Jun 252013
 June 25, 2013
The Drug Czar's Unbelievable Reply To US Mayors' Marijuana Vote

Remember when the Drug Czar told us the Administration had ended the War on Drugs? The Obama administration’s new drug czar says he wants to banish the idea that the U.S. is fighting “a war on drugs,” a move that would underscore a shift favoring treatment over incarceration in trying to reduce illicit drug use. In his first interview since being confirmed to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Gil Kerlikowske said Wednesday the bellicose analogy was a barrier to dealing with the nation’s drug issues. “Regardless of how you try to explain to people it’s

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Jun 252013
 June 25, 2013
2013 HIGH TIMES Bay Area Cup Entries

Whenever a new HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup event is done, one of my favorite things to do is to look at all the entries. It was a dream of mine once upon a time to enter my own crop into the competition. Those days have since passed – now I just want to smoke as many entries as I can! Congratulations to all of the winners. I didn’t make it to this year’s event, but I hope to be there next year. When is there going to be an event in Portland, Oregon (my backyard)? Here are all the

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Jun 252013
 June 25, 2013
Ethan Nadelmann At The Harm Reduction And Drug Policy Reform

It’s no secret that Ethan Nadelmann is my hero. I hope someday to meet him, and I hope that more people support his organization, the Drug Policy Alliance. They do outstanding work! Some people say harm reduction is a Trojan horse of drug legalization – others say harm reduction is about public health and not about politics. The Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) made a powerful speech at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Vilnius on this issue.

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Jun 252013
 June 25, 2013
"Marijuana Stocks Are Booming" Says Investment Newsletter

In an article titled “Growing Marijuana Stocks”, the energy industry newsletter ‘Energy And Capital’ declared stock market investments in marijuana companies to be on the rise. The newsletter also cautioned about certain segments of the industry that may not be good investments. Swagato Chakravorty’s article uses Easton Pharmaceuticals (OTC: EAPH) as an example. This company has announced plans to enter the American and Canadian marijuana market. Chakravorty writes that, “Easton designs and develops a range of topical healthcare products for commercial purposes. The burgeoning marijuana sector is a highly attractive one, and that’s why Easton will employ third-party consultants to help it open up boutique clinics

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Jun 252013
 June 25, 2013
Lab Tests Show Hemp Fabric Stops Spread Of Deadly Bacteria

Most people have become aware of the fact that hemp is a diverse plant, with a multitude of uses. The newest discovery of use for hemp could save lives. Staphylococcus Aureus, more commonly known as staph, is a bacteria that causes thousands of deaths each year – specifically the drug resistant strain, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA.  A study conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology showed that each year an estimated 2 million Americans contract MRSA during hospital stays, and at least 90,000 die from it. It has been determined that MRSA is a, if not the, leading cause

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Jun 242013
 June 24, 2013
Oregon House Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensary Legislation

Obviously, many patients are unable to find someone willing to put in the time and effort to cultivate cannabis for free.  Unlike the common misconception, growing medical-grade cannabis isn’t like growing a “weed” that doesn’t take a lot of work.  Mildew, mold and pests are constant issues and putting plants into soil can be very labor intensive.  Patients without a garden in the Portland area have a plethora of cannabis dispensaries to choose from, but those in more conservative areas are not as lucky as local law enforcement continues to waste tax payer dollars on raiding dispensaries, claiming that the operators are getting

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Jun 242013
 June 24, 2013
US Conference Of Mayors Urges Feds To Respect Local Marijuana Laws

Ever since California legalized medical cannabis in 1996, the federal government has worked to thwart the will of the voters with raids, arrests, prosecutions, imprisonment and civil forfeiture.  Bill Clinton’s administration started the federal interference, George W. Bush escalated it and Barack Obama has taken federal intervention to an even higher (Choom Gang) level.  However, the will of the voters will simply not be denied and medical cannabis laws have been passed across the country and two states have now voted, with large majorities, to legalize marijuana for adults.  Many mainstream politicians have joined the call to end federal interference, including the United States Conference

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Jun 242013
 June 24, 2013
Republican Grover Norquist Speaks Out Against Drug War At SSDP Lobby Day

Last week an outstanding event was held in Washington D.C. in which college students, senior citizens, military veterans, and other cannabis activists lobbied Congress on behalf of marijuana legalization (recreational and medical). The event was organized by The Silver Tour and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. It was one of the greatest lobbying events in the history of the marijuana movement, and I hope to see more of them in the future. It’s a very powerful thing to see such a diverse group of Americans all calling for sensible marijuana laws. I guarantee the message hit home with a lot

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Jun 242013
 June 24, 2013
Show-Me Cannabis Activists Featured In National Magazine

By John Payne The July issue of Reason Magazine carries an article on the problems with drug courts, and it opens with the story of Trish and Daryl Bertrand, who had their home raided in 2010 by law enforcement in Christian County near Springfield. The Bertrands have since become two of the most committed activists fighting to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. Between the two of them, they gathered thousands of signatures on the legalization petition in 2012 and have been one of the driving forces for decriminalization in Springfield. Article author Mike Riggs wonders whether the titular “Kinder, Gentler Prohibition” of drug courts

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Jun 242013
 June 24, 2013
Is Sativex The Same As Marijuana?

Several days ago I saw a news article about medical marijuana being legalized in France, and I eagerly clicked on the link only to learn that medical marijuana was NOT legalized in France- Sativex was. I explored other news stories and found a similar theme in several articles. The authors were equating the distribution of Sativex with the legalized use of medical marijuana. Comments on these articles often contained some bitter bickering between proponents of the plant and supporters of the notion that the chemical compound Sativex is equivalent to cannabis. Sativex is the European trade name for a chemical

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