permanent cognitive impairment, in the hopes of compelling just such changes. Yet, May 6 came and went without any changes being made to the database.

via http://washingtonindependent.com/110168/documents-reveal-inter-agency-politicking-that-led-to-changes-to-marijuana-entry-in-federal-cancer-treatment-database

Disturbing Cancer Terrorism !!!

  1. Marijuana – National Cancer Institute

    www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Support/marijuana

    The NCI Fact Sheet Marijuana Use in Supportive Care for Cancer Patients is no longer current and has been removed. The Cannabis and Cannabinoids 

  2. Cannabis and Cannabinoids (PDQ®) – National Cancer Institute

    www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/…/page1

    Dec 14, 2011 – Overview. This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of Cannabis and its 

  3. National Cancer Institute Says Marijuana Is a Cancer-Fighter, Then 

    blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/…/national_cancer_institute_adds.php

    Mar 30, 2011 – So you think the federal government prevaricates over what to do in Libya? As mixed as many of the government’s messages are, the feds 

  4. National Cancer Institute scrubs medical marijuana’s “antitumor 

    stash.norml.org/nationalcancerinstitute-scrubs-medical-marijuanas- …

    Mar 29, 2011 – The potential benefits of medicinal Cannabis for people living withcancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and 

  5. Feds’ praise for medical pot goes up in smoke – Washington Times

    Mar 30, 2011 – For a brief time earlier this month the National Cancer Institute, a branch of  touting the possible benefits of marijuana in fighting cancer tumors.

  6. Cannabis Science Reports: National Cancer Institute Updates 

    http://www.businesswire.com/…/Cannabis-Science-Reports-NationalCancer

    Mar 31, 2011 – Cannabis Science, Inc. (OTCBB:CBIS), a pioneering US biotech company developing pharmaceutical cannabis products, is pleased to report a 

  7. Medical Benefits Of Marijuana – National Cancer Institute – YouTube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkMxrS8R_T8Mar 28, 2011 – 2 min – Uploaded by TheYoungTurks
    CLICK TO TWEET: http://clicktotweet.com/0FTDr MSNBC host Cenk Uygur explains how the National 
  8. National Cancer Institute Updates Cannabis Use Guidelines

    http://www.freedomisgreen.com/nationalcancerinstitute-updates-cannabis

    National Cancer Institute Updates Cannabis Use Guidelines. March 23, 2011 By Chris Goldstein 1 Comment. 3/23/2011 – In an astounding turn of events the 

  9. National Cancer Institute Scrubs Marijuana Tumor Fighting Effects 

    http://www.growswitch.com/…/nationalcancerinstitute-scrubs-marijuana-t…

    May 27, 2011 – By Kyle Daly | 05.27.11. In March, The American Independent was first to report that the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the 

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Biggest F up in the… in America. FDA and NCI – OWNED.

Okay see, I don’t comprehend why so many people are so stupid. I got your discovery of the millenia.  This is the biggest crock of poop I have ever witnessed.  Share this and download a copy and store it everywhere for insurance.  If they change anything, you can call on me to stand in court and confess what I witnessed which I have copied and will paste below.     Stating it has no medical benefits in part 1 and furthermore expressing a bunch of medical benefits it actually has as you go on reading.   This is fraud amongst many criminal lables that can be used here to coin what is going on.  It involves extortion to the max and murder for hire along with probably every crime known to mankind from the tiniest to the largest.  It is mind boggling to say the least, and I can not wait to hear from others, how they feel after seeing the following.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page8

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Questions and Answers About Cannabis

  1.  What is Cannabis?

    Cannabis , also known as marijuana, is a plant from Central Asia that is grown in many parts of the world today. In the United States, it is a controlled substance and has been classified as a Schedule I agent (a drug with increased potential for abuse and no known medical use).    Really?  I mean cmon reaaally? This is America?

    By federal law, possessing Cannabis (marijuana), is illegal in the United States.

  2.  What are cannabinoids?

    Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug-like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system. They are also known as phytocannabinoids. The main active cannabinoid in Cannabis is delta-9-THC. Another active cannabinoid is cannabidiol, which may relieve pain and lower inflammation without causing the “high” of delta-9-THC.

    Cannabinoids may be useful in treating the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

    Other possible effects of cannabinoids include:

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