May 272014
 May 27, 2014
Study: THC Reduces Methamphetamine-Induced Brain Damage

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal PLoS ONE, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) can reduce and even prevent brain damage caused by methamphetamine intake. According to the study, titled Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol prevents methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity, “Methamphetamine (METH) is a potent psychostimulant with neurotoxic properties. Heavy use increases the activation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), production of peroxynitrites, microglia stimulation, and induces hyperthermia and anorectic effects.”  It continues; “Preclinical studies have shown that natural (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, Δ9-THC) and synthetic cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptor agonists exert neuroprotective effects on

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May 272014
 May 27, 2014
The Racist War On Drugs By Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann argues that the prohibition of countless drugs have consistently racist underpinnings. Nadelmann is the Executive Director for the Drug Policy Alliance. Transcript — If you ask the question why are some drugs legal and others illegal. Why are cigarettes and alcohol legal and pharmaceuticals in the middle and these other drugs — marijuana and, you know, other ones illegal? You know, some people sort of inherently assume well this must be because there was a thoughtful consideration of the relative risks of drugs and, you know — but then that can’t be because we know alcohol is more

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May 262014
 May 26, 2014
How To Boost Your Marijuana Garden Yield In Five Easy Steps

How to scrog marijuana plants You’re either reading this because you’re familiar with ScrOGing or you’re curious about this whimsical term. What is ScrOGing? Actually, the term is ScrOG, which is the shortened form of “Screen of Green”. Still confused? Simply put, to ScrOG is to force the lower growing buds of your marijuana crop to the plants’ canopy by way of light optimization. A screen is used to force your crop to grow low and dense, forming a canopy of buds at the screen level; thus, the term “Screen of Green”. This practice will yield more usable product for those

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May 262014
 May 26, 2014
Russ Belville Interviews Neill Franklin, Executive Director Of L.E.A.P.

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on quite a bit of memorabilia over the years. I have a Tommy Chong Bong. I have been given countless vaporizers, nug jars, and clothing. But I think one of the coolest things I’ve ever received is an autographed picture from Neill Franklin, the Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P.). Anytime I can hear him speak is a good day. Below is video footage of Neill getting interviewed by valued contributor to The Weed Blog, Russ Belville:

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May 262014
 May 26, 2014
Vermont: Majority Support For Retail Marijuana Sales

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director A strong majority of Vermonters support regulating the commercial production and retail sales of marijuana for adults, according to a statewide Castleton Polling Institute survey commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said that they support “changing Vermont law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, so retailers would be licensed to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older?” Only 34 percent of those survey opposed the notion of legalization. The Castleton poll possesses a margin or error of +/- 4 percent. Within the past few months, separate statewide polls in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Texas have

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May 262014
 May 26, 2014
Amendment Introduced To Legalize Medical Marijuana In North Carolina

Courtesy of The Joint Blog A proposal to legalize medical cannabis through a constitutional amendment has been introduced in North Carolina by Representative Kelly Alexander. If approved into law, the measure would allow for the possession, use, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for medical purposes. House Bill 1161, the North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act, has been assigned to theHouse Judiciary Committee. If approved by the state’s legislature, the bill would be placed on this November’s general election ballot, giving voters the opportunity to approve or deny the change, a change which will allow patients to possess up to 24 ounces

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May 252014
 May 25, 2014
Blueberry Haze Marijuana Strain Review And Pictures

Blueberry Haze Cannabis Strain Review And Pics The Blueberry Haze marijuana strain is a hybrid cross of blueberry and haze. As the name indicates, Blueberry Haze smells a lot like blueberries and tastes sweet and smooth. As is the case with most haze strains, the Blueberry Haze strain packs a lot of punch. It’s a perfect strain if you want to sleep, or just relax on your couch. I’ve read some reviews that says this is an upbeat strain, providing energy after smoking it. That was not the case for me. After a couple of bowls I was ready for a

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May 252014
 May 25, 2014
Uruguay To Sell Recreational Marijuana Tax Free

Uruguay recently became the first country to completely legalize cannabis, and has big plans to create a recreational marijuana industry. This has lead to numerous other countries considering following suit. I think after other countries see how well it works, it will speed up the process of reform around the world. Hopefully the United States gets on that bandwagon sooner than later at the federal level. A lot of people in the media and in the international community were shocked to see Uruguay make such a bold move. But I think the most shock came from the United States cannabis

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May 252014
 May 25, 2014
Illinois House Approves Bill To Allow Medical Marijuana For Seizures

By Karen O’Keefe Even before the first medical marijuana ID card has been issued, both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have voted to expand the state’s medical marijuana law to include more suffering patients. Earlier this week, the House voted 98-18 to allow both adults and minors with seizure disorders to qualify for medical cannabis. Illinois’ medical marijuana law, which was signed into law last August, is one of only three to leave behind seriously ill minors. The House amended SB 2636 to also allow the health department to develop rules allowing other seriously ill minors to qualify. The bill now heads to the Senate for concurrence.

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May 252014
 May 25, 2014
HIGH TIMES At The Champs East Glass Show

I remember when I was growing up and started smoking marijuana, one of my favorite things to do was go into head shops and look at glass. I was obviously too broke to afford any glass of my own, but that didn’t stop me from going in and loitering and see what was the biggest bong they had, the most expensive pipe, and anything else that looked cool. Oregon is home to some amazing glass blowers. I’m still fairly broke, but over the years I’ve accumulated some pretty sweet glass. Someday I hope to get to a Champs trade show,

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