An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President,

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In light of recent events, you have an opportunity, dare I say an obligation, to fundamentally change America in a profound manner. You can enact an Executive Order that can solve some of this country’s biggest problems, and right some of our most egregious wrongs.

The acts described below are all interconnected and provide the foundation for a new beginning in American history. I fervently hope you will use your powers to transform our country in these meaningful and vitally important ways now!

The first step is to declare an end to the War on Drugs, most specifically an immediate decriminalization of all forms of cannabis and its non-psychoactive cousin, hemp. This act can take a bite out of racism in America and set the course for a more peaceful, non-violent nation.

Informed individuals understand that the “War on Marijuana” is largely a war on people of color, and has imprisoned millions of minorities for victimless crimes. Let’s review the facts:

  • Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs:

          More than $51,000,000,000

  • Number of arrests in 2014 in the U.S. for drug law violations:

          1,561,231

  • Number of these arrests that were for possession only:

          1,297,384 (83 percent)

  • Number of arrests in 2014 in the U.S. for marijuana violations:

          700,993

  • Number of these arrests that were for possession only:

          619,809 (88 percent)

  • Proportion of black or Latino people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites:

          57 Percent

  • Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco:

          $46.7 billion

  • Number of people in the U.S. who have acquired AIDS directly or indirectly from syringe sharing:

          360,836 people, or 30% of all people diagnosed w/AIDS in the U.S.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lower HIV incidence among people who inject drugs by:

          80 percent

  • U.S. federal government support for syringe access programs:

          $0.00, thanks to a federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 that prohibits any federal assistance for this program

 

Mr. President, we propose a new paradigm for America, where we have a war on violence instead of a war on minorities and our populous in general. Usher in a new day in America and encourage an environment of tolerance regarding personal freedom, but a society in which violent activity of any sort will simply no longer be tolerated, and will be severely punished.

By ending the prohibition on cannabis and hemp, you can help end a racist law that targets minorities and creates a fear of police felt on every urban street corner in America. This action can help erase 80 years of hatred, bigotry and propaganda, while also creating jobs, developing affordable housing, and improving education.

Our 8-part plan calls for a new way of thinking, along with the following actions:

  1. End the prohibition on cannabis and hemp
  2. Tax and regulate cannabis, just like alcohol and tobacco
  3. Encourage hemp farming and its use in a multitude of products
  4. Release marijuana possession prisoners from prison
  5. Create Back-to-Work Empowerment programs that offer former cannabis prisoners employment in the cannabis and hemp industries and extend these programs to others in need of meaningful opportunity.
  6. Use some of the taxes raised from legalized cannabis to fund education programs that retrain Police Officers to become Peace Officers, and facilitate an end to racism, ethnic profiling, random pat-downs, and extreme violence on American citizens.
  7. Appropriate funds from the cannabis tax to rehabilitate some of the 18 million vacant homes in America and make them available to the homeless and low income families and individuals (there are 3.5 million homeless people in America)
  8. End the war on drugs and use resources for compassionate care and rehabilitation. Prison shouldn’t be for people with addictions.

Mr. President, it’s time to end “politics as usual.” It’s time to Move America Forward, and take profound steps to end racism, end the homeless problem, end our war on minorities, end our lack of compassion, and end our outdated policies that widen the social divide. It is now time to choose the American people rather than publicly traded companies and their profits. It is now time for real change to occur.

Instead of being a “good” president, you have the power to become a transformative president, like Washington, Lincoln and FDR. You can create a legacy and implement changes that will truly “Make America Great Again.”

 

Sincerely,

Alexander Nachman

American Citizen

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Compound In Cannabis Shown To Remove Toxic Alzheimer’s Protein From The Brain

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An active compound found in the cannabis plant called tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, has recently been found to promote the removal of toxic clumps of amyloid beta protein in the brain, which are thought to be precursors to Alzheimer’s disease.

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These findings support the results of previous studies, which found evidence of the protective effects of cannabinoids, including THC, on patients with the neurodegenerative disease.

According to senior paper author David Schubert, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California, “Although other studies have offered evidence that cannabinoids might be neuroprotective against the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, we believe our study is the first to demonstrate that cannabinoids affect both inflammation and amyloid beta accumulation in nerve cells.”

What Exactly Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that eventually leads to extreme memory loss and can severely interfere with a person’s ability to care for themselves and perform routine tasks. According to the National Institutes of Health, it affects more than 5 million Americans and is a leading cause of death. It is also the most common cause of dementia. Incidence of the disease is expected to triple over the next 50 years.

The Study

The researchers tested the effects of THC on human neurons grown in the lab that mimic the effects of Alzheimer’s disease within the brain. Researchers remain unsure of what exactly causes the disease, but it’s thought to occur from a buildup of lesions, amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, which are a sticky type of protein that can easily clump together, and neurofibrillary tangles are caused by defective tau proteins that clump into thick, insoluble mass inside the neurons.

Currently, it is unclear why these lesions appear in the brain in the first place, but there have been some studies that link inflammation of the brain tissue to the proliferation of the plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Researchers hope that if they can find a way to clear out the plaques as well as reduce brain tissue inflammation, they will be closer to creating an effective treatment for  Alzheimer’s disease.

“Inflammation within the brain is a major component of the damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but it has always been assumed that this response was coming from immune-like cells in the brain, not the nerve cells themselves,” says one of the team, Antonio Currais.

When we were able to identify the molecular basis of the inflammatory response to amyloid beta, it became clear that THC-like compounds that the nerve cells make themselves may be involved in protecting the cells from dying.”

Previous Research

In 2006, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute were able to find that THC actually inhibits the formation of amyloid plaques by blocking the enzyme in the brain that is responsible for producing them.

Another study out of Australia took mice that were bred to mimic symptoms of Alzheimers and gave them CBD from cannabis. The non-psychoactive cannabinoid caused a drastic improvement in memory within the mice tested. Although further study is necessary, early results are showing signs of memory improvement, and physical results will be tested next.

“Cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have ever been effective,” said Gary Wenk, a professor of neuroscience, immunology, and medical genetics at Ohio State University

Conclusion

While this research has exciting potential for future treatments, so far it has only been demonstrated in neurons in the lab and not on an actual human brain. The next step for Schubert and his team will be to observe the link between THC and reduced plaque buildup and inflammation in a clinical trial. It is important to realize that there is hope, however, to treating this increasingly common degenerative disease.

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