Studying Marijuana and Its Loftier Purpose
CN: By ISABEL KERSHNER January 1, 2013 excerpts

Safed, Israel
-- Among the rows of plants growing at a government-approved medical marijuana farm in the Galilee hills in northern Israel, one strain is said to have the strongest psychoactive effect of any cannabis in the world. Another, rich in anti-inflammatory properties, will not get you high at all...

The real advances, he said, are being made not on farms but in laboratories around the world, including in the United States and Europe. The professor, who collaborates with many teams abroad, said that chances were that in the next few years well-defined mixtures of the compounds, refined into something more like a medical drug, would replace today’s medicinal marijuana...

“A few years ago, we found we had lost the way,” said Inbal Sikorin, the chief nurse at Hadarim. “We had learned to prolong life, but without quality.” The residents became part of a project, with Tikkun Olam, to test the broader use of marijuana, Ms. Sikorin said. As a result, she said, the feeding tubes are gone and the residents are much less restless...

“It was as if there were divine intervention,” she said.

In a story the mystics of Safed would appreciate, Ms. Sikorin related the case of a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor at the home whose hands and forearms had long been frozen in an upward, twisted position. After taking medical cannabis, the nurse said, she joined a tai chi class. nytimes full story

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Tikkun Olam, a medical marijuana farm in Israel, blends the high-tech and the spiritual.

High Times Over for Marijuana Mine
In 2001, within vacant space in the mine, a Saskatoon-based firm launched the nation's first legal marijuana grow-op. Under contract to Health Canada, Prairie Plant Systems would supply chronically ill Canadians with safe subterranean weed to ease their pain.

U.S.Fort Schwag Mississippi
Four federally supplied medical marijuana smokers left on the govt. IND program. Each receives 300 joints a month from uncle sam. That's 12 a day average. They have been receiving govt. supply since Oct, 1988.

Ole Miss Home To Medical Marijuana Lab
The only reason 73-year-old Elvy Musikka still has her sight, she says, is she's been smoking pot for the last 30 years. "In 1975, my doctor told me if I didn't start using marijuana, I'd go blind," said Musikka. "Shortly thereafter I found out that, indeed, it was the only thing that would help me with my glaucoma."

One Drug Arrest Every 19 Seconds. Oh Gilligan!

Obama's Sublingual Attack on Ganja
* Is The DEA Legalizing THC?
* Con Flicts of Interest Bush Barthwell & Bayer

So, in other words, if a pharmaceutical product contains THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would be a legal commodity. But if you or I possessed THC extracted from the marijuana plant, that would remain an illegal commodity.

U.N. told to find alternatives to war on drugs
Making Sure Drugs Kill
You Can't Stop AIDS Without Ending the Drug War

Uruguay Marijuana Legalization Bill
Allows Home Grows and Sales
A Uruguayan bill that would create a system of state-licensed marijuana sales and commercial cultivation was presented to Congress Wednesday, and, according to Reuters, includes a provision that will allow Uruguayans to grow their own at home or in clubs.

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Scientists Find Cannabis Compound Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers!
Scientists Re-Re-Re-Discover Cannabis Stops Metastasis In Aggressive Cancers!
The ominous part is that this isn't the first time scientists have discovered that THC shrinks tumors. In 1974 researchers at the Medical College of Virginia, who had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence that marijuana damages the immune system, found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice -- lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia. The DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further cannabis/tumor research...