Aug 072013
 August 7, 2013
Paul Stanford Updates The Path To Cannabis Legalization In Oregon

Paul Stanford, author and chief supporter of 2012’s Oregon Measure 80 to legalize cannabis in that state, talks about the next iteration of his efforts to establish a regulatory framework for the growing, processing, distribution, sales, possession, and use of cannabis in Oregon. Also discussed are proposed amendments to the Oregon constitution that would protect natural human rights as against those of corporations or A.I.s in the run-up to the Singularity. Recorded from Portland, Oregon, on August 5, 2013.

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Aug 072013
 August 7, 2013
Girl Taken From Parents Who Smoked Marijuana, Gave Her To A Murderous Foster Mother

A little girl was confiscated from her loving parents because they smoked marijuana, and given away to a foster mother who put her into a coma and killed her. Alexandria Hill, age 2, succumbed to her injuries after being “thrown to the ground.” “We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care,” said Joshua Hill, the girl’s natural father. Hill says that his daughter was put in to more than one dangerous foster home. “She would come to visitation with bruises on

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Aug 072013
 August 7, 2013
Marijuana Consumers More Knowledgeable About The Plant's Health Effects Than Non-Users

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director People who consume cannabis are more likely to be knowledgeable about the substance’s health effects than are those who abstain from it, according to survey data reported online in the International Journal of Public Health Policy. Researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland assessed the health literacy of some 12,000 male subjects. Investigators reported that those subjects who consumed cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco “searched for information about substances significantly more often via the Internet than abstainers.” These subjects also “reported better knowledge of risks associated with substance use and a marginally better ability to understand health

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Aug 072013
 August 7, 2013
Breaking Bad's Final Season Kicks Off With Video From Drug Policy Alliance And Beyond Bars

Provocative Clips from the Hit Show Highlight the Failure of War on Drugs The Drug Policy Alliance and Beyond Bars have teamed up to release an edgy and thought-provoking new video pegged to the upcoming premiere of the final season of AMC’s runaway hit show Breaking Bad. The video, which purposefully mimics the look and feel of Breaking Bad, opens with the question: “What Does Breaking Bad reveal about the war on drugs?” The answers are spliced between a montage of clips from the series. The message is that the war on drugs doesn’t stop drug use, but instead promotes crime and

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Aug 072013
 August 7, 2013
A New And Successful Cannabis Club Model Is Birthing In Several EU Countries

Since Europe is experiencing the same remarkable sea change in drug policy that North America, South America and the rest of the world is, I was glad, as the Drug Peace Bumblebee, to be able to pollinate across the Pond – the trade winds were whispering that a new and successful cannabis club model is birthing in several EU countries. As he lives and works in Belgium and I in New Mexico, I expected the interview with Mich Degens, founder of the Mambo Social Club in the Flemish town of Hasselt (population 71,000), to be the most difficult to set

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Aug 072013
 August 7, 2013
Michigan Panel Gives Thumbs Down For Marijuana And Autism, Asthma

Panel preliminarily approves PTSD but not insomnia; both are up for a second hearing LANSING- The panel of mostly doctors that governs the addition of new conditions to the list of ailments qualifying one for medical marijuana use in Michigan has denied petitions to add autism and asthma to the list. Three additional petitions were heard- two asking to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and one to add insomnia to that conditions list.  By a 7-2 vote, PTSD was given a preliminary recommendation for inclusion on the list but will have a second hearing to take more input from citizens

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Aug 072013
 August 7, 2013
Cannabinoids Can Relieve Anxiety, According To New Government-Funded Study

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study being published online this Sunday by the journal Nature Neuroscience has found that cannabinoids can relieve the symptoms of anxiety by activating the body’s natural cannabinoids receptors. Our body contains cannabinoid receptors which are activated when we consume cannabis. For the study – which was funded by the National Institute of Health and conducted by scientists at Vanderbilt University – researchers examined the effects of a substance meant to mimic cannabinoids on mice; researchers found that activation of the cannabinoid receptors reduces anxiety behaviors with no serious side effect. According to researchers, these findings are just the start;

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Aug 062013
 August 6, 2013
DEA Uses Spy Data To Launch Drug Investigations, Then Hide Their Origins

By Phillip Smith At an undisclosed location in Virginia, a publicity-shy DEA unit is feeding surveillance data from the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as wiretaps, informants, and a massive DEA phone record database, to law enforcement officials around the country to help them launch criminal investigations of American citizens. Reuters broke the story with an investigative report Monday. Law enforcement has been directed to conceal how those investigations really began, deceiving not only defense attorneys, but also prosecutors and judges, raising serious questions about the propriety and even the constitutionality of the practice. “The DEA increasingly qualifies as a rogue

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Aug 062013
 August 6, 2013
With Liberalized Laws, Young Adult Marijuana Use Plummets

By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director According to polling data released this week by Gallup, 38% of Americans admit to having smoked marijuana in their lives. This rate remains relatively unchanged from Gallup’s previous surveys on this question. 34% responded in the affirmative when asked in 1999 and 33% in 1985. What is significant about this data is that, while total use had risen very slightly, use among 18-29 year olds has fallen 20% since 1985. In 1985, 56% of 18-29 year olds admitted to having tried marijuana, which dropped to 46% in 1999 and is now down to 36%.

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Aug 062013
 August 6, 2013
Missouri State Representative Plans Marijuana Legalization Bill

By John Payne On Monday, the Riverfront Times reported that Missouri State Representative Rory Ellinger (D – University City) intends to sponsor or co-sponsor a cannabis legalization bill in the 2014 legislative session. Ellinger was one of the primary sponsors, along with Representative Chris Kelly (D – Columbia), of both a cannabis decriminalization bill and a record expungement bill in the 2013 legislative session. I believe the support those bills received from this organization and advocates such as yourself has convinced Ellinger, Kelly, and a number of their colleagues that the time is ripe for a discussion on legalizing and regulating cannabis like alcohol.

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