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  • Marijuana vs. Scotch and a Low IQ

    08/21/2014 2:13:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- Turning once again to what the sociologists call "coping mechanisms": There is marijuana and then there is alcohol. They are increasingly the civilized options. Consider alcohol. Consider a suave scotch and soda. One does not sit down to a scotch and soda to get blitzed, unless one is a veritable drunk. One sits down and sips a scotch and soda while conversing with friends. Perhaps one reads a book. One enjoys the scotch for the taste. With scotch there are scores of different tastes. One drinks a single malt. One drinks a blend. The same is true with...
  • 7 Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Caused Colorado

    08/20/2014 12:29:30 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 72 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 8/20/2014 | Cully Stimson
    SNIP As I reported a few weeks ago, some professors published a peer-reviewed article on the negative social costs to outright legalization. I noted that although overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007, they went up by 100 percent for operators testing positive for marijuana—from 39 in 2007 to 78 in 2012. (Colorado legalized marijuana for medical usage in 2009, before legalizing marijuana for other uses in 2012.) Furthermore, in 2007, those pot-positive drivers represented only 7 percent of total fatalities in Colorado, but in 2012 they represented 16 percent of total Colorado fatalities. This new report...
  • Marijuana Demystified: 5 Health Myths Debunked

    08/20/2014 10:40:32 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 266 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | Anthony Rivas
    Like it or not, marijuana use has increased exponentially since President Nixon declared a war no drugs in 1971. Today, marijuana — or weed, pot, cannabis, Mary Jane — is the third most popular recreational drug in the United States, behind only alcohol and tobacco. Upward of 24 million people have used it, based on the latest estimates, with 14 million using it regularly. But despite a growing warmth toward the drug, and two states (Washington and Colorado) legalizing its recreational use, there are still some people on the fence about its safety and usefulness. So, to educate you nonbelievers...
  • Black market boom lays bare a social divide in Colorado’s marijuana market

    08/19/2014 7:35:18 PM PDT · by G Larry · 15 replies
    The Guardian via Druge ^ | 19 August 2014 | Tina Griego
    Nascent cannabis industry splits between wealthy with clean criminal records and those who turn to less than legal methods
  • Probe into Brown shooting goes to pot ("shows that Brown was the quintessential American teenager")

    08/19/2014 11:42:49 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 53 replies
    WP ^ | 8/18/14 | J Capehart
    Reading the profile of Michael Brown by Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times over the weekend, one paragraph stood out. He was heavyset and quiet, but not shy. He recorded rap music with his best friend and smoked marijuana with other young men. Hennessy-Fiske also points out that cigarillos, the kind that Brown allegedly stole from a convenience store, are “often used to smoke marijuana.” So, it should hardly come as a shock that Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. If anything, this...
  • County investigation: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system

    08/18/2014 2:07:26 PM PDT · by madameguinot · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2014 | Thibodeaux et al
    <p>In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.</p>
  • County investigation: Michael Brown was shot from the front, had marijuana in his system

    08/18/2014 9:54:17 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 94 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2013 | y Mark Berman, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and Wesley Lowery
    Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner. While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told The Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front. In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. The...
  • Surprise: Michael Brown Had Marijuana In His System When He Confronted Police…

    08/18/2014 5:51:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 47 replies
    Red Flag News ^ | August 18, 2014 | Staff
    Via WaPo: Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner. While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told The Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front. In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, according to this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing...
  • Teens risk brain damage, low IQ from weekly pot smoking

    08/18/2014 6:28:55 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 140 replies
    Gant Daily ^ | 8-15-2014
    Brain imaging studies of regular marijuana users have shown significant changes in their brain structure, particularly among adolescents, Lisdahl said. Abnormalities in the brain’s gray matter, which is associated with intelligence, have been found in 16- to 19-year-olds who increased their marijuana use in the past year, she said. These findings remained even after researchers controlled for major medical conditions, prenatal drug exposure, developmental delays and learning disabilities, she added. “When considering legalization, policymakers need to address ways to prevent easy access to marijuana and provide additional treatment funding for adolescent and young adult users,” she adivsed. Lisdahl also recommended...
  • Dangerous new marijuana product looks like lip balm, packs big kick.

    08/18/2014 6:00:27 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published August 17, 2014 | Fox News
    Drug dealers are peddling a new marijuana product called Wax that looks and feels like lip balm and packs a kick equivalent to smoking 15-20 joints of weed. Police in Roswell, Ga., discovered 80 grams of Wax during a recent drug bust. Roswell Police Officer Zachary Frommer told Fox 5 in Atlanta last week that the drug ring was selling the substance to high school students. “It’s just an extra kick,” he said. “It gets ’em higher and it gets ’em higher faster. The 15-20 joints you smoke can equal a dose of the Wax.” The marijuana concentrate, also known...
  • Dangerous new marijuana product looks like lip balm, packs big kick

    08/17/2014 4:33:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2014
    Drug dealers are peddling a new marijuana product called Wax that looks and feels like lip balm and packs a kick equivalent to smoking 15-20 joints of weed. Police in Roswell, Ga., discovered 80 grams of Wax during a recent drug bust. Roswell Police Officer Zachary Frommer told Fox 5 in Atlanta last week that the drug ring was selling the substance to high school students. “It’s just an extra kick,” he said. “It gets ’em higher and it gets ’em higher faster. The 15-20 joints you smoke can equal a dose of the Wax.” The marijuana concentrate, also known...
  • Fight racial disparity by legalizing marijuana: Guest opinion (Oregon lunicy)

    08/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 08/16/2014 | Sandeep Kumar
    Racial disparities tend to exist where one doesn't expect them. Situations provoke them to appear, and — if we're willing — we take notice and act. For decades, social justice advocates have referenced the racial disparity in citations and arrests for marijuana. liberal blah, blah . . Ending the war on marijuana won't end racial disparity in Oregon, but it would diminish it. Criminalizing marijuana allows racial inequality to fester. We can't reduce racial disparity where we don't know it exists, nor when we lack practical solutions. In the case of marijuana arrests, we have both. Isn't it responsible and...
  • Canada's 'Prince of Pot' returns home after 5 years in U.S. jail

    08/16/2014 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2014
    Canada's 'Prince of Pot' returns home after 5 years in U.S. jail (Reuters) - A Canadian man jailed for five years in a U.S. federal prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border returned to his homeland on Tuesday, as laws regulating the drug in both countries have slowly been relaxed. Marc Emery, Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot," crossed the border from Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario, and soon after addressed television cameras and supporters with his wife Jodie Emery by his side. He said he expected to resume his activism for cannabis policy reform and would support Jodie's political...
  • Why marijuana's moment has arrived

    08/13/2014 11:13:55 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 265 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    A few decades ago, marijuana was a topic that relatively few people, mostly counterculture musicians and comedians, spoke about in public. The comedy team of Cheech and Chong made films such as "Up in Smoke" that extolled the pleasures of smoking pot at a time the subject was still taboo."When trouble times begin to bother me," they sang, "I take a toke and all my cares go up in smoke." On the fringes of American society, it was usually possible to find activists who wanted to legalize it, as the reggae artist Peter Tosh famously sang. Efforts to legalize the...
  • US Marijuana Legalization Already Weakening Mexican Cartels, Violence Expected to Decline

    08/11/2014 6:13:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Cathy Reisenwitz
    America’s first foray into rolling back prohibition 2.0 is barely underway, and already marijuana prices have dropped low enough to convince some cartel farmers in Mexico to abandon the crop. Mere months after two US states legalized marijuana sales, five Nobel Prize-winning economists released a UN report recommending that countries end their war on drugs. It would seem they were onto something. But in order to further decrease drug-trade violence in so-called producer states, the US first needs to legalize marijuana, but then also the US must stop using the UN to pressure producer countries into supply-based drug prohibition. Latin...
  • Pot smokers sue San Diego, say long drives to dispensaries pollute air

    08/09/2014 12:37:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 8/8/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Medical marijuana smokers in San Diego say the city has forced their pot shops to locate in remote areas and that means the drives to and from will increase air pollution — and ultimately, harm their lungs. The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit, saying the city is violating the California Environmental Quality Act, United Press International reported. The suit names as defendants the Coastal Commission and the city of San Diego and claims the zoning laws put in place for marijuana dispensaries means patients have to actually get in their cars to drive to the remote...
  • Colorado Teens Smoking Less Pot Since Legalization

    08/08/2014 5:54:05 PM PDT · by Ken H · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 08, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    Teen marijuana use has fallen in Colorado since the state legalized the drug in 2012, according to a new report, bucking a nationwide trend of overall increases in teen use. “Thirty-day marijuana use fell from 22 percent in 2011 to 20 percent in 2013, and lifetime use declined from 39 percent to 37 percent during the same two years,” according to an emailed press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado legalized marijuana for adults in 2012 and statewide retail sales of the drug — which is still illegal under federal law — began in January....
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    08/08/2014 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 153 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8th, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first...
  • San Bernardino Police Find 10K Pounds Of Marijuana In Semi Truck

    08/08/2014 12:13:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 8, 2014 11:12 AM
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — Police have made a major marijuana bust in San Bernardino after detectives found more than 10,000 pounds of the drug in the back of semi truck. The pot had a street value of $2.5 million and was packaged in cardboard boxes when it was discovered around 7 p.m. Thursday at a truck depot., the San Bernardino Police Department said. The boxes were hidden behind decoy boxes containing toys, the Press Enterprise reported. No arrests were made.
  • War Against Whites? I Think Not

    08/07/2014 9:19:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 6, 2014 | Charles M. Blow
    When Representative Mo Brooks, Republican of Alabama, claimed earlier this week that Democrats were waging a “war on whites,” he lifted the lid on a simmering resentment that is very real and very resilient and feeds on anxiety — and fear — about a changing America, and the possibility of those changes upending historical architectures of privilege. On Monday, Brooks was on Laura Ingraham’s radio show to talk about Republicans’ deportation policies. She played a clip of Ron Fournier of National Journal on Fox News saying: “The fastest-growing voting block in this country thinks the Republican Party hates them. This...
  • More people say they were drugged by sample chocolate bar at Denver County Fair's 'Pot Pavilion'

    08/07/2014 5:12:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    KMGH ^ | 8/7/2014
    Denver County Fair officials confirmed they are investigating at least three separate cases of people who said they were drugged after eating a Full Melt Chocolate bar that contained THC at the Denver County Fair's Pot Pavilion.Denver County Fair Spokesperson, Dana Cain said at least two of those people went to the hospital after they became dizzy, sick and confused.  They tested positive for THC."I was given one of these, it looked just like that," Richard Jones said as he pointed to a picture of a Full Melt Chocolate bar on his computer screen.The Pot Pavilion was new to the...
  • Liberals Come Late to the Pot Party

    08/06/2014 11:43:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 6, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board. It is a...
  • Blumenthal, DeLauro: FDA Needs 'Accurate' Nutrition Labels--For Pot-Laced Food

    08/06/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked if marijuana-infused food products should require federal labeling, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said consumers want accurate information “to make smart choices”. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t enforce federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused food products that are available in the few states where marijuana has been legalized.During a conference call with lawmakers on FDA food labeling on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked: “Given that the FDA currently doesn’t enforce any federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused foods and with a lot of states obviously changing their marijuana laws  -do you think they should require nutritional...
  • Denver Fair’s Bong, Edible Contests Celebrate Pot

    08/03/2014 7:09:41 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    cbs Denver ^ | 8-3-2014
    Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation’s first county fair to allow pot competitions. This weekend’s Denver County Fair includes a 21-and-over “Pot Pavilion” where winning entries for plants, bongs, edible treats and clothes made from hemp are on display. Organizers say the marijuana categories this year — which come with the debut of legal recreational marijuana in Colorado — add a fun twist on Denver’s already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and a contest for dioramas made with Peeps candies. “We’ve been selling tickets to people from all over the...
  • DA: Foster dad was high around time child left in hot car

    08/02/2014 1:40:10 PM PDT · by eccentric · 38 replies
    KAKE News ^ | Aug 01, 2014 | KAKE News
    WICHITA, Kan. — The Sedgwick County District Attorney is alleging that a foster father was high while a baby was left in a hot car last week. She later died. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett read the allegations during a bond reduction hearing for Seth Jackson on Friday afternoon. Bennett said that Jackson had run out of marijuana on the morning of July 24. That afternoon, he reportedly took two children to meet with his drug dealer where he bought more. When he got home, Bennett said he left the 10-month-old girl in the car, went inside and smoked...
  • Dustin Johnson banned 6 months [PGA Tour]

    08/01/2014 1:20:08 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 38 replies
    espn ^ | 8-1-14 | n/a
    The PGA Tour has suspended Dustin Johnson for six months after he tested positive for cocaine, according to a report on Golf.com. Citing a source, Golf.com reported that Johnson has failed three drug tests -- two for cocaine (in 2014 and 2012) and one for marijuana (2009). Johnson, 30, was suspended for the 2012 failed test, Golf.com reported, but that suspension was never made public. Under its guidelines, the PGA Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs. Johnson announced Thursday that he was taking a leave of absence from competition,...
  • Bankrupt San Bernardino looks at marijuana sales to raise funds

    07/31/2014 9:14:32 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/31/2014 | Tim Reid
    (Reuters) - The city attorney of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, has a novel idea for raising new revenue - open medical marijuana dispensaries to sell pot. As San Bernardino struggles to deliver a bankruptcy exit plan two years after it filed for Chapter 9 protection, city attorney Gary Saenz says marijuana sales should be part of the southern California city's income.
  • Big change proposed for federal marijuana law: Bill would exempt plants with low percentage of THC

    07/30/2014 10:40:11 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 69 replies
    KY3 ^ | Jul 29, 2014 | Caleb Hellerman
    Doctors in Macon, Georgia, told Janea Cox that her daughter, Haleigh, might not live another three months. That was the middle of March, when Haleigh's brain was being short-circuited by hundreds of seizures a day, overrunning the array of five potent drugs meant to control them. Worse, the drugs were damaging Haleigh's organs. "She was maxed out," Cox said. "She'd quit breathing several times a day, and the doctors blamed it on the seizure medications." Cox had heard that a form of medical marijuana might help, but it wasn't available in central Georgia. So a week after hearing the ominous...
  • Funeral today for 9-year-old girl waiting on medical marijuana

    07/30/2014 4:02:34 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 105 replies
    WGRZ ^ | July 23, 2014
    Funeral today for 9-year-old girl waiting on medical marijuana WEST SENECA, N.Y. -- Friends, family and community members crowded into a church in West Seneca Wednesday morning to say final farewells to a little girl whose story touched all of Western New York. For more than 8 months, 2 On Your Side has been following the journey of 9-year-old Anna Conte. Anna had Dravet Syndrome, which caused her to have uncontrollable seizures. Anna and her family were relentless in pressuring state leaders to pass a medical marijuana program, because a special oil-based version of cannabis worked wonders for kids in...
  • The Case for Marijuana Reparations (Barf Bag warning)

    07/29/2014 7:45:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    Marijuana legalization has a new, influential advocate: the New York Times. ................................................... We can’t always heal injury, but we can acknowledge and compensate for it. Any plan for legalization should come with a plan for reparations for those communities most damaged by our misguided war on marijuana. That doesn’t mean individual payments—the logistics are too difficult—as much as it does policies for affected communities, from job training and educational services to something like My Brother’s Keeper, all funded by a surtax on marijuana sales and distribution.
  • Possible New 'View' Host S.E. Cupp Slams 'Liberal' NYT for Pot Editorial

    07/28/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 28, 2014
    Possible new View co-host S.E. Cupp got a tryout on Monday for the token conservative slot on the morning program. Wasting no time, the conservative commentator got in a fight with Whoopi Goldberg over the New York Times's endorsement of federally legalized marijuana. After Goldberg described herself as "very, very, very happy" with the Times, Cupp shot back, "Luckily, it is not up to the New York Times, a New York City liberal paper, to decide what everyone around the country does."
  • Florida poll: Most back legal marijuana

    07/28/2014 4:56:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/28/14 | Jonathan Topaz
    A majority of Florida voters support legalization of recreational marijuana, a new poll says. According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 55 percent of Florida voters back legal possession of small amounts of recreational pot, compared with 41 percent who oppose it.
  • Repeal Prohibition, Again (New York Times: Let States Decide on Marijuana)

    07/27/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/26/2014 | NYT Editorial Board
    -snip- There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level. We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even...
  • Pot seen as reason for rise in Denver homeless

    07/26/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 53 replies
    AP ^ | 7/26/2014 | Unattributed AP
    <p>DENVER (AP) — Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city’s streets.</p> <p>One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.</p>
  • FNC's Beckel: I've Done Dope in The White House

    07/24/2014 7:56:35 AM PDT · by shove_it · 79 replies
    TruthRevolt ^ | 24 Jul 2014
    On Wednesday's edition of "The Five," co-host Bob Beckel remarked on Snoop Dogg's revelation that he as smoked marijuana in the White House, by admitting to the same thing. “I can’t criticize this guy (Snoop) because I’ve done dope in the White House myself,” Beckel said. Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle let out an exasperated, “Oh, God.” “Are you breaking news?” asked their colleague Eric Bolling. “I did, yeah,” Beckel said. (vid at link)
  • Pot growers worry wildfires will slow deliveries to retailers

    07/23/2014 10:56:28 PM PDT · by steve86 · 5 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/23/2014 | Colleen Wright
    While record-setting wildfires engulfed Central Washington, budding marijuana businesses in the area suffered from scorched plants unfit for production, pop-up fires on farms and road closures that slowed deliveries to retailers. A 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on the Columbia River Cannabis farm in Douglas County earlier this month and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana plants that were eventually to be used to start growing in the recreational market. Columbia River Cannabis in Douglas County was finally close to getting a marijuana-producer license after nine months. That is, until a 15,000-acre wildfire encroached on its farm July 10 and burned its 5-week-old medical-marijuana...
  • How One State Could Hold the Key to Legal Marijuana in America

    07/23/2014 10:57:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mic ^ | July 23, 2014 | Matt Connolly
    Everything's in motion for what could be a stunning victory for marijuana legalization this November. Advocates in Oregon just got legalization of recreational marijuana on the ballot in the state, which means it could join Colorado and Washington as the only states to fully legalize (and tax) the drug. But beyond Oregon, an even more important battle is brewing farther northwest. Legalization is also on the ballot in Alaska. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)What makes Alaska special? There's a certain symbolic significance to passing marijuana legalization in a Republican-controlled red state. Colorado, Washington and Oregon all went for President Barack Obama in 2012, with...
  • This Grandfather Allegedly Cured Liver Cancer With Homemade Cannabis Oil

    07/23/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 86 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 7-13-2014 | Lizette Borreli
    Mike Cutler, a 63-year-old grandfather, allegedly killed his cancer cells with homemade cannabis oil, after receiving his second liver cancer diagnosis in five years. The cancer survivor was first diagnosed with liver cancer in 2009 after he blacked out at work, after which he then received an organ transplant in November of that year. However, last year, his health took a turn for the worst when he found out new cancerous cells were attacking his new organ. A liver transplant and a second cancer diagnosis later, Cutler decided to buy marijuana from a dealer and make his tablets from the...
  • Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballot

    07/23/2014 9:59:46 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 21, 2014 | Sharon Bernstein
    An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday. Only two U.S. states, Washington and Colorado, currently allow recreational marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law. Oregon's proposal will come before voters just two years after they rejected a similar measure. [...] If passed in November, Oregon would be the latest in a string of U.S. states to liberalize marijuana laws, either for recreational or medical use. On Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill allowing children and adults with epilepsy to...
  • California Pot Farms Use 50% More Water than City of San Francisco

    07/23/2014 8:09:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are warning that streams harboring endangered salmon and steelhead could go dry because of the heavy water consumption by marijuana growers. During the growing season, California “pot farms” consume 60 million gallons of water a day. That equals 50% more than is consumed by the entire city of San Francisco. ... Two men were arrested were arrested last week at a Santa Cruz County pot farm that state authorities said used diverted stream water and threatened steelhead trout and endangered Central Coast Coho salmon. The raid netted 180 mature marijuana plants...
  • Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado

    07/22/2014 7:31:53 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them.
  • GOP-led House gives marijuana businesses another boost

    07/18/2014 4:18:13 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 16, 2014
    GOP-led House gives marijuana businesses another boost When it comes to liberalizing marijuana policy, Congress has once again shown that it is not always the liberals taking the lead. The GOP-dominated House on Wednesday delighted cannabis advocates by voting to prohibit law enforcement from going after banks for doing business with state-licensed marijuana growers and sellers. The measure would be a boon to the marijuana business. Currently, banks fear taking on dispensaries and related companies as clients out of concern that the relationship puts them at risk of being a target for federal drug and treasury agents. The banks had...
  • The Nuclear Option: Why Do I Have to Buy Healthcare for Potheads?

    07/18/2014 10:46:15 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18 2014 | Charles Hurt
    Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • HURT: Now that I have to pay for it, it is my business

    07/16/2014 5:46:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2014 | Charles Hurt
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Politicians here have not even figured out how yet to implement their new law requiring us to pay for everybody else’s health care, and already people are clamoring to legalize drugs that are, at the very least, hazardous to their health. The good people of Colorado and Washington state can now buy and smoke pot without violating state laws. The movement to do so is spreading among other states like a hot tropical virus through a detention facility on the Mexican border. I, for one, have never really cared one way or the other if people choose to smoke pot....
  • White House Upholds States’ Rights, At Least For Marijuana

    07/16/2014 11:04:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/15/2014 | Jonah Bennett
    In reaction to a proposed amendment to block decriminalization of marijuana in D.C., the White House Office of Management and Budget took a strong stance in favor of states’ rights. Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland introduced an amendment that would prevent the D.C. Council from using any federal funds to enact pot policy changes, calling marijuana “poison to a teenager’s brain.” The D.C. Council has also released a statement condemning interference from Congress. The current legislation adopted by the Council replaces criminal penalties for marijuana usage with fines. The marijuana amendment in the Financial Services and General Government appropriations...
  • Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

    07/16/2014 4:44:01 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 83 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Wednesday 16 July 2014 | Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman
    *The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals* To discover whether cannabis really does cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals, we carried out the largest ever study of the effects of THC (∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the drug’s principal psychoactive ingredient). We recruited 121 volunteers, all of whom had taken cannabis at least once before, and all of whom reported having experienced paranoid thoughts in the previous month (which is typical of half the population). None had been diagnosed with a mental illness. The volunteers were randomly chosen to...
  • Strictly Business: Legal pot industry sure to be robust

    07/14/2014 1:57:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Columbian ^ | July 13, 2014 | Gordon Oliver, business editor
    It's rare when any business in Clark County attracts national or even regional interest, so the media throng that greeted last Wednesday's opening of Main Street Marijuana was quite a curiosity. The clever "weed and weenies" event that accompanied the store's opening, along with the presence of Mayor Tim Leavitt at the ribbon-cutting, captured the attention of media outlets that devour eye-catching visuals. But business likely would still have been brisk at Main Street Marijuana even if it hadn't snagged the free publicity. With a state-imposed limit of just 15 retail outlets for all of Clark County, and with some...
  • Colorado Recreational Pot Dales Fip for 1st Time

    07/12/2014 7:25:31 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 33 replies
    Krextv.com ^ | 7/11/14 | Kristina kuestner
    <p>DENVER (AP)- Colorado sold less recreational pot in May than in April, the first month-to-month sales decline for the newly legal drug.</p> <p>Tax collections reported by the Colorado Department of Revenue this week showed that Colorado sold about $21 million of recreational pot in May. That was down slightly from April, when the 4/20 marijuana holiday was credited in part for a boost in recreational sales to $22 million.</p>
  • Colorado Is Consuming Way More Pot Than Anyone Ever Believed

    07/12/2014 2:55:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 10, 2014 | Maya Rhodan
    And most is consumed by a minority of daily users. About 9% of Colorado’s population consumes marijuana, according to a market demand study conducted by the state department of revenue’s Marijuana Enforcement Division and the state’s Marijuana Policy Group. And those users, it’s estimated, will get through about 121.4 metric tons of pot every year. According to the report, that consumption — calculated through survey results, demographic data and source data — is “31 percent higher than a recent department of revenue assessment, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center, and 111 percent higher than an...
  • First person to buy pot in Spokane says he was fired from job

    07/11/2014 9:15:12 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/10/2014 | Kasia Hall
    Mike Boyer got his 15 minutes of fame when he became the first person in Spokane to buy recreational pot on Tuesday. On Wednesday Boyer posted his resume on Craigslist, saying Kodiak Security had fired him. Kodiak officials told the Spokesman-Review, though, that Boyer still had a job with the company. Boyer said two of his three part-time employers have asked him to take drug tests after seeing news reports of his pot purchase. He said he will fail them. Kym Ramey, a human resources manager for Kodiak, said employees are tested per company policy. "We're a security firm," Ramey...