Cannabis News – Show 66

It’s time for an all new episode of Weeducated and this one brings big changes with it! We announce those changes on this episode but as you expect, we discuss a battery of stories from around the world. We report on a new story that may allow for cannabis on Mars…WHAT?! And the proposed changes to VA docs and their ability to recommend cannabis as a treatment option for our veterans. We also give a rundown of the grand total collected by Colorado in marijuana related taxes and business fees for 2014. And it’s a huge number….staggering even.

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We debunk the crazy story that broke in the UK about super skunk and the claim that one in four new serious mental disorders is linked to cannabis. And on its heels, the story of the newsreader who tried cannabis for the first time and said it was worse than being in a war zone. We give you ammo to debunk both. Stupid yellow journalism. Get WEEDUCATED people! Speaking of getting Weeducated, we also cover the two new studies that show we don’t need to be as afraid of changes in brain structure or driving because of cannabis as the opposition would have you believe. And we leave off this episode by talking about some of the Cannabis Heroes that are out there fighting the good fight and changing minds…weeducating, if you will. You definitely want to hear this episode so go ahead and press play already!!

Does Cannabis Really Cause One in Four of All New Serious Mental Disorders?

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Reefer madness is upon us again, with media reports on a new cannabis study suggesting that a couple of puffs on a joint will inevitably lead young people to psychosis.
It’s nonsense. While it’s true that the study shows skunk to be dangerous, it also found milder forms of cannabis, like hash, to be completely harmless. These findings do not disprove the case for drug law reform: they make it.

Newsreader Jon Snow: Smoking high-strength cannabis ‘more terrifying than war zone’

Newsreader Jon Snow has described taking high-strength “skunk” cannabis as more terrifying than working in a war zone. The presenter today admitted to trying the drug in a blog post – all in the name of science. He said it took him to the “darkest place I have ever been” during an experiment at a lab near University College Hospital, Euston. Writing on the Channel 4 News website, the presenter said: “I felt as if my soul had been wrenched from my body. There was no one in my world.
“I felt I had lost all control and had only the vaguest awareness of who I was and what on earth I was doing.
“I cascaded into a very, very, dark place, the darkest mental place I have ever been.
“I was frightened, paranoid, and felt physically and mentally wrapped in a dense blanket of fog.”
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Astronauts could grow CANNABIS on the Red Planet, hints British Mars One finalist

A budding British astronaut has indicated that astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars might be able to grow cannabis aboard their spaceship.
Ryan MacDonald, a physics student at Oxford University, is one of five Brits named among the finalists for the Mars One mission, which will send a team on a mission to settle on the Red Planet.
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Bill Would Allow VA Docs to Recommend Marijuana

A new bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives that would allow doctors employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to recommend marijuana as means of medical treatment to veterans that suffer from certain medical conditions, such as: serious physical injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more.
Do to federal laws current VA policy prohibits doctors from recommending marijuana for medical use.
Nearly 20% of veterans returning from the Middle East are diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or PTSD; all of which are notoriously difficult conditions to treat. A study published recently in the Annals of Epidemiology found that the suicide rate among these veterans is 50% greater than the national average.
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Colorado pulls in $76M in marijuana taxes and business fees for 2014

DENVER — Colorado finally learned Tuesday how much tax revenue it collected from recreational marijuana in the first year of sales, and the haul was below estimates — about $44 million. The release of December sales taxes gave Colorado its first full calendar year of the taxes from recreational pot sales, which began Jan. 1, 2014.
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Federal Study: THC-Positive Drivers Not More Likely To Be Involved In Motor Vehicle Crashes 

Drivers who test positive for the presence of THC in blood are no more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes than are drug-free drivers, according to a federally sponsored case-control study involving some 9,000 participants. The study, published Friday by the United States National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), is the first large-scale case-control study ever conducted in the United States to assess the crash risk associated with both drugs and alcohol use by drivers.
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Study: Marijuana Use Not Associated With Changes In Brain Morphology

It was less than a year ago when the mainstream media was chock-full of headlines like this one: “Brain changes associated with casual marijuana use in young adults, study finds.” The alarmist headlines were in response to a controversial paper published by researchers at Harvard University and Northwestern University which alleged to have found differences in brain morphology in a cohort of 20 college-age marijuana users as compared to 20 non-users. The study’s investigators attributed the differences to subjects’ cannabis use.
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Earl Blumenauer Is a Total Badass

US Representative Earl Blumenauer is demanding to know who in the federal government intimidated an Oregon bank that had promised to work with legal marijuana businesses. Oregon’s MBank made headlines last month when it announced it would be taking marijuana-related business in Colorado, where legal marijuana retailers struggle to find banking services. MBank has been taking deposits in Washington, the other state where recreational pot is legal, and has been serving Oregon-based medical marijuana dispensaries since September.

So is Mason Tvert…In case you didn’t know

 

By rubylexi • February 25, 2015 • 12:00 am

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