Sunday, March 11, 2012

Attorney Breaks Silence On Medical-Marijuana Battle - 420 Magazine™

Attorney Breaks Silence On Medical-Marijuana Battle - 420 Magazine™: "Medical-cannabis patients and providers should expect ongoing persecution in California. However, media backlash due to the nearly half-year-old federal crackdown is affecting at least one prominent drug warrior: United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California Benjamin Wagner.

Wagner broke the Department of Justice’s near silence with regard to the crackdown during a candid, hour-long talk and question-and-answer session last Tuesday at a Sacramento Press Club luncheon. The $30-a-plate affair took place on the 15th floor of 1201 K Street, and inside, Wagner admitted that the cannabis cleanup was the idea of the four U.S. Attorneys in California, not Washington, D.C.

The four were upset because of what Wagner called “flagrant” marijuana sales in the state. So they declared war on medical marijuana last October, sending out hundreds of forfeiture-warning letters to dispensaries across California. His office is in the process of seizing at least one dispensary in Sacramento, while officials have closed more or less every dispensary in Sacramento County."

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N.H. House Narrowly Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession - 420 Magazine™

N.H. House Narrowly Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession - 420 Magazine™: "N.H. House Narrowly Votes To Decriminalize Marijuana Possession
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The New Hampshire House has narrowly passed a bill to decriminalize a person's first two marijuana possessions under one-half ounce.

Republican Speaker Bill O'Brien abstained from voting, allowing the bill to squeak by with a 162-161 vote.

First offenses would be violations punishable by a $250 fine. The second would be $500. Subsequent offenses would be misdemeanors subject to a year of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Offenders under 21 could also be ordered to take a drug awareness program.

All offenses are currently misdemeanors punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

Fourteen other states have decriminalized marijuana, according to the National Organization for the reform of Marijuana Laws, including Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut.

Gov. John Lynch has traditionally looked unfavorably on such bills."

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Whitney Houston's Passing Prompts Call For Drug Policy Reform - Toke of the Town

(Blogger's note: I disagree with these deaths named being used for the argument to "legalize drugs". I agree with the premise the argument is based upon but for starters the circumstances behind each death - especially the still unknown status of the cause of Whitney's death - are off base for any merit. Yes, readers, I'm disagreeing with an argument in favor of the cause. Let's be real if we want people to take us seriously. This can be knocked down in so many ways. #1 Michael was murdered. #2 Amy Winehouse would have been in the same predicament as she already was if it was legal "like in Amsterdam" or not. Britain, London to be exact, where she died has similar marijuana policies, etc. ....... two down, and unknown cause to go. Need I say more? Holes everywhere in this!)

Whitney Houston's Passing Prompts Call For Drug Policy Reform - Toke of the Town: "Over the weekend, as news of the tragic passing of Whitney Houston spread, speculation about the cause of death and the award-winning singer's history of drug use caused many people to reconsider our nation's failed war on drugs. Among them was fellow singer Tony Bennett, who called on attendees of a pre-Grammy gala to join him in the fight to end drug prohibition."

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Marijuana Laws Would Ban Employers From Firing Medical Users, Loosen Penalties For Growing: Sacramento Lobbyists Block 'Em - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Marijuana Laws Would Ban Employers From Firing Medical Users, Loosen Penalties For Growing: Sacramento Lobbyists Block 'Em - Los Angeles News - The Informer: "​You, the people, are in favor of laws that make it easier for medical pot users to keep their jobs and that make growing weed a possible misdemeanor.
But the reality of politics in Sacramento often has little to do with your will. Business lobbyists and police organizations are trying to block two such bills in the state legislature.

And time is running out:

SB 129 by California Sen. Mark Leno would override a state Supreme Court decision that allows employers to test for marijuana and fire even state-legal medical users."

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Active Duty Cop Blogs About Drug War Anonymously

Active Duty Cop Blogs About Drug War Anonymously: "One such officer has started writing a blog for the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. His first piece is posted now and it details why he felt the need to begin speaking out, even if it is behind the shield of anonymity.

For those of us in law enforcement, we are quite sensitive and aware as to the consequences of publicly joining LEAP. For those not in law enforcement, a further explanation is in order. Allow me to describe why active duty cops generally do not speak out publicly regarding the harm from drug prohibition, even when they know it is wrong. Let us begin with the viewpoint of your average person in law enforcement."

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For the first time, medicinal marjuana bills filed in both House and Senate | Gainesville.com

For the first time, medicinal marjuana bills filed in both House and Senate | Gainesville.com: "A state budget crunch that won't quit, legislative reapportionment and gaming are expected to crowd the legislative season that starts in Tallahassee on Tuesday — but for some, nothing has quite the same buzz as an effort to allow the medical use of marijuana."

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Prescribing Cannabis for Harm Reduction. [Harm Reduct J. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI

Prescribing Cannabis for Harm Reduction. [Harm Reduct J. 2012] - PubMed - NCBI: "Abstract
ABSTRACT: Neuropathic pain affects between 5% and 10% of the US population and can be refractory to treatment. Opioids may be recommended as a second-line pharmacotherapy but have risks including overdose and death. Cannabis has been shown to be effective for treating nerve pain without the risk of fatal poisoning. The author suggests that physicians who treat neuropathic pain with opioids should evaluate their patients for a trial of cannabis and prescribe it when appropriate prior to using opioids. This harm reduction strategy may reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with prescription pain medications."

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kansas House To Consider Medical Marijuana Bill

Kansas House To Consider Medical Marijuana Bill: "Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A bill that would legalize the use and sale of marijuana for medical conditions will go before a Kansas House of Representatives committee later this month.

House Bill 2330 would establish the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act which would allow patients of certain debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana legally. Patients would issued identification cards and the drug would be sold at registered businesses.

Fifteen other states have legalized medical marijuana. Supporters of the bill say marijuana is a proven natural medication for those with many diseases, including glaucoma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, Crohn's disease and multiple sclerosis. They say the bill would also bring needed revenue into the state.

A hearing for HB 2330 is scheduled before House Health and Human Services Committee on January 24."

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The relation between Hemp and Global Warming, and Hemp and our health. | ecofriendly planet

The relation between Hemp and Global Warming, and Hemp and our health. | ecofriendly planet: "If there is one magic plant that can provide us with lots of our needs, that is hemp. Just imagine, from hemp we can get food, clothes, fuel, books, cleaning products, building supplies to baby diapers, even once, a car in Henry Ford’s time! Roughly, there are 25,000 products can be made from Hemp with additional benefits that hemp is much eco friendly than that of other source of those products."

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Cannabis & Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Cannabis & Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): "The human immunodeficiency virus is a retrovirus that invades cells in the human immune system, making it highly susceptible to infectious diseases. According to the World Health Organization, over 500,000 Americans have died from HIV/AIDS and over one million US citizens are living with the disease.

Survey data indicates that cannabis is used by as many one in three North American patients with HIV/AIDS to treat symptoms of the disease as well as the side-effects of various antiretroviral medications.[1-4] One recent study reported that more than 60 percent of HIV/AIDS patients self-identify as "medical cannabis users."[5] Patients living with HIV/AIDS most frequently report using cannabis to counter symptoms of anxiety, appetite loss and nausea, and at least one study has reported that patients who use cannabis therapeutically are 3.3 times more likely to adhere to their antiretroviral therapy regimens than non-cannabis users.[6]

Clinical trial data indicates that cannabis use does not adversely impact CD4 and CD8 T cell counts[7-8] and may even improve immune function.[9-10]"

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FAQs on N.J. Legislature-approved bill that would legalize medical marijuana | NJ.com

FAQs on N.J. Legislature-approved bill that would legalize medical marijuana | NJ.com: "TRENTON -- The bill legalizing medical marijuana, which was passed by the New Jersey Legislature today, will go into effect six months after Gov. Jon Corzine signs it, as he promised to do before he leaves office Tuesday. New Jersey will become the 14th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, and each state’s laws have their own idiosyncrasies.
Until medical marijuana becomes legal here, the state Department of Health and Senior Services will face intense lobbying from advocacy groups as it outlines a wide range of rules, such as where marijuana can be grown in the state, how much it will cost and who gets to distribute the drug."

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Majority of Canadians support legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, new poll suggests | Canada | News | National Post

Majority of Canadians support legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, new poll suggests | Canada | News | National Post: "Canadians have green on their minds, but not in the environmental sense, according to a new poll.

Released on Tuesday, the poll suggests 66% of Canadians are in favour of the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, with just 20% supporting leaving the laws as they are now.

The poll, conducted by Toronto-based Forum Research Inc., showed that residents of British Columbia were the most likely to support marijuana laws reform, with 73% of respondents indicating laws should be changed. Quebec had the lowest support for reforms, though the majority of respondents, 61%, supported changing marijuana legislation."

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Alternative Investing 2011 - Cannabis Investment - CNBC

Alternative Investing 2011 - Cannabis Investment - CNBC: "If you thought cannabis investment was only a teenage pastime, think again. Hemp and medicinal cannabis are both tried and tested money-making industries, and both are moving at a fast pace. For those on the lookout for unusual investment opportunities—particularly in construction and pharmaceuticals—this could be a growing market.

Although industrial hemp contains less than 1 percent of the psychoactive component THC, in the United States the stigma attached to its hallucinogenic elements have hindered its development."

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UK: Cannabis on the Political Agenda in 2012 | Cannabis Now Magazine

UK: Cannabis on the Political Agenda in 2012 | Cannabis Now Magazine: "After an exciting close to 2011 the British cannabis campaign has taken a lot of heart from happenings around Europe regarding cannabis legislation. First of all it was announced Switzerland will permit its residents to grow up to 4 cannabis plants each, in a bid to remove prospective customers from the drug dealers queue.
Then right at the end of the year the Basque Parliament in Spain announced it would move to regulate the supply and possession of cannabis, essentially legalizing the much maligned cannabis plant in all but name. Which is all exciting stuff, but what about the United Kingdom? Right?"

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Friday, January 13, 2012

GW Pharmaceuticals producing Rick Simpson Oil under your nose. - YouTube

GW Pharmaceuticals producing Rick Simpson Oil under your nose. - YouTube:

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RSO: Rick Simpson Oil is The Cure - CANCER and LUPUS - YouTube

RSO: Rick Simpson Oil is The Cure - CANCER and LUPUS - YouTube:

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Ron Paul meets medical marijuana patient - YouTube

Ron Paul meets medical marijuana patient - YouTube: Even the ones against it had to admit it is a Constitutional right of the states and people.

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Santorum responds to marijuana user - YouTube

Santorum responds to marijuana user - YouTube:

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SSDP- off to South Carolina! - YouTube

SSDP- off to South Carolina! - YouTube:

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Santorum: "I don't know my medical marijuana laws very well." - YouTube

Santorum: "I don't know my medical marijuana laws very well." - YouTube:

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Romney freaks out when confronted about medical marijuana - YouTube

Romney freaks out when confronted about medical marijuana - YouTube:

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Romney- are we winning or losing the Mexican drug war? - YouTube

Romney- are we winning or losing the Mexican drug war? - YouTube:

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Mitt Romney meets dieing medical marijuana patient. - YouTube

Mitt Romney meets dieing medical marijuana patient. - YouTube:

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California Assembly Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Cultivation

NORML.org - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws: "California Assembly Considers Reducing Penalties for Marijuana Cultivation"

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Bill To Defelonize Marijuana Possession Penalties Introduced In Arizona

NORML.org - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws: " Bill To Defelonize Marijuana Possession Penalties Introduced In Arizona "

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NORML.org - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

NORML.org - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws: "Legislation that would make it unlawful “for an employer to discriminate against” persons who are authorized under state law to use medical marijuana will be voted on before January 20, 2012.

Senate Bill 129 declares it unlawful under state law “for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment or otherwise penalize a person, if the discrimination is based upon the person's status as a qualified patient or a positive drug test for marijuana,” if the drug test result is indicative of previous, off-the-job marijuana use (e.g., a positive test for marijuana metabolites on a urine screen)."

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States say it's time to rethink medical marijuana - CNN.com

States say it's time to rethink medical marijuana - CNN.com: "(CNN) -- Medical marijuana advocates are hoping state governments can succeed where their efforts have failed by asking federal authorities to reclassify pot as a drug with medical use.
Shortly before Christmas, Colorado became the fourth state to ask the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana as a narcotic in the same league as heavyweight painkillers including oxycodone. The governors of Washington and Rhode Island filed a formal petition with the agency in November, and Vermont signed onto that request shortly afterward.
All four are among the sixteen states and the District of Columbia that have laws on the books that allow the medical use of marijuana, even though the drug remains illegal under federal law. Meanwhile, federal authorities have asserted their power by raiding dispensaries in states including California and Washington."

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Marijuana Use Not Associated With Residual Cognitive Decline Later In Life

Marijuana Use Not Associated With Residual Cognitive Decline Later In Life: "Thursday, 12 January 2012

London, United Kingdom: Cannabis use does not appear to have residual adverse effects of cognition or memory, according to trial data published last week in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Researchers at the Kings College, School of Medicine in London investigated the prospective association between self-reported illicit drug use and cognitive functioning during the mid-adult years. A total of 8,992 participants who were surveyed at 42 years of age in the National Child Development Study (1999-2000) were included in the study.

Authors analyzed data on three cognitive functioning measures (memory index, executive functioning index, and overall cognitive index) when the participants were 50 years of age (2008-2009). Multivariable regression analyses were performed to estimate the association between different illicit drug use measures at 42 years of age and cognitive functioning at 50 years of age."

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JAMA: Long-Term Exposure To Cannabis Smoke Not Associated With Adverse Effects On Pulmonary Function

JAMA: Long-Term Exposure To Cannabis Smoke Not Associated With Adverse Effects On Pulmonary Function: ""Our findings suggest that occasional use of marijuana ... may not be associated with adverse consequences on pulmonary function."

San Francisco, CA: Exposure to moderate levels of cannabis smoke, even over the long-term, is not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function, according to clinical trial data published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Investigators at the University of California, San Francisco analyzed the association between marijuana exposure and pulmonary function over a 20-year period in a cohort of 5,115 men and women in four US cities.

Predictably, researchers "confirmed the expected reductions in FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in the first second of expiration) and FVC (forced vital capacity)" in tobacco smokers. By contrast, "Marijuana use was associated with higher FEV1 and FVC at the low levels of exposure typical for most marijuana users. With up to 7 joint-years of lifetime exposure (e.g., 1 joint/d for 7 years or 1 joint/wk for 49 years), we found no evidence that increasing exposure to marijuana adversely affects pulmonary function.""

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Health Petition: Authorize use of marijuana for people with debilitating illnesses in Idaho. | Change.org

Health Petition: Authorize use of marijuana for people with debilitating illnesses in Idaho. | Change.org: "Why This Is Important

No court or government should prevent people from safe access or means to natural affordable medicine."

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New research about cannabis use | Lismore Health | Fitness and Medical News in Lismore | Northern Star

New research about cannabis use | Lismore Health | Fitness and Medical News in Lismore | Northern Star: "NEW research on cannabis suggests smoking a joint might not be as bad for the brain as it was once thought.

The research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows cannabis users' memories are as good, if not better, than non-users'.

The findings have got pro-cannabis campaigners including Nimbin Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone hopeful that current anti-pot legislation will go up in smoke.

"I think the Greens will try to get a limited trial of medicinal cannabis happening soon, but it's not going to help the two million regular cannabis users in Australia," he said.

"We've been left behind.""

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98 Suspect Names Released In Drug Roundup - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

Drug bust in Upstate SC and Sheriff says another operation to begin soon. Must not be too undercover, huh? Smells to me.

98 Suspect Names Released In Drug Roundup - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville: "SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- Spartanburg Sheriff Chuck Wright held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to announce dozens of arrests in connection to an 8-month-long crackdown on what he called "street level drug crimes."
Wright said that warrants have been signed for the arrests of 98 people. He said about three quarters of them have been already taken into custody."

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wider Use Of Cannabis Therapy Could Reduce Prescription Pain Drug Deaths | Top Nug

Wider Use Of Cannabis Therapy Could Reduce Prescription Pain Drug Deaths | Top Nug: "Physicians who prescribe opioid drugs to patients with neuropathy (nerve pain) ought to consider recommending cannabis as an alternative therapy, according to a peer-reviewed paper published online this week in the Harm Reduction Journal.

“There is sufficient evidence of safety and efficacy for the use of (cannabis/cannabinoids) in the treatment of nerve pain relative to opioids,” the commentary states. “In states where medicinal cannabis is legal, physicians who treat neuropathic pain with opioids should evaluate their patients for a trial of cannabis and prescribe it when appropriate prior to using opioids. … Prescribing cannabis in place of opioids for neuropathic pain may reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with prescription pain medications and may be an effective harm reduction strategy.”"

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WHY CANNABIS WILL NEVER BE RE-LEGALIZED:

WHY CANNABIS WILL NEVER BE RE-LEGALIZED::

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Cannabinoids: potential anticancer agents. [Nat Rev Cancer. 2003] - PubMed - NCBI

Cannabinoids: potential anticancer agents. [Nat Rev Cancer. 2003] - PubMed - NCBI:

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CANNABINOIDS: POTENTIAL ANTICANCER AGENTS

CANNABINOIDS: POTENTIAL
ANTICANCER AGENTS

http://americanmarijuana.org/Guzman-Cancer.pdf

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THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study | NowPublic News Coverage

THC (marijuana) helps cure cancer says Harvard study | NowPublic News Coverage:

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Marijuana cures cancer – US government has known since 1974 « Patients for Medical Cannabis

Another great blog worth blogging about! :) LEGALIZE THE MEDICINE FOR ALL!

Marijuana cures cancer – US government has known since 1974 « Patients for Medical Cannabis:

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Cancer Cure Discovered - And Criminalized! - YouTube

Don't just listen to this video, WATCH it. The truth may shock you. Stand up for the cure!

Cancer Cure Discovered - And Criminalized! - YouTube:

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MMJ - http://cannabiscurescancer.org/

Yep, I'm blogging another blog. One well worth spreading around!


MMJ:

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Please Keep Posting Your Comments

Hello to all my readers! I just want to say thank you for your comments and for reading my posts. I very much enjoy hearing what you have to say. Please keep posting your feedback and comments. If I am missing something important here, by all means say so. The same goes for a topic of your particular interest on the subject of cannabis or the legislation regarding it.
Thank you again,
Angie

Anyone Against A Legal Weed is Against Freedom Therefore is A Terrorist! - YouTube

(Blogger's note: AMEN!)

Anyone Against A Legal Weed is Against Freedom Therefore is A Terrorist! - YouTube:

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Pot Smoking Not Linked To Breathing Problems; May Help Lungs - Toke of the Town

(Blogger's note: Steve Elliott commented on Facebook, "Not only does smoking marijuana not reduce your lung function. IT INCREASES YOUR LUNG FUNCTION. Marijuana is GOOD FOR YOUR LUNGS. That's not me talking. That's a 20-YEAR STUDY in the Journal of the American Medical Association.")

Pot Smoking Not Linked To Breathing Problems; May Help Lungs - Toke of the Town: "20-Year Study Finds No Decline In Lung Function For Occasional Cannabis Smokers; Lung Function Of Most Marijuana Smokers Improves Over Time

Often, when people hear about the studies which have shown that smoking marijuana doesn't cause lung cancer, they'll say something like, "Well, inhaling any smoke, cancer or not, is bound to cause some breathing problems." Guess what? It doesn't do that, either."

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PTSD, Psychiatric Patients need Cannabis, Ed Glick, RN - YouTube

PTSD, Psychiatric Patients need Cannabis, Ed Glick, RN - YouTube:

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Medical Marijuana - Post Traumatic Stress - Cannabis Medicine - YouTube

Medical Marijuana - Post Traumatic Stress - Cannabis Medicine - YouTube:

Wow, this is a miracle medicine! Pray tell, what does a "sick enough" person look like? I know people who look healthier than I do yet some of those people died the next day from unseen illnesses. They were not bedridden or in wheelchairs. I have a life threatening disability that can be treated with cannabis and a few non-life threatening illnesses that disable me as well that I can hide at any time I chose and "look" normal. So, what are all these people supposed to "look" like? They look like people.

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Medical Marijuana Helps Epileptic Seizures, Depression, and Anxiety - YouTube

Medical Marijuana Helps Epileptic Seizures, Depression, and Anxiety - YouTube:

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Emily Sander - Lymphoma Cancer Survivor - Medical Marijuana Treatment - YouTube

Emily Sander - Lymphoma Cancer Survivor - Medical Marijuana Treatment - YouTube:

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Govt Study Proves THC From Cannabis Destroys Leukemia, Breast And Lung Cancer Cells » Bayareacannabis

Govt Study Proves THC From Cannabis Destroys Leukemia, Breast And Lung Cancer Cells » Bayareacannabis: "Is lipid signaling through cannabinoid 2 receptors part of a protective system?
Pacher P, Mechoulam R.
Source

Laboratory of Physiologic Studies, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-9413, USA. Pacher@mail.nih.gov

Abstract

The mammalian body has a highly developed immune system which guards against continuous invading protein attacks and aims at preventing, attenuating or repairing the inflicted damage. It is conceivable that through evolution analogous biological protective systems have been evolved against non-protein attacks. There is emerging evidence that lipid endocannabinoid signaling through cannabinoid 2 (CB₂) receptors may represent an example/part of such a protective system/armamentarium. "

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Trial of cannabis withdrawal drug begins [Hemp Forums - Medical Cannabis] : Hemp Embassy

(Blogger's note: I'd like to see the research showing they found that elusive property in cannabis that causes the said addiction - since even its worst critics have to admit NO STUDY has found anything that leads to physical dependence on it.")

Trial of cannabis withdrawal drug begins [Hemp Forums - Medical Cannabis] : Hemp Embassy: "AUSTRALIAN researchers have begun what they say is a world-first study into a drug to manage withdrawal from cannabis.

Trials are underway in Sydney and Newcastle of the drug Sativex, a botanical extract of cannabis administered through a mouth spray.

The Director of the Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre Professor Jan Copeland said there is currently no targeted drug available for regular cannabis users.

"If we can provide evidence that Sativex is useful in this very controlled condition we will then be really ready to test it in community-based studies," Professor Copeland said."

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Patent US6630507 - Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants - Google Patents

Patent US6630507 - Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants - Google Patents: "Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting..."

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hemp and the Rule of Law - YouTube

Hemp and the Rule of Law - YouTube:

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The illegal Marijuana Business (Part 1 of 5) - YouTube

The illegal Marijuana Business (Part 1 of 5) - YouTube:

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Marijuana Bill - H.R.2306: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress

(Blogger's note: Make it just a weed again! No more criminals for doing something that is safer that popping an aspirin or other OTC med or even coffee for that matter! Facts are facts and that is what I'm stating. Research it and find out if I'm right or wrong.)

Marijuana Bill - H.R.2306: Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress:

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Retracting a study doesn’t mean its conclusion is false « Drug WarRant

Retracting a study doesn’t mean its conclusion is false « Drug WarRant: "Remember the RAND study that found that crime increased in areas after medical marijuana dispensaries were shut down? RAND made no causality claims, only correlation, yet the results enraged certain political entities, most notably the L.A. city attorney’s office.

After a lot of pressure, RAND retracted the study. In their news release, they said that the reason they voluntarily retracted it was that they “determined the crime data used in the analysis are insufficient to answer the questions targeted by the study.”

They did not find contradictory information, or any reason to necessarily doubt the findings, but rather decided that the amount of data was insufficient to make the conclusions solely based on that data. They claimed they intended to redo the study with more data, but we’ve heard nothing since.

What’s interesting, of course (though not at all surprising) is the way the retraction has been seen by some as a kind of proof that the findings were false – that, in fact, the closing of dispensaries were not followed by an increase in crime."

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Pot smoking not tied to middle-age mental decline | Reuters

Pot smoking not tied to middle-age mental decline | Reuters: "(Reuters) - Middle-aged adults whose memories have grown hazy can't blame occasional pot smoking or other light illicit drug use for their forgetfulness, according to a British study, although experts warn heavy, prolonged use could harm mental functions.

The study, carried in the American Journal of Epidemiology, tested the mental function and memory of nearly 9,000 Britons at age 50 and found that those who had used illegal drugs as recently as in their 40s did just as well, or slightly better, on the tests than peers who had never used drugs.

Marijuana was by far the most common indulgence for the participants -- who were surveyed at age 42 about current or past drug use, then tested at age 50 -- with six percent saying they had used it in the past year, while one-quarter said they had ever used it."

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California Medical Marijuana Backers Ready 2012 Ballot Measure to Create Statewide System - THCbiz

California Medical Marijuana Backers Ready 2012 Ballot Measure to Create Statewide System - THCbiz: "SAN FRANCISCO — Medical marijuana advocates want to create a statewide system for licensing, regulating and taxing the industry as a way of persuading federal officials to ease up on their crackdown of California's dispensaries and growers, reports Associated Press.

After months of study, a coalition of medical marijuana activists that represents dispensary workers has proposed a 2012 ballot initiative that would create an appointed Board of Medical Marijuana Enforcement."

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Medical Hydroponics Marijuana Price Wars | BigBuds Magazine - Your one source for growing medical marijuana

Medical Hydroponics Marijuana Price Wars | BigBuds Magazine - Your one source for growing medical marijuana: "We talk about medical hydroponics marijuana cultivation as a career choice, and that means talking about marijuana pricing. How much time and money will you spend to grow a pound of medical marijuana, and how much will you be able to sell that pound for?

As with all agricultural commodities, the cost of production and the profit margin for your medical marijuana crops are determined by complex market forces, but for those of us who grow marijuana, the effect of the black market, the laws, and the police add an extra layer of complexity. People growing corn don't have to worry anywhere near as much as we do!"

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Legalize Medical Cannabis In North Carolina

SignOn.org Beta - Legalize Medical Cannabis In North Carolina: "Legalize Medical Cannabis In North Carolina
By Rep. Kelly Alexander (Contact)

To be delivered to: The North Carolina State House

We the citizens of North Carolina call upon the members of the NC House to sign a discharge petition to permit a floor debate on the matter of legalizing medical cannabis.
North Carolina House Bill 577 would legalize and establish a licensing, taxing, and distribution regime."

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Handicapping Marijuana Legalization in 2012: California to Win, Place, ... Show? | Legalization Nation

Handicapping Marijuana Legalization in 2012: California to Win, Place, ... Show? | Legalization Nation: "Registered voters casting ballots in the fall elections of Colorado, Washington, and perhaps California will have a chance to enact historic cannabis legalization in 2012.

A Colorado group said it will file 155,000 signatures with the state Jan. 6 — enough to qualify the group's recreational cannabis legalization and tax initiative for the November ballot. Similarly, a Washington group said Dec. 29 that it filed at least 355,000 signatures to get on the Washington ballot for November.

In California, groups need to turn in 504,760 verified signatures by mid-April. One California legalization group stated it has 10,000 verified signatures, while two other groups that are circulating petitions don't have any signatures to announce."

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Medical-marijuana business gets green light | VailDaily.com

Medical-marijuana business gets green light | VailDaily.com: "EAGLE, Colorado — Eagle voters Tuesday approved a special-election question allowing Sweet Leaf Pioneer medical-marijuana dispensary to remain open by a vote of 634 in favor and 491 opposed.

A total of 1,125 ballots were cast in Tuesdays election. The winning margin was 56 percent in favor and 43 percent opposed.

The in-person voting was quiet, but more than half of the mail-in ballots sent out had been returned by Tuesday afternoon for Eagle's election.

Sweet Leaf Pioneer has been permitted by the town and open for business at a location on Chambers Avenue since 2009. In February 2011, the Eagle Town Board decided to ban medical marijuana dispensary and stipulated that the town's lone dispensary would have to close down by November. "

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Lake County repeals pot ordinance « JackHerer.com

Lake County repeals pot ordinance « JackHerer.com: "Lake County supervisors on Tuesday overturned their new marijuana cultivation ordinance, handing another victory to the marijuana activists who collected sufficient signatures to place the issue before voters.

Marijuana activists last year also used the initiative process to convince supervisors to overturn an ordinance limiting the number of marijuana dispensaries in the county.



Read complete article here:

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120103/ARTICLES/120109880"

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Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths: "Submitted by NORML on Jan 3, 2012
Physicians who prescribe opioid drugs to patients with neuropathy (nerve pain) ought to consider recommending cannabis as an alternative therapy, according to a peer-reviewed paper published online this week in the Harm Reduction Journal.

“There is sufficient evidence of safety and efficacy for the use of (cannabis/cannabinoids) in the treatment of nerve pain relative to opioids,” the commentary states. “In states where medicinal cannabis is legal, physicians who treat neuropathic pain with opioids should evaluate their patients for a trial of cannabis and prescribe it when appropriate prior to using opioids. … Prescribing cannabis in place of opioids for neuropathic pain may reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with prescription pain medications and may be an effective harm reduction strategy.”"

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Bay Area Mobile Cannabis Lab Launches to Conveniently Test Medical Marijuana Quality

Bay Area Mobile Cannabis Lab Launches to Conveniently Test Medical Marijuana Quality: "Botanitec was recently created to address the need for quality assurance in the medical marijuana industry.

Fairfield, CA (PRWEB) January 04, 2012

Botanitec, an innovative new Bay Area mobile cannabis lab, has just been launched to bring state-of-the-art quality testing services directly to the source. The new third-party mobile testing lab provides on-site efficient, affordable, high-quality analysis of medical marijuana with an emphasis on data integrity. The marijuana testing service ensures quality through purity testing, potency testing, and the CannaQA safety certification program."

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Colorado Marijuana Activists To Turn In Petition For Full Legalization With Nearly Double The Signatures Required For 2012 Ballot

Colorado Marijuana Activists To Turn In Petition For Full Legalization With Nearly Double The Signatures Required For 2012 Ballot: "As the state seeks reclassification of medical marijuana to a schedule 2 drug, Colorado pot activists are seeking full recreational use legalization, and by the looks of the amount of signatures they have collected, they are off to an overwhelmingly strong start.

7News reports that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol says it will turn in nearly 160,000 signatures in favor of the legalization initiative Wednesday to the Secretary of State's Office -- nearly double the 86,000 signatures required to put the question of pot legalization on the 2012 ballot."

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Marijuana Smoking For Middle-Aged Men Can Actually Improve Mental Sharpness, Says Study - Los Angeles News - The Informer

Marijuana Smoking For Middle-Aged Men Can Actually Improve Mental Sharpness, Says Study - Los Angeles News - The Informer: "​Given the schizophrenic state of marijuana studies, we wouldn't blame if you just ignored the nerds and continued on with that joint.
It makes you drive better. It makes you crash.

It makes you insane in the membrane. It makes you slightly sharper."

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Can Juries Ignore ‘Immoral’ Laws by Nullifying Them? - The Daily Beast

Can Juries Ignore ‘Immoral’ Laws by Nullifying Them? - The Daily Beast: "What can a jury do to protest an “immoral” law? Return a verdict of “not guilty” to nullify it. Mansfield Frazier on why jury nullification is back in the news—and why the feds are cracking down."

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Russ Belville: Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011

Russ Belville: Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011: "Yesterday we revealed The Top Ten "Reefer Madness" Stories of 2011. Today we continue our Year-End Retrospective with a look at the biggest news stories of scientific research into cannabis, public opinion polls on legalization, and statistical research on cannabis consumers. We call it The Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011. Tomorrow we'll continue with The Top Ten "Stupid Stoner Stories" of 2011 and Friday we conclude with the The Top Ten People in Cannabis of 2011."

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Five Things You May ‘Know’ About Marijuana That Aren’t True | NEWS JUNKIE POST

Five Things You May ‘Know’ About Marijuana That Aren’t True | NEWS JUNKIE POST: "The bulk of my writing is done for a pot-savvy audience, so it usually goes without saying that certain “cultural perceptions” about cannabis are wrong. To correct these marijuana myths to a crowd of potheads would be a classic case of singing to (an albeit higher) choir.
As editor of a pot website, I live and breathe marijuana (see what I did there?) every day, and have a great chance to fully inform myself.
But when speaking to members of the general public, I’m often struck (and stop that! It hurts) with the wide prevalence of beliefs about marijuana that have been scientifically disproven for years."

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Colorado asks DEA to reclassify pot - TODAY News - TODAY.com

Colorado asks DEA to reclassify pot - TODAY News - TODAY.com: "DENVER — Colorado has become the third state to ask the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana in a way that allows doctors to prescribe it as a medical treatment.

The state asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana from Schedule 1, a category that includes heroin, to Schedule 2. The change would allow doctors to prescribe pot and pharmacies to fill marijuana prescriptions."

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Campaign To Legalize Marijuana Ready In Michigan - Toke of the Town

Campaign To Legalize Marijuana Ready In Michigan - Toke of the Town: "The effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan will be officially underway in two weeks.

The 2012 Michigan Ballot Initiative to End Marijuana Prohibition, sponsored by a grassroots group named Repeal Today For A Safer Michigan 2012, hopes to give the voters a chance to decide for themselves next November, reports Ryan J. Stanton at AnnArbor.com."

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cannabinoid Shown To Be Neuroprotective In Model Of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal

Cannabinoid Shown To Be Neuroprotective In Model Of Acute Alcohol Withdrawal: "Thursday, 08 September 2011

"[T]hese observations show ... that the stimulation of the endocannabinoid system could be protective against the hyper-excitability developed during alcohol withdrawal"

Caen, France: The administration of the synthetic cannabinoid agonist HU-211 decreases nerve cell death in an in vitro model of ethanol withdrawal, according to data published online in the journal of the Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE)."

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Frequency Of Marijuana Use Associated With Lower Prevalence Of Obesity, Study Says

Frequency Of Marijuana Use Associated With Lower Prevalence Of Obesity, Study Says: "Thursday, 01 September 2011

"People using cannabis are less likely to be obese than people who do not use cannabis," authors say

Colombes, France: The prevalence of obesity in the general population is sharply lower among marijuana consumers than it is among nonusers, according to an analysis published online this week in the American Journal of Epidemiology."

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Intravenous Administration Of THC Not Associated With 'Serious Adverse Events' In Human Subjects

Intravenous Administration Of THC Not Associated With 'Serious Adverse Events' In Human Subjects: "Thursday, 25 August 2011

West Haven, CT: The intravenous administration of cannabis' primary psychoactive compound, delta-9-THC, poses a "relatively low" risk to subjects' health, according to a review of clinical trial data to be published in the journal Psychopharmacology.

A team of investigators at the West Haven, Connecticut branch of the US Department of Veteran Affairs conducted a review of all intravenous THC studies conducted at the center over a 13-year period. They assessed 11 studies involving 266 subjects (14 schizophrenia patients and 252 healthy subjects, of whom 76 were frequent cannabis users), 351 active THC infusions, and 226 placebo infusions. Study subjects were monitored for subjective and physical adverse events and followed up to 12months beyond study participation."

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Synthetic THC Reduces Motility In Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Synthetic THC Reduces Motility In Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome: "Thursday, 18 August 2011

Rochester, MN: The administration of synthetic THC (aka dronabinol) decreases colonic motility compared to placebo in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to clinical trial data to be published in the journal Gastroenterology.

Investigators at the Clinical Enteric Neuroscience Translational and Epidemiological Research (CENTER) in Rochester, Minnesota assessed the impact of oral THC versus placebo in a randomized trial of 75 patients with IBS."

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Israel: Government Officially Recognizes Therapeutic Value Of Cannabis -- Codifies Regulations For Producing, Providing It To Patients

Israel: Government Officially Recognizes Therapeutic Value Of Cannabis -- Codifies Regulations For Producing, Providing It To Patients: "Thursday, 11 August 2011

Tel Aviv, Israel: The Israeli government on Sunday acknowledged the therapeutic utility of cannabis and announced newly amended guidelines governing the state-sponsored production and distribution of medical cannabis to Israeli patients.

A prepared statement posted Monday on the website of office of the Israeli Prime Minister states: "The Cabinet today approved arrangements and supervision regarding the supply of cannabis for medical and research uses. This is in recognition that the medical use of cannabis is necessary in certain cases. The Health Ministry will -- in coordination with the Israel Police and the Israel Anti-Drug Authority -- oversee the foregoing and will also be responsible for supplies from imports and local cultivation.""

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Congressman's Letter To Drug Czar: "Marijuana Does Not Belong On Schedule I Of The Controlled Substances Act"

Congressman's Letter To Drug Czar: "Marijuana Does Not Belong On Schedule I Of The Controlled Substances Act": "Thursday, 15 September 2011

Washington, DC: Representative Steven Cohen (D-TN) is urging the Obama administration to reclassify cannabis under federal law and to acknowledge its therapeutic utility, according to a September 12 letter sent by the Congressman to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

States Rep. Cohen in his letter to Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske: "Marijuana does not belong on schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) alongside hard drugs as ... heroin. There is no evidence that marijuana has the same addictive qualities or damaging consequences as these harder drugs and it should not be treated as such. Similarly, the so-called 'gateway drug' theory has been thoroughly discredited with respect to marijuana. Marijuana ought to be placed at the lowest end of the CSA in accordance with its true risks.""

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Study: Crohn's Patients Who Use Cannabis Report Fewer Surgeries, Are Less Likely To Use Prescription Drugs

Study: Crohn's Patients Who Use Cannabis Report Fewer Surgeries, Are Less Likely To Use Prescription Drugs: "Thursday, 22 September 2011

"All patients stated that consuming cannabis had a positive effect on their disease activity"

Tel Aviv, Israel: Cannabis use is associated with a reduction in Crohn's disease (CD) activity and disease-related surgeries, according to the results of a retrospective observational study published in the August issue of the Journal of the Israeli Medical Association.

Investigators at the Meir Medical Center, Institute of Gastroenterology and Hepatology assessed 'disease activity, use of medication, need for surgery, and hospitalization' before and after cannabis use in 30 patients with CD."

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Netherlands: Cannabis Coffee-Shops Appear To Minimally Impact Dutch Use Patterns

Netherlands: Cannabis Coffee-Shops Appear To Minimally Impact Dutch Use Patterns: "Thursday, 22 September 2011

Berkeley, CA: The proliferation of Dutch 'coffee-shops,' which allow for the sale of limited quantities of marijuana to patrons age 18 or older, appears to have had little impact on Dutch cannabis use patterns, according to an analysis published online in the scientific journal Addiction.

University of California at Berkeley researcher Robert MacCoun compared some 40 years of Dutch data on cannabis "prevalence, ... patterns of use, treatment, sanctioning, process, and purity" with comparable data from Europe and the United States."

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Study: Alcohol Is "More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis"

Study: Alcohol Is "More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis": "Thursday, 03 November 2011

London, United Kingdom: Alcohol consumption causes far greater harms to the individual user and to society than does the use of cannabis, according to a review published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the journal of the British Association of Psychopharmacology.

Investigators at the Imperial College of London assessed "the relative physical, psychological, and social harms of cannabis and alcohol." Authors reported that cannabis inhalation, particularly long-term, contributes to some potential adverse health effects -- including harms to the lungs, circulatory system, as well as the exacerbation of certain mental health risks. By contrast, authors described alcohol as " a toxic substance" that is responsible for an estimated five percent "of the total global disease burden.""

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Survey: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Intake Of Prescription Drugs

Survey: Cannabis Use Associated With Reduced Intake Of Prescription Drugs: "Thursday, 03 November 2011

Berkeley, CA: Survey data collected from the members of a prominent Berkeley, California medical marijuana collective indicates that most patients reduce their intake of conventional medications following their initiation of cannabis therapy.

The results of an anonymous survey found that 66 percent of respondents said that they consumed cannabis as a prescription drug substitute. Many respondents said that they preferred cannabis because it possesses fewer health side effects than conventional medications.

Some 70 percent of respondents said that they used cannabis to treat a chronic condition, such as diabetes or arthritis. Just over half said they used marijuana for pain relief, including arthritis, migraines, and accident-related injuries.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said that they possessed health insurance coverage.

For more information, please visit: http://www.berkeleypatientsgroup.com/."

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Study: Vaporized Cannabis Augments The Analgesic Effects Of Opiates In Human Subjects

Study: Vaporized Cannabis Augments The Analgesic Effects Of Opiates In Human Subjects: "Thursday, 10 November 2011

San Francisco, CA: Cannabis administration significantly augments the analgesic effects of opiates in patients with chronic pain, according to clinical trial data published online in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

Investigators at the University of California, San Francisco assessed the use of vaporized cannabis over a five-day period in 21 chronic pain subjects who were on a regimen of twice-daily doses morphine or oxycodone. Participants in the trial inhaled cannabis vapor on the evening of day 1 of the study, three times a day on days 2 through 4, and in the morning of day 5. Subjects' extent of chronic pain was assessed daily."

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Cannabinoid Improves Locomotor Function, Reduces Injury In Animal Model Of Spinal Cord Injury

Cannabinoid Improves Locomotor Function, Reduces Injury In Animal Model Of Spinal Cord Injury: "Thursday, 17 November 2011

Sao Paulo, Brazil: The administration of the non-psychotropic cannabis plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) improves mobility in rats with spinal cord injuries, according to preclinical data published in the journal Neurotoxicity Research.

Investigators at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil assessed the impact of CBD on motor function in rats with cryogenically induced spinal cord injury. The animals received injections of a placebo or CBD immediately before, three hours after and daily for sixdays after surgery.

Researchers reported that cannabidiol-treated rats exhibited higher locomotor skills at the end of one week."

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California Society Of Addiction Medicine Calls For The 'Constructive Regulation' Of Marijuana

California Society Of Addiction Medicine Calls For The 'Constructive Regulation' Of Marijuana: "Wednesday, 23 November 2011

San Francisco, CA: The California chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicines (ASAM) has issued a paper calling for the legalization and regulation of the adult use of cannabis.

The preliminary paper, entitled 'Youth First: Reconstructing Drug Policy, Regulating Marijuana, and Increasing Access to Treatment in California,' was initially presented at CSAM's State of the Art Conference in October."

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Hospice Health Professionals Support Legalization Of Cannabis For Therapeutic Use

Hospice Health Professionals Support Legalization Of Cannabis For Therapeutic Use: "Thursday, 01 December 2011

Philadelphia, PA: A majority of hospice health professionals favor allowing the legally regulated use of cannabis for terminally ill patients, according to survey data published online in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania utilized a 16-item questionnaire to assess the knowledge, experience, and views of hospice professionals regarding the use of marijuana in terminally ill patients.

Authors concluded, "The study results revealed that, like the general public, hospice health care providers are generally in favor of legalization of marijuana and, if legalized, would support its use in symptom management for their terminally ill patients.""

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Cannabis Beneficial To Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Cannabis Beneficial To Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: "Thursday, 01 December 2011

"Inhaled cannabis improves quality of life measurements, disease activity index, and causes weight gain"

Tel Aviv, Israel: The inhalation of cannabis increases quality of life, mitigates disease activity, and promotes weight gain in subjects with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to clinical trial data published online in the scientific journal Digestion."

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Study: Inhaled Cannabis Modulates Appetite Hormones In HIV Patients

Study: Inhaled Cannabis Modulates Appetite Hormones In HIV Patients: "Thursday, 15 December 2011

San Diego, CA: Cannabis inhalation is associated with increased levels of appetite hormones in the blood of subjects with HIV infection, according to clinical trial data published online in the scientific journal Brain Research.

Investigators at the University of California, San Diego and the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research assessed the effects of inhaled cannabis on the appetite hormones ghrelin, leptin and peptide YY (PYY), as well as insulin, in adult subjects with HIV."

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House Lawmakers Vote In Favor Of Federal Legislation Outlawing So-Called 'Synthetic Cannabis'

House Lawmakers Vote In Favor Of Federal Legislation Outlawing So-Called 'Synthetic Cannabis': "Thursday, 15 December 2011

Washington, DC: Members of the US Congress, House of Representatives voted 317 to 98 last week in support of HR 1254, the Synthetic Drug Control Act. The act criminalizes the possession or use of "any substance that is a cannabinoid receptor type 1 agonist" by classifying all such substances as Schedule I prohibited drugs under federal law "unless [the substance is] specifically exempted or ... listed in another schedule."

If passed, the measure would prohibit under federal law the possession and sale of chemical agents contained in so-called 'fake' herbal marijuana products, commonly sold over-the-counter under the brand names 'K2' and 'Spice.'"

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Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid Is "Safe," "Well Tolerated" In Humans, Study Says

Non-Psychotropic Cannabinoid Is "Safe," "Well Tolerated" In Humans, Study Says: ""CBD is non-toxic ... and does not alter psychomotor or psychological functions"

Sao Paulo, Brazil: The administration of the non-psychotropic cannabis plant constituent cannabidiol (CBD) is "non-toxic" to healthy cells and is "well tolerated" in humans, according to review data published online in the scientific journal Current Drug Safety."

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Officer charged with CSC, misconduct, delivery of marijuana | mich, charged, misconduct - WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3

Officer charged with CSC, misconduct, delivery of marijuana | mich, charged, misconduct - WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: "BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney has announced charges against a police officer from Benton Harbor.



Officer Jared Lorenzo Graves is facing two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, one count of misconduct in office and one count of delivery of marijuana.



Investigators say Graves forced a 24-year-old suspect to perform fellatio on him under the threat of arrest. Officers say it was over a possession of marijuana charge that he was threatening her with."

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Obama's Drug Czar Blames YOU for Increased Teen Marijuana Use | StoptheDrugWar.org

Obama's Drug Czar Blames YOU for Increased Teen Marijuana Use | StoptheDrugWar.org: "Just when you thought the medical marijuana debate couldn’t get any uglier, the Drug Czar shows up at your doorstep demanding to know why you want to drug the children.
One out of every 15 high school students smokes marijuana on a near daily basis, a figure that has reached a 30-year peak even as use of alcohol, cigarettes and cocaine among teenagers continues a slow decline, according to a new government report.



R. Gil Kerlikowske, the federal drug czar, said he believed the increasing prevalence of medicinal marijuana was a factor in the uptick. “These last couple years, the amount of attention that’s been given to medical marijuana has been huge,” he said. [NYT]"

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Teens Giving Up Smoking and Drinking in Exchange for Pot - National - The Atlantic Wire

Teens Giving Up Smoking and Drinking in Exchange for Pot - National - The Atlantic Wire: "A new survey of teenage drug use finds that their consumption of cigarettes and alcohol is the lowest it has been in 30 years, but that regular use of marijuana continues its sharp rise. The study found that 1 out of every 15 students in 10th and 12th grades uses pot on a daily or near-dealy basis.

The data from the annual "Monitoring the Future" report, which surveys around 50,000 eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders every year since 1975. The rates of drinking among teens are the lowest they've been in the history of the study."

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Marijuana Increases Brain Cell Formation In the Hippocampus

Marijuana Increases Brain Cell Formation In the Hippocampus: "Often times, medical marijuana patients are stigmatized as “stupid” and “lazy.” As insulting as these assumptions may
be, marijuana activists have evidence that their medicine actually increases brain activity!

When comparing the positive effects marijuana has on brain activity in comparison to the harmful effects {on brain activity} of both alcohol and tobacco, the legalization of marijuana seems like a NO-BRAINER! "

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Drug Dogs Produce 'False Alerts' Over 80% Of The Time According To New Report | THE Weed Blog

Drug Dogs Produce 'False Alerts' Over 80% Of The Time According To New Report | THE Weed Blog: "Some 80 percent of drug dog ‘alerts’ in New South Wales in 2011 yielded no illicit substances, according to state government statistics published this week by the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to the paper, in the first nine months of 2011, “14,102 searches were conducted after a dog sat next to a person, indicating they might be carrying drugs. But, in 11,248 cases, no drugs were found.”"

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Drug Cops Exposed As Violent, Ineffective Thugs - Toke of the Town

Drug Cops Exposed As Violent, Ineffective Thugs - Toke of the Town: "Among defense attorneys, "narcotics officers" have a certain reputation: thuggishly violent goons who enjoy trashing suspects' homes and bullying children. There's no better example of why such perceptions exist than the WestNET task force in Washington state.

Reporter Sean Robinson of the Tacoma News Tribune nailed the federally funded task force to the wall in an exposé this week. The well-done piece revealed that the unit, based in Kitsap County and pulling officers from various departments, uses hyper-aggressive tactics and exaggerated claims of effectiveness, reports Nina Shapiro at Seattle Weekly."

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Officers Punished for Supporting Eased Drug Laws - NYTimes.com

Officers Punished for Supporting Eased Drug Laws - NYTimes.com: "PHOENIX — Border Patrol agents pursue smugglers one moment and sit around in boredom the next. It was during one of the lulls that Bryan Gonzalez, a young agent, made some comments to a colleague that cost him his career."

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Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations - CBS News Investigates - CBS News

Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations - CBS News Investigates - CBS News: "Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline"

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Dr. Frank Lucido's Bully Pulpit: Everyone's Entitled to My Opinion: Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 - 9/30/11

Dr. Frank Lucido's Bully Pulpit: Everyone's Entitled to My Opinion: Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 - 9/30/11: "Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012 - 9/30/11



Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act of 2012

This initiative measure is submitted to the People of the State of California in accordance with the provisions of Article II, Section 8 of the Constitution.

This initiative measure adds Chapter 6.7, entitled “Repeal of Cannabis Prohibition,” to Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code.

PROPOSED LAW

SECTION 1. Sections 11420, 11421, 11422, 11423, 11424, 11425, 11426, and 11427 are added to the Health and Safety Code, to read: 
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Govt Study Proves THC From Cannabis Destroys Leukemia, Breast And Lung Cancer Cells » Bayareacannabis

Govt Study Proves THC From Cannabis Destroys Leukemia, Breast And Lung Cancer Cells » Bayareacannabis: "Is lipid signaling through cannabinoid 2 receptors part of a protective system?
Pacher P, Mechoulam R.
Source

Laboratory of Physiologic Studies, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-9413, USA. Pacher@mail.nih.gov

Abstract

The mammalian body has a highly developed immune system which guards against continuous invading protein attacks and aims at preventing, attenuating or repairing the inflicted damage. It is conceivable that through evolution analogous biological protective systems have been evolved against non-protein attacks. There is emerging evidence that lipid endocannabinoid signaling through cannabinoid 2 (CB₂) receptors may represent an example/part of such a protective system/armamentarium. "

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Congress Set To Escalate Drug War After Decades Of Failure - Toke of the Town

Congress Set To Escalate Drug War After Decades Of Failure - Toke of the Town: "The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on two bills that would escalate the War On Drugs.

One bill scheduled to be voted on Wednesday would criminalize possession and sales of chemical compounds found in products such as "K2," "Spice," and "bath salts." A second bill which is expected to be voted on next week would make it a federal crime to engage in an activity in another country that would violate U.S. drug laws if committed in the United States -- even if the activity is actually legal in the other country.

Both bills are expected to pass and would subject more Americans to lengthy federal prison terms -- while increasing already-skyrocketing prison expenses that taxpayers have to pay. This comes at a time when members of Congress are cutting drug education, treatment and prevention, citing the need to "reduce federal expenses.""

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Medical Marijuana Crackdown By Feds Forces Hundreds Of California Shops To Close

Medical Marijuana Crackdown By Feds Forces Hundreds Of California Shops To Close: "WASHINGTON -- Medical marijuana dispensaries are shutting their doors in California.

Even in the weed haven of San Francisco, three of the best-known dispensaries were forced to close after receiving warning letters from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. And the state's oldest medical dispensary, the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Marin County, is bracing to pull all cannabis products from its shelves after receiving a threatening letter from Haag invoking a federal law.

"We're basically worried about a D.E.A. raid destroying things," said Charles Pappas, chairman of Divinity Tree in San Francisco's Mission District. "We didn't want to put our staff and patients through that. We're very concerned about our patients.""

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Marijuana Policy Project: Ask your Congressional members to sponsor Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Ron Paul's Federal Ending of Marijuana Prohibition Bill

Marijuana Policy Project::

Today, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), the undisputed leader of marijuana policy reform in Congress since MPP's founding in 1995, has announced his retirement. Come 2013, we will be without his courageous willingness to openly oppose irrational marijuana laws across the board.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

White House Responds to 'Pardon Marc Emery' Petition | Cannabis Culture Magazine

White House Responds to 'Pardon Marc Emery' Petition | Cannabis Culture Magazine: "CANNABIS CULTURE - The White House has finally issued a response to the "Pardon Marc Emery" petition signed by 8,249 people calling for Obama to pardon Marc and send him home to Canada. Not surprisingly, the answer is mostly a disappointing non-response: the White House has "declined to comment"."

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Medical Marijuana Patient Faces Life in Prison for a Half Ounce in Texas | Cannabis Culture Magazine

Medical Marijuana Patient Faces Life in Prison for a Half Ounce in Texas | Cannabis Culture Magazine: "A Texas asthma sufferer who went to California for a medical marijuana recommendation and then got busted in June on a Texas highway with small amounts of marijuana and hashish is facing up to life in prison after being indicted by a Brown County grand jury.

He is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a first-degree felony in the Lone Star State.

Chris Diaz, 20, has been jailed on $40,000 bond since the June 27 arrest. He was busted with 14 grams of weed and hash."

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Schafer Commission Report: Marihuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding - Table of Contents

Marihuana, A Signal of Misunderstanding - Table of Contents: "The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse

Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding

Commissioned by President Richard M. Nixon, March, 1972

Table of Contents

The Report

Letter of Transmittal"

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Real World Ramifications of Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization

Real World Ramifications of Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization: "Editor's Note: As more states begin to debate the question of legally controlling marijuana, many lawmakers are posing questions to NORML regarding what effect, if any, such a policy change may have upon the public's use of cannabis and/or young people's attitudes toward it.
The following paper reviews various studies** that have examined this issue in regions that have either a) regulated marijuana use and sales for all adults; b) decriminalized the possession of small quantities of marijuana for adults; c) medicalized the use of marijuana to certain authorized individuals; or d) deprioritized the enforcement of marijuana laws. This paper also proposes general guidelines to govern marijuana use, production, and distribution in a legal, regulated manner.

**This paper expands upon the studies initially referenced by NORML in its paper, Marijuana Decriminalization & Its Impact on Use."

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Gallup: Record Percentage Of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization

Gallup: Record Percentage Of Americans Now Support Marijuana Legalization: "Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Princeton, NJ: A record 50 percent of Americans now believe that marijuana ought to be legalized for adult use, according to a nationwide Gallup poll of 1,005 adults.

The percentage of Americans favoring legalization is up four percent from 2010. It is the highest percentage ever recorded by Gallup, which has tracked public opinion data regarding marijuana policy since 1969.

The 2011 survey results also mark the first time ever that Gallup has reported that more Americans support legalizing cannabis (50 percent) than oppose it (46 percent).

Gallup reported that support for legalizing cannabis was highest among self-described liberals (69 percent) and those between the ages of 18 to 29 (62 percent). Support was weakest among Republicans (35 percent), self-described conservatives (34 percent), and those over the age of 65 (31 percent)."

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California: State's Largest Doctor's Association Calls For Legalizing And Regulating Cannabis

California: State's Largest Doctor's Association Calls For Legalizing And Regulating Cannabis: "Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Sacramento, CA: The California Medical Association (CMA), representing over 35,000 physicians nationwide, has called for the 'legalization and regulation' of cannabis for adults, according to a white paper adopted by the group on Friday.

The CMA paper, entitled 'Cannabis and the Regulatory Void,' recommends that cannabis be taxed and regulated "in a manner similar to alcohol." The paper also calls for the reclassification of cannabis under federal law "in order to encourage research leading to responsible regulation."

It states: "In order to allow for a robust regulatory scheme to be developed, cannabis must be moved out of its current Schedule I status. ... Rescheduling cannabis will allow for further clinical research to determine the utility and risks of cannabis, which will then shape the national regulatory structure for this substance.""

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NORML.ORG US CO: Three Operators Of Denver Medical-Pot Operation Charged

NORML.ORG US CO: Three Operators Of Denver Medical-Pot Operation Charged: "
Colorado
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The charging of three medical-marijuana entrepreneurs with federal drug crimes sowed chaos in the state's cannabis community Friday and raised questions about why the owners' dispensary was allowed to stay open after a previous police raid.

Father-and-son Ha and Nathan Do were in federal lockup on drug-distribution charges Friday night, held without bail, after agents raided an unlicensed marijuana-growing warehouse in Denver and seized more than 1,000 cannabis plants. Along with Ha Do's brother, Hai Do, the three run the Earth's Medicine dispensary in Denver and operate three cultivation facilities that have applied for licenses, according to state records.

Hai Do and Richard Crosse, the owner of the raided warehouse, were also charged with drug distribution but have not yet been arrested. "

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NORML.ORG US CA: Column: Going Backward in Drug War

NORML.ORG US CA: Column: Going Backward in Drug War: "California
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New Federal Effort Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Fail As Have All Other Efforts at Prohibition.

The four U.S. attorneys in California announced last week yet another federal marijuana program, with this one aimed at closing down medical marijuana dispensaries. Not only will this program be as hopeless as its predecessors, it is yet another continuing example of the arrogance, hypocrisy and bullying of the federal government in this area. "

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South Carolina High School Issues Ban On Hemp Jewelry

South Carolina High School Issues Ban On Hemp Jewelry: "Thursday, 08 October 1998

Students attending Spring Valley High School may no longer wear necklaces made out of hemp fiber, according to a new policy enacted by educators this year. Administrators at the school said the ban was necessary because the necklaces are representative of the marijuana drug culture.

"School officials' purpose for banning hemp jewelry likely violates students' constitutionally protected rights to speech," said Tanya Kangas, Esq., director of litigation for The NORML Foundation.

Steven Bates, executive director of the state American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), also voiced opposition to the new policy. "The authoritarian nature of schools is becoming ridiculous," he said. "It's silly. You could smoke it (hemp) all day long and not get high.""

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Clemson University Touted As Nation's Top School For Pot

Clemson University Touted As Nation's Top School For Pot: "Thursday, 22 August 2002

Clemson, SC: Clemson University is the nation's most marijuana-friendly campus, according to The Princeton Review's annual sourcebook, "The Best 345 Colleges," released this week. The report, which is based on candid survey results from 65,000 students nationwide, ranks hundreds of colleges in various categories such as academic achievement and quality of life.

Clemson University edged University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Santa Cruz, New York University and Penn State University to emerge as this year's top school for "higher" learning. Georgia's Institute of Technology ranked #1 on Princeton's "Top 20" list of least pot-friendly campuses.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director, at (202) 483-8751. For a complete list of this year's Princeton review rankings, please visit: http://www.review.com/college/rankings.cfm"

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NORML Chapter To File Suit Over Free Speech Restriction

NORML Chapter To File Suit Over Free Speech Restriction: "Thursday, 15 April 2004

Columbia, SC: The South Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing organizers of the state's largest annual music festival to allow representatives from Midlands NORML to distribute promotional materials at this weekend's Three Rivers Music Festival.

Event organizers initially rejected Midlands NORML's application to host a booth at the festival because they disapproved of the group's literature - which argues for reforming marijuana prohibition. After receiving letters from the ACLU, Three Rivers Music Festival representatives agreed to grant Midlands NORML a booth at the event, but said that the group could not freely distribute their written materials to festival attendees."

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White House response to NORML’s “We the People” marijuana legalization petition | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

White House response to NORML’s “We the People” marijuana legalization petition | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform: "The Obama White House has released its official response to the “We the People” online petition for marijuana legalization submitted by NORML. The petition, which garnered 74,169 signatures, was by far the most popular petition submitted. The government response (released late on a Friday to avoid news cycles, we’ll note) repeats the same tired lies and classic misdirections. Most of all, it fails to answer NORML’s actual petition, which asked:

Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol.
We the people want to know when we can have our “perfectly legitimate” discussion on marijuana legalization. Marijuana prohibition has resulted in the arrest of over 20 million Americans since 1965, countless lives ruined and hundreds of billions of tax dollars squandered and yet this policy has still failed to achieve its stated goals of lowering use rates, limiting the drug’s access, and creating safer communities."

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