Aug 012013
 August 1, 2013
Study Finds Cannabinoids May Combat Symptoms Of Schizophrenia

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Contrary to prohibitionist propaganda, a new government-funded study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology has found that cannabis may combat the symptoms of schizophrenia by stimulating the body’s cannabinoid receptors. Researchers for the study examined rats with schizophrenia which were dosed with a chemical substance meant to mimic cannabinoids – compounds found in cannabis, as well as naturally produced in our body. Researchers found that the cannabinoids “reversed social withdrawal in PCP-treated rats via stimulation of CB1 receptors”; social withdrawal is one of the primary symptoms of schizophrenia. The study – which was funded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and the National Institute

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Jul 312013
 July 31, 2013
Expected Soon: More Decriminalized Marijuana In Michigan

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director As part of an ongoing cannabis law reform effort in Michigan, voters in three more Michigan cities will soon have the chance to do what their elected officials regularly fail to do: pass laws that decriminalize a small amount of cannabis for personal adult use. The Detroit Free Press reports today that three Michigan cities-Ferndale, Jackson and likely Lansing-will have binding voter initiatives that effectively decriminalize cannabis possession in these three municipalities. Numerous other cities in Michigan have already adopted decriminalization, as have 17 other states overall, and as former MI NORML president and current chair of

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Jul 312013
 July 31, 2013
Judge Threatens Citizens With Arrest For Advocacy In Medical Marijuana Sentence Hearing

By Terrie Best, San Diego Americans for Safe Access Court Support Coordinator In a weird and wholly inappropriate display of rage today in the downtown courthouse, Judge Peter Gallagher ranted at defendant Victor Marion for choosing to have medical cannabis supporters in the courtroom for his sentencing, leaving the defendant in tears as he was hand-cuffed and taken into custody to serve an eight month sentence. The supporters witnessing the display were members of the advocacy groups San Diego Americans for Safe Access (SDASA) and The Human Solution, two agencies who routinely provide oversight to courtroom proceedings in medical cannabis

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Jul 312013
 July 31, 2013
Do You Have A Drug War Story?

By Ifetayo Harvey and Megan Farrington We asked you to weigh in on DPA’s work and how the drug war has affected you, and more than 3,000 of you shared your personal stories or comments in our survey. We heard from people who use drugs and people who don’t, from parents, students, physicians, attorneys and veterans. You shared stories of struggling to find a job because of a drug arrest, of suffering from chronic pain and not being able to legally access medical marijuana, of having your home raided in the middle of the night. You have family members who

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Jul 312013
 July 31, 2013
New BMW Electric Car Contains Hemp Parts

Courtesy of The Joint Blog The newly-announced BMW i3 - an electric compact car – will contain hemp parts, furthering bringing the industrial crop into the mainstream. The new car – which made its world debut today, and will go on sell in November – will include a range of new features meant to revolutionize electric cars. Among the features that are new compared to most other electric vehicles, is the use of hemp fibers to line the inside of the door. According to Benoit Jacob, the main designer of the i3 line (which will include a couple varying models), the use of hemp

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Jul 312013
 July 31, 2013
DEA Raids Another Michigan Dispensary, Wasting More Tax Dollars

Early yesterday morning The Shop, a medical marijuana distribution facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan was raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency with help from city police officers. The raid was unannounced and no official statement has been issued by the Ypsilanti Police Department. One individual involved with the raid was wearing a shirt with DEA emblazoned on it. At least one car was towed away from the scene. Speculation about other warrants for the residences and businesses associated with ownership of The Station has been expressed in the community. The Ypsilanti Police initially said they knew nothing about the raid. When

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Jul 312013
 July 31, 2013
DEA To Pay Over $4 Million After Forgetting Locked Up Student

Daniel Chong was celebrating April 20th like many other college students-at a party smoking a little cannabis.  Unfortunately for Daniel, his 4/20 celebration was cut short by a DEA raid.  Told that he would be released, Daniel was forgotten and he spent 5 days in a cell without any food or water.  The young college student suffered hallucinations and was certain that he was gonna die, just because he was smoking cannabis at a college party. From the Los Angeles Times: When he was discovered by DEA employees, he was covered in his own feces and severely dehydrated. He was rushed

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Jul 312013
 July 31, 2013
Will Medical Marijuana Sales In Washington DC Speed Up Reform Nationwide?

By Tom Angell Nearly 15 years after voters in Washington, DC approved a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana, patients in the nation’s capital can finally access their medicine from safe and legal avenues. On Monday, Capital City Care, one of three approved dispensaries in DC, conducted the very first legal medical marijuana sales in the city, supplying two patients with their doctor-recommended medicine. With each new state or city that allows dispensaries to open, our movement is able to show more people how a legal, regulated marijuana industry is better for everyone – users and nonusers alike – than prohibition is. While

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Jul 302013
 July 30, 2013
Will Uruguay Become The First Country To Legalize Marijuana?

Unions, Doctors and Civil Society Mobilize Support Ahead of Upcoming Parliamentary Vote Government to Vote on Issue This Summer This summer – perhaps  as soon as this Wednesday – the Uruguayan House of Representatives will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana. If approved by both the House and Senate, Uruguay will become the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers. The marijuana legalization proposal was put forward by President José Mujica of theFrente Amplio (Broad Front) last June as part of a comprehensive package aimed at fighting crime and public insecurity.

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Jul 302013
 July 30, 2013
NORML Offering Scholarships To The 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director The 2013 International Drug Policy Reform Conference is fast approaching. For three days from October 23rd through October 26th attendees will have the opportunity to interact with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world. This year’s conference is taking place in Denver, Colorado, where the drug policy reform landscape has just recently changed dramatically. In 2011, the conference hosted over 1,000 people representing 30 different countries. We wish to continue this stellar record of attendance and are pleased

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