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DENVER — For years now, some veterans groups and marijuana advocates have argued that the therapeutic benefits of the drug can help soothe the psychological wounds of battle. But with only anecdotal evidence as support, their claims have yet to gain widespread acceptance in medical circles.
Now, however, researchers are seeking federal approval for what is believed to be the first study to examine the effects of marijuana on veterans with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder…
For 25 years, MAPS and our members have been working to end the decades-old stigma on psychedelic and medical marijuana research. Now we’re national news, and the whole world is watching.
MAPS’ proposed study of marijuana for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) made the headlines yesterday when The New York Times announced that “Marijuana May Be Studied for Combat Disorder.”
With so many veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and suffering from anxiety, nightmares, and sleepless nights—and with few effective therapies available—the need for research into alternative treatments is more pressing than ever.
As MAPS Executive Director Rick Doblin, Ph.D., told The New York Times, “These are people whom we put in harm’s way, and we have a moral obligation to help them.”
We need your support to turn psychedelics and marijuana into prescription medicines.
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The proposed study would compare the effectiveness of five different strains of marijuana (smoked or vaporized) in 50 veterans with chronic PTSD who have not responded to other treatments.
Many veterans already know that marijuana can relieve some of the physical and psychological pain of war in ways that conventional medicines cannot. According to one injured Army veteran from Texas who recently returned from an 18-month deployment in Iraq, “I have seen it with my own eyes. It works for a lot of the guys coming home.”
The proposed study was also featured on such military news sites as USNavySeals.com and Stars and Stripes, as well as other (perhaps less likely) sources such as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
The US Food and Drug Administration approved the study protocol in April, but it remains on hold while the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Public Health Service decide whether to let us purchase marijuana for the study.
We hope these headlines will help these agencies realize they haven’t been doing enough to develop more effective treatments for PTSD—and to take action by allowing us to purchase the marijuana we need.
You can learn much more about MAPS’ medical marijuana research and connect with the key players at Cartographie Psychedelica, our 25th Anniversary conference and celebration from December 8-12 in Oakland, CA.
By making a contribution to MAPS today, you will be part of a growing community of scientists, patients, doctors, government regulators, soldiers, and others who are unafraid to take a careful, honest look at the risks and benefits of psychedelics and marijuana.
MAPS Director of Communications
February 20, 2011
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January 20, 2011
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So the Nets, Pistons, and Denver virtually agreed on a 3 team blockbuster 2 or 3 weeks ago that would see 17 players and hundreds of millions in salary change hands, including the apple of our eye, New York native Carmelo Anthony, and have stood on this monumental precipice in limbo for almost a month? We’ve always thought this nonsense, pathetically and desperately spun by lazy, stupid reporters who have made mountains out of the wishful daydreams of Denver novice GM Masai Ujiri, Joe Dumars, and Net GM “he aint won a thing” Billy King.
We can’t even blame Dumars or Ujiri that hard. If you’re Dumars, who has rings as a player and team builder, and 2 teams come to you presenting you the chance to shed a 33 year old Rip Hamilton with 2 years and $25M remaining on his contract, you’d have to jump all over that. You’d want it to go down so badly you might even hold Hamilton out of the lineup for over a week to facilitate the fantasy. Butlet’s be real. This would not be a basketball trade for the Pistons. It’s a money trade. Hamilton could run a marathon, contract malaria, become pregnant, and get hit in the eye by a bow and arrow and he’s still going to Newark in this twisted vision.
Ujiri? Not gonna kill the poor guy. In his first task of substance as a big league GM, he is left to sort through this mess. It’s like getting called up from double A to face Babe Ruth with the bases loaded. He must do his diligence and try to make the deal that’s best for his club, which is Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and the Nets lottery pick in 2011, plus 2 other 1st rounders. At the end of the day though, it was a whole lot of leg work for naught.
Chris Sheridan, like us, has maintained all along that Anthony will be traded to the Knicks. Some of his most pointed remarks on the topic came yesterday when Sheridan told ESPN radio that Anthony unequivocally refuses to sign an extension with any team other than New York. Bottom line, Anthony holds all the leverage, and the Nets, and no one, for that matter, will trade 5 out of 6 of their top assets for a rental player. The Nuggets and Pistons can arrange whatever deals they like, but Ujiri has no way of convincing ‘Melo to accept the trade, and Dumars can do no more than sit on his hands and pray for the impossible in Detroit.
Carmelo is the trade. If he is not held out of games for fear of injury, then no deals are imminent. Anthony is playing tonight against OKC. He has done better than pronouncing his intention to participate in all games for the foreseeable future. He told Ujiri not to grant permission to Nets ownership to speak to him about the trade and the extension. Against his wishes, they granted the Nets permission to speak to Anthony today. Supposedly, Prokhorov and Jay Zee flew to Denver today to make their pitch. Then ESPN runs the newsflash that the Nets have stopped pursuing Anthony and that the deal is forever dead.
So what happened when Prokhorov and Mr. Hip Hop finally got their chance to meet with Carmelo? Here’s what happened: Anthony sent them home unceremoniously with an emphatic no. Now ESPN reports that Anthony is not even a definite free agent this summer, that he has 1 year to go on his deal at $18M and will opt out of the deal if he is traded to a team (not New York) dumb enough to trade for him sans the extension. By the way, how many guys is Jay Zee going to try to woo here and strike out with in his little amatuer NBA owner hour? Embarrassing.
Look for the Nuggets, absolutely desperate to unload the disgruntled star and come away with something, to take back from New York Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, Minnesota’s pick (acquired for Anthony Randolph), and a first rounder the Knicks will purchase for cash money from a team like the Spurs or Blazers. And as for Amar’e’s proclamation that he hasn’t spoken to Carmelo at all through this process? He’s telling the truth. They don’t talk. They just text each other constantly.
GO NEW YORK GO NEW YORK GO!!!!!!!!
December 15, 2010
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Sasha Vujacic has had his last meaningful fist bump with the great Kobe Bryant unless the two re-unite in free agency. Unfortunately for Masha’s man, the versatile guard was shipped to the Nets in a complicated three team trade this evening in which the Nets were able to dump the chronically late Terrence Williams on Houston in exchange for Joe Smith, with 2 first rounders coming back to New Jersey.
Under the deal, the Nets acquire a 2011 pick from the Lakers and a 2012 pick from the Rockets and Williams goes to Houston. The Nets also send veteran Joe Smith to the Lakers, who give up Vujacic and his expiring contract. There could be other parts to the deal, including an exchange of cash.
Although the deal has been agreed upon by all parties, it cannot be announced until Wednesday, when Smith becomes trade-eligible. Free agents acquired over the summer cannot be traded until Wednesday. Williams confirmed his departure in a tweet Tuesday night: “To all my Jersey fans and people, it’s been real. I love y’all and thanks. To Houston, what up. Go Rockets.”
While also getting valuable rebuilding pieces, the Nets are ridding themselves of a player who clashed with coach Avery Johnson and appeared stifled under the team’s system.
The 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft, who was touted as a premier talent by then-Nets GM Rod Thorn, Williams was deactivated before Tuesday night’s game against the 76ers. He was not at the arena. The last time that happened, Williams had been repeatedly late to team gatherings, including games and practices.
Williams, who shows tremendous promise from a standpoint of talent, was recently demoted to the d-league for his inability to conform to team rules. Former Knick and current Celtic fireplug Nate Robinson, a close friend of Williams, had blasted the Nets in the press for their failure to make sure that Williams had the support he needed to make meetings and practices, and implied that Nets’ new coach Avery Johnson, is not much of a people person. The little big man wouldn’t be the first to put that knock on Johnson, who has always been inflexible, to a fault.
Though the move seems to bode well for the Nets’ chances at acquiring Melo, chiefly because the oh so cheap Nuggets are intent on scoring a bushel of 1st rounders for their disgruntled star, it in no way means that Anthony would be happy in Newark for the next 2 seasons playing Johnson’s version of down tempo basketball, while hearing his annoying scratchy bark all the time. It also doesn’t mean that Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov is willing to ante up the big dollars for Melo. Last week, Dallas owner Mark Cuban suggeted that Prokhorov was cheap and lacked the balls to make big acquisitions, even calling the Nets’ billionaire owner a “pussy.”
Vujacic’s nearly $5M salary slot will opne up for the Nets at season’s end, meaning the Nets will have additional money to lavish on questionable talent like the Troy Murphy’s of the world. But even though the Nets seemed poised to deal for Melo and seem best matched to meet Denver’s demands, Anthony must be unimpressed with NJ’s set up and lack of talent, and the fact that they are 2 years away from Brooklyn bodes poorly. In fact, we can not see Anthony signing any extension this year, despite the uncertainty over the next labor agreement.
It’s possible that Anthony, under a new agreement, may max out well below the 3 yrs/$65M that is on the table. Still, with all the pomp and ceremony surrounding the top free agents last summer, and with Anthony being, far and away, the top free agent prize this sumer, one would think that he would cherish the opportunity to be wooed and coveted the way Bosh, Wade, and James were. Though commissioner Stern drives a hard bargain, let’s face it: the league is not exactly in the poor house. Anthony would rate the absolute max under whatever agreement the league and players come to, and something about playing with Dwight Howard in Orlando, or Amar’e Stoudemire for that matter, in his home town where his wife has lobbied for him to land, has got to appeal to Anthony, especially considering the Knicks’ resurgence and their surprising success this season.
And if the Nets can land 2 #1’s for old man Joe Smith and late man Williams, Donnie Walsh should be in good shape when he does the inevitable and officially places Anthony Randolph on the block. Right now, word out of Denver is that the Nuggets feel the Knicks don’t have the picks to offer in a deal that they’d be looking for, but it’s only December, and this thing isn’t going to play ou for a couple of months yet. We’re also hearing the Nuggets are smitten with Knicks’ rookie Landry Fields, who has shocked us with his cool play and machine like rebounding at the two guard position.
November 5, 2010
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National Marijuana Policy Experts Convene in Denver for Mile-High Marijuana Summit—To Be Broadcast Live Online This Saturday.
I’d like to invite you to watch a live broadcast of the Mile-High Marijuana Summit online this Saturday November 6 from 7:00PM-10:00PM Mountain Time.
November ballots were host to some of the most consequential elections in recent years involving marijuana. On Nov. 2 Californians voted down an initiative to legalize small amounts of marijuana for adults. South Dakotans and Oregonians voted down medical marijuana initiatives, and in Arizona the vote is too close to call at this time. On Saturday evening experts will discuss the future of local and national marijuana policies. The Summit will be an opportunity for Colorado activists and dispensary owners to convene with national experts for an evening in the mile high city to assess the results of recent elections, discuss implications, and strategize together in light of these results.
There is still space available in person at the summit, but please RSVP because this space is limited: www.maps.org/mmjsummit
Link to live online broadcast: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mile-high-marijuana-summit
| P.S. – Tickets are still available for these other events in Colorado and Los Angeles:
Principles and Practices of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy Workshop (Boulder, Nov. 7)
MAPS/SSDP Autumn Gala Celebration (Boulder, Nov. 7)
Catalysts, Mini-Conference (Los Angeles on Dec. 11-12)
Critical Components Benefactor Dinner (Los Angeles on Dec. 11)
Flux Party (Los Angeles on Dec. 11)
October 1, 2010
ESPN’s Chris Sheridan reported yesterday that Donnie Walsh has a deal on the table to acquire a first round pick in the 2011 draft. Though he didn’t mention for what, I would speculate that Wilson Chandler (above) could be involved. He was whispered to be on the outs with Knicks over the summer, and nearly every Knicks’ rumor of late has seemed to involve Chandler. Chandler, Isiah Thomas’ last first round selection, has developed into a nice scorer. And for a Knick, he’s a fairly dependable shooter from the outside. But at his lofty height, 6’8/6’9–he’s probably best suited to play forward, because he matches up better with forwards than guards on defense. The Knicks are also extremely high on this year’s 2nd round pick, Landry Fields of Stanford, who seems to have similar talents and is close in size to Wilson Chandler, perhaps making Chandler all the more expendable.
Chandler shot a very respectable 48 % from the floor last year, improving on his shooting percentage considerably from the 08-09 season to the 09-10 season by cutting down on bad three point shot attempts. Call us crazy, but we see that as some nice development from the 4th year Knick. The Knicks obviously haven’t seen it that way. When pursuing Lakers backup Shannon Brown this summer, the Knicks were believed to have all but assured Brown that he’d see starter’s minutes. If that was to be the case, then Chandler would obviously be looking at a demotion, or being traded.
While the Knicks might be wise to keep Chandler, and would definitely be wise to acquire a first round pick in the draft next year, especially if they could do so without trading Chandler away, a lot of NY media types are going wild in a foolish attempt to connect the dots between Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and New York. Knicks’ president Walsh said last week on a conference call with reporters that he was in the market for a first rounder, and when the Nets fell out of the Anthony sweepstakes this week and the news of the Knicks having an offer on the table that would net them a # 1, people are automatically assuming that this draft pick acquisition would be the precursor to a trade for Anthony.
Why would that necessarily be the case? Keep in mind that the Knicks and Denver have little common ground for such a deal. While Denver would like to receive a 1st round pick as part of a deal for Anthony, Walsh told WFAN’s Mike Francesa recently that talks with Denver have not gotten off the ground because Denver sees little of value in terms of players the Knicks have to offer. Just about anyone can get them a draft pick, but who can get the Nuggets the types of players they are seeking in a trade?
Also, it has been rumored that Nuggets’ management will not trade Anthony to the Knicks because they feel that Amar’e Stoudemire’s public comments about Anthony wanting to play for the Knicks essentially amount to tampering–the new tampering that is–when players follow the Dwayne Wade blueprint for recruiting, as players on different teams are allowed to have contact. While a rule in regard to that type of player contact maay be coming down the road, if logistically possible, we hear the Nuggets are incensed with Stoudemire, and would trade Anthony elsewhere to spite the Knicks.
I don’t think a Knicks’ trade for Anthony is happening. New York’s best chance to snag Anthony will come after July 1st, if Anthony makes it to free agency. Trading away their roster to acquire Anthony would leave the Knicks barren yet again, aside from a nucleus of Anthony and Stoudemire. As long as the Knicks maintain cap flexibility, they will be in the running for top tier free agents for the foreseeable future. Having just put together a team, finally, after 2 full seasons in limbo, it would be foolish for Walsh to blow it up so soon.
In other Knicks’ news, former St. John’s star, dream teamer, and Golden State general manager Chris Mullin, has accompanied the Knicks to Europe for exhibitons in Milan and Paris. We have seen Mullin’s inclusion on the trip portrayed a couple ways. Mullin is close to Walsh, and may be in line to become the Knicks general manager and heir apparent to Walsh as team president. Why else would an unemployed personnel guy be hanging around the team? We’d be happy if this were indeed the case. Mullin, a college teammate of Mark Jackson, might be inclined to hire his old chum–a move we endorse wholeheartedly because we feel that Jackson is a great communicator who would have the ear of all of the Knicks players, and the attention of the league.
Other reports have stated that Knicks’ owner Jim Dolan has no intention of approving such a hire, citing his ties to Isiah Thomas and because Dolan feels it would be redundant for the Knicks to hire a 3rd personnel executive at this time.