CRC Document To Be Submitted On April 17

March 20, 2014

Following a series of focus groups and a community conversation event, the Cannabis Reform Collaborative will submit its final advisory document on April 17, 2014.

A spokesperson said, “The Cannabis Reform Collaborative [CRC] has been proactively completing its mandate to consult with and collect feedback from the community. The collaborative has held seven focus groups to gather information from various age demographics about the topic of cannabis reform.

“Members of the public and the CRC hosted a community conversation event in which four special guests presented their expertise in prevention, law enforcement, addictions treatment, and medicinal cannabis from local and international perspectives. Over 125 individuals attended the event and people were given the opportunity to learn more and engage with the community.

“To date, the CRC has received 23 submissions from the private citizens and organizations and is making one final request for those interested, to submit by no later than 5.00pm on March 25 to bda.crc@gmail.com.

“Members of the CRC have attended several presentations around cannabis reform including events put on by CAN [Cannabis Awareness Network], CURB, DNDC, and the PLP. In addition to these outreach initiatives, an electronic survey has been created which has garnered over 1,000 responses so far and will close on March 25 at 5.00pm.

“This survey can be completed online.

“The CRC is a volunteer organization and due to time constraints has requested and received an extension to their deadline. The final advisory document from the CRC will now be submitted to the Government of Bermuda by April 17, 2014.”

Lead CRC Member Stratton Hatfield stated, “The CRC has been very appreciative of those members of the community that have provided information and their expertise in a collaborative effort. We are looking forward to presenting our document and final recommendations to the Government and public at large in due time.”

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  1. SERZ TALK says:

    Seems like the people who don’t smoke make more of a fuss than the people who do. Those who do are humble, lay low, live, laugh and love…the ones who don’t are causing such a ruckus! The non smokers are making it look bad while the smokers are straight chillin….

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Funny you should say that . I was thinking about it on the last related thread .

      Except while there has been a few ‘antis’ that have been a bit vociferous there has been a good few ‘fors’ that have posted many a hateful and angry response attacking the ‘antis’ . Some were very personal attacks too. I wont call any names at this time but they should stand out just as noticeably.

      So I don’t share your view that ” Those who do are humble, lay low, live, laugh and love…the ones who don’t are causing such a ruckus! The non smokers are making it look bad while the smokers are straight chillin….”

      • Independent says:

        @ Toodle-oo,

        But they are the people who are still relying on bad information to make their decision.

  2. E says:

    I do not use cannabis but I am in FULL support for the decriminalization of cannabis and its medicinal uses.

  3. Grand Architect of the Universe says:

    I hope that these people have all their facts in order. Most of the people in support of cannabis have a pitiful archive of evidence. I could convince a Grand Jury but am I going to isolate myself by speaking up?

    Cannabis is safe, and kills cancer. It is natural. What more do you need? People argue on the silliest issues, when the underlying issue is that cannabis should not be illegal in the first place.

    Medicinal this, decriminalize that, is all stupid. A legal plant should be for open use at our own liberty. Why do you people bow down to being suborinated by others who do not even know what the truth is?

    How can you make the killer of cancer, illegal? How can you make it medicinal only?

    Remember all the ads on tv about the “cure for cancer”? remember how hopeless you felt knowing the terror of cancer? Well for decades it was known cannabis killed cancer, and this was supressed. Now it is in the open, but we knew this decades ago. How many tens of millions have died in this time, because they were not allowed cannabis to cure diseases or cancer?

    The illegality of cannabis funds gangs and crime, so by it being legal, these things would logically immediately stop.

    Less time in courts, less police time, money saved, the list goes on. The benefits far outweigh any cons, and there are no cons. Only in the narrow minds of fools unfit to make a decision.

    • I'd Love to Marry Juana says:

      but smoking cannabis does not cure cancer. it is simply used to ease the pain and struggles during different treatments, if you watch the documentaries they will tel you hat the success stories come from cannabis oils and eating cannabis in a raw form. a good video is; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xPmR8j4plw

    • jt says:

      I know plenty of people who smoke weed that have cancer, and/or who have used it to ease cancer realted pain. They still have cancer. Claiming it cures cancer is a total load of rubbish that preys on people’s fears of a horrific disease. I do see its benefit as a pain moderator for cancer and other conditions, but the simple and baseless claim that it cures cancer is shameful.
      I also believe it should be legal for general use.

      • YADON says:

        Top Ten Cannabis Studies of 2013
        News
        December 23, 2013
        2013 has been an incredible year for cannabis-related science, with dozens of peer-reviewed studies being released examining the benefits of cannabis ranging from weight-losscannabud, to cancer-killing capabilities. Here we breakdown the ten most important (and groundbreaking) studies released this year.
        1. THC May Treat Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer By Altering Genes
        A government funded study published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that THC may actually alter certain genes in our body, which can result in a positive effect on a number of conditions, especially cancers and inflammatory diseases. This is the first study of its kind to find such a direct link between cannabinoids, and the alteration of genes.
        2. Cannabis Combats Brain Degeneration and Increases Stamina
        A study conducted at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany found that cannabis triggers the release of antioxidants, which acts as a cleansing mechanism, resulting in the removal of damaged cells and improving the efficiency of mitochondria, the energy source that powers cells, potentially increasing stamina.
        “These discoveries shed new insight on how natural marijuana cannabinoids hold the capacity to literally kill the brain inflammation responsible for causing cognitive decline, neural failure, and brain degeneration”, says Gery Wenk, a professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University.
        3. Cannabis Can Stop Seizures
        A study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology found that cannabis can stop seizures due to its “significant anticonvulsant effects”.
        4. THC Provides Protection from Heart Attacks
        Research published this year in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology found that even minuscule amounts of THC can provide protection from heart attacks, as well as reduce the potential cardiovascular damage associated with suffering one.
        For the study researchers administered extremely small amounts of THC; 0.002 mg/kg, which is up to 10,000 times less potent than the average joint. Despite how small the dose was, researchers found it to be effective at protecting against heart attacks when administered 2 to 48 hours before an attack, and found it to help relieve the symptoms when administered afterward.
        “[THC] is a safe and effective treatment that reduces myocardial ischemic (heart attack) damage”, states the study. It concludes: ”[O]ur study provides novel evidence for the beneficial use of extremely low doses of THC, doses that do not elicit any psychoactive side effects, in order to protect the heart from ischemic insults. THC can be used as a pre-conditioning drug in cases in which ischemic insult to the heart is anticipated, such as during cardiac surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention.”
        5. Cannabinoids Found to Reduce 90% of Skin Cancer in Just 20 Weeks
        Researchers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health had a study published this year in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, which found that cannabinoids can reduce up to 90% of skin cancer in just a 20 week period in animal models.
        Related Studies:
        Cannabinoids Destroy Cancer Cells, Prevents Them From Growing
        Cannabis Kills Brain Cancer Cells
        Cannabinoids Can Kill Gastric Cancers Cells
        THC Kills Stomach Cancer Cells
        6. THC May Be Helpful in Combating HIV
        A study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology found researchers infecting white blood cells with the HIV virus, before then exposing the cells to synthesized THC. After doing so, the cells saw a drastic decrease in the rate of HIV-1 infection.
        7. Cannabinoids May Be Best Medication For Those With PTSD
        A study conducted by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine, and funded by the National Institute of Health, found that those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had a lower number of active cannabinoid receptors in the brain. According to researchers, this study paves the way towards using cannabis as an effective medication for the condition, given that cannabinoids activate the body’s cannabinoid receptors.
        8. Cannabis Can Treat Osteoarthritis
        A study published in the journal PLOS One, as well as by the National Institute of Health, found strong evidence that activation of our body’s cannabinoid receptors – something done naturally by cannabis – can treat osteoarthritis (OA), which, according to the study’s researchers, is “a prevalent disease accompanied by chronic, debilitating pain”. It’s the most common joint disorder.
        9. Cannabis May Prevent Organ Transplants From Being Rejected
        An importand study published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology found that cannabis may actually prevent organs from being rejected during transplant, which often leads to death. The irony in this is that in most countries, people are refused organ transplants if their blood tests positive for cannabis, even if they’re a qualified medical cannabis patient in an area where its legal.
        10. Cannabis May Grow Stem Cells, Repair the Brain After Injury
        A study published in the December issue of the journal Biochemical Society Transactions, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, found that the brain’s endocannabinoid system – which is activated through cannabis use – has neuroprotective and immunomodulatory capabilities, and may actually lead to the growth of stem cells.

        • jt says:

          You can add cannabis to a long, long list of drugs that MAY have the POTENYIAL for an impact on cancer or cancer related tags.none of these studies (and many others) has proven that cancer is cured by any form of cannabis use. It’s impacts are widely varied based on type of cancer, from potential impacts on some cancer related agents (by no means a cure) to a reduction in the spread of a few forms of the disease in certain patients – again, not a proven cure and replicated studies need to be done to verufy results and study methods.
          Suggesting that legalizing cannabis so people can smoke some joints or bake some brownies to be cured or avoid cancer is ridicuolous and claiming that cancer is cured by cannabis is irresponsible.
          Again, cannabis is an effective method of managing many side effects for the various proven and effective methods of battling and curing cancer and it should be available to pateints on that basis. I also feel Cannabis should be legal, but groups that promote legalization should not use as an arguement that cancer can be cured by cannabis.
          Should studies continue on the impacts of certain agents found in cannabis? Absolutely. Treatments and cures have come from far stranger places.

  4. Grand Architect of the Universe says:

    Amsterdam sees millions of tourists each year, most of which come for the cannabis experience. Imagine how that would affect our Tourism! We worry about thousands of visitors, but imagine millions!
    The revenue for our island would be staggering. Legalize growing and we will have our own trade on island, perfecting our own strains of the plant and gaining internation recognition, further increasing tourism and the like.
    You can charge money for a grow license, say $100 a year. More revenue there. You can have government sell the cannabis seeds and grow equipment even. Imagine the number of jobs created by this new industry!

    The benefits far outweigh the cons. But what cons? There are none.
    Only feeble minded nit wits who try in desperation to hate something they know nothing about.

    • Truth says:

      There are always cons, and as a weed smoker I am tired of hippy potheads speaking of a utopia where weed is smoked freely.

      Have you been to Amsterdam? It’s better when you’re sober and walking around with purpose. Again, I smoke weed…but also understand that we need to be responsible with consumption. Unless I’m the only one that thinks you still shouldn’t smoke weed around toddlers despite its legality.

      Have a big boy conversation for once.

      • pabear says:

        you must smoke like G.W.Bush cause if you smoked cannabis you would already know or at least looked up some info on what you where inhaling but as usual you follow all the other zombies

      • Elder says:

        big boy conversation? step down from your high horse there, matey. You are just sounding like an arse.

    • 32n64w says:

      “Amsterdam sees millions of tourists each year, most of which come for the cannabis experience.”

      Please post evidence of this published by the Holland Department of Tourism (or equivalent government authority).

      • Elder says:

        please explain why you are such a tard. it is a fact, buddy look it up. if you did your homework instead of scoffing at everything from your couch maybe you would know.

  5. Grand Architect of the Universe says:

    Ten thousand grow licenses @ $100 each = $1,000,000/yr

    1 million tourists/year @ $1000 spending each = $1,000,000,000/yr

    Create cafes and more, increase revenue! Pull us out of the whole we are stuck in!

    UPLIFT BERMUDA. OUR ISLAND DESERVES IT!

  6. running from the cure. says:

    Actually there is a guy in Canada who has cured people with with cancer using marijuana oil…I believe his name is RICK SIMPSOn

    • knowledge says:

      He calls his oil phoenix tears. They sell it legally in dispensaries in B.C, and it has proved effective for many cancer patients. Not just for pain relief but for actually slowing down the disease, and helping to kill cancer cells.

  7. running from the cure. says:

    If Cannabis were to become legalized, it would eat away at TRILLIONS of pharmaceutical profits over the years. (Not including other profits like the billions they get for keeping our privately owned prisons full) What most people don’t realize is, the Government(s) have been helping the major pharmaceutical companies stonewall natural cures for decades. (Cannabis is merely one of many they have tried to bury and discredit) In fact, the US Government has known since 1974 that Cannabis cures Cancer.