Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Cato Institute, DPA, LEAP Issue Brief Defending Marijuana Independence For States

A trio of national drug policy reform organizations have filed an amicus brief in a Michigan Supreme Court case that could have broad implications for the 20 states who have currently authorized the medicinal use of marijuana- and any other state pondering the issue. July 31, 2012 the Court of Appeals granted a victory to attorney John Ter Beek from Wyoming, Michigan. He had sued his city to prevent them from citing federal law to overrule state law with respect to the use and possession of marijuana for the treatment of illness or injury by a registered patient.  The city appealed the

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Pittsburgh NORML Hosting A Marijuana Reform Rally September 7th

Pittsburgh, PA – Local political activist group Pittsburgh Norml (Pittsburgh’s National Organization for Reforming Marijuana Laws) announced that they will be hosting another “Rise Up and Rally” at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park on Saturday September 7th, 2013 from 3-6PM. Pittsburgh NORML and the Pittsburgh NORML Women’s Alliance Brings to you another Must Attend Event featuring guest speakers, crafts, music and much more. “We have already done a few marches and gatherings downtown but wanted to take this one to a park setting.” Says RastafarIsaac, Director of Communications for PittsburghNORML.org. He adds; “Through entertainment and education we hope to reform these

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Poll: More Than Two Thirds Of Canadians Support Marijuana Legalization/Decriminalization

A public opinion poll was recently released which found that more than 2/3 of Canadians surveyed want marijuana to be legal or decriminalized. This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who has been following the marijuana reform movement in Canada. From Forum Research Inc: In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1189 Canadians 18 years of age and older, more than two thirds (69%) supported either decriminalization for small amounts of marijuana (34%) or outright legalization and taxation (36%), and this represents an increase since the last time we asked this (November, 2012

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
Upcoming Marijuana Policy Project Fundraisers

There are two fundraisers coming up to support the Marijuana Policy Project. Below is information about both: MPP Fall Fundraising Benefit Wednesday, September 18 6:30pm-9:30pm Philip Williams Posters 52 Warren Street (between West Broadway and Church Street) Tribeca, NYC $150 in advance, $175 at the door Guest Speakers: Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Senator Liz Krueger, Senator Diane Savino, and MPP’s Rob Kampia. Join us for our annual fall fundraising benefit as we celebrate our many recent victories, encourage progress in the marijuana industry, and talk about the status of medical marijuana in the Empire State. Buy a ticket at this link The

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Aug 282013
 August 28, 2013
THC Increases Brain Activity In Response To Positive Stimuli

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director The administration of THC modulates emotional processing in healthy volunteers, according to placebo-controlled crossover trial data published online by the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology. Investigators from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) on 11 healthy male subjects. Following the administration of THC or placebo, researchers assessed subjects’ brain activity during their exposure to stimuli with a negative (‘fearful faces’) content or a positive content (‘happy faces’). They hypothesized that THC administration would reduce subjects’ negative bias in emotional processing and shift it towards a positive bias. A bias toward negative stimuli has been linked

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Aug 272013
 August 27, 2013
Federal AG Eric Holder Confirms He Will Testify At Marijuana Legalization Senate Hearing

According to at least one media outlet, United States Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that he will testify at an upcoming Senate hearing. The Senate hearing was scheduled by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt) earlier this week. Senator Leahy, along with a lot of Americans, wants the White House to explain it’s marijuana policies. Namely, what is the ‘official’ position of the White House in regards to Colorado and Washington State’s passage of marijuana legalization initiatives? From UPI.com: “U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he will testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about state-level laws that legalize marijuana.”

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Aug 272013
 August 27, 2013
Lansing, Michigan Qualifies For Marijuana Reform Initiative

Lansing, Michigan‐ The Coalition for a Safer Lansing announced the qualification for this November’s election of it’s grassroots initiatory petition to put before the city’s voters on the issue of reforming local marijuana law. Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope has initially approved the valid signatures and the Election Commission is expected to formally certify the matter on Tuesday August 27, 2013. The Coalition is composed of local and statewide activists, attorneys, businesspersons and elected officials. The petition would eliminate and prevent any penalty for the possession, use, or transfer of one ounce of marijuana or less for adults 21 years of age

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Aug 272013
 August 27, 2013
Cannabis May Help Heal The Brain After Injury

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex has found evidence that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors may lead to neuroprotective benefits which can help heal the brain after a traumatic injury. According to researchers for the study; “The results provided the first evidence for the involvement of ECS [endocannabinoid system] in the neuroprotective action of minocycline on brain edema, neurological impairment, diffuse axonal injury, and microglial activation, since all these effects were prevented by the CB1 and CB2 receptor antagonists.” These findings suggest that activiation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors (such as consuming cannabis) is vital in bringing

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Aug 272013
 August 27, 2013
Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Students For Sensible Drug Policy

By David Borden Students for Sensible Drug Policy is seeking a new executive director to replace outgoing ED Aaron Houston. The Executive Director will provide leadership, management and coordination of the organization’s overall mission and vision. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director manages the daily operations of the organization, which includes the immediate supervision of staff. Pursuant to the organization’s objectives and strategic plan, the Executive Director devises and implements specific objectives, tactics and activities to accomplish the organization’s overall mission. The Executive Director must coordinate fundraising, outreach and communications for the organization. The Executive Director must

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Aug 272013
 August 27, 2013
Drug Policy Alliance CA State Director Lynne Lyman At Community Meeting In Temecula

Lynn Lyman, California State Director for the Drug Policy Alliance, corroborated Downing’s point of view, saying that zero tolerance policies have no evidence of decreasing drug use and that money should be invested in harm reduction. “The Drug Policy Alliance advocates ending the war on drugs. We’re trying to move drug use out of the criminal justice and into the public health system,” said Lyman. “The way we treat drug use now is to punish kids and rob them of many educational opportunities rather than support and help them.” According to Lyman, zero tolerance policies contribute to the “school to

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