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    June 29, 2007 –– DEA and ICE agents discovered this tunnel in a Nogales, Arizona home. The passageway stretched nearly 100 yards in length and ended up on the Mexican side of the U.S. – Mexico border. Five drug trafficking suspects were arrested and the tunnel was later destroyed by both U.S. and Mexican authorities.

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    September 24, 2007 –– Operation Raw Deal represented the largest steroid enforcement action in U.S. history and took place in nine countries. In the U.S. alone, 124 people were arrested and 56 clandestine steroid labs were uprooted. In total, 11.4 million steroid dosage units were seized, as well as 242 kilograms of raw steroid powder of Chinese origin.

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    And none of those posts has a thing to do with marijuana...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinestrawGuys
    And none of those posts has a thing to do with marijuana...
    PinestrawGuys, It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momofnextpres
    Quote Originally Posted by PinestrawGuys
    And none of those posts has a thing to do with marijuana...
    PinestrawGuys, It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
    Thanks for the advice, now do me a favor and heed it yourself.

    The first one WAS about marijuana...and if it were legalized it wouldn't be smuggled, and wouldn't provide profits to the cartels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinestrawGuys
    Quote Originally Posted by momofnextpres
    Quote Originally Posted by PinestrawGuys
    And none of those posts has a thing to do with marijuana...
    PinestrawGuys, It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
    Thanks for the advice, now do me a favor and heed it yourself.

    The first one WAS about marijuana...and if it were legalized it wouldn't be smuggled, and wouldn't provide profits to the cartels.
    I have to agree w/PSG on this one. He was talking about legalizing marijuana and suddenly we get DEA seizure stats on cocaina?

    Does anyone doubt that the War on Drugs has been a failure? It's not like Drug Cartels have disappeared over the last few decades, as a matter of fact they have proliferated and expanded.
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    The American Medical Association has rejected pleas to endorse marijuana as medicine, and instead has urged that marijuana remain a prohibited, Schedule I drug, at least until more research is done.

    U.S. Supreme Court Decision Against Medical Marijuana: On June 6, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision which supported the Federal Government's position against "medical marijuana." Read the decision on the U.S. Supreme Court's site.

    Read theWhite House's reaction .to the decision


    The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a landmark study, concluding that “(t)here is little future in smoked marijuana as a medically approved medication.

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    Excerpt:

    Effects on the Brain

    Scientists have learned a great deal about how THC acts in the brain to produce its many effects. When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to organs throughout the body, including the brain.

    In the brain, THC connects to specific sites called cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells and influences the activity of those cells. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or none. Many cannabinoid receptors are found in the parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement4.

    The short-term effects of marijuana can include problems with memory and learning; distorted perception; difficulty in thinking and problem solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate. Research findings for long-term marijuana abuse indicate some changes in the brain similar to those seen after long-term abuse of other major drugs. For example, cannabinoid (THC or synthetic forms of THC) withdrawal in chronically exposed animals leads to an increase in the activation of the stress-response system5 and changes in the activity of nerve cells containing dopamine6. Dopamine neurons are involved in the regulation of motivation and reward, and are directly or indirectly affected by all drugs of abuse.


    Effects on the Heart

    One study has indicated that an abuser's risk of heart attack more than quadruples in the first hour after smoking marijuana7. The researchers suggest that such an effect might occur from marijuana's effects on blood pressure and heart rate and reduced oxygen-carrying capacity of blood.


    Effects on the Lungs

    A study of 450 individuals found that people who smoke marijuana frequently but do not smoke tobacco have more health problems and miss more days of work than nonsmokers8. Many of the extra sick days among the marijuana smokers in the study were for respiratory illnesses.

    Even infrequent abuse can cause burning and stinging of the mouth and throat, often accompanied by a heavy cough. Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers do, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, a heightened risk of lung infections, and a greater tendency to obstructed airways9. Smoking marijuana possibly increases the likelihood of developing cancer of the head or neck. A study comparing 173 cancer patients and 176 healthy individuals produced evidence that marijuana smoking doubled or tripled the risk of these cancers10.

    Marijuana abuse also has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract because it contains irritants and carcinogens9,11. In fact, marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke12. It also induces high levels of an enzyme that converts certain hydrocarbons into their carcinogenic form—levels that may accelerate the changes that ultimately produce malignant cells13. Marijuana users usually inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers do, which increases the lungs' exposure to carcinogenic smoke. These facts suggest that, puff for puff, smoking marijuana may be more harmful to the lungs than smoking tobacco.


    Other Health Effects

    Some of marijuana's adverse health effects may occur because THC impairs the immune system's ability to fight disease. In laboratory experiments that exposed animal and human cells to THC or other marijuana ingredients, the normal disease-preventing reactions of many of the key types of immune cells were inhibited14. In other studies, mice exposed to THC or related substances were more likely than unexposed mice to develop bacterial infections and tumors15,16.


    Effects of Heavy Marijuana Use on Learning and Social Behavior

    Research clearly demonstrates that marijuana has the potential to cause problems in daily life or make a person's existing problems worse. Depression17, anxiety17, and personality disturbances18 have been associated with chronic marijuana use. Because marijuana compromises the ability to learn and remember information, the more a person uses marijuana the more he or she is likely to fall behind in accumulating intellectual, job, or social skills. Moreover, research has shown that marijuana’s adverse impact on memory and learning can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off19,20,25.

    Students who smoke marijuana get lower grades and are less likely to graduate from high school, compared with their nonsmoking peers21,22,23,24. A study of 129 college students found that, among those who smoked the drug at least 27 of the 30 days prior to being surveyed, critical skills related to attention, memory, and learning were significantly impaired, even after the students had not taken the drug for at least 24 hours20. These "heavy" marijuana abusers had more trouble sustaining and shifting their attention and in registering, organizing, and using information than did the study participants who had abused marijuana no more than 3 of the previous 30 days. As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level all of the time.

    More recently, the same researchers showed that the ability of a group of long-term heavy marijuana abusers to recall words from a list remained impaired for a week after quitting, but returned to normal within 4 weeks25. Thus, some cognitive abilities may be restored in individuals who quit smoking marijuana, even after long-term heavy use.

    Workers who smoke marijuana are more likely than their coworkers to have problems on the job. Several studies associate workers' marijuana smoking with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers' compensation claims, and job turnover. A study among postal workers found that employees who tested positive for marijuana on a pre-employment urine drug test had 55 percent more industrial accidents, 85 percent more injuries, and a 75-percent increase in absenteeism compared with those who tested negative for marijuana use26. In another study, heavy marijuana abusers reported that the drug impaired several important measures of life achievement including cognitive abilities, career status, social life, and physical and mental health27.


    Effects of Exposure During Pregnancy

    Research has shown that some babies born to women who abused marijuana during their pregnancies display altered responses to visual stimuli28, increased tremulousness, and a high-pitched cry, which may indicate neurological problems in development29. During the preschool years, marijuana-exposed children have been observed to perform tasks involving sustained attention and memory more poorly than nonexposed children do30,31. In the school years, these children are more likely to exhibit deficits in problem-solving skills, memory, and the ability to remain attentive30.


    Addictive Potential

    Long-term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction for some people; that is, they abuse the drug compulsively even though it interferes with family, school, work, and recreational activities. Drug craving and withdrawal symptoms can make it hard for long-term marijuana smokers to stop abusing the drug. People trying to quit report irritability, sleeplessness, and anxiety32. They also display increased aggression on psychological tests, peaking approximately one week after the last use of the drug33.
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    I think cannibis in it's natural state and not adulterated or synthisized is harmless and it's a free country so what business is it of the busybodies/government to tell anyone what they can grow and not grow in the USA?

    If we are going to outlaw something, how about booz the stuff on sale legally almost every where in mass quanties. Look up the stats on that wonderful legal potentially lethal poison.

    Some of the most dangerous drugs are legal. Take a look at the pharmacutical adds and listen (pay attention) to the list of side affects, who would willingly take those drugs? Guinipigs!

    It's a fact that most of the violent crimes and suicides are committed by people on anti-depressants. That's OK though, it's all legal and the busybody government allows that $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
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    Wow, I guess it runs in the family.....Pot, meet kettle....

    I'd much rather my kids smoke pot than drink alcohol
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