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.
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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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Study: Alcohol Is “More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis” — So Explain To Me Again Why Pot Is Illegal? | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Study: Alcohol Is “More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis” — So Explain To Me Again Why Pot Is Illegal? | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform: "Alcohol consumption causes far greater harms to the individual user and to society than does the use of cannabis, according to a new 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 nearly five percent “of the total global disease burden.”"

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Medical marijuana turns 15 years old – Has it reached its zenith? | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Medical marijuana turns 15 years old – Has it reached its zenith? | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform: "Tomorrow, November 5th, 2011, marks the fifteenth anniversary of California’s passage of Prop 215, The Compassionate Use Act. The Act passed with 55.58% of the vote and remains the greatest achievement in marijuana law reform in the “War on Drugs” era."

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‘We The People?’ — Voters Act To Reduce Municipal Marijuana Penalties, Cops Have Other Ideas | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

‘We The People?’ — Voters Act To Reduce Municipal Marijuana Penalties, Cops Have Other Ideas | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform: "Two municipal election results from yesterday ought to come as no surprise.

In the cities of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Tacoma, Washington, municipal voters overwhelmingly favored local ballot measures to mandate that the criminal enforcement of cannabis possession offenses be law enforcement’s “lowest priority.”"

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Cannabis’ Impact on Health Justifies Its Legalization, Not Its Criminal Prohibition | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

Cannabis’ Impact on Health Justifies Its Legalization, Not Its Criminal Prohibition | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform: "The theme of the November issue of the academic online journal CATO Unbound is “If Not Now, When? The Slow Rise of Marijuana Reform.”

I have the lead essay in the journal, which also features forthcoming contributions from NORML’s Executive Director Allen St. Pierre and other notable drug law reform advocates.

Below is an excerpt from my commentary, entitled, “Cannabis Impact on Health Justifies Its Legalization, Not Its Criminal Prohibition.”"

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NORML Attorneys File Suit Against Federal Government | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

NORML Attorneys File Suit Against Federal Government | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform: "Today, three NORML Legal Committee attorneys will announce lawsuits against the federal government with hopes of ending the medical marijuana crackdown in California. Attorneys Matt Kumin, David Michael, and Alan Silber are coordinating the effort which aims to enjoin the federal government from this latest round of federal enforcement actions against the growers and dispensaries in the state.

The group plans on using a variety of legal theories including the 9th and 10th Amendments, equal protection and due process, and collateral estoppel in their case. NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano has also personally filed a declaration in this suit, which will be raised in each of the four federal districts in California.

NORML will have a more in-depth look at the suit later today when it is formally announced."

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NORML Attorneys file multiple constitutional challenges to federal medical marijuana crackdown | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

NORML Attorneys file multiple constitutional challenges to federal medical marijuana crackdown | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform: "NORML Attorneys Matt Kumin, David Michael, and Alan Silber, have filed suit (read here: http://norml.org/pdf_files/brief_bank/2011_11_03_DOJ_Lit_Complaint_EDCA.pdf ) in the four federal districts in California to challenge the Obama Administration’s recent crackdown on medical marijuana operations in the Golden State. Aided by expert testimony from NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano and research from California NORML Director Dale Gieringer, the suits seek an injunction against the recent federal intrusion into state medical marijuana laws at least and at most a declaration of the unconstitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act with respect to state regulation of medical marijuana."

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chronic High Doses of Cannabinoids Promote Hippocampal Neurogenesis « Science. Why not?

Chronic High Doses of Cannabinoids Promote Hippocampal Neurogenesis « Science. Why not?: "“The recent discovery that the hippocampus is able to generate new neurons throughout a human’s lifespan has changed the way we think about the mechanisms of psychiatric disorders and drug addiction,” says Wen Jian and colleagues in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2005. It appears that cannabinoids are able to modulate pain, nausea, vomiting, epilepsy, ischemic stroke, cerebral trauma, multiple sclerosis, tumors, and many other disorders. Cannabinoids act on two types of receptors, the CB1 receptors (found mainly in the brain) and the CB2 receptors (found mainly in the immune system). The CB1 receptor is one of the most abundant G protein coupled receptors in the mammalian brain and it accounts for most, if not all, of the centrally mediated effects of cannabinoids. Cannabionoid receptors are evolutionarily conserved amoung various vertebrates and invertebrates which have been separate for 500 million years."

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Marijuana growers to face more jail than child rapists under Harper’s new omnibus bill - Exposing The Truth

Marijuana growers to face more jail than child rapists under Harper’s new omnibus bill - Exposing The Truth: "Prime Minister Stephen Harper is getting tougher on pot growers than he is on rapists of children.
Under the Tories’ omnibus crime legislation tabled Tuesday, a person growing 201 pot plants in a rental unit would receive a longer mandatory sentence than someone who rapes a toddler or forces a five-year-old to have sex with an animal.
Producing six to 200 pot plants nets an automatic six-month sentence, with an extra three months if it’s done in a rental or is deemed a public-safety hazard. Growing 201 to 500 plants brings a one-year sentence, or 1 1/2 years if it’s in a rental or poses a safety risk."

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Bolivia's President Says U.S. DEA Agents Not Welcome Back - Toke of the Town

Bolivia's President Says U.S. DEA Agents Not Welcome Back - Toke of the Town: "The president and vice president of Bolivia both said this week that American drug agents will not be returning to their country, despite the newly announced normalization of diplomatic relations with the United States.

Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Tuesday during a regional summit in Bogota, the Colombian capital, that it is a question of "dignity and sovereignty," reports Vivian Sequera at the Huffington Post.

Morales, as a coca growers' union leader before his 2005 election, said he was "personally a victim" because U.S. drug agents controlled Bolivia's military and police."

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Two more cities de-prioritize marijuana possession — MPP Blog

Two more cities de-prioritize marijuana possession — MPP Blog: "Yesterday, voters in Kalamazoo, Michigan and Tacoma, Washington directed local law enforcement to make marijuana possession the lowest enforcement priority. The measures passed by 2:1 margins, garnering nearly 65% of the vote in Tacoma and 66% in Kalamazoo.

With only 61-66% of homicide cases in this country cleared every year, and only 12% of burglaries cleared, it’s not surprising that voters think police should have more important things to do than arresting individuals who possess a substance safer than alcohol. While crimes with actual victims went unsolved, police found time for the arrests, bookings, and court time associated with more than 750,000 marijuana possession arrests in the U.S. in 2009."

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Cannabinoid System in Neuroprotection - YouTube

Cannabinoid System in Neuroprotection - YouTube:

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US Prosecutors Seeking to Prevent Dirty Secrets of Drug War From Surfacing in Cartel Leader's Case | the narcosphere

US Prosecutors Seeking to Prevent Dirty Secrets of Drug War From Surfacing in Cartel Leader's Case | the narcosphere: "US Government Using National Security to Conceal Evidence, Attorneys for Narco-Trafficker Zambada Niebla Claim
The criminal case of accused Sinaloa drug organization leader Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla is straying even further into the path of a cover-up under the guise of national security, if pleadings filed by his attorneys are to be believed.
Lawyers for the alleged Mexican narco-trafficker, son of one of the top figures in the Sinaloa “cartel,” recently filed a motion asking the court to block U.S. prosecutors’ efforts to exclude the defense from discussions with the judge over the treatment of evidence deemed classified material. Zambada Niebla’s attorneys contend they must be part of those discussions since the supposed classified material goes to the heart of their client's claims in the case."

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Task Force raid yields $30k, vacuum sealing supplies - Ukiah Daily Journal

Task Force raid yields $30k, vacuum sealing supplies - Ukiah Daily Journal: "Task Force raid yields $30k, vacuum sealing supplies
The Daily Journal
Following up on reports that someone was selling marijuana out of a hotel room on South Main Street in Willits, Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force agents cited a Colorado man for his alleged involvement in shipping marijuana to his home state for sales.
The Task Force served a search warrant Wednesday in room 301 of the Best Western and found about a quarter-pound of pot that was "indicative of samples," according to MMCTF Commander Bob Nishiyama.
Francisco Torrealba, 38, of Denver, Colo., allegedly said he had bought $3,000 of pot locally that hadn't yet been delivered, but didn't reveal where he purchased it, according to Nishiyama.
Also found in the hotel room was just less than $30,000 cash, he said.
Two people were also detained outside the room with two large duffel bags found to contain 20 to 30 bags and vacuum sealing equipment, according to Nishiyama."

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‘Fake Marijuana’ May Trigger Heart Trouble in Teens - Health News - Health.com

‘Fake Marijuana’ May Trigger Heart Trouble in Teens - Health News - Health.com: "TUESDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) — Three teenage boys suffered heart attacks after smoking K2, a form of synthetic marijuana, according to a new case report.

During the span of a few weeks last fall, Dr. Colin Kane, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, was surprised when the teens, all aged 16, were admitted with chest pain. Chest pain — and heart attacks especially — are very unusual in teens, so doctors at first suspected a virus.


But electrocardiograms, which measure the heart’s electrical activity, and blood tests that measure levels of a protein called troponin (high levels are a telltale sign of heart attack), showed that two of the boys had indeed had heart attacks."

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Colorado Meth Project announces new campaign - The Denver Post

Colorado Meth Project announces new campaign - The Denver Post: "The Colorado Meth Project's new campaign will test what teenagers know about the drug, and give them an interactive look at the dangers of trying meth just once or twice.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Colorado Meth Project Executive Director Kent MacLennan, announced the new campaign and website, MethProject.org, at George Washington High School this morning, where they helped students navigate through the site.

The new website accompanies the launch of a new ad campaign which will continue to feature the aggressive and graphic ads portraying teenagers and young adults on meth.

The ads will be featured on television, online, in print and in other media platforms."

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Police Make Arrest, Seize Cocaine At Springs Motel - News Story - KRDO Colorado Springs

Police Make Arrest, Seize Cocaine At Springs Motel - News Story - KRDO Colorado Springs: "COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A KRDO Newschannel 13 crew recorded exclusive video of a raid at a motel Tuesday by members of the Colorado Springs police SWAT team.
Police said Derek Dye, 30, was arrested after officers searched two rooms at the Travel Star Inn, 512 S. Nevada Ave. Officers handcuffed Dye after forcing him to the ground. Police said they had an active narcotics warrant for Dye and also found four ounces of cocaine.
An unspecified number of other people in the rooms were questioned and released, police said.
A check of Dye's background by KRDO Newschannel 13 found he's been arrested 10 times since 2004 for drugs, assault, robbery and driving with a suspended license."

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Out-of-control cannabis addict, 15, sent to prison - Local - Grantham Journal

Out-of-control cannabis addict, 15, sent to prison - Local - Grantham Journal: "MAGISTRATES sentenced a 15-year-old to six months in a detention centre - and then rejected the Journal’s third request to identify him because his crimes are “not serious enough”.

Prompted by his victims’ cries for justice, the Journal has made three applications to lift reporting restrictions which ban us from identifying the Grantham teenager."

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Synthetic Drugs Show Deadly Side Effects | Fox News

Synthetic Drugs Show Deadly Side Effects | Fox News: "Three Texas teenagers suffered heart attacks after smoking an illegal brand of synthetic weed known as K2. While doctors said there is no definite proof the drug is to blame, they still worry it may have been the cause.

K2 is just one of a number of synthetic weed products that have become increasingly popular among U.S. teenagers. Other brands include Blaze, Spice and Red X Dawn.

Essentially, the products are a blend of herbs and spices laced with synthetic cannabis-like chemicals meant to mimic the highs marijuana produces. The Drug Enforcement Administration banned five of these substances nationwide in March due to reports from poison control centers, hospitals and law enforcement."

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Heavy meth and cannabis use linked with increased schizophrenia risk | AHN

Heavy meth and cannabis use linked with increased schizophrenia risk | AHN: "The heavy use of methamphetamines has been linked in a new study to a higher risk of developing schizophrenia.

Researchers with Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health said in a statement that they “found that people hospitalized for methamphetamine dependence who did not have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychotic symptoms at the start of our study period had an approximately 1.5 to 3.0-fold risk of subsequently being diagnosed with schizophrenia, compared with groups of patients who used cocaine, alcohol or opioid drugs.”
Lead researcher Dr. Russ Callaghan also said that the increased risk of schizophrenia in meth users was similar to that of heavy users of marijuana."

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Former Narcotics Detective Admits Drug Planting Common | Truthout

Former Narcotics Detective Admits Drug Planting Common | Truthout: "Stephen Anderson, a former New York Police Department (NYPD) narcotics detective, recently testified that he regularly saw police plant drugs on innocent people as a way for officers to meet arrest quotas. While the news may shock many civilians, the custom is so well known among officers that it has a name: "flaking.""

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America's self-defeating 'war on drugs' | Dan Gillmor

(88) The Guardian on Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/nov/08/america-self-defeating-war-on-drugs

Distressingly, the Obama White House seems determined to paint itself into a corner of prohibitionist law enforcement


The murky doings of the hacker group Anonymous took a remarkable turn in recent days. A Mexican drug cartel allegedly kidnapped an Anonymous member, and then, after the loosely organised hackers said they would reveal names of cartel personnel, released him with threats to kill the hacker's family if the names were revealed.

The affair, which played out in blogs and on Twitter, coincided with a week I spent in central Mexico, where I led several workshops for new-media creators. In conversations with a number of people during my visit, I got a clearer understanding of the fear that pervades Mexican society – an undercurrent that also combined despair and anger at the way the cartels have corrupted the country's institutions.

'Operation Whiteout' indicts 33 in Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley drug ring | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com

'Operation Whiteout' indicts 33 in Fort Collins-Loveland-Greeley drug ring | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com: "DENVER — Police are still rounding up 11 suspects wanted in connection with a major drug ring that was running as much as $1 million worth of cocaine through Fort Collins each month.

The suspects are part of a ring of 33 people who used homes and businesses across Fort Collins to distribute as much as 20 kilograms of cocaine and other drugs each month.

The operation, one of the largest ever in Northern Colorado, was dismantled Wednesday through “Operation Whiteout,” according to a 94-count indictment released Wednesday.

“This operation has, for the time being, wiped out a significant amount of the supply of cocaine and methamphetamine in Northern Colorado,” said Colorado Attorney General John Suthers at a press conference in Denver."

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Holder: Fast and Furious errors won’t be repeated - The Pueblo Chieftain: Local

Holder: Fast and Furious errors won’t be repeated - The Pueblo Chieftain: Local: "WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday acknowledged serious mistakes in an arms-trafficking probe that allowed AK-47s and other weapons to leak into the black market, but he insisted the Justice Department was taking steps to ensure that never happens again.
Under pointed questioning by Republicans, Holder also expressed regret that the Justice Department had denied allegations of ‘‘gun-walking’’ in a letter to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley sent earlier this year.
‘‘Unfortunately, we will feel its effects for years to come as guns that were lost during this operation continue to show up at crime scenes both here and in Mexico,’’ Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee of the investigation, known as Operation Fast and Furious. "

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The Human Solution |

The Human Solution |: "The federal government has started a campaign to close down all store-front collectives where the local law enforcement (state, county, etc) agencies have asked for help. Raids are currently happening in many medical states, in an all-out effort to shut down "pot shops" -- leaving many patients who are unable to grow for themselves without legal or safe access to their medicine, forcing them to seek their medicine from black market sources, an unreliable and sometimes risky undertaking. "

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Obama: From First to Worst on Medical Marijuana — MPP Blog

Obama: From First to Worst on Medical Marijuana — MPP Blog: "During his run for the presidency, Barack Obama instilled hope in medical marijuana supporters by pledging to respect state laws on the matter. And for the first two years of his term, he was generally faithful to his promise. Yet suddenly, and with no logical explanation, over the past eight months he has become arguably the worst president in U.S. history regarding medical marijuana."

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People v. Laura J. Kriho — 96 CR 91 First Judicial District — Gilpin County

http://www.dvmen.org/Cases/96CR91_1Nieto_Kriho.htm

History

This case began on May 13, 1996, when Laura Kriho of Rollinsville, Colorado, a Colorado University researcher, was selected to sit on a jury to hear the criminal trial of 19-year-old Michelle Brannon in the district court of tiny Gilpin County. Brannon was accused of felony possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, criminal impersonation, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Kriho was the twelfth juror seated. Jurors seated earlier were subjected to extensive voir dire questioning. However, it was late in the day. When asked by Judge Kenneth Barnhill the sole question, "Is there anything, whether I asked it or not, that you can think of that would interfere with your sitting as a fair and impartial juror," she replied, "No." She truthfully could not think of a reason why she could not serve the interests of justice in the case.

What went unasked and unanswered was that twelve years earlier Ms. Kriho had received a deferred sentence on a minor possession drug charge (see Appendix A). Upon the successful completion of two-year probation and 40 hours of community service the charges against her were supposedly dismissed. But, as in all such cases, the charges were still in official records (see COcourts.com) and Appendix A.

The trial lasted two days, after which the jury began its deliberations. Apparently the jury quickly reached a verdict on the criminal impersonation and drug paraphernalia charges but after a mere four hours they could not agree on the possession charge. It seems Laura Kriho was the lone holdout.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Newsom, Johnson Drug Conference: Is Legalization The Answer To The War On Drugs? (POLL)

Newsom, Johnson Drug Conference: Is Legalization The Answer To The War On Drugs? (POLL): "It is rare for a politician to openly advocate the legalization of drugs as the solution to the country's drug problem. But that's just what California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson did this week at the four-day International Drug Policy Reform Conference in downtown Los Angeles.

As the Los Angeles Times remarks, with reggae music blasting and people wearing marijuana leaf-shaped pins, the conference does not seem a likely event for a GOP presidential hopeful to attend. And yet, Republican candidate Johnson, a libertarian often compared to Ron Paul, stood in front of the conference audience and promised that if he was elected president, he would fully pardon anyone in prison for a non-violent marijuana crime."

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Congressman's Daughter Seeks Injunction Against Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana - Rancho Bernardo, CA Patch

Congressman's Daughter Seeks Injunction Against Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana - Rancho Bernardo, CA Patch: "Cancer patient Briana Bilbray—the daughter of Congressman Brian Bilbray—and local medical marijuana cooperatives on Monday filed for an injunction to stop a federal crackdown on marijuana sales.

Attorney Matt Kumin, who filed for the injunction, said the goal is for the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. attorneys "to stop threatening folks who are in compliance with state law.""

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Reefer Madness - NYTimes.com

Reefer Madness - NYTimes.com: "MARIJUANA is now legal under state law for medical purposes in 16 states and the District of Columbia, encompassing nearly one-third of the American population. More than 1,000 dispensaries provide medical marijuana; many are well regulated by state and local law and pay substantial taxes. But though more than 70 percent of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, any use of marijuana remains illegal under federal law."

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Monday Press Conference Will Detail Lawsuit To Halt Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown | THE Weed Blog

Monday Press Conference Will Detail Lawsuit To Halt Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown | THE Weed Blog: "SAN FRANCISCO – Lawyers for a growing coalition of Californians who suddenly find themselves under attack by the state’s four U.S. Attorneys – including patients, property owners and medical cannabis cooperatives – will file suit against the federal government, seeking an immediate halt to a statewide crackdown.

The lawsuit will be brought simultaneously in each of the four federal districts in California – San Francisco (Northern), Sacramento (Eastern), Los Angeles (Central) and San Diego (Southern) – where U.S. Attorneys have threatened criminal prosecution of both tenants and landlords where medical cannabis cooperatives exist. The four U.S. Attorneys have also threatened the landlords with forfeiture of their properties."

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Leading Scientists Confirm That Cannabis Is Safe And Non-Addictive | CLEAR

Leading Scientists Confirm That Cannabis Is Safe And Non-Addictive | CLEAR: "At a conference at GW Pharmaceutical’s headquarters in Porton Down, Wiltshire, Professor H.P. Hartung, Chair of Neurology at Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany announced that Sativex, the super strong, concentrated cannabis medicine has “…limited relevant adverse effects and – particularly reassuring – the drug does not appear to lead to withdrawal effects if patients suddenly stop using it.”

Sativex is made from high-THC skunk cannabis blended with a high-CBD variety and concentrated into a super strength solution that can be used to treat MS , chronic pain and, scientists believe , many more previously unrelieved conditions.

Super strong, concentrated cannabis is safe. It’s not addictive. It doesn’t cause psychosis. There are virtually no side effects.

What a breakthrough!"

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Florida Medical Marijuana Referendum Needs 600,000+ Signatures By February 1st

Florida Medical Marijuana Referendum Needs 600,000+ Signatures By February 1st: "Due to a severe lack of publicity – today is the first I’ve heard of it – the People United for Medical Marijuana petition to get medical marijuana on the ballot in Florida is less than 5% of the way to its signature goal of 676, 811, which it needs to reach by February 1, 2012.

The referendum itself would allow for a wide range of ailments to be considered for medical cannabis or any “other diseases and conditions when recommended by a physician.” This is a much more lenient bill than the one being considered by the Florida Legislature, HJR 353."

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Filner urges Obama to back off medical marijuana | SignOnSanDiego.com

Filner urges Obama to back off medical marijuana | SignOnSanDiego.com: "Rep. Bob Filner and several congressional colleagues are urging President Barack Obama to reclassify marijuana as a legitimate controlled substance for medicinal purposes under federal law.

In a letter dated Oct. 28, the lawmakers expressed concerns with the Justice Department’s recent crackdown against California medical marijuana dispensaries that are operating legally under state law. State and local governments must be allowed to develop and enforce their own public health laws with regard to medical cannabis, they wrote."

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California Fighting a Drug War Without Drug Agents? - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

California Fighting a Drug War Without Drug Agents? - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source: "FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -- California's drug war is about to get harder to win. KMPH News has learned that the state sent out notices to 1,200 employees, dozens of them in the Central Valley: get ready to get out.

Senior Special Agent Ben Buford says the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement is losing 20 out of 23 local drug agents. Statewide, 180 received warning notices. Their task forces are likely going with them. 55 narcotics teams throughout California. 9 fight the drug problem across the Valley."

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

420 ACTIVE! - YouTube

420 ACTIVE! - YouTube:

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Republicans Grill Napolitano on Fast and Furious - HUMAN EVENTS

Republicans Grill Napolitano on Fast and Furious - HUMAN EVENTS: "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano faced a determined panel of House Republicans on Wednesday who grilled her on immigration policies, border security, and how her agency responded after the death of a federal officer exposed the “Fast and Furious” controversy.

Her answers were brief and not very forthcoming, as she sidestepped some questions and invoked the ongoing inspector’s general investigation as her mantra to avoid many questions altogether."

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Medical Marijuana - Breast Cancer - Cannabis Medicine - YouTube

Medical Marijuana - Breast Cancer - Cannabis Medicine - YouTube:

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The War on Drugs = War on your Consciousness - YouTube

The War on Drugs = War on your Consciousness - YouTube:

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

White House responds to marijuana legalization petition | The Raw Story

White House responds to marijuana legalization petition | The Raw Story: "Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, responded Friday to an extremely popular marijuana legalization petition on the White House’s “We the People” site.

He responded to the petition by stating that the legalization of marijuana would not resolve the problems associated with drug use."

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bummer: Feds Stonewall Pot Treatments For Traumatized Vets | Danger Room | Wired.com

Bummer: Feds Stonewall Pot Treatments For Traumatized Vets | Danger Room | Wired.com: "An Arizona psychiatrist is tantalizingly close to federal approval for a groundbreaking study of marijuana’s potency in treating PTSD — if only the National Institute on Drug Abuse would stop stonewalling her."

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Monday, October 24, 2011

RAND Retracts Report Showing Cannabis Dispensaries Lower Crime - Toke of the Town

RAND Retracts Report Showing Cannabis Dispensaries Lower Crime - Toke of the Town: "After "vocal criticism" from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, the RAND Corporation on Monday officially retracted its study "Regulating Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: An Overview with Preliminary Evidence of Their Impact on Crime," which was released in September.

Two weeks ago, RAND had pulled the study off its website and posted a notice that "This document has been withdrawn pending further review." Toke of the Town broke that story before it hit the national newswires.

"The L.A. City Attorney's office has been the organization most vocal in its criticism of the study, questioning its methods and conclusions," RAND media relations guy Warren Robak told Toke of the Town on October 11."

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5 Lies Anti-Marijuana Folks Love to Tell

5 Lies Anti-Marijuana Folks Love to Tell: "Submitted by NORML on Oct 24, 2011
By "Radical" Russ Belville

As 50% of Americans now support marijuana legalization, the prohibitionists are coming out in full force with hysterical propaganda to once again terrorize voters about cannabis. I intended to scour multiple sources to compile the five most common scare tactics they use, but Joseph Summerill, director of the Summerill Group LLC, a Washington, D.C.- based law enforcement think tank and general counsel for the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, made my job easy by using all five in one op-ed piece published today in the Washington Examiner entitled, “Facts on medical marijuana are stubborn things, too“."

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(74) Legalize Marijuana *(THC The Cure for Cancer)*'s Videos

(74) Legalize Marijuana *(THC The Cure for Cancer)*'s Videos:

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Medical Cannabis Backers Protest Federal Attack on State, Local Regulation - Obama Visit, S.F. Oct 25th | California NORML

NORML
Supporters of California’s medical marijuana laws will be protesting the Department of Justice’s crackdown on dispensaries and providers when President Obama comes to visit San Francisco at the Hotel W on Oct 25th. Demonstrators will be protesting at the corner of 3rd and Mission from 10:30 AM to 3 PM. Advocates will hold a preceding press conference at 10 AM at the Marriott Hotel. 299 Second St, SOMA Room #3.

Medical Cannabis Backers Protest Federal Attack on State, Local Regulation - Obama Visit, S.F. Oct 25th | California NORML:

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Marijuana: Colorado to formally ask DEA to designate pot Schedule II controlled substance - Denver News - The Latest Word

Marijuana: Colorado to formally ask DEA to designate pot Schedule II controlled substance - Denver News - The Latest Word: "The Drug Enforcement Administration dubs marijuana a Schedule I controlled substance -- meaning it has no accepted medical use. Switching pot to Schedule II, like morphine and cocaine, among other drugs, would instantly change the dynamic between the feds and medical marijuana states. And a Colorado spokesman confirms that his agency will make such a request by year's end.
Not that the state has a choice. Hidden within the language of House Bill 1284, the 2010 measure that established the regulatory structure for medical marijuana in Colorado, is a passage that enumerates the powers and duties of the state licensing authority. Under the heading "The state licensing authority shall," the seventh of them reads:"

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hemp Edification: Worth Repeating: Body's Own Cannabinoids Are The Bliss Within

(My little blogger comment: Who woulda thunk it? I'll tell you who....the scientists who've done studies on it for over a decade and the patients who are healed by it!)

Hemp Edification: Worth Repeating: Body's Own Cannabinoids Are The Bliss Within: "Did you see the medicinal cannabis science report in The New York Times on February 16?


In summary, the report says the great sense of euphoria and calm that many people report experiencing after prolonged exercise ("the runner's high") is not so much governed by the endorphins as "now an emerging field of neuroscience indicates that an altogether different neurochemical system within the body and brain, the endocannabinoid system, may be responsible for that feeling" of "pure happiness, elation, a feeling of unity with one's self and/or nature, endless peacefulness," and "inner harmony.""

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

GETTING OUT OF THE RED Legalize it - The Tech

GETTING OUT OF THE RED Legalize it - The Tech: "For a moment, ignore the question of whether, as a matter of principle, marijuana should be legal or illegal. What would be the net improvement of U.S. public finances if the drug were legalized and taxed?

To determine how much additional revenue would be created by legalization, the first step is to judge how large the U.S. market for marijuana is. These estimates vary widely, but both demand- and supply-side analyses of the U.S. marijuana market put it in the area of roughly $40 billion in transactions per year."

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Colo. medical marijuana dispensaries join union - Yahoo! News

Colo. medical marijuana dispensaries join union - Yahoo! News: "WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries are getting a boost in political clout after they joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
The U.S. Justice Department has warned that marijuana dispensaries and licensed growers in states with medical marijuana laws could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money-laundering laws, which union members are vowing to fight.
Daniel J. Rush, a national marijuana dispensary organizer for the union, said dispensary owners are at war with the U.S. Justice Department in California over the issue, and he believes the unions can help them.
"They declared war on us, we didn't declare war on them," Rush said.
Dispensaries in Michigan, California, and Washington state also are seeking union backing.
Dispensary representatives said Monday that they believe medical marijuana is part of the retail health care, agriculture, and food processing industry."

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Petition to legalize marijuana tops White House list - UPI.com

Petition to legalize marijuana tops White House list - UPI.com: "WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Legalizing marijuana is the top issue on the White House's "We the People" site, far outpacing other online petition requests, a review indicated.

The marijuana petition has more than 55,000 signatures, 20,000 more than any other issue on the site, Roll Call reported Monday.

A petition needs 25,000 signatures to trigger an official response.

"The political mind is pretty simple: What can you do for me, what can you do to harm me," said Allen St. Pierre, head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, which began the White House petition. "We're not effectively casting that in either direction.""

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality - Salem-News.Com

Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality - Salem-News.Com: "(NORTHERN CALIFORNIA) - Years ago, a friend of mine, a good Christian lady, had a child with "failure to thrive". She had CPS all over her, looking for even the tiniest trace of child neglect. They found none. The child was well cared for, but she just didn't seem that interested in eating. Her bottles often went half finished.

I believe that those bottles of formula, given from birth, were major part of the problem. Our bodies make chemicals called "endocannabinoids" that are closely related to THC and cannabidiol (CBD). Endocannabinoids control many bodily functions and are excreted into breast milk. When lactating female rabbits were injected with CBD, a non-psychoactive, plant-derived cannabinoid, there was "a significant accumulation of the drug in milk." [1]"

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

74 Years Ago This Month, The Marijuana Tax Act Changed Everything | THE Weed Blog

74 Years Ago This Month, The Marijuana Tax Act Changed Everything | THE Weed Blog: "By Jasen T. Davis

According to a report by Jon Gettman, who has a Ph.D. in public policy and regional economic development from George Mason University, the war on cannabis costs U.S. taxpayers $42 billion per year.

Gettman is also the leader of the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis, and is the former head of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

He based his calculations on U.S. government statistics and official federal reports, concluding that the business of cannabis in the country is worth $113 billion dollars. If taxed, the potential revenue stream from taxing this local economy would be significant."

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Long Beach to repeal medical marijuana law, ban dispensaries - Press-Telegram

Long Beach to repeal medical marijuana law, ban dispensaries - Press-Telegram: "LONG BEACH — Told by the Court of Appeal that it can't regulate marijuana collectives considered illegal under federal law, Long Beach intends to obey - and act to ban dispensaries within city limits.

According to City Attorney Robert Shannon, the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday requested in closed session that he draft two ordinances: one repealing the 1-year-old medical marijuana permit law and refunding about $700,000 in fees collected, and another that bars storefront dispensaries.

The council also announced it would appeal the court's decision to the California Supreme Court to seek clarification on the city's powers to control the selling of medical marijuana."

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