From the Independent Institute's Beacon Blog...
HOW CALIFORNIA SHOULD RESPOND TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAID
"Activists are outraged over Obama’s raid of Emmalyn’s California Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, but they should not be surprised.
Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder had promised to end federal medical marijuana raids, as conducted by both Clinton and Bush’s administrations, leaving alone dispensaries operating legally under state law.
Obama broke the spirit of the promise, but not the letter.
The excuse for this last raid was state law violations – supposedly, sales taxes were being evaded. Now the feds will probably prosecute under federal law.
Read the whole story here. "
MARIJUANA CUTS LUNG CANCER TUMOR
GROWTH IN HALF,HARVARD STUDY SHOWS
The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.
They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.
THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.