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Just like it has been done in several states in the US, the Danish Agriculture and Food Council wants to legalize the production of cannabis for industrial purposes.

“Cannabis use is often debated here in Denmark, but what we need to do, once and for all, is to analyse all the opportunities and risks, and to bust the myths, so we can find out if we could have a significant cannabis industry here, like in the United States,” announced Lars Hvidtfelt, the vice chairman of the Agriculture and Food Council.

“Hemp [a term used to refer to cannabis the plant,as opposed to cannabis the drug] can be used in building materials, clothing, medicine and recreationally, so the potential both for agriculture and industry is enormous. However, it requires that we as a society agree this is the way we want to go. Seeing that growing cannabis has become a billion-dollar industry in the US, I simply don’t think we can afford not to explore our options.”

“Enhedslisten supports the proposal,” reported Pernille Skipper, a member of the party who also favours legilizing the drug.

“From international experience, we know that neither very harsh penalisation nor legalisation affect consumption among citizens.”

Source: kstp.com
  Jun 19, 2015


According to a comprehensive study published online today in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes has not led to an increase in adolescents using the drug.

“Our findings suggest that the debate over the role of medical marijuana laws in adolescent marijuana use should cease, and that resources should be applied to identifying the factors that do affect risk,” noted the authors of the study.Another concern is that medical marijuana laws will make the drug more available to teens.“On the other hand, still others have thought that medical marijuana laws might actually discourage teen marijuana use by causing teenagers to associate marijuana use with medical problems rather than with recreation or fun,” reported lead author Deborah Hasin, a substance abuse epidemiologist at the Columbia University Medical Center, in a podcast interview with Lancet Psychiatry editor Niall Boyce.“The fact that early teenage use of marijuana can have lasting harmful effects does still need to be emphasized,” she added. “Given that, identifying the things that can lead to such early marijuana use is a very important priority. Research resources are limited. They should be used where they can really make a difference,” - mentions Dr. Kevin Hill, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard University and author of “Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth About the World’s Most Popular Weed.” Source: www.minnpost.com
  Jun 17, 2015


Cannabis can now be turned into all kinds of things, from an endless variety of edibles, to concentrates that can be used in pens, to tinctures and beyond. Different patients have different ailments, and different methods of ingestion are better for some ailments than others. Fortunately, the ban was shot down late last week by the Supreme Court of Canada. Per CBC:

Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana — not just smoke it — as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.

The unanimous ruling against the federal government expands the definition of medical marijuana beyond the ”dried” form..

The country’s highest court found the current restriction to dried marijuana violates the right to liberty and security “in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.”

Restricting medical access to marijuana to a dried form has now been declared “null and void” — Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which prohibits possession and trafficking of non-dried forms of cannabis, will no longer be in effect.

This is a very big win for patients of Canada and will create a lot of new businesses geared towards non-dried flower forms of medical marijuana and will help countless people in the process.


Source: www.theweedblog.com
  Jun 16, 2015

On Saturday at the first Florida Freedom Festival at the Riverwalk Pavilion and Mosaic Amphitheater participants discussed "How U.S. freedoms are constrained and what to do about it."

Jeff Gray of Photography Is Not A Crime spoke about people's rights to record police and government officials.

"The most important thing that I like to do is show people how they can assert their rights," Gray reported. "The most important thing you do when you talk to any public official is to record the conversation."

Gray shared some key points to preserve personal freedoms:

• Always make sure not to trespass.

• Ask questions.

• Don't scream or curse.

• Never physically resist law enforcement.

• Make sure recording devices have enough batteries.

• Make sure any firearms are being carried legally.

Organizer Donald Collison with the Libertarian Party of Manatee County reported that he was pleased with the success of the inaugural event.

"Today, freedom is about having a good time," said Adam Kokesh, writer of the book called "Freedom!" "It's about living free. That's a sore spot for them," Collison said.


Source: www.bradenton.com
  Jun 15, 2015

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is releasing free, open-license B-roll footage for editorial use. They try to combat the predominant, stereotypic images of people who use marijuana, and to encourage news outlets to use images that accurately reflect modern-day marijuana consumers.

“We’ve all seen it before, a serious news story about marijuana policy that cuts away to footage of a young guy covered in tie-dye and marijuana leaves who looks more or less like a cannabis cartoon,” reported Sharda Sekaran, managing director of communications for the Drug Policy Alliance. “It’s goofy, awkward, distracting and doesn’t reflect the average marijuana consumer, who more than likely looks like a normal person you might see at a bank, supermarket or office. We’re hoping media will use this free video footage, or at the very least think twice about running stereotypical stoner images for their marijuana stories.”

“We know people are not typically used to seeing older, regular looking people or a lady who might be a grandmother using marijuana. There might be some giggles but with someone – most likely poor or a person of color – getting arrested every 45 seconds in this country for marijuana possession, ending marijuana prohibition is no laughing matter,” reported Sekaran. “News outlets rely on painfully cliché stoner B-roll because it’s not easy to get footage of people openly using marijuana, so we hope to make their jobs easier while raising awareness.”

Source: www.theweedblog.com
  Jun 13, 2015

“It’s a non-smoking building,” informed owner and DJ Marc Paskin “Gary Ganja” during afternoon drive time. He’s also known as “O.G. Kush,” an announcer for the pot radio station “4:20 News,” repeated at 5:20 p.m. “because our listeners can’t remember.”

Frank Montero, an FCC lawyer in Washington D.C., said, “What we tell our clients is, the bottom line is marijuana is illegal under federal law.”

“As long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law, broadcasters operating pursuant to a federally issued license, which is all of them, cannot run ads for marijuana businesses. That, of course, doesn’t mean you can’t discuss marijuana on the air, or even mention marijuana businesses, in the context of public interest programming, as long as you’re not being given any form of consideration for doing so.”

Source: www.thecannabist.co
  Jun 12, 2015

CONCORD, NH — On Tuesday, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released the three providers that would operate the four medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

“This is an important milestone to bring the Alternative Treatment Centers on-line,” announced DHHS Commissioner Nicholas A. Toumpas. “Now that the selections have been made, we will work closely with the selected Treatment Centers to make them operational as soon as possible so that they can open their doors and begin to provide relief to the individuals who are in need and suffering from serious medical conditions.”

“During the post-selection registration process, the Department will work collaboratively with the selected applicants and the local governing body of the towns and cities in which they would like to operate, to solicit the input of the municipal or town residents as well as that of prospective patients and caregivers relative to safety and other local concerns and the overall health needs of qualifying patients,” according to a DHHS ress release issued Tuesday.

Source: www.thedailychronic.
  Jun 11, 2015

Lewis, CEO of Silverpeak Apothecary, which sells both recreational and medical marijuana in Aspen, is keeping a close eye on what’s happening at High Valley Farms. Neighbors are upset about the smell and commissioners are listening.

“I’m aware that there are issues here that we’re working through,” Lewis claimed. “We’ve demonstrated our ability to overcome many obstacles, but I don’t want to gloss over the fact that there are issues here. We understand and are very sensitive to the community’s concerns, and we’re working diligently to resolve the issues that come out.”

“Pursuant to the facility licenses, the board may take remedial action to abate the odor by suspending operations, prohibiting operations, reducing the scope of operations, revoking operations or other action as the board may want to discuss,”reported John Ely and Jeanette Jones of the Local Licensing Authority.

“As New York’s largest health care provider with 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, North Shore-LIJ recognizes the importance of our patients having access to every legal option to manage the symptoms of their illness, if there is clinical evidence to support marijuana’s use for the condition,” Michael J. Dowling, the health system’s president and CEO, commented in a statement.


Source: www.aspentimes.com
  Jun 09, 2015

Since a 2008 car accident that shattered bones in his left arm, shoulder, and elbow, marijuana has served as an effective pain reliever for award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.

Freeman, an unabashed supporter of marijuana legalization, recently informed the Daily Beast that there were too many medical benefits for lawmakers to ignore the issue, and public opinion, any longer.

“Marijuana has many useful uses. I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana,” Freeman reported. “They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!’”

“They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!’” Freeman said. “My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs – longer legs. Now, the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use. Maybe if you have one drink it’ll quiet you down, but two or three and you’re fucked.”

“A Schedule I listing means there’s no medical use or helpful indications, but we know that’s not true,” Seth Ammerman, a clinical professor in pediatrics at Stanford University who co-authored the group’s policy statement on the subject, claimed at the time.

Source: globalwarmingarclein
  Jun 08, 2015

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Source: Weedy.com
  Jun 07, 2015