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  1. ProducerLucia Napolez

    Lucia Napolez

    22/11/2016
    Cannabis Wins This Election!
    Cannabis Wins This Election! On November 8th, 2016, nine U.S. states came together to vote on the future of cannabis. California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favor of legalized use, sale, and consumption of recreational cannabis. Arkansas, Florida, Montana,...
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  2. ProducerLucia Napolez

    Lucia Napolez

    17/11/2016
    MyStrain - Making Cannabis Simple
    MyStrain - Making Cannabis Simple MyStrain is a company from Palo Alto, California, that works with dispensaries to create hundreds of symbols for popular cannabis strains in the efforts to create brand recognition. By developing symbols such as a sleek white spider outline for the...
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  3. ProducerLucia Napolez

    Lucia Napolez

    17/11/2016
    LoudCloud: Streamlining Marijuana
    LoudCloud: Streamlining Marijuana With almost 7 billion dollars in sales annually, the burgeoning marijuana industry in America is set to see an increase in both participation and profits. The biggest driver of this growth — with around 5 billion of the market share — is medical...
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  4. ProducerLucia Napolez

    Lucia Napolez

    16/11/2016
    Accident or Not, Weeder Wins!
    Accident or Not, Weeder Wins! This past September, MTV along with executive producer Snoop Dogg released the series called Mary + Jane, a marijuana themed comedy show on MTV Network. The show follows two women attempting to reach the Top 15 on WeederLA, an app that is used to...
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    Randy Keho
    17/11/2016 #1 Randy Keho
    Good luck with your network, Lucia. As legislation continues to evolve, the dissemination of useful information will be welcome.
  5. ProducerLucia Napolez

    Lucia Napolez

    16/11/2016
    Let's Get to Wurk - $1 Million Raised!
    Let's Get to Wurk - $1 Million Raised! Who is Wurk?Wurk’s platform offers its’ software as a service to help cannabis businesses do everything from background checks of new hires, to managing employees’ schedules, benefits and training, as well as making sure their employees get paid on...
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  6. Otis Galloway

    Otis Galloway

    11/08/2016
    I invite you to indulge...
    Otis Galloway
    Four Twenty Second
    www.mixcloud.com The FOUR TWENTY mixes are curated from my playlists of tunes I listen to after having a little green to fix my head. A wise man once said to me that cannabis is a natural psychiatrist if you treat it right. Part of my ritual is filling my head...
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  7. ProducerJeremy Kossen

    Jeremy Kossen

    19/07/2016
    What Is It About Cannabis That Makes People 'Feel Good'? (Hint: It's Not Dopamine)
    What Is It About Cannabis That Makes People 'Feel Good'? (Hint: It's Not Dopamine)You've probably heard the commonly held myth about the "bad boy" and "bogeyman" of neurotransmitters; the Kim Kardashian of compounds; the molecule your mum warned you about: Dopamine! Fairly, (or rather, unfairly,) dopamine is blamed (or credited)...
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  8. ProducerJeremy Kossen

    Jeremy Kossen

    12/07/2016
    Can Cannabis (Or Cannabinoid-derived) Meds Treat Fibromyalgia Better Than Rx Drugs?
    Can Cannabis (Or Cannabinoid-derived) Meds Treat Fibromyalgia Better Than Rx Drugs?Anyone suffering from fibromyalgia will tell you it can be devastating. On some days, simple chores like doing laundry or making breakfast can be exhausting, if not downright impossible. Just ask Teri Robnett, a Denver-based medical marijuana...
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    Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    12/07/2016 #8 Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    #7 @Gerald Hecht my experience as well.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/07/2016 #7 Gerald Hecht
    @Jeremy Kossen I believe that more most chronic Neurodegenerative,/Neurotraumatic conditions/Sequelae the CB2 agonist class of Cannabinoids appear to offer greater therapeutic benefits than CB1 partial agonists such as THC...but I don't really know anything about all these "Neuro thingies"
    Jeremy Kossen
    12/07/2016 #6 Jeremy Kossen
    #5 I guess "high THC" is subjective, but yes, I've seen efficacious treatments with higher THC concentrations for some types of epilepsy. I've also seen high CBD work for epilepsy. There are always variables and usually comorbidity with other conditions that influence a patient's potential response.
    Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    12/07/2016 #5 Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    #4 high thc concentration is being applied for ie. epilepsy...purely neurological...also seeing results with overcoming or improvement with mental disabilities...also note high cbd edible oil is being applied topically and there's great results being realized for inflammation and tissue diseases/infections
    Jeremy Kossen
    12/07/2016 #4 Jeremy Kossen
    #3 I've yet to any persuasive evidence for high THC concentration as being therapeutic. There's a narrow therapeutic window, and too high of THC elicits the opposite effect that most patients would benefit from. Likewise, CBD is an essential constituent in every treatment. Why the hell pharma companies created cannabinoid-derived medications without CBD is absurd.
    Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    12/07/2016 #3 Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    Yes it can. A low THC (0.1 -1 %) and high CBD (20%) is ideal. I'm a former patient. Hoping people treat medical cannabis seriously, it has the potential to reform medicine. Canadian protocol is strict as it should be. Edible oil is the best way to go. If you're thinking you'll be prescribed a high THC product for Fibromyalgia, keep dreaming.
    Jeremy Kossen
    12/07/2016 #2 Jeremy Kossen
    #1 Yeah?
    Gerald Hecht
    12/07/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht
    @Jeremy Kossen I may have heard about this
  9. ProducerJeremy Kossen

    Jeremy Kossen

    07/07/2016
    How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect The Brain?
    How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect The Brain?Cannabis and the brain is a meaty subject. Identifying the various ways cannabis affects the brain is complicated, and we’ve only just begun to unravel many of the mysteries. Most, perplexingly, there’s a lot of seemingly contradictory evidence out...
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    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    09/07/2016 #19 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #18 Thanks Jeremy! Interesting indeed! I shall definitely go through your article. Isolated compounds can very well coexist with botanical derivatives if the intent is to promote health and not profit! I hope traditional medicine doesn't disappear totally! Boerhavia Diffusa...is a seasonal local herb that is a wonderful diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and much much more, which folks consume cooked with lentils etc. Saw it in the market yesterday and just thought of mentioning. A cure for every disease is already growing around us...the oxygen giving greens are our best allies my friend.
    Jeremy Kossen
    08/07/2016 #18 Jeremy Kossen
    #15 Praveen, thanks for the comment! Interestingly, it was India that introduced medicinal cannabis to the West. In 1830, an Irish doctor, after learning about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in India, Dr. William O'Shaughnessy introduced medicinal cannabis to North American and European doctors for the treatment of muscle spasms and pain. However, much of Western medicine has historically had a strong bias in favor of isolated compounds over botanical treatments to treat illness (as those can be patented, and in their view, more easily tested and controlled). However, a significant amount of research has been conducted, particularly over the last decade that validates the therapeutic utility of cannabinoid-derived medications to treat neuropathic pain, cancer-related effects, epilepsy, nausea, AIDS-associated anorexia and wasting syndrome, glaucoma, MS, inflammatory conditions, etc. I cover the research for Leafly and other publications. You can find my articles at https://www.leafly.com/news/authors/jeremy-kossen where I also reference published research.
    Ann Jay
    08/07/2016 #17 Ann Jay
    Very interesting informative information
    William VanDorin
    08/07/2016 #16 William VanDorin
    You seem to have spent a lot of time on research. Perhaps cannabis could help with that in the proper dose. Be careful, interest nearly always leads to experimentation and that leads to full research. Hey wait... What were we talking about?
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    08/07/2016 #15 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    In India, I know for sure that this is one substance that is traditionally used as bhang in wedding celebrations mixed in sweet, celebration of the festival Holi (the festival of colours) and Maha Shiva Ratri (festival celebrating a super God of the Hindu way of life - and not religion, mind you!) by one and all. With so much written about this plant for so many decades, i think some serious, intensive, industry sponsored research should go into it. Sharing what I have read about and heard about it, I would like to add that there is a saying here to the effect that there is a herb or weed for every human need on this planet. :) The cures and remedies grow all around us but we seem to be more focused on deforestation! I have heard elders say that it is a sure cure for asthma, a remedy for epilepsy, an aid for meditation (no wonder so many sadhus and their pipes of peace are so inseparable!), it's oil a cure for cancer... and God knows what else. It has been pointed out time and again that alcohol and nicotine (such great revenue and profit generators) should be banned instead. They are comparatively highly more disruptive and dangerous as per stats. Decades ago, I knew a lot of college mates who were into smoking weed...and they are now country-representing bureaucrats, academicians and leading IT instructors! Yet to hear of a single failure. I guess economic stature and individual mind-set plays a key role here somewhere. It matters who is smoking as much as the what that is going up in smoke! :) And also cocktailing...it could definitely mess things up! And before I miss mentioning it...I have also read somewhere that the wood pulp of this species (which apparently grows very rapidly) is a better, cheaper and more eco-friendly substitute for making paper. Well, rumours, hearsay and speculation apart, I really think some focused study ought to be done so that some folks can benefit from a natural remedy for a lot of prevalent ills!
    Gerald Hecht
    08/07/2016 #14 Gerald Hecht
    #10 @Randy Keho Godamn! I say Godamn! The pusher man... I ve added "Godamn the used car man"! and "Godamn the $19.99 not available in stores , but wait man" and "Goddamn John Kay for taking the Lord's name in vain in this song man!
    Gerald Hecht
    08/07/2016 #13 Gerald Hecht
    #9 @Nobody ever said that science was easy. Indeed. I really had empathy for the UPS guy who every monyh dropped off our "materials" from Bethasda... If he knew what he was delivering... At least if he ever found out...he was in a state of the art teaching hospital
    Gerald Hecht
    08/07/2016 #12 Gerald Hecht
    #10 @Randy Keho not yet I'm not , but if Pushed too far... No I'm just an unhip Neuropharmacology professor...the students laugh at me and my dilapidated ride, it's getting hard to pay the bills and then my doctor tells me some bad news...
    Gerald Hecht
    08/07/2016 #11 Gerald Hecht
    #4 @Randy Keho For somethings I find that you need to leave the Nuerothingie world entirely to truly understand..to wit; I could (hypothetically) vaped a decent few breaths of Purple Thunder ( which I've never heard of) ...but then my ex could start a text message volley on a certain subject...umm for certain things in life there just are no answers to be found using a Neuriopharmacological approach, mainly you need to go outside and run like hell, use a tree for a heavybag, play a little guitar, and pickup where you left off. (That's what my friend told me anyway
    Randy Keho
    08/07/2016 #10 Randy Keho
    #7 So, you're a pusher. That's what we called drug dealers back in day. I think Steppenwolf said it best: "You know I've smoked a lot of grass/O'Lord I've popped a lot of pills/But I never touched nothin that my spirit could kill/You know I've seen a lot of Rhesus monkeys walkin' round with tombstones in their eyes/But the pusher don't care/Ah, if you live or if die
    Jeremy Kossen
    08/07/2016 #9 Jeremy Kossen
    #7 Interesting study, @Gerald Hecht. "Rhesus monkeys self-administered cocaine under a fixed-ratio schedule until stable responding was established. Saline, various doses of cocaine ... and compounds with known reinforcing effects (d-amphetamine, morphine, pentobarbital, ketamine were then made available for self-administration." All I can see is it's a good thing Charlie Sheen wasn't part of this study!
    Jeremy Kossen
    08/07/2016 #8 Jeremy Kossen
    #4 Randy, I've never seen a single study suggesting a causal relationship between cannabis consumption and increased levels of aggression. I've seen the inverse. The example you cite could be attributed to a whole host of variables. It's an anecdotal news report, not a scientific study. As you pointed out, there may have been alcohol involved. Further, we think the perpetrators came from another state to acquire a substance that is illegal in their own state. What sort of people are they? Do they have criminal histories, gang affiliations, etc.? Are they prone to violence?

    Interestingly, believe it or not, I do know there has been research done in the U.S., Canada and Brazil examining the therapeutic potential of cannabis as a harm reduction strategy among crack users -- because of its anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, and anti-convulsant properties. Research suggests they use less crack, are less impulsive and paranoid, suffer fewer withdrawal symptoms, and are less violent. One study suggested (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26500166):

    "Cannabinoid therapeutics offer further benefits of being available in multiple formulations, are low in adverse risk potential, and may easily be offered in community-based settings which may add to their feasibility as interventions for - predominantly marginalized - crack-cocaine user populations. Supported by the dearth of current therapeutic options for crack-cocaine use, we are advocating for the implementation of a rigorous research program investigating the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids for crack-cocaine use. Given the high prevalence of this grave substance use problem in the Americas, opportunities for such research should urgently be created and facilitated there."
    Gerald Hecht
    08/07/2016 #7 Gerald Hecht
    #2 @Randy Keho @Neal Rauhauser it's here http://cocaine.org/benztropine/index.html
    Gerald Hecht
    08/07/2016 #6 Gerald Hecht
    #2 @yeah but @Randy Keho --I don't really talk about what all I do or don't do...there is a proud tradition in science "the Jeckyll/Hyde "thingie", I just happen to have all the recipes; NOT CAUSE INTOOK THEN OFF THE DARKEB on tour or whatever...my JOB was to invent some of those recipes ( I hope I never am forced to Break Bad... let's put it that way...this one was a faves I got it published on Psychopharmacolgy (Berlin) but my favorite place to find it isn't pubmed or research gate ; it's here:
    Gerald Hecht
    08/07/2016 #5 Gerald Hecht
    @Jeremy Kossen yes, it may me anecdotal, I have found this "thingie", which makes me very silly and eat a lot of crazy food combos and be leaner (% body fat) than I ever was even in my competitive track, cross country and swimming days...
    Randy Keho
    08/07/2016 #4 Randy Keho
    #3 How about aggression levels? A television network recently reported on the rise of violence in Denver "due to" legalized marijuana. They showed videos of apparently non-instigated beatings of innocent bystanders by perpetrators who admitted to coming to Colorado for legalized, recreational marijuana. It was also reported that alcohol may have been involved. The evidence was pretty flimsy, but they added that a downtown business organization has begun funding a substantial-sized security force to ease the increased pressure on local law enforcement in addition securing the safety of area shoppers. @Jeremy Kossen
    Jeremy Kossen
    08/07/2016 #3 Jeremy Kossen
    #2 Interestingly, @Randy Keho, while cannabis consumption is associated with an acute increase in caloric intake, despite eating more after consumption (often 600+ more calories per day), the extra intake isn't reflected in increased BMI. In fact, there is a significantly lower prevalence of obesity (and consumers had higher levels of HDL "good cholesterol") among cannabis users than the general public. This, according to researchers from the University of Nebraska, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who analyzed data from a sample of over 4,600 adults. The findings hold up even after controlling for factors such as age, sex, tobacco, alcohol use, and physical activity levels. Likewise, the "stupid" myth has also been debunked. Even among most chronic users, cognitive functions return to normal shortly upon cessation of use. In chronic, long term users, however, they do appear to have slightly diminished verbal recall (8.5 words among heavy users vs. 9 words for abstainers and light to moderate users).
    Randy Keho
    08/07/2016 #2 Randy Keho
    So, basically, most consumables in moderation won't make you fat, stupid, lazy, drunk or stoned to the bone. That explains my cousins Homer Siimpson and Beavis and Butthead. They jury is still out on @Gerald Hecht
  10. ProducerJeremy Kossen

    Jeremy Kossen

    29/06/2016
    Can Cannabis Prevent or Treat Neurodegenerative Disease?
    Can Cannabis Prevent or Treat Neurodegenerative Disease?( Note: I published a shortened version of this article on Leafly.) Throughout the industrialized world, the population of those 65 years or older has been growing at shockingly faster rates than the general populations. And, given the fact age...
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    Lisa Gallagher
    02/07/2016 #26 Lisa Gallagher
    #25 And you've just started @Jeremy Kossen. A lot of traffic on here. It wont be long and I would bet you'll be seeing 10K plus!
    Jeremy Kossen
    02/07/2016 #25 Jeremy Kossen
    #23 @Lisa Gallagher Holy cow! It's up to 2k now. Awesome sauce! That's pretty crazy given the fact it was my first buzz. Cool!
    Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    30/06/2016 #24 Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    Check this out folks. Canadian Medical Cannabis advancements have made 0.1 THC and 20% CBD edible (fused with natural cooking oils) cannabis. NO HIGH and the efficacy is 100% true. Now get this, people are actually applying the oil topically and the positive results, especially for inflammation are outstanding. If in Canada, educate your Doctor by directing them to Cannabis Clinics Canada (www.cannabisclinics.ca) for more information and ask your Doctor for a reference.
    Lisa Gallagher
    30/06/2016 #23 Lisa Gallagher
    1K views @jeremy Kossen, pretty darn good for your first buzz on beBee!! Keep them coming!
    Joanna Hofman
    30/06/2016 #22 Joanna Hofman
    #21 Jeremy, thank you. Btw I am never bored :) but I will read them :)
    Jeremy Kossen
    30/06/2016 #21 Jeremy Kossen
    #19 Thank you Joanna. I aggregate most of my articles on https://jeremykossen.contently.com/ if you're bored and want to read any others. ;-)
    Jeremy Kossen
    30/06/2016 #20 Jeremy Kossen
    #17 Thanks Gerald for referencing that study. Oddly, I don't recall seeing that study, so I appreciate the link. I spend so much time on PubMed that I got cut off by the site's admin who said I needed to go spend more time with my family. lol Just kidding. They didn't say that, but I have read a ridiculous amount of cannabinoid-related research on there.
    Joanna Hofman
    30/06/2016 #19 Joanna Hofman
    Very interesting research. I would be glad to read more of your work. Thanks for sharing.
    Randy Keho
    30/06/2016 #18 Randy Keho
    #8 @Jeremy Kossen I just read your piece on marijuana and depression. I didn't realize how much thought, if not study, has gone into it. Thank you. Now, we need to get the politicians out of the mix.
    Gerald Hecht
    30/06/2016 #17 Gerald Hecht
    @Jeremy Kossen excellent points on CB2 agonists --(in haste) I wanna read this in detail a little later, have you read this one? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2229632/
    Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    29/06/2016 #16 Mickael Angelo Yusufidis
    #11 @Kevin Pashuk - Right on the money.
    Jeremy Kossen
    29/06/2016 #15 Jeremy Kossen
    #12 Thanks Franci. Agreed. We've developed a much greater understanding over recent years, but because of unnecessary hurdles, human studies have been limited. Most of the research that exists so far is preclinical in vitro (test tube) or in vivo (on animal models). But, that is quickly changing. In fact, the State of Colorado has sponsored some really exciting research on everything from PTSD to epilepsy.
    Jeremy Kossen
    29/06/2016 #14 Jeremy Kossen
    #11 Amen, on that! @Kevin Pashuk I have a book coming out this fall with Dr. Mike Hart addressing this issue specifically: "Friendly Fire: Why Vets Are Ditching Pills and Lighting Up to Treat PTSD."
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    29/06/2016 #12 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for your very resourceful article. It may take more time for the benefits of cannabis to be understood. My hope is it will be available for those that truly need it.
    Kevin Pashuk
    29/06/2016 #11 Kevin Pashuk
    #10 Anything that can be done to reduce opiod use (and esp dependancy) is a good thing IMO...
    Jeremy Kossen
    29/06/2016 #10 Jeremy Kossen
    #1 Thanks @Kevin Pashuk . Chronic pain is actually one of the areas where we have the most research, and it's pretty well understood how it can be used to treat chronic pain. The body's endocannabinoid system (ECS) is instrumental in modulating pain sensation and pain management. However, also keep in mind cannabis is a highly complex plant with well over 85 cannabinoids -- THC and CBD being the most studied. But, we've found it can be highly effective getting people off of opioid-based medications, or significantly reducing dependence on opioids (cannabis also acts as a potentiator for opioids, meaning a patient can consume far less and achieve the same effect.) Also, we know that opioids do not work long-term and are of course highly addictive. Stay tuned for more on this!
    Jeremy Kossen
    29/06/2016 #8 Jeremy Kossen
    #2 Hi @Randy Keho. I'm sorry to hear about your parents. I can relate as my SO's mother suffered from AD and dementia the last few years of her life. Re: depression, I wrote an article some time ago for Leafly on depression (https://www.leafly.com/news/health/cannabis-and-depression), and clearly you're not alone as that post got shared and liked thousands of times. You can find it at https://www.leafly.com/news/health/cannabis-and-depression. However, I need to update it as I have a lot more research and insights since posting that. As far as Illinois goes, unfortunately, I don't know that depression will be added anytime soon as it is one area where we have the least research. However, CBD, which is the non-psychoactive constituent in cannabis has demonstrated great potential for depression and anxiety (as an anti-depressant and anxiolytic-like compound). Because, CBD is non-psychoactive with no risk of abuse, it's in a gray area legally, but there's good chance they will expand availability of CBD to treat more conditions.
    Jeremy Kossen
    29/06/2016 #7 Jeremy Kossen
    #3 Thanks @debasish majumder, much appreciated!
    Jeremy Kossen
    29/06/2016 #6 Jeremy Kossen
    #4 Thanks @Aaron Skogen. That's great you ride for Bike MS! Let's keep in touch. The two areas I've done the most research on in the field are neuro-related (neurogenesis, neurodegeneration, neuroprotection, brain trauma, brain chemistry, etc.) and cancer research. I will be posting more research soon!
    Aaron Skogen
    29/06/2016 #4 Aaron Skogen
    A thought provoking post @Jeremy Kossen, I enjoyed reading. As someone who rides Bike MS events to raise research funding for MS, I see first hand the debilitating effects in friends family and co-workers and I am in complete agreement with the need for more research. Removing the Schedule I classification is long overdue. Appreciate the pst. Also a quick thanks to @Lisa Gallagher for pointing me to your profile!
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    Merlin DuVall
    25/03/2016 #1 Merlin DuVall
    Sue, what is this social group about?
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    Mike Chaney
    26/03/2016 #2 Mike Chaney
    HELL NO its not justice!!
    terry ruvo
    25/03/2016 #1 terry ruvo
    That is just awful, give that mom her son back!
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    25/03/2016
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    Veterans Are Using Pot to Ease PTSD, Despite Scant Research
    abcnews.go.com A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over. They're increasingly using cannabis even though it remains illegal in most states and...
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    25/03/2016
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    Top Nixon adviser: We invented the war on drugs to vilify blacks, hippies
    www.thecannabist.co Top Nixon adviser John Ehrlichman confessed before his death: 'The Nixon White House ... had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people ... Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we...
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