CA Lt. Gov. Newsom Calls for Legalizing Marijuana
Harris has also been mentioned as a 2016 presidential candidate if Hillary doesn't run. Wouldn't that be something, Harris as president and Newsom as governor?
High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff
Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think
Vermont's Attorney General Bill Sorrell Predicts Legislature Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016
"Let me put it this way, I will be surprised if marijuana is not legalized in this next legislative session," he said. There are enough votes for legislation to pass in the Senate, he says, and outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin has said he would sign a bill.
Most Colorado Voters Say Legal Marijuana Is A Good Thing
It's been almost two years since Colorado regulated recreational marijuana for sale, and according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on 11/20/2015 a majority of the state's voters support the decision and say its outcome has been good.
Support For Legalizing Marijuana Continues To Grow
According to the most recent Gallup poll (http://tinyurl.com/p675q7t) support for legalizing marijuana is at an all time high. The poll, released on 10/21/2015, shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana with increases in support in all age groups. With support averaging 56% since 2013 the trend is expected to continue unabated. Once considered political suicide many pols now call for the federal government to abstain from intervening with states efforts to legalize and regulate not only medical marijuana but recreational as well. A growing number even openly endorse outright legalization at the federal level.
Vermont Governor Calls For Marijuana Legalization
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin tells state lawmakers to craft bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Vows to work with legislature and sign bill into law. This would make Vermont the first state to legalize through the legislative process rather than by referendum. Marijuana could be legal as early as this summer.
Cannabis ‘Doesn’t Lower IQ Or School Grades’ – But Smoking Tobacco Does
Previous studies may have been skewed by the fact that teenagers tend to smoke the two together.
Researchers used data on 2235 children – mapping tobacco and cannabis use against IQ at age 15 and educational performance at age 16.
After full adjustment, those who had used cannabis 50 times did not differ from never-users on either IQ or educational performance.
The scientists say that there is a ‘robust’ link between smoking cigarettes and lower achievement in education – even when cannabis is excluded.
Ventura joins other cities with ban on medical marijuana cultivation.
Anti-Marijuana Politician Andy Harris At Risk Of Not Being Re-Elected
What could it cost Representative Andy Harris to be Congress’s leading voice against DC’s legalization of marijuana? Perhaps his career in national politics, according to a new poll of primary voters in the conservative Republican’s Maryland district which shows him losing badly to one of his three challengers.
Marijuana grows are destroying Oregon. Marijuana is also being redefined as agriculture in California and we need to stand up to this assault on our environment and on our rural communities. It's an outrage.
This Is How One Pot Smoker Learned That Marijuana Plays a Role in Psychosis...
"I had a big delusion that I was figuring something out that no one understood but me that would eventually save the world," he said. "The day of my psychosis, I charted everything out and put it on a piece of paper after I had just smoked a ton of weed."
Study Erred In Finding No Link Between Teen Pot Use And Psychosis.
I told you so. Legal marijuana simply provides cover for the cartel. Who is protecting the cartel? George Soros and his many puppet organizations, The Drug Policy Alliance, NORML, MPP, California NAACP, American's for Safe Access, and more. George Soros has made millions of the cartel, with the help of his close personal friend drug kingpin Jaime Gilinski.
"Drug traffickers seek safe haven amid legal marijuana."
..."illegal drug traffickers are growing weed among the state's sanctioned pot warehouses and farms, then covertly shipping it elsewhere and pocketing millions of dollars from the sale, according to law enforcement officials and court records consulted by The Associated Press."
Police Raid Alleged Hash Oil Lab in Kearny Mesa. (San Diego County)
"Two employees, 42-year-old Patrick McDonald and 48-year-old Daniel Gregg, were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing an illegal substance and manufacturing an illegal substance with intent to sell."
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Mendocino National Forest Marijuana Cultivator Sentenced to More than Five Years in Prison
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Pablo Barreto-Cruz, 39, of Mexico, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to five years and three months in prison and ordered to pay $22,800 in restitution for cultivating marijuana on public land and depredation of public lands and resources, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, between March 2015 and May 2015, Barreto-Cruz grew 2,998 marijuana plants in the Mendocino National Forest. The marijuana cultivation operation caused significant harm to the habitat and water quality of the National Forest.. Following Barreto-Cruz’s arrest on May 12, 2015, authorities searched the marijuana cultivation site and discovered approximately 1,000 pounds of irrigation pipe, approximately 1,000 pounds of camp debris, and several fertilizers and pesticides, including the highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran, which is dangerous to both humans and animals. The U.S. Forest Service estimates that the marijuana cultivation site diverted approximately 18,000 gallons of water per day.
This case was the product of an investigation by the United States Forest Service, the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Assistant United States Attorney Christiaan Highsmith prosecuted the case.
Driver arrested for DUI after crash with pedestrian.
"The driver in the crash tested positive marijuana Friday night and was arrested for DUI. He could also face vehicular assault charges"...
Study: Harvard Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers, and the Results Don't Look Good
"Shockingly, every single person in the marijuana group, including those who only smoked once a week, had noticeable [brain] abnormalities, with the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala showing changes in density, volume and shape. Those who smoked more had more significant variations."
NH House kills bill that would have legalized marijuana.
CONCORD – "The recreational use of marijuana will continue to be illegal after the House Thursday killed a bill that would have legalized, regulated and taxed the drug."
Hype Around Marijuana As Treatment For Cancer Unwarranted
Whoop there it is...
Study Links Marijuana Use to Greater Risk for Developing Addiction to Other Drugs.
"A new study suggests marijuana smokers may be significantly more likely to develop an addiction to other drugs and alcohol than people who don’t use marijuana."
Denver Crime Rises in 7 of 9 Categories, Homicide Up 72.4 Percent
"The stats available at this writing cover January-November 2015 — figures we've compared to the same period the previous year. And the numbers are up in seven of nine categories, including all four offenses listed under violent crime and three of five designated as property crimes.
Most alarming of all is the startling increase in homicides over the span of a year — from 29 during the first eleven months of 2014 to 50 from January until November of 2015. That's an increase of 72.4 percent."
AKT1 genotype moderates the acute psychotomimetic effects of naturalistically smoked cannabis in young cannabis smokers
"Smoking cannabis daily doubles an individual’s risk of developing a psychotic disorder"
Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies
Marijuana Smokers Five Times More Likely to Develop an Alcohol Problem
"Adults who use marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder (AUD) —alcohol abuse or dependence— compared with adults who do not use the drug. And adults who already have an alcohol use disorder and use marijuana are more likely to see the problem persist. Results of a study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence."
Marijuana use and risk of prediabetes and diabetes by middle adulthood: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study
"Marijuana use in young adulthood is associated with an increased risk of prediabetes by middle adulthood."
Maine marijuana legalization bid fails to qualify for ballot...
High Times Cannabis Cup cancelled in Colorado.
Daily Marijuana Use Does Not Cause Changes In Brain Structure Or Development in Adolescents or Adults
From a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience
Recent research has suggested that marijuana use is associated with volumetric and shape differences in subcortical structures, including the nucleus accumbens and amygdala, in a dose-dependent fashion. Replication of such results in well controlled studies is essential to clarify the effects of marijuana. To that end, this retrospective study examined brain morphology in a sample of adult daily marijuana users (n = 29) versus nonusers (n = 29) and a sample of adolescent daily users (n = 50) versus nonusers (n = 50). Groups were matched on a critical confounding variable, alcohol use, to a far greater degree than in previously published studies. We acquired high-resolution MRI scans, and investigated group differences in gray matter using voxel-based morphometry, surface-based morphometry, and shape analysis in structures suggested to be associated with marijuana use, as follows: the nucleus accumbens, amygdala, hippocampus, and cerebellum. No statistically significant differences were found between daily users and nonusers on volume or shape in the regions of interest. Effect sizes suggest that the failure to find differences was not due to a lack of statistical power, but rather was due to the lack of even a modest effect. IN SUM, THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT, WHEN CONTROLLING FOR ALCOHOL USE, GENDER, AGE, AND OTHER VARIABLES, THERE IS NO ASSOCIATION BETWEEN MARIJUANA USE AND STANDARD VOLUMETRIC OR SHAPE MEASUREMENTS OF SUBCORTICAL STRUCTURES.
State issues massive recall of pesticide-tainted marijuana. (The same pesticides linked to autism)...
"Pot grown by MGI, aka Kindman, in Denver is latest in string of state-issued recalls over pesticide use on cannabis"
LEGALIZATION WORKS! If not for legalization this pesticide laced marijuana would have been sold to the public. GOOD WORK COLORADO! Legalization protects the public!
Teenage girl with epilepsy who advocated for child medical marijuana laws dies after seizure.
Teenage girl dies after she stops taking medical marijuana and returns to home state to campaign for Connecticut MMJ legalization. WOULD STILL BE A L I V E IF PERMITTED TO CONTINUE TREATMENT WITH MMJ WHILE IN CONNECTICUT. Draconian drug laws kill 13yo girl! CONNECTICUT PROHIBITIONISTS DENY GIRL L I F E SAVING MEDICINE AND KILL HER!
Pot is Bad News — No Ifs, Ands or Butts!
"The research is unequivocal. Marijuana causes brain damage, and it is particularly dangerous to the teenager’s brain," said Dr. Ed Gogek, an Arizona-based psychiatrist and author of the book, "Marijuana Debunked."
Dr. Ed Gogek graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine, a school that is a magnet for students whose grades weren't good enough to get them into a tier one medical school.
Dr. Ed Gogek graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine, a school that is a magnet for students whose grades weren't good enough to get them into a tier one medical school.
Dr. Grogek does not practice real medicine, he is a homeopath.
Homeopathy ( i/ˌhoʊmiˈɒpəθi/) is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann, based on his doctrine of like cures like (similia similibus curentur), a claim that a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people.
Dr.Grotek has managed to garner just a 2.1 out of 5 rating for accurate diagnosis'. In other words he gets it wrong nearly 60% of the time.
Quite the "expert" the prohibitionists are citing. Then again what would you expect from someone who thinks "Reefer Madness" was a hard hitting documentary based on real science and truth?
Top 6 Industries Fighting Legal Marijuana
When confronted by multibillion dollar organizations arguing that they are just looking out for your welfare by keeping marijuana illegal just follow the money trail, it will lead to the truth.
Study: Marijuana Associated With Decreased Migraine Frequency
Cannabis administration is associated with decreased migraine headache frequency, according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Pharmacotherapy.
Authors reported that 85 percent of subjects reported a decrease in migraine frequency.
“Migraine headache frequency decreased from 10.4 to 4.6 headache per month with the use of medical marijuana,” researchers concluded.
Marijuana breathalyizer test coming
And another prohibitionist argument against legal marijuana goes up in smoke. Now there will be an inexpensive easy test for impairment. Thanks Linduh!
CBD In Marijuana 'Induces Rapid Antidepressant-Like Effects'
CBD’s fast-acting antidepressant effects in lab study hold promise for those struggling with depression.
The rapid onset of CBD’s antidepressant effects are of particular interest because at present, nearly all pharmaceutical antidepressants must be taken for weeks before patients feel any effects kick in.
Marijuana-Based Drug Found to Reduce Epileptic Seizures
An experimental drug derived from marijuana has succeeded in reducing epileptic seizures in its first major clinical trial, the product’s developer announced on Monday, a finding that could lend credence to the medical marijuana movement.
The developer, GW Pharmaceuticals, said the drug, Epidiolex, achieved the main goal of the trial, reducing convulsive seizures when compared with a placebo in patients with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. GW shares more than doubled on Monday.
The War On Drugs' Horribly Racist Origins Have Finally Been Revealed
A former adviser to President Richard Nixon said the war on drugs was invented to criminalize black people and suppress the radical left, according to an article published by Harper's.
Dan Baum, a Harper's contributor and former staff writer for the New Yorker, recalled a conversation he had in 1994 with former adviser to the president for domestic affairs John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in federal prison for perjury charges stemming from the Watergate scandal.
Here's his damning admission to Baum, via Harper's:
At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. "You want to know what this was really all about?" he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. "The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
Medical Marijuana States Have Fewer Suicides
Researchers took a close look at state-level suicide data over a 17-year period, from 1990 to 2007, from the National Vital Statistics System’s mortality detail files. They analyzed data from the 12 states that had legalized medical marijuana during that time and compared it with states that continued to criminalize the drug. In states that had legalized marijuana for medical use, there was a 10.8 percent reduction in the suicide rate of men in their 20s and a 9.4 percent reduction in men in their 30s, the study found.
New Study Suggests Marijuana's Impact On Crash Risk Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
Pot prohibitionists frequently warn that legalization will flood the roads with dangerously stoned drivers, leading to a surge in traffic fatalities. So far there is not much evidence of such a surge in Colorado or Washington, where marijuana was legalized in 2012. A new study may help explain why: It looks like marijuana’s impact on traffic safety has been greatly exaggerated.
Reporters and anti-pot activists commonly warn that marijuana use doubles the risk of a car crash. Even if that were true, toking would pale in comparison to drinking as a road hazard, since research indicates that a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10% quintuples the risk of an accident. But according to an analysis that’s about to be published by the journal Addiction, the increase in crash risk associated with marijuana use is roughly 20% to 30%, as opposed to the widely cited estimate of 92%.
Drive To Legalize Marijuana In Maine Advances On Judge's Ruling
An effort to allow Maine residents to vote to legalize recreational marijuana use advanced on Friday when a judge overruled a state official's decision invalidating some of the signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot.
The ruling came a month after Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap's office disqualified almost half of the 99,229 voter signatures gathered by marijuana activists, leaving the initiative without enough certified supporters to land a spot on the ballot.
The Secretary of State's office said it had invalidated the petitions over concerns that the signatures of notaries public on various forms submitted did not match up with versions on file in official state records.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, a national group advocating for the referendum, appealed the state's decision last month, saying that officials had disenfranchised tens of thousands of Maine voters based on a "handwriting technicality."
Maine Business and Consumer Court Justice Michaela Murphy on Friday ruled the state used an "incorrect and improper standard" to invalidate the signatures.
Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace Against Anti-Marijuana Petition
Commissioner Pace released the following statement:
“I’m saddened that a vocal minority is willing to tear apart our community when the voters of Pueblo have already spoken loud and clear. The result will be the same…again… except the community will be divided unnecessarily for the next seven months.
The folks running the measure need to explain to the hundreds of people working in Pueblo’s cannabis, construction, and real estate industries how they will put food on the table if this measure is successful.
Finally, if this passes what do we say to Pueblo County high school students promised scholarships, to the Colorado State Fair, Colorado State University-Pueblo, North Mesa and South Mesa Elementary, Beulah School, Runyon Field, Rye Mountain Park, and many other programs anticipating funds approved by the voters this past November from the 1B excise tax measure?”
Congress Passes Three Amendments to Stop DEA from Undermining State Marijuana Laws
Important Victories Build on Last Night’s Votes to End DEA's Controversial Bulk Data Collection Program, Cut DEA's Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Legislators passed three amendments today to prohibit the DEA and U.S. Department of Justice from undermining state marijuana laws, as part of the U.S. House of Representatives' consideration of the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. A fourth amendment failed. The House also passed an amendment last night ending the DEA’s controversial bulk data collection program. It also passed three amendments cutting $23 million from the DEA’s budget, and shifted it to fighting child abuse, processing rape test kits, reducing the deficit, and paying for body cameras on police officers to reduce law enforcement abuses.
Cannabis-Related Painkiller Trial Disaster Leaves 1 Brain Dead, 5 Injured.
The medicine involved works by targeting the body's pain-controlling endocannabinoid system, which is also responsible for the human response to cannabis.
The ministry said the six volunteers in Rennes, in western France, had been in good health until taking the oral medication at a private facility that specializes in carrying out clinical trials.
"Despite heavy pressure from the outgoing governor, the Vermont House soundly defeated Big Marijuana by voting overwhelmingly to stop pot legalization. Legalization groups and industry spent thousands of dollars to pass this via the legislature this year - and SAM/SAM-VT teamed up for a big victory here."
Marijuana Legalization Fails in Vermont House of Representatives