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 • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 64

This is a jam-packed show and will definitely give you some great ammo for our continued fight against the war on cannabis. In this episode of Cannabis News, we talk all about the new educational campaign launched by MPP. It’s a whole new way to Get Weeducated and we love it! We also talk about the exciting changes likely to happen in Jamaica, with regards to cannabis. We also discuss the chances for D.C.’s cannabis initiative as Obama signed in a new budget that directly affects the funding available for Washington D.C. to implement the legalization measure. And if you’re in the mood for brain explosions, we’ve got you covered. We found a great little study that gives us a great talking point when the opposition says there just isn’t enough research, showing the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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MPP launches historic marijuana education campaign in states where it is now legal for adults.

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It’s time to get real about marijuana education.
For more than 80 years, marijuana education in the United States has largely been the product of government agencies and other organizations that staunchly support keeping marijuana illegal for all people and under any circumstances.
Not surprisingly, traditional marijuana education campaigns have been characterized by the same type of fear mongering, misinformation, and derision that led to the establishment of marijuana prohibition.
They have been intellectually dishonest and marked by unfounded and outrageous claims. They have exaggerated the potential harms of marijuana and omitted any discussion of its relative safety compared to alcohol and other legal and illegal substances. And they have alienated their target audiences with farcical ads and exploitation of stereotypes.
Most importantly, these traditional marijuana education campaigns — now commonly referred to as “anti-marijuana” education campaigns — have failed to prepare people for the scientific, sociocultural, and legal realities of marijuana in America.
Now that marijuana is a legal product like alcohol in some states — and on its way to becoming legal in others — it needs to start being treated that way. That’s where the Consume Responsibly campaign comes in.
Rather than ridiculing marijuana consumers or trying to convince them marijuana is more harmful than it actually is, our goal is to educate them about the substance, the laws surrounding it, and the importance of consuming it responsibly.

Major Changes Coming To Jamaican Pot Laws?

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s Senate on Friday started debating a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and establish a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry on the island where the drug has long been pervasive but prohibited.
Justice Minister Mark Golding, who introduced the legislation to the upper house, said it would establish a “cannabis licensing authority” to deal with regulations on cultivation and distribution of marijuana and industrial hemp for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

We are just so, so biased.

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This is a study conducted by the American Medical Association to determine the safety and efficacy of the FDA approval process. They examined all therapeutic agents approved between 2005 and 2012. In that time period, 188 drugs were approved and the study examines the data used to determine safety. Most were based on results from less than 800 people, on average. Effing insane.

Obama Budget Would Let D.C. Proceed With Pot Legalization, Sales

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President Obama’s $4 trillion budget plan would allow the District to spend its own tax dollars to legalize and regulate marijuana by rolling back restrictions put in place by Republican lawmakers last year.
Congress passed a spending bill in December that blocks the District from spending any money — either federal or local tax dollars — to enact legislation that would legalize or reduce penalties associated with the recreational use of marijuana or any other Schedule 1 drugs.

Lifetime Medical Marijuana Recommendations Are Legal In Washington

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In Washington State, physicians that specialize in medical cannabis often offer 1-year and 2-year recommendations to qualifying individuals, though don’t offer ones that last indefinitely (‘lifetime recommendations”). Many dispensaries throughout the state, in fact, will deny patients who have lifetime recommendations, claiming that it’s required for a recommendations to be renewed either yearly, or biyearly. This, however, just isn’t true. Lifetime recommendations are entirely legal in Washington State, which we confirmed through the state’s Department of Health.

By rubylexi • February 11, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 63

In this episode’s Cannabis News, we cover lots of topics, including a revisit to the Denver Airport where we discuss their final determination on whether or not to allow cannabis themed merchandise. And we share some news that makes Alaska an even cooler place to visit. And we discuss the surprise move by the American Academy of Pediatrics that has cannabis consumers and parents of kids with seizure disorders jumping for joy. However, not everything is sunshine and rainbow pooping unicorns. We discuss the battles raging in Alaska and Oregon to keep what was voted in, as opposed to what the politicians think is best for us. And we also touch on another recent hurdle in the cannabis industry’s efforts to find permanent and legal banking solutions.

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Main Denver Airport Bans Sale of Marijuana-Themed Souvenirs

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Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.
The airport has banned pot-themed souvenirs, fearing the kitsch could taint the state’s image.
Marijuana possession and any pot-related advertising were already forbidden. Airport executives extended the ban this month after a retailer sought a free-standing kiosk to sell the boxer shorts and similar items that played off Colorado’s place as the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales.
Airport officials feared the souvenirs would send the wrong message.
“We don’t want marijuana to be the first thing our visitors experience when they arrive,” airport spokesman Heath Montgomery said.

MBank pulls out of Colorado a week after taking on cannabis accounts

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The Oregon community bank that a week ago openly welcomed Colorado marijuana industry customers has changed its mind, publicly saying it doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle the overwhelming response for service.
But people familiar with the move say the retreat was pressed by federal banking regulators who stepped in late last week to tell MBank executives that crossing several states to work with an industry that remains illegal under federal law was simply too risky.
“Following national press, the volume of inquiries in Oregon, Washington and Colorado has been so overwhelming that we don’t currently have the infrastructure to adequately support all these customers,” MBank CEO Jef Baker said Monday. “Colorado is the farthest from our market area and the most difficult to provide the quality customer service to.”

Anchorage Opens the Door to Cannabis Cafés

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Beginning on February 24, thanks to a ballot initiative approved last November, Alaskans 21 and older will no longer face criminal penalties for marijuana possession (up to an ounce), sharing (ditto), or cultivation (up to six plants, half of them mature). Lest the streets be filled with happy tokers celebrating their new freedom, the Anchorage Assembly yesterday unanimously passed an ordinance that bans marijuana consumption in “public places,” including “places of business or amusement.” But unlike the Denver City Council, which has not seen fit to allow cannabis consumption in any business open to the public, the Anchorage Assembly approved anamendment that makes an exception for consumption “authorized by a state permit or license or authorized by a municipal permit or lease.” That provision leaves open the possibility of businesses that cater to people, including tourists, who want to use marijuana in a setting other than a private residence.

Doctors Call On DEA To Reschedule Marijuana For Medical Research Purposes

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration reclassify marijuana as a less harmful substance in order to facilitate research of the substance for medical use, according to a policy statement released Monday.
“The AAP strongly supports research and development of pharmaceutical cannabinoids and supports a review of policies promoting research on the medical use of these compounds,” theAAP statement reads. To that end, the group recommends that the DEA reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance to Schedule II.
Under the Controlled Substances Act, the U.S. has five “schedules” for drugs and chemicals that can be used to make drugs. Schedule I is reserved for drugs that the DEA considers to have the highest potential for abuse and no “currently accepted medical use.” Marijuana has been classified as Schedule I for decades, along with other substances like heroin and LSD. While a lower schedule for marijuana would not make it legal, it could ease restrictions on researching the drug.

Marijuana Legalization Under Attack In Alaska And Oregon

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Last time I checked, we live in a democracy. America is a country where some states have initiatives, and if those initiatives pass on Election Day, they become law. That applies to just about every public policy area, except marijuana policy. During the 2014 Election, voters in Alaska and Oregon passed marijuana legalization initiatives. If the initiatives were for anything else, they would become law with little to no changes, and no one would think twice about it.
SALEM — Gov. John Kitzhaber expressed concern Tuesday about how much marijuana Oregonians would be allowed to possess at home under the new legalization measure — and he indicated that he might ask legislators to seek lower limits.
The governor, saying he has “many concerns” about the initiative approved by voters, questioned the logic of allowing voters to possess up to a half-pound of marijuana at home but just 1 ounce in public.
By rubylexi • February 4, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 61

In Cannabis News, we also have a rundown of Measure 2 and what legalization for Alaskans really looks like. As a special treat for our listeners, we kick off the show this time with a special guest, all the way from Alaska. Jess Gondek, the man known as “The Officer” from the ‘Yes on 2’ campaign in Alaska talks with us about what it was like to be a police officer in support of the legalization movement. He also explains his reasons and talks about the future. It’s a great look at an incredibly brave man who helped Alaska come to the sensible policies now in place.

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A Summary of Measure 2, An Act to Tax and Regulate the Production, Sale, and Use of Marijuana

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On Tuesday, November 4, Alaska voters ended decades of prohibition by voting 52-48 for a system that legalizes, regulates, and taxes the sales of limited amounts of marijuana to adults. Below is an overview of what the new law will do. This summary cannot capture all the details of the law; individuals interested in the specifics of Measure 2 should read it in its entirety.

Please note that the law will not take effect until Feb. 24.

What does this initiative do? Measure 2 removes penalties for adults 21 and older who possess, use, and grow a limited amount of marijuana. It tasks the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board with regulating and licensing marijuana producers, wholesalers, processors, and retailers. It also gives the legislature the authority to create a new Marijuana Control Board at any time to assume such power, duties, and responsibilities related to marijuana regulation. Read more…

By rubylexi • January 21, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 60

In this episode of Cannabis News we talk about the best places to look if you need an investor for your cannabis business (or market data). We also discuss the first ever governmental study on medical marijuana in Australia. And we compare the differences between America and Australia when it comes to cannabis policy. We also talk about the ridiculous lawsuit filed by Oklahoma and Nebraska against Colorado. And of course we talk about some really cool news where the cannabis community is doing more than coming out of the closet. We’re actually standing up for our rights and our right to be treated with the same respect as anybody else. Hurray!
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Looking for some legitimate cannabis market data or investors in the emerging cannabis industry?
We had a listener  reach out on Twitter to ask out about where to find investors and it made me realize we’ve never officially talked about the arcview group. So here goes. We’ll also talk about the details in the executive summary of the report.
Australia Starts First Ever Trial With Marijuana
On Sunday, the NSW Premier Mike Baird announced that Australia’s first ever trials with medical marijuana will soon commence. Hundreds of patients ranging from terminally ill adults to epileptic children will be administered cannabis oil (likely cannabidiol) as a trial to determine marijuana’s medicinal effects.
Should the trials prove effective, Australia will most likely legalize medicinal cannabis in 2015. The government does not know if it will import the plant or grow it on Australian soil.
Missouri City Council Member Resigns Due To Recall Effort Led By Marijuana Activists
Hell yes.
 
Florida Residents Form Human Shield to Prevent Police from Arresting Man for Weed
An army of Florida police officers was nearly impaled and used to decorate the lawn of a Delray Beach residence last weekend, when a mob of angry neighbors stepped up and formed a human shield to prevent cops from arresting an individual accused of smoking marijuana.
The rowdy scene took place last Saturday night when officers in an unmarked patrol car pulled up to a house and began harassing nearly 30 people attending a birthday party. According to a report from The Sun Sentinel, officers got out of the car and began to shake down people standing outside because they claimed someone they had witnessed smoking a joint minutes earlier had run inside the house.
Residents told police that no one at the party was smoking pot, and would not give officers permission to come inside the home. Yet the cops refused to vacate the premises and radioed for backup. “There was a lot of shouting back and forth,” Cory Provost, who posted a video of the incident on YouTube, told the Sentinel. “The residents were asking the cops to leave the yard and they didn’t do so.”
Kansas May Also Sue Colorado’s Legal Marijuana
Last week, Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana, asserting that too much of Colorado’s weed crosses their borders and asking the Supreme Court to overturn legalization. Now, it appears Kansas will join this futile fight against Colorado’s legal weed.
Last Friday, a spokeswoman for Kansas’ Attorney General said that the state “has been considering legal action against Colorado for months.” While Kansas has yet to file suit, the Attorney General’s office is “weighing its options.”
By rubylexi • January 14, 2015 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 59

This episode of Cannabis news is intense and very awesome as we discuss the groundbreaking Schweder V. US case happening in California, which could change everything about our fight to legalize cannabis (Thanks Jim!). We also talk about the mixed bag that came with the passage of the recent omnibus spending bill and the win with regards to DEA funding but the loss in Washington D.C.  We also discuss the recent announcement from the Department of Justice regarding Native Americans and marijuana. And of course we talk about the ridiculousness happening with the Denver Airport.

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U.S. Government Will No Longer Fund DEA Intervention in Medical Marijuana States

Late last week, the U.S. government passed a budget bill that halts allocation of federal funds to DEA efforts in states with medical marijuana and hemp production laws.
You heard it right: the DEA will no longer be able to investigate, raid, prosecute, or incarcerate those operating within their state’s marijuana laws.
the bill also prevents Washington, D.C. from using local funds to implement their recently passed recreational cannabis legalization measure

Denver Airport May Ban Pot-Themed Shirts, Merchandise

Denver International Airport is suffering through one of its busiest weeks of the year as Thanksgiving travelers jam the ticket and security lines, baggage claims and cab stands, and the restaurants and souvenir shops. And while their suitcases may be full of warm sweaters, early holiday presents and leftover pie, travelers won’t be able to find many last-minute marijuana-themed souvenirs while they’re waiting for a delayed flight. And soon, DIA may not allow the sale of any pot-themed merchandise at all.

DOJ: Native American Tribes can grow and sell marijuana

New federal policy will allow Native American tribes interested in cultivating and selling marijuana to do so, as long as they maintain “robust and effective regulatory systems,” said the U.S. attorney for Colorado, John Walsh.

War on pot defies science, doctors testify in federal court (from Jim, a listener)

Three medical experts testified in federal court in California Friday and Monday that modern science renders the war on marijuana unconstitutional. Decades of medical research show the drug is not the danger the government has made it out to be, they told a federal judge.
It’s a dramatic, landmark cultivation trial in theEastern District of California with national implications. U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller is allowing a hearing on a defense motion to declare unconstitutional the continued classification of marijuana in Schedule I.

By rubylexi • December 31, 2014 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 58

This episode, Nicki returns to do news with us and what news it is! We talk about the marijuana legalization efforts in the US and how that’s undercutting the Mexican cartels. We also discuss a new invention that could make it harder to drive if you’re a regular cannabis user. And we discuss making the right kinds of decisions as we push marijuana legalization further. With all the recent talk about how THC isn’t necessary to the medicinal movement, we talk about 40+ studies that point to the definitive benefits of THC specifically, on all kinds of different ailments and diseases.

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Legal Pot In The U.S. May Be Undercutting Mexican Marijuana

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“Two or three years ago, a kilogram [2.2 pounds] of marijuana was worth $60 to $90,” says Nabor, a 24-year-old pot grower in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. “But now they’re paying us $30 to $40 a kilo. It’s a big difference. If the U.S. continues to legalize pot, they’ll run us into the ground.”
“This is dangerous work to cultivate it and to sell it. If the army comes, you have to run or they’ll grab you. Look here, we’re only getting $40 a kilo. The day we get $20 a kilo, it will get to the point that we just won’t plant marijuana anymore.”
The slumping economics of Mexican marijuana was not unexpected.
Two years ago, the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness, in a study titled “If Our Neighbors Legalize,” predicted the drug cartels would see their cannabis profits plummet 22 to 30 percent if the United States continued to decriminalize marijuana.
Prior to the election (in Washington), the Mexican Center for Competitiveness, a respected think tank based in Mexico City, issued a report estimating that legalization in Washington alone could cut the cartels’ annual marijuana profits up to $1.37 billion by eliminating the black market for pot.
According to official estimates, marijuana constitutes 60 percent of cartels’ drug profits. (I also saw this cited at a more conservative 40%)
MEXICO CITY — When the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) releases its annual status report on the narcotics trade later this month, it will almost certainly show a decrease in the volume of cocaine traveling through Mexico into the United States. Last year’s report did too — a 40 percent drop in seizures between 2006 and 2008. Worldwide, the cocaine market today is worth about half as much as it was just 15 years ago — $88 billion compared with $165 billion in 1995.
This would be excellent news — if it weren’t for some alarming trends going in the other direction. As the cocaine trade through Mexico has fallen dramatically, the violence here has risen remarkably. Whereas 2006 saw just over 2,000 deaths attributed to drug violence, in 2010 there were an estimated 11,000 such killings, according to data from Stratfor and local press accounts. Ciudad Juárez, a border city of approximately 2 million at the center of the ongoing violence, has seen a particularly sharp spike. In 2001, there were just 16 murders for every 100,000 Ciudad Juárez residents. In 2010, that number reached 93 — an increase of nearly sixfold — according to the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights.
In other words, the war on drugs may be taking its toll on the narcotics trade, but it hasn’t done anything to end the violence — a stubborn fact that runs counter to an emerging consensus about the drug war.

The breathalyser for CANNABIS: Scientists develop device to detect high drivers – and could be tested out in spring 2015

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Police officers have had to wait for blood tests to confirm whether a driver is high, which can take up to 24 hours. Now, scientists have developed a cannabis-detecting breathalyser that generates results almost immediately. Researchers at Washington State University came up with the handheld breathalyser to detect THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

The gadget uses ion-mobility technology, which is used by airport security professionals to detect drugs and explosives, The Seattle Times reported.

Let’s not shoot ourselves in the feetsies. And CANCER.GOV discusses the medicinal benefits. Funny how it’s still schedule one.

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The problem is, Liam’s treatment is criminal. Using medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but only in the dried form that can be smoked or vaporised. That, says Mandy, is not realistic for such a young child.
“Who’s going to expect a six-year-old to smoke weed?”
As early as 2001, Canada approved the use of medical marijuana, allowing people with severe conditions to use the drug to ease symptoms.
But there haven’t yet been clinical trials to prove oil is safe to use so there’s a restriction limiting patients to the use of dried medical marijuana.
CBD ONLY STATES- The slate of states — Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin — reads in part like a list of states previously most resistant to changes in marijuana laws.
Studies showing benefits for THC specifically

A pilot clinical study of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme

Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids inhibit tumour growth and angiogenesis in animal models, so their potential application as antitumoral drugs has been suggested. However, the antitumoral effect of cannabinoids has never been tested in humans. Here we report the first clinical study aimed at assessing cannabinoid antitumoral action, specifically a pilot phase I trial in which nine patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme were administered THC intratumoraly. The patients had previously failed standard therapy (surgery and radiotherapy) and had clear evidence of tumour progression. The primary end point of the study was to determine the safety of intracranial THC administration. We also evaluated THC action on the length of survival and various tumour-cell parameters. A dose escalation regimen for THC administration was assessed. Cannabinoid delivery was safe and could be achieved without overt psychoactive effects. Median survival of the cohort from the beginning of cannabinoid administration was 24 weeks (95% confidence interval: 15–33). Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol inhibited tumour-cell proliferation in vitroand decreased tumour-cell Ki67 immunostaining when administered to two patients. The fair safety profile of THC, together with its possible antiproliferative action on tumour cells reported here and in other studies, may set the basis for future trials aimed at evaluating the potential antitumoral activity of cannabinoids.
The Glioma trials we’ve talked about and there are more than one….
The development of new therapeutic strategies is essential for the management of gliomas, one of the most malignant forms of cancer. We have shown previously that the growth of the rat glioma C6 cell line is inhibited by psychoactive cannabinoids (I. Galve-Roperh et al., Nat. Med., 6: 313-319, 2000). These compounds act on the brain and some other organs through the widely expressed CB(1) receptor. By contrast, the other cannabinoid receptor subtype, the CB(2) receptor, shows a much more restricted distribution and is absent from normal brain. Here we show that local administration of the selective CB(2) agonist JWH-133 at 50 microg/day to Rag-2(-/-) mice induced a considerable regression of malignant tumors generated by inoculation of C6 glioma cells. The selective involvement of the CB(2) receptor in this action was evidenced by: (a) the prevention by the CB(2) antagonist SR144528 but not the CB(1) antagonist SR141716; (b) the down-regulation of the CB(2) receptor but not the CB(1) receptor in the tumors; and (c) the absence of typical CB(1)-mediated psychotropic side effects. Cannabinoid receptor expression was subsequently examined in biopsies from human astrocytomas. A full 70% (26 of 37) of the human astrocytomas analyzed expressed significant levels of cannabinoid receptors. Of interest, the extent of CB(2) receptor expression was directly related with tumor malignancy. In addition, the growth of grade IV human astrocytoma cells in Rag-2(-/-) mice was completely blocked by JWH-133 administration at 50 microg/day. Experiments carried out with C6 glioma cells in culture evidenced the internalization of the CB(2) but not the CB(1) receptor upon JWH-133 challenge and showed that selective activation of the CB(2) receptor signaled apoptosis via enhanced ceramide synthesis de novo. These results support a therapeutic approach for the treatment of malignant gliomas devoid of psychotropic side effects.
NOT for cancer but for trauma…Neuroprotection by Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, the Main Active Compound in Marijuana, against Ouabain-Induced In Vivo Excitotoxicity
Excitotoxicity is a paradigm used to explain the biochemical events in both acute neuronal damage and in slowly progressive, neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we show in a longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging study that Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the main active compound in marijuana, reduces neuronal injury in neonatal rats injected intracerebrally with the Na+/K+-ATPase inhibitor ouabain to elicit excitotoxicity. In the acute phase Δ9-THC reduced the volume of cytotoxic edema by 22%. After 7 d, 36% less neuronal damage was observed in treated rats compared with control animals. Coadministration of the CB1 cannabinoid receptor antagonist SR141716 prevented the neuroprotective actions of Δ9-THC, indicating that Δ9-THC afforded protection to neurons via the CB1 receptor. In Δ9-THC-treated rats the volume of astrogliotic tissue was 36% smaller. The CB1 receptor antagonist did not block this effect. These results provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can serve to protect the brain against neurodegeneration.
All forms of cancer we’ve ever tested, trauma, anxiety, PTSD, Psychosis….And on and on and on and on….There are over 50 studies that show the quantifiable benefits of THC specifically.
By rubylexi • December 10, 2014 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 57

Welcome to another episode of Weeducated Cannabis News! While Ruby and Frank are both a bit under the weather, we rallied to pull together some amazing content for you. This episode, we talk about the new cannabis brand, Marley Natural. We also discuss the latest in the fight in Colorado over cannabis edible labeling requirements. And we take a step back to look at the cannabis reform efforts on the Federal level, including discussion of several bills working their way through the system already. We also keep everybody Weeducated by discussing a new study that looks at the benefits of cannabis in treating glioma, an incredibly aggressive form of brain cancer.

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Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae legend, to become face of global marijuana brand Marley Natural

Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley is set to become the face of a global marijuana brand.

The late musician’s family has joined with US private equity firm Privateer Holdings to launch the business, called Marley Natural.

Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based firm that invests exclusively in marijuana, is planning to start mass producing the drug in markets where it will be legal next year.

“This is a 30-year licensing deal between Marley Natural and Privateer,” company spokesman Zach Hutson told The World Today.

“We’re looking to offer three different product lines to the global marketplace that will begin to be introduced late next year. Read more….

 

Colorado edible marijuana task group stalls over ‘clearly identifiable’ labels

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A Colorado task group debating the labeling of marijuana-infused products failed to reach a consensus during its final meeting. Instead, regulators have decided to send lawmakers several proposals. The final decision will be made by the state legislature.
The task force – comprised of parents, law enforcement, and state regulators – made no progress after the fourth “long and difficult” meeting on Monday to discuss a new law requiring marijuana culinary showpieces to have a distinct look. Read more

 

How pot helped shrink one of the most aggressive brain cancers

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There are more than 85 cannabinoids, which are known to bind to unique receptors in cells and which receive outside chemical signals. These receptors feed into signalling pathways, telling cells what to do. Recent studies have shown that some cannabinoids have potent anti-cancer action. For example, both THC and CBD have been shown in a number of laboratory studies to effectively induce cell death in tumor cells by modifying the faulty signalling pathways inside these cells. Depending on the cell type, this can disrupt tumor growth or start to kill it. Read more

 

It’s Time for a Change to National Marijuana

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D.C. marijuana legalization could put U.S. in violation of anti-drug treaties

Allowing marijuana legalization in the District leaves the United States vulnerable to charges it is violating international treaties aimed at stemming the drug trade, the nonpartisan research arm of Congressconcluded in an analysis that could strengthen the resolve of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to overturn the measure.

Though four states have voted to legalize the drug, a report issued this week by the Congressional Research Service suggests that implementation of the District’s Initiative 71 could be considered…read more.

Federal marijuana bill would legalize some cannabis strains

A bill being introduced Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives could be Cox’s ticket home. The three-page bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act — the federal law that criminalizes marijuana — to exempt plants with an extremely low percentage of THC, the chemical that makes users high. Read more

 

By rubylexi • November 26, 2014 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 56

This episode of Weeducated features some of the best Cannabis News we can think of. We talk all about the recent passage of recreational marijuana in Oregon with a summary of the do’s and do not’s for Oregon’s measure 91. We also discuss the money train that has surely arrived to stay for the cannabis movement. We also talk about an Arizona GOP lawmaker who is surprisingly pushing for legalization for 2016. But you may not like his motivations. We also talk about a new study from California that supports what all of us have been saying for years. Also, we talk about Alaska and their law-enforcement’s push to legalize marijuana. What are you waiting for? Push play, already!

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A SUMMARY OF OREGON’S MEASURE 91

THE CONTROL, REGULATION, AND TAXATION OF MARIJUANA AND INDUSTRIAL HEMP ACT

http://www.mpp.org/states/oregon/measure-91-summary.html

Updated 11/5/2014

On Tuesday, November 4, Oregon voters ended their state’s prohibition of marijuana, taking marijuana sales off the criminal market and legalizing the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older. The “Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act” is very thorough, and individuals interested in the specifics should read the entire law. Below is a brief overview of the new law.

What does this new law do? The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act removes penalties for adults 21 and older who possess, use, and grow a limited amount of marijuana. It does not amend or affect the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. It also directs the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to establish, regulate, and license marijuana businesses.

What are the limits on how much an individual can possess, grow, or buy? Once the law takes effect, adults 21 and older can possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and grow no more than four marijuana plants in their households. Those amounts are total limits for the household. Each adult can possess up to an ounce in public. Individuals 21 and older may also gift — but not sell – up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, or 72 ounces of marijuana products in liquid form to other adults. The purchase limit will be one ounce, or the amount set by the liquor commission, whichever is lower.

What kinds of businesses will be allowed under this law? Four types of marijuana businesses will….more

 

Arizona Lawmaker Plans Bill to Legalize Marijuana

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2014/10/14/arizona-lawmakers-bill-legalize-marijuana/17252435/

PHOENIX — An Arizona lawmaker plans to introduce a proposal next year to legalize recreational marijuana before a similar proposal could get decided by voters in 2016.

Republican Rep. Ethan Orr of Tucson aims to convince fellow conservatives that a voter-approved measure is nearly impossible to change once it is approved and not the way to set up a complex system of rules and taxes for the drug, The Arizona Capitol Times reported Monday (http://bit.ly/ZWCLLV ).

The only way to change voter-approved measures in Arizona is through a two-thirds vote of each the state House and Senate, and the revisions must align with the intent of the measure.

“I would rather us as elected leaders be the ones directing the conversation and the debate, and ultimately controlling the policy, as opposed to letting it go to a citizens’ initiative where you can’t change the law once it’s in place,” he said.

Advocates for legal recreational marijuana are aiming….more

CONTACT ETHAN ORR TO TELL HIM YOUR THOUGHTS HERE!!!

Legalized Marijuana Could Become a $300M Industry in Arizona

Legalized Marijuana Could Be $300M Industry in Arizona

Arizona has the potential to have a $303 million recreational marijuana market that would produce as much as $70 million in tax revenue. NerdWallet Inc., a financial research firm, examined Arizona’s potential recreational marijuana market size and tax revenue generated to establish these projections.

NerdWallet estimated that….more

Cannabis Cash: How Much Money Could Your State Make from Marijuana Legalization

Cannabis Cash: How Much Money Could Your State Make From Marijuana Legalization?

On Nov. 4, citizens in Alaska, Florida, Oregon and Washington, D.C., will cast their ballots on marijuana initiatives, and other states are also likely to consider legalization in upcoming elections. Colorado, the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana, is expected to take in $60 million to $70 million this year in taxes from legal pot sales, according to the Denver Business Journal. Cash-strapped states stand to collect millions if they legalize the drug. Across the U.S., states could gain just over $3 billion in tax revenue from legal marijuana sales, according to a new analysis by NerdWallet. What’s your state’s piece of the pie? More

Warren Buffet Invests in the Marijuana Industry

Warren Buffett Invests in the Marijuana Industry

Warren Buffett, the man who made billions from soda and candy, is now shifting his keen investment eye onto the marijuana industry…more

Active and Retired Alaska Law Enforcement Support Marijuana Legalization in New Ads

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/alaska-legal-weed_n_5991610.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

In a series of television and radio ads released in Alaska Wednesday, active and retired members of the state’s law enforcement community are backing the recreational marijuana legalization measure that voters will decide on in less than three weeks.

“In all my years on the streets, it’s hard to recall a single time where marijuana use itself was the cause of a violent incident,” Jess Gondek, an officer in Valdez, Alaska, says in one of the ads. “As a police officer, I do believe Ballot Measure 2 will allow law enforcement to focus on more serious issues in Alaska.” More

After California Decriminalized Marijuana, Teen Arrest, Overdose and Dropout Rates Fell

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/15/after-california-decriminalized-weed-teen-arrest-overdose-and-dropout-rates-fell/

A new report from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice adds to the growing body of evidence that legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana does not lead to any number of doomsday scenarios envisioned by legalization opponents. Looking specifically at California, where full marijuana decriminalization went into effect on Jan. 1, 2011, the report finds that “marijuana decriminalization in California has not resulted in harmful consequences for teenagers, such as…more

By rubylexi • November 12, 2014 • 12:00 am • Leave a comment

Cannabis News – Show 55

We’re better than this…

So the above video is for the “Fuck it, I quit” lady. I’m going to get on a bit of a soapbox and bitch about how irresponsible I, personally, think her move was. Not because she quit. Not because she’s quitting to dedicate her life to marijuana activism. But because (as she even references in her response video) we’re fighting 70+ years of brainwashing and stereotyping. The opposition already calls us unprofessional losers. They already think we can’t hold jobs or be productive members of society. So great….let’s prove them right by quitting ON AIR. Good thinking…Let’s prove them right by swearing on national television. OOOH I know how we can prove we aren’t full of the jackassery they say we are….Let’s be unprofessional jackasses! Quitting is fine. Dedicating your life to marijuana is fine. Doing it in this way? Not so much. 
 
It’s even more unfortunate because she actually has been an incredible advocate for the movement and her segment (called “Considering Cannabis”) was full of positive truths that strengthened our case. But since this action, the news station has removed ALL those videos from their site. Now I know, I know….I’ve been told over and over that she’s famous now and has gotten all kinds of press over the video. But I guess I’d ask if it was worth it. Is it worth it to create that press, to promote your organization in a way that alienates the other side of the aisle? The folks who see the video and think it’s funny probably already smoke weed.
 
So who did we reach? Whose minds will she change? Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I thought that was the point of real advocacy..of real activism. Not to further the divide between the sides, but to encourage conversation and intelligent debate between those sides.
 
I’ll throw this last thought out there…Right now, today, in this moment, we have an opportunity to redefine our brand. To correct the mis-perceptions thrown on us. To represent ourselves in a light of OUR choosing. So do we really want that image to be the same one that the prohibitionists gave us over seventy years ago? 
charlo green
 
Oh and if you’re going to quit via video, this is how you do it.
 

The debate over medicinal marijuana still rages

  • Drug Free Florida, which sponsored this week’s TV ads, has raised $3.22 million, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Some $2.5 million came from Sheldon Adelson, a philanthropist and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and a generous contributor to Republican candidates.
  • United for Care has raised $6.15 million to promote the amendment.
  • John Morgan, an Orlando lawyer and Democratic super-donor, contributed $3.78 million to the cause. Morgan and Barbara Stiefel, a Coral Gables philanthropist, each pledged this week to match any other donations — a 2 to 1 match.
  • Early polls indicated that as much as 88 percent of voters supported the idea of providing marijuana for medical purposes. Recent polls indicate support is slipping. A SurveyUSA poll this month, for example, found that 53 percent of Florida voters supported the amendment, 32 percent opposed it and 15 percent were uncertain. Promoters say their polling shows that public support is holding steady at 69 percent. The amendment requires 60 percent “yes” votes to be approved.
  • Bob Jordan of Manatee County immediately took offense. The long-time advocate for medical marijuana — caregiver for his wife, Cathy Jordan, who has ALS, or “Lou Gehrig’s disease” — told reporters: “Of all the people they could have picked on, why do they pick on the caregivers? I took it as a personal insult. To equate me to a drug dealer, when I love my wife and I’m keeping her alive, it’s an insult.”
meanwhile….
  • 2013 survey in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly 8-in-10 doctors approved the use of medical marijuana. Now, a wide-ranging survey in California finds that medical marijuana patients agree: 92 percent said that medical marijuana alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, and cancer.
  • The data comes from the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a representative health survey of 7,525 California adults produced by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the CDC. Researchers found that in total, five percent of California adults said they had used medical marijuana for a “serious medical condition.”
  • “Our study’s results lend support to the idea that medical marijuana is used equally by many groups of people and is not exclusively used by any one specific group,” the authors write. There were similar usage rates among both men and women. Adults of all ages reported medical marijuana use, although young adults were the most likely to use it.
  • This study refutes these notions. “Our study contradicts commonly held beliefs that medical marijuana is being overused by healthy individuals,” the authors write. “The most common reasons for use include medical conditions for which mainstream treatments may not exist, such as for migraines, or may not be effective, including for chronic pain and cancer.”
  • SHOUT OUT to Christopher Ingraham, the guy who wrote the article, for this: “In considering the efficacy of any kind of medical treatment, we should listen first and foremost to the patients. The debate over medical marijuana has largely been dominated by vested interests and advocacy groups on either side – patients’ voices have been either silent or ignored completely. This study provides a helpful corrective, and in this case the patients are speaking loud and clear in near-unanimity: medical marijuana works.”

 

Are we protected as employees with medical marijuana cards?

DENVER — In a closely watched court case with potential national implications, Colorado’s highest court is considering whether an employee can be fired for using marijuana outside of work.
  • DISH Network in 2010 fired call-center worker Brandon Coats after he tested positive for marijuana. Coats, who is partially paralyzed and uses a wheelchair, says he never hid his off-duty medical marijuana use from his bosses. Instead, he argues, his three years of outstanding performance show he was a responsible worker who used pot nightly to help control seizures and spasms.
    DISH argues Coats violated the company’s zero-tolerance drug policy, and says he was treated no differently than an employee who showed up drunk. The two sides made oral arguments before the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday.
  • Coats brought his lawsuit against the company under Colorado’s lawful off-duty activities law, which specifically says employers cannot fire people for doing something legal on their own time. The law originally protected cigarette smokers, among others, and predates the state’s legalization of marijuana.
    But now Coats is asking the court to consider whether marijuana use, be it medical or recreational, is “lawful” in Colorado. A decision either way could have wide-ranging implications for marijuana users and employers across the country.
  • DISH attorneys argue that since Coats knew about the zero-tolerance policy and still came to work with pot in his system, they had the right to fire him. They also argue that since marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, he deserves no special protection.
    “It doesn’t matter if he’s impaired or not,” said DISH attorney Meghan Martinez. “Medical marijuana is not lawful in Colorado … therefore it cannot be a lawful activity.”

In other Colorado News

  • The first is the entrance of newcomers to the industry. Colorado regulators gave people who already owned a licensed medical-marijuana business a nine-month head start in opening recreational pot shops. Wednesday is the first day people who didn’t previously own a medical-marijuana store can get into the recreational industry.
  • The second change to hit Wednesday involves the industry structure. Previously, recreational marijuana stores had to grow themselves most of what they sold. On Wednesday, stores and growers can split up, becoming standalone shops and independent wholesale growers.

 

By rubylexi • October 15, 2014 • 12:44 pm • Leave a comment
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