Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Former Mexican President: Mexico May Legalize Cannabis In Five Years

While more and more Americans are aware that the War on Cannabis has had disastrous effects across our country, the detrimental effects prohibition has caused across the globe can sometimes go unnoticed.  No country has suffered from cannabis prohibition as much as Mexico as cannabis prohibition inflates prices and creates a lucrative cash cow for drug cartels.  Tragically, kidnappings, murder and dismemberment are all too common consequences of a lucrative drug trade in Mexico Several European countries have experienced great success legalizing the personal use of cannabis, including the Netherlands and Portugal and recently South American countries have made moves toward reforming cannabis laws for the better, particularly in Argentina and

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Michigan City Council Proposes Limits On Marijuana Dispensaries

In one of Michigan’s most permissive cities for the marijuana industry, business is not as usual any more. Ypsilanti has an ordinance on the books allowing both medical marijuana distribution centers and cannabis growing facilities. Currently the city has six distribution centers and one indoor garden, all of which are subject to inspections and licensing. No mas, said the City Council at a recent meeting at the city offices on Michigan Avenue. During a Council session in June, residents of the city’s south side objected to the potential approval of a new facility near the I-94 exit ramp on Huron.

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Hemp Cultivation Now Legal In Vermont, Farmers Not Required To Wait For Federal Law Change

By TheJointBlog.Com Senate Bill 157 has officially become law, explicitly legalizing hemp in the State of Vermont. Under this new law, farmers who wish to grow hemp must simply file some paperwork with the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, and maintain a 0.3% or lower THC content in the hemp they cultivate. The secretary may require a registration fee, but the maximum they can issue is $25 a year. Unlike most other state hemp laws, this proposal allows farmers to begin cultivation prior to a federal law change. With this law taking effect, Vermont joins Washington and Colorado which allow hemp cultivation

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Study: Marijuana May Achieve Complete Remission Of Crohn's Disease

Using marijuana may cause a “complete remission” of Crohn’s disease, a new study suggests. Published in the medical journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the study examined the effects of regular marijuana consumption on the development of the severely debilitating Crohn’s disease. Researchers at Israel’s Meir Medical Center found that five of the 11 patients (or nearly half) who smoked twice per day for eight weeks achieved complete remission, compared to none of the patients who were given a placebo. Additionally, another five of the test subjects receiving marijuana saw their symptoms cut in half. And, unlike many of the drugs currently prescribed to treat the illness,

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
California 2014 Cannabis And Hemp Prohibition Repeal Ballot Initiative Update

Almost one year has passed since SaveCannabis.org publicly began the effort to place a Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition Repeal Initiative on the 2014 California ballot. The seeds of the plan were primarily initiated by the failure of Prop 19 and the failure by California advocates to coordinate their efforts to make the ballot in 2012. In fact, when it was known that there was going to be 2, then 3, then…6 different efforts in 2012, it became apparent that they were all doomed to fail. And they did. Split advocacy and the resulting split funding efforts were not a winning

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
Long Beach Medical Cannabis Patients' Access Campaign Collects Over 12,000 Signatures

Long Beach, CALIF., — Long Beach Patients’ Access Campaign has gathered over 12,000 valid signatures to reform medical marijuana regulations on the municipal level. We want to thank our paid petitioners on winning this hard-fought drive thus far. Unfortunately the Long Beach Patients Access drive has suspended paid petition circulating efforts until more donations are harvested. Our volunteer team is forming now and will press forward with our signature gathering efforts until the Committee collects more donations. The timing for shifting to volunteer efforts especially with the state legislator adding in a provision that calls for 20% volunteers ratios of

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Jul 232013
 July 23, 2013
New Jersey Medical Cannabis Bill Helps Kids Get Relief Without The High

By Michelle Tihanyi With S2842, an amendment to New Jersey’s “Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act” looming over Governor Chris Christie’s desk, to the uninformed one might wonder what this new bill will bring. The drafting of the bill started shortly after recent articles exposing the plight of Brian and Meghan Wilson’s two year old daughter Vivian, who started seizing at just two months old. Vivian suffers from a rare and severe form of treatment resistant epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. Vivian’s parents have exhausted all options which include wearing an eye patch, removing striped items, various medications including rescue medications, and

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Jul 222013
 July 22, 2013
Federal Bill Would Up Penalties For Marijuana "Trespass Grows"

By Phillip Smith A bill introduced Thursday by Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) and bipartisan cosponsors from California and Colorado would create new penalties for marijuana growers who grow on federal lands or who trespass on other people’s property to grow and who cause environmental damages. “Trespass grows” are a tempting alternative for growers who seek to avoid having their own properties seized under federal drug asset forfeiture laws. Growing marijuana on federal lands (or anywhere else, for that matter) is already against federal law, but the cutely-acronymed Protecting Lands Against Narcotics Trafficking (PLANT) Act would instruct the US Sentencing Commission

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Jul 222013
 July 22, 2013
Blacks Disproportionately Arrested For Marijuana Possession In Washington, DC

African Americans in the District of Columbia are arrested for illicit drug offenses at significantly higher rates than those of other ethnicities, according to an analysis of non-juvenile arrests for the years 2009 to 2011 by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The report, entitled ‘Racial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia, 2009-2011: Implications for Civil Rights and Criminal Justice in the Nation’s Capital,’ found that African Americans comprised nearly 90 percent of all District drug possession arrests. District police made far fewer drug possession arrests in neighborhoods that consisted of mostly white residents than

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Jul 222013
 July 22, 2013
Marijuana Does Not Cause Liver Disease Progression In HIV/HCV Patients

More good news for medical marijuana patients: a recent study found that marijuana use is not linked with the progression of liver disease in patients co-infected with hepatitis C and HIV. The study, published in the July edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases, examined the effect of regular marijuana smoking on liver disease progression among subjects who were infected with both hepatitis C and HIV. Previous research had produced mixed results, with some studies claiming a “strong link” between marijuana consumption and liver disease. In contrast, this study found “no evidence for an association.” Researchers speculated that associations observed in previous studies were due to “reverse causation;” in

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