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MAPTalk-Digest Saturday, December 27 2003 Volume 03 : Number 291

001 Medical Marijuana Activist Lynn Harichy has died - Funeral, December 30
    From: Tim Meehan <>
002 Re: Medical Marijuana Activist Lynn Harichy has died - Funeral, Decembe
    From: Richard Lake <>
003 US NJ: PUB LTE: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
    From: "G F Storck" <>
004 Re: US NJ: PUB LTE: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
    From: "Larry Seguin" <>
005 Re: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
    From: Rick Steeb <>
006 Re: Farley: Marijuana mentions in hospital emergency rooms 
    From: "Larry Seguin" <>


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Subj: 001 Medical Marijuana Activist Lynn Harichy has died - Funeral, December 30th at 1pm in London Ontario, Canada
From: Tim Meehan <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 01:13:26 -0500

Lynn was THE original medical marijuana activist in London Ontario.

http://www.mapinc.org/people/Lynn+Harichy

May she rest in peace and may God help her in her eternal journey.

- -Tim

- --

Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2003 22:03:27 -0500
From: "mhar4944" <>
Subject: Re: Mike & Lynn harichy

Lynn has passed away Dec. 25  funeral will be on tuesday at
12pm to 1pm in london ontario at Needham 520 dundas St. thank you guys for all
your help in lynns plight.

http://ca.maps.yahoo.com//maps_result?csz=London%2C+ON&state=ON&uzip=&

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Subj: 002 Re: Medical Marijuana Activist Lynn Harichy has died - Funeral, December 30th at 1pm in London Ontario, Canada
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 01:34:00 -0500

Sigh. Few Canadians fought as hard for medical cannabis as Lynn Harichy 
when she was able.

She was a good friend.

Here is a link to pictures I took as I will always remember her, at the 
London, Ontario court house fighting her constitutional challenge as long 
as she could:

http://www.drugsense.org/lynn/

Richard

At 01:13 AM 12/27/03, Tim Meehan wrote:
>Lynn was THE original medical marijuana activist in London Ontario.
>
>http://www.mapinc.org/people/Lynn+Harichy
>
>May she rest in peace and may God help her in her eternal journey.
>
>-Tim
>
>--
>
>Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2003 22:03:27 -0500
>From: "mhar4944" <>
>Subject: Re: Mike & Lynn harichy
>
>Lynn has passed away Dec. 25  funeral will be on tuesday at
>12pm to 1pm in london ontario at Needham 520 dundas St. thank you guys for all
>your help in lynns plight.
>
>http://ca.maps.yahoo.com//maps_result?csz=London%2C+ON&state=ON&uzip=&

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Subj: 003 US NJ: PUB LTE: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
From: "G F Storck" <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 12:18:45 -0600

I encourage all to rebut Mr. Farley. As you may recall, the Ocean County
Observer is willing to print LTEs even to the point of more than one a month
from one individual. In 2003, they have published dozens of LTEs rebutting
Farley's ignorant diatribes. -- GS
===
Newshawk: MS Patients Union www.drugsense.org/mspu
Source: Ocean County Observer
Contact:  
Pubdate:  December 27, 2003

Author: TERRENCE P. FARLEY

STUDIES PROVE THAT MARIJUANA'S DANGEROUS

Based upon his most recent letter to the editor, it would appear that
longtime drug legalization advocate Edward H. Decker remains lost in the
haze of the glorious '60s and '70s. Since he can't refute any of the latest
studies outlining the dangers of marijuana, he relies on 30- or 40-year-old
information. Unfortunately, he refuses to acknowledge the greatly increased
potency of marijuana. We routinely see marijuana with THC
(tetrahydrocannabinol) levels from two to five to 10 and even higher times
more than it was in the '60s and '70s and many young people are using much
more -- smoking "blunts" rather than "joints."

He refuses to acknowledge newer studies that show:

1. Marijuana mentions in hospital emergency rooms exceed 100,000 per year,
more than for heroin, and were up 140 percent between 1994 and 2000;

2. While marijuana alone does not kill, causes of death in most medical
examiner drug mentions were use of marijuana/hashish and some external
physical event (accidents -- automobile and others), use of marijuana/
hashish with multiple drugs and use of marijuana/hashish and a physiological
condition;

3. Admissions to publicly funded treatment facilities for marijuana/hashish
use increased from 142,633 to 223,597 between 1994 and 1999. Of the 1999
admissions, 57 percent used the drug by the age of 14 and, by age 18, 92
percent had used it. More young people are now in treatment for marijuana
dependency than for alcohol or for all other illegal drugs combined;

4. By 2000, 3,814 12- to 17-year-olds were trying marijuana for the first
time each day;

5. One recent study involving roadside checks for reckless driving showed 45
percent of the drivers not under the influence of alcohol tested positive
for marijuana, confirming other studies that showed marijuana affects
alertness, concentration, perception, and reaction time;

6. Research shows a link between frequent marijuana use and increased
violent behavior. Youths who use marijuana weekly are nearly four times more
likely than non-users to engage in violence;

7. Strictly from a health standpoint, studies have shown that marijuana
contains much more tar, carbon monoxide and other dangerous chemicals than
ordinary tobacco; that marijuana use affects fertility in both men and
women; marijuana smoking has led to increases in cancers of the head, mouth
and neck; marijuana changes the brain in the same manner as heroin and
cocaine; marijuana abusers are four times more likely to report symptoms of
depression and have more suicidal thoughts than those who have never used
the drug; long-term users may suffer memory loss; marijuana affects school
and work performance more than any other drug; the U.S. Supreme Court has
ruled that "there is no medical necessity defense for marijuana"; the Food
and Drug Administration has ruled that "smoked marijuana is neither safe nor
effective as a 'medicine' for any ailment"; and the National Institute of
Health has stated "patients with HIV or any disease of the immune system,
should avoid marijuana."

There are many more studies that show the facts, not as Decker and others
such as him would like them to be. Merely writing letters to the editor will
not change the simple fact that marijuana is a very dangerous drug.

TERRENCE P. FARLEY
1st Assistant Prosecutor
Director, Ocean County Narcotic Strike Force

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Subj: 004 Re: US NJ: PUB LTE: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
From: "Larry Seguin" <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 15:08:24 -0500

http://www.drugwardistortions.org/

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/marijuan.htm

(smile) go get em.

L Seguin

- ----- Original Message ----- 
From: "G F Storck" <>
To: "MAPtalk" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 1:18 PM
Subject: MAP: US NJ: PUB LTE: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous

> I encourage all to rebut Mr. Farley. As you may recall, the Ocean County
> Observer is willing to print LTEs even to the point of more than one a
month
> from one individual. In 2003, they have published dozens of LTEs rebutting
> Farley's ignorant diatribes. -- GS
> ===
> Newshawk: MS Patients Union www.drugsense.org/mspu
> Source: Ocean County Observer
> Contact:  
> Pubdate:  December 27, 2003
>
> Author: TERRENCE P. FARLEY
>
> STUDIES PROVE THAT MARIJUANA'S DANGEROUS
>
(snip)

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Subj: 005 Re: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
From: Rick Steeb <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 21:07:25 -0800 (PST)

re:"Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous"
<http://www.injersey.com/news/backstories.pl?id=876872&paper=9>

I see that Terrence P. Farley, 1st Assistant Prosecutor and 
Director, Ocean County Narcotic Strike Force, continues to dissimulate.

I would like to rebut his points individually:

1. Emergency room "mentions"? 2. A trace amount in the decedent's blood
hardly indicates causality.
3. Publicly funded "treatment" facilities are invariably chosen as the
sole alternative to criminal prosecution and/or incarceration.
4. You would prefer that they "try" what, exactly, when they decide to
"get high"?
5. You fail to indicate what portion of those "checked" for reckless
driving WERE under alcohol's influence, nor do you account for the fact
that cannabis is detectable for weeks after it's effects have vanished.
 That it is detectable "confirms" nothing.  
6. Alcohol is by far the most likely cause of violent behavior, along
with PCP, methamphetamine, and cocaine.  Pot causes violence mainly
when the attendant money or one's freedom are threatened.
7. SMOKE contains tar, carbon monoxide, PAH's, and all the hazards
mentioned.  Extracts, tinctures, baked goods, and vaporizers (e.g.
<http://www.storz-bickel.com/en_home.htm>) completely avoid the toxins
and carcinogens you tout; in fact the Volcano has just received FDA
approval for human study!  Fertility is hardly a problem on this
planet.  Pregnant women should also eschew alcohol, aspirin, and many
other LEGAL substances.  Marijuana "changes the brain" exactly how,
"Doctor" Farley?  The use of cannabis by the mentally ill hardly
establishes causality; people instinctively self-medicate with
substances that ameliorate their symptoms.  Long-term survivors of life
also experience memory loss due to senile dementia; shall we also
incarcerate them?  The claim that marijuana affects school and work 
performance more than any other drug is fallacious and misleading. 
Clarence Thomas is no more qualified to opine on cannabis' medical
efficacy than you, Mr. Farley.  Reciting the CSA Class I criteria ad
nauseum does NOT justify the herb's placement there.  The FDA and NIH
are sock-puppets for Big Pharma, and would never put their "subsidies"
at risk.  Many HIV and chemotherapy patients rely on cannabis' appetite
stimulation and nausea suppression for their very survival, and they
should also avoid the stress of worrying about their arrest.

Anyone of room-temperature IQ can grasp the law of supply and demand:
Choice cannabis bud already exceeds gold in price. The inevitable
consequence of its interdiction is higher value leading to more profit.
 

Who profits from cannabis prohibition? Besides the individual and
organized-crime grow-ops and dealers, there's the competition: alcohol,
meth, cocaine, Big Pharma, heroin, tobacco... and, of course, the
lucrative prohibition industry, including you, Mr Riley. 

The criminalization of an herb less toxic than coffee must end, for the
sake of humanity! 

- --Richard Paul Steeb, San Jose, California
408 274 0775

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Subj: 006 Re: Farley: Marijuana mentions in hospital emergency rooms 
From: "Larry Seguin" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 01:15:15 -0500

The facts on marijuana mentions

http://www.briancbennett.com/ED-trends.htm

L. Seguin

- ----- Original Message ----- 
From: "G F Storck" <>
To: "MAPtalk" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 1:18 PM
Subject: MAP: US NJ: PUB LTE: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous

> I encourage all to rebut Mr. Farley. As you may recall, the Ocean County
> Observer is willing to print LTEs even to the point of more than one a
month
> from one individual. In 2003, they have published dozens of LTEs rebutting
> Farley's ignorant diatribes. -- GS
> ===
> Newshawk: MS Patients Union www.drugsense.org/mspu
> Source: Ocean County Observer
> Contact:  
> Pubdate:  December 27, 2003
>
> Author: TERRENCE P. FARLEY
>
> STUDIES PROVE THAT MARIJUANA'S DANGEROUS
>
> Based upon his most recent letter to the editor, it would appear that
> longtime drug legalization advocate Edward H. Decker remains lost in the
> haze of the glorious '60s and '70s. Since he can't refute any of the
latest
> studies outlining the dangers of marijuana, he relies on 30- or
40-year-old
> information. Unfortunately, he refuses to acknowledge the greatly
increased
> potency of marijuana. We routinely see marijuana with THC
> (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels from two to five to 10 and even higher times
> more than it was in the '60s and '70s and many young people are using much
> more -- smoking "blunts" rather than "joints."
>
> He refuses to acknowledge newer studies that show:
>
> 1. Marijuana mentions in hospital emergency rooms exceed 100,000 per year,
> more than for heroin, and were up 140 percent between 1994 and 2000;
>
[snip]

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