Medical Marijuana Advocates Get Calif. DMV Change Qualified Patients No Longer Subject to Arbitrary License Revocation

The ASA legal team saw the fruits of another big victory for patients in March, when the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued a new policy on driver’s licenses that ends discrimination against state medical marijuana patients.

ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford
As of March 2, the DMV Driver Safety Procedure Manual now says that “use of medicinal marijuana approved by a physician should be handled in the same manner as any other prescription medication which may affect safe driving.” The change means that medical marijuana use now “does not, in itself, constitute grounds for a license withdrawal action,” as it had in the past.

The change in DMV policy stems from a lawsuit filed by ASA on behalf of Rose Johnson, 53, whose driving license was revoked because she uses medical marijuana on the advice of her doctor. Despite having driven for 37 years without an accident or a ticket, the DMV revoked Johnson’s license last July. According to the DMV, Johnson was no longer able to safely operate a motor vehicle “because of…[an] addiction to, or habitual use of, [a] drug.” Their evidence? Her doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana.

ASA filed suit on Johnson’s behalf in November, and DMV announced their new policy in January, before her case was heard. Johnson was given a driving test, which she passed, and DMV reinstated her license.

“The new DMV policy is a significant change,” said ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford, who handled the action. “Drivers will no longer have their licenses suspended or revoked simply because of their status as medical marijuana patients.”

ASA had reports that the DMV had targeted medical marijuana patients in at least eight California counties, including Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Glenn, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, and Sonoma. License suspensions and revocations by the DMV were done under cover of calling the drivers “drug abusers,” though they were based on nothing more than the person’s status as a state-qualified medical marijuana patient.

“This DMV policy change represents a victory for patients, which puts us closer to full implementation of California’s medical marijuana law,” said Elford.

Joseph Campbell and the Grateful Dead

 

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“The Deadheads are doing the dance of life and this I would say, is the answer to the atom bomb.”

“I had a marvelous experience two nights ago. I was invited to a rock concert. (laughter in the audience) I’d never seen one. This was a big hall in Berkeley and the rock group were the Grateful Dead, whose name, by the way, is from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. And these are very sophisticated boys. This was news to me.

Rock Music has never seemed that interesting to me. It’s very simple and the beat is the same old thing. But when you see a room with 8,000 young people for five hours going through it to the beat of these boys… The genius of these musicians- these three guitars and two wild drummers in the back… The central guitar, Bob Weir, just controls this crowd and when you see 8,000 kids all going up in the air together… Listen, this is powerful stuff! And what is it? The first thing I thought of was the Dionysian festivals, of course. This energy and these terrific instruments with electric things that zoom in… This is more than music. It turns something on in here (the heart). And what it turns on is life energy. This is Dionysus talking through these kids. Now I’ve seen similar manifestations, but nothing as innocent as what I saw with this bunch. This was sheer innocence. And when the great beam of light would go over the crowd you’d see these marvelous young faces in sheer rapture- for five hours! Packed together like sardines! Eight thousand of them! Then there was an opening in the back with a series of panel windows and you look out and there’s a whole bunch in another hall, dancing crazy. This is a wonderful fervent loss of self in the larger self of a homogeneous community. This is what it is all about!

It reminded me of Russian Easter. Down in New York we have a big Russian Cathedral. You go there on Russian Easter at midnight and you hear Kristos anesti! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen! It’s almost as good as a rock concert. (laughter) It has the same kind of life feel. When I was in Mexico City at the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadalupe, there it was again. In India, in Puri, at the temple of the Jagannath- that means the lord of the Moving World- the same damn thing again. It doesn’t matter what the name of the God is, or whether its a rock group or a clergy. It’s somehow hitting that chord of realization of the unity of God in you all, that’s a terrific thing and it just blows the rest away.” —Joseph Campbell (1986)

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“The next great, proud moment was when Mickey Hart and Bob Weir come along and tell me I’ve helped them. Well, I never — the rock music never appealed to me at all. It was largely monotonous, it seemed to me. Then they invited Jean [his wife] and me to an event in Oakland that just became a dance revelation. I got something there that made me note that this is magic. And it’s magic for the future. . .

They hit a level of humanity that makes everybody at one with each other. It doesn’t matter about this race thing, this age thing, I mean, everything else dropped out. The wonderful thing was, compared to the Hitler rallies that you see in the film that were used to a political purpose, here it was just the experience of the identity of everybody with everybody else.

I was carried away in a rapture. And so i am a Deadhead now…” —Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey

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” …it seemed to me we had the kind of awakening that the great religions first intended, and that somehow it involved everybody. There were kids there. There were old people there, and in other parts of the building there were people just dancing and dancing… we had a chance to awaken our hearts, unbound by any particular cultural or religious commitments to this group or that. It seemed to me, and I’m meaning this very seriously, a prime religious experience that transcended all the bondages and definitions of who and what we are that are the curse of the world today. This, I would say, is the answer to the atom bomb.” —Joseph Campbell speaking about watching Deadheads at a Grateful Dead Show

Cancer Information and Resources, Links

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VIDEO LINKS:

Cured: A Cannabis Story (A Film By David Triplett)

…Cannabis Cures Cancer

Baby Uses Marijuana To Help Fight Cancer!

Breaking News: Cannabis Cures Cancer! 3/12/10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAfGVZ1Q7fk

Man Cured of Cancer Applying Hemp Oil (Real Weed) Cannabis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ypbNYYMPXg

Medical Marijuana – Cures Brain Cancer

Medical Marijuana Stops Spread of Breast Cancer – NBC NEWS

Marijuana Kills Brain Cancer Cells in Humans
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgkABfFpewE

THC effects on Tumor Brain Cells vs. Normal Brain Cells

THC (marijuana) Helps Cure Cancer Says Harvard Study

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discusses medical cannabis: Cancer Cure

Medical Marijuana: Cannabis and Cancer

Marijuana Cure for Cancer!? Marijuana-Weed Info and Clips

Dr. Donald Abrams on Medical Marijuana and Cancer

Most Shocking WikiLeaks Yet! (illegal Cancer Cure=Genocide)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw96bvFR–g

Medical Marijuana Cancer Study

VARIOUS ARTICLES:
http://candidblogger.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-medical-evidence-that-marijuana.html

http://www.medical-marijuana-testimonials.org/Cancer-and-medical-marijuana.htm

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/january112008/cancer_treatment_11008.php –

http://www.thesethgroup.org/featured_experiment.html

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES:
Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1
http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/1/59.abstract

Anti-tumoral action of cannabinoids: Involvement of sustained ceramide accumulation and extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation
http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v6/n3/abs/nm0300_313.html

Inhibition of tumor angiogenesis by cannabinoids
http://www.fasebj.org/content/17/3/529.full

Cannabinoids selectively inhibit proliferation and induce death of cultured human glioblastoma multiforme cells
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16078104?dopt=Abstract

A pilot clinical study of 9-tetrahydrocannabinol in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme
http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/full/6603236a.html

Cannabinoids as potential new therapy for the treatment of gliomas
http://www.expert-reviews.com/doi/abs/10.1586/14737175.8.1.37

Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits cell cycle progression by downregulation of E2F1 in human glioblastoma multiforme cells.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17934890?dopt=Abstract

Expression of cannabinoid receptors and neurotrophins in human gliomas
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18175076?dopt=Abstract

Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol Inhibits Cell Cycle Progression in Human Breast Cancer Cells through Cdc2 Regulation
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6615.abstract

Anti-tumor activity of plant cannabinoids with
emphasis on the effect of cannabidiol on human breast carcinoma
http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/05/25/jpet.106.105247.full.pdf+html

Antitumor Effects of Cannabidiol, a Nonpsychoactive Cannabinoid, on Human Glioma Cell Lines
http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.full

The endogenous cannabinoid anandamide inhibits human breast
cancer cell proliferation
http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375.full.pdf+html

Cannabidiol as a novel inhibitor of Id-1 gene expression in aggressive breast cancer cells
http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/6/11/2921.abstract

Cannabinoids reduce ErbB2-driven breast cancer progression through Akt inhibition
http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196

Cannabinoid Receptor as a Novel Target for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/65/5/1635.abstract

Anti-proliferative and apoptotic effects of anandamide in human prostatic cancer cell lines: implication of epidermal growth factor receptor down-regulation and ceramide production
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract

The endogenous cannabinoid, anandamide, induces cell death in colorectal carcinoma cells: a possible role for cyclooxygenase 2
http://gut.bmj.com/content/54/12/1741.abstract

Cannabis-induced cytotoxicity in leukemic cell lines: the role of the cannabinoid receptors and the MAPK pathway
http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/cgi/content/full/105/3/1214

Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol-induced apoptosis in Jurkat leukemia T cells is regulated by translocation of Bad to mitochondria
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594

CANNABINOIDS: POTENTIAL ANTICANCER AGENTS
http://americanmarijuana.org/Guzman-Cancer.pdf

Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits epithelial growth factor-induced lung cancer cell migration in vitro as well as its growth and metastasis in vivo
http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/1210641a.html

Cannabinoids Induce Apoptosis of Pancreatic Tumor Cells via Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress–Related Genes
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6748.abstract

Cannabinoids in pancreatic cancer: Correlation with survival and pain
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2225529/

Inhibition of Cancer Cell Invasion by Cannabinoids via Increased Expression of Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinases-1
http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/1/59.abstract

Cannabinoids inhibit cellular respiration of human oral cancer cells
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

The dual effects of delta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol on cholangiocarcinoma cells: anti-invasion activity at low concentration and apoptosis induction at high concentration
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

Cannabinoid receptor-mediated apoptosis induced by R(+)-methanandamide and Win55,212-2 is associated with ceramide accumulation and p38 activation in mantle cell lymphoma
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16936228

xpression of cannabinoid receptors type 1 and type 2 in non-Hodgkin lymphoma: Growth inhibition by receptor activation
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.23584/abstract

Cannabidiol enhances the inhibitory effects of delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol on human glioblastoma cell proliferation and survival
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20053780

Cannabinoids and Cancer
http://www.bentham.org/mrmc/contabs/mrmc5-10.htm#6
Inhibition of skin tumor growth and angiogenesis in vivo by activation of cannabinoid receptors
http://www.jci.org/articles/view/16116/version/1

http://medlibrary.org/medwiki/Glioma: (specifically section under THC – “Most Recently investigators at the University of California, Pacific Medical Center reported that cannabinoids possess synergistic anti-cancer properties — finding that the administration of a combination of the plant’s constituents is superior to the administration of isolated compounds alone.[13]”)

Cannabidiol enhances the inhibitory effects of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol on human glioblastoma cell proliferation and survival
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2806496/?tool=pmcentrez

Cannabinoids and cancer
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16250836

Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol induces apoptosis in C6 glioma cells.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9771884

Enhancing the in vitro cytotoxic activity of Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol in leukemic cells through a combinatorial approach.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18608861

Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment: Progress and Promise
http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/68/2/339.abstract :

Cannabinoid Receptors, CB1 and CB2, as Novel Targets for Inhibition of Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer Growth and Metastasis
http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/4/1/65.abstract

A Combined Preclinical Therapy of Cannabinoids and Temozolomide against Glioma
http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/1/90.abstract

The Levels of the Endocannabinoid Receptor CB2 and Its Ligand 2-Arachidonoylglycerol Are Elevated in Endometrial Carcinoma
http://endo.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/151/3/921

Synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists inhibit tumor growth and metastasis of breast cancer
http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/8/11/3117.abstract

Potentiation of Cannabinoid-Induced Cytotoxicity in Mantle Cell Lymphoma through Modulation of Ceramide Metabolism
http://mcr.aacrjournals.org/content/7/7/1086.abstract

Cannabinoid Receptor Activation Induces Apoptosis through Tumor Necrosis Factor α–Mediated Ceramide De novo Synthesis in Colon Cancer Cells
http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/14/23/7691.abstract

Breast CancerDelta(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits 17beta-estradiol-induced proliferation and fails to activate androgen and estrogen receptors in MCF7 human breast cancer cells
http://www.uccs.edu/~rmelamed/Evolutionism/medical_uses_of_cannabinoid_2/cancer/cancer.html

Colorectal Cancer
The cannabinoid 9-tetrahydrocannabinol inhibits RAS-MAPK and PI3K-AKT survival signalling and induces BAD-mediated apoptosis in colorectal cancer cells
http://www.uccs.edu/~rmelamed/Evolutionism/medical_uses_of_cannabinoid_2/cancer/colorectal_cancer.html

Lymphoma
Cannabinoid receptor ligands mediate growth inhibition and cell death in mantle cell lymphoma
http://www.uccs.edu/~rmelamed/Evolutionism/medical_uses_of_cannabinoid_2/cancer/lymphoma.html

Melanoma
Cannabinoid receptors as novel targets for the treatment of melanoma
http://www.uccs.edu/~rmelamed/Evolutionism/medical_uses_of_cannabinoid_2/cancer/melanoma.html

LINK TO 500+ MEDICAL ARTICLES ON PUBMED.GOV
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?Db=pubmed&term=cannabinoid+cancer+treatment