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Most U.S. Mayors Support Legalizing Cannabis but Feds Still Say it’s as Dangerous as Bath Salts

When the ruling class of a nation is so removed from the reality of its policies that its unable to change with the times, you can bet that a revolution is on its way. In this case, the non-violent revolution of cannabis legalization is working its way from the grass-roots up, but the federal government will be the last to acknowledge the common sense of legalization.

The U.S. government still shows no sign of ever-moving to reclassify the plant on the controlled substances schedule so that it no longer sits alongside of bath salts and heroin as a dangerous drug. Here’s what the DEA says about schedule I drugs:

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote [Source]

Clearly cannabis does not belong here, just look at small handful of legitimate scientific studies on the matter: 10 STUDIES FROM 2016 FURTHER CONFIRMING THE BENEFITS OF CANNABIS – DEA IGNORES

While at the federal level lawmakers are slow to move towards progress on the issue of cannabis legalization, the benefits of having a society that doesn’t persecute its members for possession of a plant are clearly seen by those at ground level, namely community leaders in America’s towns and cities.

A recent survey of U.S. mayors supports legalization and regulation of the sale of cannabis, giving us a clue of just how popular the idea of total legalization has become. Conducted by Boston University, the poll asked mayors to indicate a favorable or unfavorable response to the statement, “marijuana should be legalized, regulated and legally sold in your city.”

Only 35 percent disagreed with the idea of allowing cannabis sales in the cities they govern.

“Many mayors suggested that their views on marijuana were less about philosophy or values and more about practical challenges related to policy implementation,” the survey’s organizers said in summary of the key findings.

That said, the results showed a stark partisan divide on marijuana among the municipal elected officials.

While 62 percent of Democratic mayors were on board with legalization, only 25 percent of Republicans agreed. Meanwhile, less than a quarter—22 percent— of Democrats holding mayoral offices oppose ending cannabis prohibition, while more than two-thirds—67 percent of GOP mayors say they are against it. [Source]

City mayors are in a much different position than congress people to see the real effects of the never-ending drug war. They are involved directly with both police and their community, both being groups who well know the costs for continuing cannabis prohibition, which is essentially more resources wasted on an activity that is obviously ant-human and anti-nature.

For several years now the U.S. Conference of Mayors has supported movements asking the federal government to declassify cannabis from the DEA’s list drugs, and in due time, this pressure will undoubtedly help to end federal prohibition of medicinal and recreational cannabis.

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Vic Bishop is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.

This article (Most U.S. Mayors Support Legalizing Cannabis but Feds Still Say it’s as Dangerous as Bath Salts) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Vic Bishop and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio and internal links. 

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Neil Gaiman is Breathing New Life Into Jim Henson’s Storyteller

Jim Henson’s Storyteller featuring dark and strange tales of mythology and folklore is returning to the screen thanks to Neil Gaiman.

Neil Gaiman is producing a reimagining of Jim Henson's Storyteller
Jim Henson’s Storyteller

Deadline reported this week that Neil Gaiman is working on a new incarnation of Jim Henson’s 1987 series The Storyteller. Each episode featured the Storyteller (played by John Hurt) sitting by the fireplace weaving dark and whimsical tales of mythology and early European folklore for his talking dog voiced by Brian Henson.

Gaiman is working with Jim Henson Studios and Jim’s daughter Lisa, whose college mythology classes inspired the original series, to develop this reboot as producer and writer. Gaiman’s style and body of work, which includes American Gods, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Norse Mythology, seem to make him uniquely suited to bring The Storyteller back to the screen for modern audiences.

“Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know,” he told Deadline. “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story. We’re going to find out a lot about who the storyteller is, we’re going to find out things we don’t even know that we don’t know. We’re going to begin in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and where the act of telling a story is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed. If you put a storyteller into that situation, things would need to start getting interactive.”

“Neil Gaiman is an expert in traditional folklore and mythology” Lisa Henson said, “in addition to himself being the modern ‘storyteller’ for our times.”

Read about about Gaiman’s upcoming reimagining of The Storyteller right here.

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Study Reveals Many Cancer Patients are Killed by Chemotherapy, Not Cancer

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
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In 2018, a headline for an article in The Economist succinctly captured the paradox that is the global cancer industry: “Cancer is a Curse, but Also a Growth Market for Investors.” Cancer’s definitely a curse, that’s for sure, but cancer drugs, with chemotherapy drugs taking up the lion’s share, are on pace to become a $200 billion industry in the next few years, up from $100 billion in 2015.

This is serious growth, and forecasts see global cancer rates exploding in coming years. An investor’s dream, but the reality of cancer treatment is that patients are often unaware of the mortal risks of cancer drugs, especially chemotherapy. In 2017, we reported on a study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, indicating that chemotherapy often causes cancer to become more aggressive, and can cause tumors to spread.

“Many are given chemotherapy before surgery, but the new research suggests that, although it shrinks tumours in the short term, it could trigger the spread of cancer cells around the body.

It is thought the toxic medication switches on a repair mechanism in the body which ultimately allows tumours to grow back stronger. It also increases the number of ‘doorways’ on blood vessels which allow cancer to spread throughout the body.” [Source]

This notion is reflected in data in another study, from Public Health England and Cancer Research UK, which looked at 30-day mortality post systemic anticancer treatments (SACT) to determine benchmarks for surviving SACT. The results highlight a critical problem with the cancer industry, the treatment often kills the patient long before the cancer may have.

“The study looked at more than 23,000 women with breast cancer and nearly 10,000 men with 9634 non-small cell lung cancer who underwent chemotherapy in 2014. Of those treated 1,383 died within 30 days.”

“When looking at those death rates across hospitals in the U.K., the researchers found an alarming mortality rate that was directly associated with the chemotherapy treatment.

“England around 8.4 per cent of patients with lung cancer, and 2.4 per cent of breast cancer patients died within a month,” the Telegraph reported.

“But in some hospitals the figure was far higher. In Milton Keynes the death rate for lung cancer treatment was 50.9 per cent, although it was based on a very small number of patients.”” [Source]

The rates of 30-day post mortality varied significantly among various hospitals, suggesting that chemotherapy practices and procedures are subject to the quality of the facilities and providers. In general, however, it is widely known that chemotherapy is deadly to healthy cells along with tumorous cells.

In other areas including, Blackpool, Coventry, Derby, South Tyneside, Surrey, and Sussex, saw that deaths from lung cancer patients receiving chemotherapy were much higher than the national average.

Cancer Lead for Public Health England, Dr. Jem Rashbass, requested the study and said, according to the Telegraph: “Chemotherapy is a vital part of cancer treatment and is a large reason behind the improved survival rates over the last four decades.”

“However, it is powerful medication with significant side effects and often getting the balance right on which patients to treat aggressively can be hard.”

“Those hospitals whose death rates are outside the expected range have had the findings shared with them and we have asked them to review their practice and data.”

All women with breast cancer and all men and women with lung cancer residing in England, who were 24 years older and who started a cycle” of chemotherapy in 2014 were included in the analysis by the researchers of the study. [Source]

It’s a bit of a touchy subject for doctors who want the best for their patients, but are working within a system that promotes chemotherapy and immunotherapy drugs as the best treatments. Perhaps, though, they are the best treatments among the field of legal options for treating cancer.

Persecution for attempting to heal patients with alternative, nutritional or holistic treatments is severely punished by the FDA, who is charged with approving treatments. There are many possibilities for treating cancer once you abandon the medical establishment, among them holding great promise is medicinal cannabis.

In the following short clip, Kimberly Gamble of Thrive talks briefly about a number of independent doctors and healers who’ve been shut down or locked up for helping people to survive cancer.

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Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.

This article (Study Reveals Many Cancer Patients are Killed by Chemotherapy, Not Canceroriginally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alex Pietrowski and WakingTimes.com

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Salad Fingers Returns in 11th Installment of Nightmarish Series

Salad Fingers is tormented by his brother and mother from the other side of the mirror.

It’s been five years since we got a new episode of Salad Fingers from creator David Firth, but it was worth the wait. In the long awaited and deeply unsettling 11th episode “Glass Brother” Salad Fingers decides it is time to turn his finger puppet friend Hubert Cumberdale into a “real boy.” But when his mother and brother from the other side of the mirror steal Hubert, Salad Fingers must find a way to cross over and save his little flesh-boy.

Firth has been creeping out the internet with Salad Fingers since 2004, and this new episode does not disappoint.

If you’re not familiar with the creepy, salady being with the red water, watch episodes one through ten here:

If you like this, Firth also recently released a DVD called Umbilical World. It is a feature-length film collection containing “13 years worth of animated madness, stitched together to form a single stream of nightmare consciousness” containing all of his well-known work, as well as never-before-seen material.

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