Sugar: Gateway Drug to Violence?
"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."
Gavin Newsom To Lead Cannabis Legalization Effort
Federal Task Force to the Obese; Get Help!
Cannabis Legalization The Will Of The Majority
Federal Task Force to the Obese; Get Help!
High School graduation rates climb in tandem with rise in marijuana use.
"Legalizing Marijuana Should Be a Top National Security Objective: Terrorism and Border Instability Would Diminish"
"Prosecutor to Drop All Seattle Marijuana Tickets"
Former U.S. attorney for Oregon endorses marijuana legalization measure
Caribbean Officials Look To Marijuana Tourism
Medical Marijuana in California: A Successful Treatment for a Wide Range of Patients
A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi.
Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California Medical Marijuana Program
Obesity, Americas greatest medical scourge. Obesity kills more people each year than all drugs legal and illegal combined. Court ordered Jenny Craig!!!
States with medical marijuana laws saw decreases in suicide rates, drops in drunken driving, fewer drunken driving fatalities, declines in heavy drinking, fewer painkiller overdoses, and lower teen usage rates.
"The federal government’s own statistics show that marijuana is safer than alcohol"
"Obama’s nominee for a top DOJ slot has said states should legalize marijuana."
Two British Newspapers Embarrass Themselves Over Marijuana
"Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol"
Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018!
"D.C. Police Chief: Arresting People For Marijuana Possession ‘Never Was Productive To Begin With’"
"More Americans Want to Ban Unpasteurized Milk Than Marijuana"
"The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science"
"“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded...“The distinction the Emory University study makes is not new,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, told ThinkProgress. “It’s ripe with citations from Donald Tashkin who has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question of what happens to people when they smoke tobacco and marijuana. This new study took things further; today these products aren’t being smoked [in a way] that the product is carbonized and there’s ash."
Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report
SciCheck: DEA Chief Wrong On Medical Marijuana
High-Potency Marijuana Isn't Any More Dangerous Than Weak Stuff
Men's Wearhouse founder comes out in favor of pot legalization
Study: Marijuana Users 50 Percent Less Likely To Suffer From Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and abdominal fat, which are linked to increased risk of heart disease and/or type 2 diabetes, among other serious health consequences.
Michigan Cops Protect Citizens by Stealing Leaf Blowers From Cancer Patients
Soon We’ll All Be Getting High: The End Of Marijuana Prohibition Is Closer Than You Think
Corrupt Michigan Cops Use Medical Marijuana Money To Buy I-Pads, Truck, Shirts
Legislation passed in 2013 (HB 5313) and signed into law in 2014 by Governor Snyder allowed money from the state’s Medical Marihuana Fund (the Fund) to be used by local units of law enforcement “for the operation and oversight of the Michigan medical marihuana program… operation and oversight grants are for education, communication and enforcement of the Michigan medical marihuana act…”
Instead they treated themselves to I-Pads, trucks, and t-shirts.
Ex-DEA agent on medical marijuana: some 'can't grip it until they've l i v e d it'
Pennsylvania bill legalizing medical marijuana has former DEA agent, State Rep. Mike Regan's (Republican) support.
Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Personal Marijuana Use
Ruling could pave way for legalization of recreational use.
Earl Blumenauer: DEA chief unfit after calling medical pot ‘a joke’
During morning remarks on the House floor, Mr. Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat, said the interim DEA chief’s attitude on medicinal marijuana is “indicative of a throwback ideology rooted in the failed war on drugs,” and he urged the Obama administration to consider a replacement.
“Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,” the congressman continued. “He’s an example of the inept, misinformed zealot who has mismanaged America’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”
Medical Marijuana Linked With Lower Obesity Rates
While Pacific Northwest Bans Cannabis Clubs, Six Other States Will Legalize Them
Federal Court Tells The DEA To Stop Harassing Medical Marijuana Providers
In a scathing decision, a federal court in California has ruled that the Drug Enforcement Administration's interpretation of a recent medical marijuana bill "defies language and logic," "tortures the plain meaning of the statute" and is "at odds with fundamental notions of the rule of law." The ruling could have a broad impact on the DEA's ability to prosecute federal medical marijuana cases going forward.
Seeing it as perhaps the final nail in the coffin of the DEA's years-long involvement with California's medical marijuana program, medical marijuana advocates are cheering the ruling. "It's great to see the judicial branch finally starting to hold the Justice Department accountable for its willful violation of Congress's intent to end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws," said Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority.
Dan Riffle of the Marijuana Policy Project agreed. "This is a big win for medical marijuana patients and their providers," he wrote in a statement, "and a significant victory in our efforts to end the federal government’s war on marijuana. Federal raids of legitimate medical marijuana businesses aren’t just stupid and wasteful, but also illegal."
POTUS To SCOTUS; Leave CO MJ Alone
The Obama administration has advised the Supreme Court not to hear a lawsuit brought by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado's legalization of marijuana. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli has pointed out that Nebraska and Oklahoma failed to properly file in district court first and that taking the case "would represent a substantial and unwarranted expansion of this Court's jurisdiction".
11 Things Colorado Can Now Fund Thanks to Legal Marijuana
1. $40 million for school construction.
2. $2.5 million for marijuana education and prevention campaigns.
3. $2 million for bullying prevention school grants.
4. $2 million for drop-out prevention school grants.
5. $2 million for youth mentoring services.
6. $1 million for poison control centers.
7. $1 million for local government marijuana impact grants.
8. $500,000 for substance abuse screening, intervention, and referral.
9. $500,000 for substance abuse treatment.
10. $300,000 for Future Farmers of America and 4-H programs at the State Fair.
11. $200,000 for roadside impaired-driving enforcement training for peace officers
Because the state made way more than lawmakers had anticipated, there is an additional $8 million in marijuana revenue that has yet to be allocated.
San Diego Approves 21st Legal Medical Marijuana Shop
Victory! Congress passes bills to prohibit DEA from interfering with medical marijuana and hemp research in those states that have legalized them. It also okays federal funding for needle exchange programs.
Thanks to language in the omnibus spending bill the DEA's hands are tied and all they can do is stand there, w a t c h, and fume.
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Win Battle Against Federal Crackdown
Medical marijuana dispensaries scored a major win on Monday when a federal judge ruled that the Department of Justice cannot prosecute legal providers of medical cannabis.
"This is a big win for medical marijuana patients and their providers, and a significant victory in our efforts to end the federal government’s war on marijuana. Federal raids of legitimate medical marijuana businesses aren’t just stupid and wasteful, but also illegal," said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement.
"It's great to see the judicial branch finally starting to hold the Justice Department accountable for its willful violation of Congress's intent to end federal interference with state medical marijuana laws,"said Tom Angell, chairman of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. "I hope the Obama administration takes this ruling to heart and makes sure DEA and federal prosecutors finally stop trying to stand between patients and their medicine."
U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’
The nation’s top doctor says that marijuana has medical benefits for some patients.
In a Wednesday appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the United States, said, “We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms, that marijuana can be helpful.”
“I think that we have to use that data to drive policymaking,” he added.
Anti-Pot Group Blames 'Big Marijuana' for Nonexistent Increase in Adolescent Cannabis Consumption
Neither Colorado nor Washington has seen a statistically significant change in underage use since legalization.
A recent analysis of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows a small, statistically insignificant increase in cannabis consumption by Colorado teenagers between 2012-13, when marijuana possession by adults 21 and older became legal in that state, and 2013-14, when state-licensed merchants began selling marijuana to recreational consumers. The share of 12-to-17-year-olds reporting marijuana use in the previous month rose from 11.2 percent to 12.6 percent. (The state prevalence estimates combine two years of data to compensate for relatively small samples.) The anti-pot group SAM ("Smart Approaches to Marijuana") made the most of the new numbers:
Colorado now leads the country in past-month youth marijuana use, after legalizing marijuana in 2012. The state claims this dubious distinction after being in third place in the 2012-2013 report, and in fourth place in the 2011-2012 study.
By focusing on the change in Colorado's rank, SAM obscured the fact that neither of these changes was statistically significant, a point that SAM President Kevin Sabet further obfuscated by blaming "Big Tobacco" for a possibly nonexistent increase in underage use. "In Colorado especially," he said, "Big Marijuana has been allowed to run wild, and it appears that kids are paying the price more than in any other state in the country."
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.
Moderate Marijuana Smokers Show Greater Lung Capacities Than Non-users
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.
America, Take Note: Three Lessons the Netherlands Learned After Decades of Evolving Its Drug Policy
Canada Officially Begins Move Toward Legalizing Marijuana
Canada’s new prime minister was only sworn in less than two weeks ago, but he has already directed his government to begin the process that will lead to the nationwide legalization of marijuana.
“I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to d e l i v e r on your top priorities [including]a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” Prime Minster Justin Trudeau wrote to Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s new justice minister and attorney general.
New Study Proves That Marijuana Doesn't Lower IQ
New study using identical twins debunks seriously flawed Duke University study. Marijuana use not linked to declines in IQ.
The Real Reason Marijuana Is Illegal
Potential Marijuana Legalization in Arizona Threatens TASC Drug Treatment Firm's Funding
A Maricopa County nonprofit that makes much of its money off low-level marijuana offenders would take a big financial hit if Arizona voters legalize marijuana in November.
The Treatment Assessment Screening Center, better known as TASC, contracts with the county to provide six months of mandatory drug-treatment services for first- or second-time offenders who get busted for possession of illegal drugs. TASC participants, with exceptions for low-income offenders, pay their own way for the program
If Arizonans vote "yes" on the Colorado-style legalization measure expected to be on the ballot next year, it would have huge effect on TASC, the nonprofit's CEO, Doug Kramer, acknowledges. TASC would need to seek out other court-ordered funding sources "to counter the loss of operating revenue," Kramer says.
Dabs, The Latest Marijuana Trend Police And Media Are Needlessly Freaking Out About
A highly potent form of marijuana has made its way to the East Coast, and law enforcement and “advocates” are very worried. In fact, they’re so worried that they are making false and baseless claims about its dangers.
Petition calls to remove DNC chair over anti-marijuana statements
Democratic National Committee chairperson and Florida House Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been speaking out against marijuana legalization while simultaneously accepting substantial campaign contributions from the alcohol industry, as reported by The Intercept, and critics say she should be replaced as DNC chair due to her “cannabis hypocrisy.”
A Quebec Judge Slammed Canada’s 'Antiquated and Ridiculous’ Marijuana Laws
On Thursday, a Quebec judge called out Canada's "ridiculous" marijuana laws, noting that lawyers and others who work in the legal system are probably getting high themselves. Characterizing current marijuana laws as "obsolete," he added that there's little doubt that crown attorneys, defense lawyers, and judges are among the 50 percent of Canadians who use weed.
Homicides Down Since Beginning of Legal Cannabis Sales in Denver
In one of the most drastic examples of the potential benefits of legalized cannabisColorados-Recreational-Marijuana-Task-Force, Denver, Colorado has seen a sizable reduction in violent crimes – particularly homicides – since the beginning of legal recreational cannabis sales.
Marijuana Legalization In Colorado Is Killing Mexican Drug Cartels
Maryland Senate Overrides Governor’s Anti-Marijuana Veto
The Maryland Senate dashed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s efforts to prevent the decriminalization of marijuana Thursday.
The Democrat-controlled assembly mustered the three-fifths majority needed to override the Republican governor’s veto in a vote on the bill that would decriminalize the use of marijuana in public, as well as possession of cannabis paraphernalia like pipes and papers.
The bill’s advocates said it fixed an anomaly in the law, where marijuana use was decriminalized, but paraphernalia remained illegal. Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat and sponsor of the bill, said the bill “is really a correction to what we did a couple years ago.”
Marijuana Reduces Alzheimers Symptoms, Scientists Say
A study has found that cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy and delusions.