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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180510162925.htm

There is a lot of anecodotal evidence as to cannabis action against cancers of various kinds.  And, this is furthere supported by scientific research showing that a type of brain cancer, glioma, is indeed killed by cannabis, in vitro, at least.

Until Big Pharms stops trying to interfere in research, and our politicians remove their heads from the lobbyist’s behinds, there can be no legal research in this country because cannabis is scheduled I, along with heroin, methamphetamine, and crack cocaine.

AuntieBS

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180212112005.htm

More scare tactics brought to you by Big Pharma.  Again, BFD.  The headline could just as well read “Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual Cinco de Mayo celebration” or “Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual 4th of July weekend”, or “Risk of fatal traffic crash higher during annual New Year’s Eve”.  Get the picture?  ANY celebratory event which customarily includes intoxicants invariably leads to more accidents.  Duh.

I have a feeling that these recent scare articles are preparing us for a renewed onslaught by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who seems much more concerned with ruining the lives of happy stoners and elderly medical cannabis users, than he is with the rampant white collar crime in Washington, D.C.

The entire UBC scare article can be summarized:  “Don’t drive buzzed”.  Period.

AuntieBS

Study: Alcohol Sales Fall Following Cannabis Legalization

Cannabis LegalizationStorrs, CT: Sales of alcoholic beverages decline following the enactment of medical marijuana access laws, according to a working paper authored by a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University.

Authors evaluated the relationship between medical marijuana laws and retail alcohol sales in more than 2,000 US counties for the years 2006 to 2015. Alcohol sales trends in medical cannabis states were compared to sales trends in states where cannabis remained illegal. Researchers determined that counties located in medical cannabis jurisdictions, on average, experienced a reduction in monthly alcohol sales of 15 percent.

Researchers concluded: “We find that marijuana and alcohol are strong substitutes. … States legalizing medical marijuana use experience significant decreases in the aggregate sale of alcohol, beer and wine. Moreover, the effects are not short-lived, with significant reductions observed up to 24 months after the passage of the law.”

Consumer trend data from California reports that those with legal access to cannabis frequently reduce their alcohol intake. A 2016 analysis of beer sales in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington reported that retail sales “collectively underperformed” in the years following the enactment of adult use marijuana regulations.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Full text of the study, “Helping settle the marijuana and alcohol debate: Evidence from scanner data,” appears online.

Ending federal pot prohibition could mean big changes and big bucks for states.

Source: Majority Want Legal Marijuana To Be the Norm | HowStuffWorks

Easier access to concealed firearms is associated with significantly higher rates of handgun-related homicide, according to a new study.

Source: More permissive concealed-carry laws linked to higher homicide rates — ScienceDaily

Once again, “researchers”, either incompetent or by political agenda, mistake correlation with causality.  Dangerous neighborhoods beget law-abiding people to request concealed carry permits for their protection.  It is the dangerous neighborhoods that are the causal factor.  Concealed carrying citizens do not make neighborhoods dangerous.

Look no further than Chicago, where obtaining a concealed carry permit is virtually impossible.  Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country, yet the highest homicide rates.  That example, alone, should tell the reader that this “study” is manure; pure garbage.

AuntieBS

An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm. It is the first research in more than 20 years to scrutinize why, how often, and in what manner US adults carry loaded handguns.

Source: Three million Americans carry loaded handguns daily, study finds: Most are male, and cite protection as primary reason; ‘significant’ public health implications, researchers say — ScienceDaily

If guns were the problem, this alone would be scary.  Since all these people do NOT commit gun crimes, it pretty much refutes the anti-gun meme.

AuntieBS

An important step has been taken toward a reliable marijuana breathalyzer by measuring the vapor pressure of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a measurement that, due to the compound’s chemical structure, is very difficult and has not been accomplished before.

Source: Scientists lay the groundwork for a reliable marijuana breathalyzer: Researchers have measured a fundamental physical property of the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana — ScienceDaily

Imagine if this much effort was put into characterizing the properties and medical benefits of cannabis…  <sigh>

AuntieBS