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    Colorado isn't a redneck backwood state?
    Wow, you are a buzz kill. Maybe the eastern plains the rest is a growing yuppie-ish bullshit "hey, I'm out of grad school and want to live in historic Denver" by asshole California/east coast transplants.

    Oh, and douchenozzles from Wisconsin. I wish these fucks would go back home.

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    You know, it is just a matter of time before federal laws against pot are irrelevant.

    None of us need to worry about the FBI or DEA or other alphabet agency kicking in the door for smoking pot. As a matter of fact, even being a dealer is not going to get you on their radar unless you are importing hundreds of pounds or tons of the stuff.

    The only thing any of us really have ever had to worry about was being busted by your local Johnny Law.

    As the individual states get on the train that is headed inevitably down the track to legalization of pot, we will be able to get fucking high and not have to worry about it.

    New Jersey is headed in the right direction, as are many other states.

    Wait until the end of 2014. The mid-term elections will be in Nov. 2014, but also by then, Colorado and Washington will be publishing the incredible details of the massive cash flow they will be dealing with from pot and industrial hemp sales.

    When Colorado announces they got 100 million bucks just from TAX revenue (not to mention the revenue all businesses in the state will get from the fact it will be a travel destination for the pot tourist trade, and, the money spent by pot vacationers on gas, food, lodging, etc.), all the other states are suddenly going to start clamoring to introduce legislation to legalize it in THEIR state.

    Hell, Oregon is already on that path, as once Washington legalized it, Oregon realized a LOT of their peeps were going to travel across the bridge to Vancouver, WA to blow their money on pot, and the OR legislators do not want to see the citizens of Oregon sending their cash to WA.

    Utah probably won't legalize it. Kansas never will, as the citizens of Kansas are mostly a bunch of narrow-minded conservative godamnable asshole fucks who wish they could go back in time and live like fucking farmers in 1885.
    But due to Colorado legalizing it, New Mexico and Wyoming are probably mulling over the fact that a lot of their people are going to be blowing money in ANOTHER state.

    http://www.theweedblog.com/new-jerse...na-poll-finds/

    New Jersey Voters Ready To Legalize Marijuana, Poll Finds
    Posted by Johnny Green at 7:18 AM on June 12, 2013

    By Phillip Smith

    As New Jersey legislators consider a marijuana decriminalization bill, a new poll suggests strong public support for such a move — and more. The poll of likely voters conducted by Lake Research Partners for the Drug Policy Alliance found that 61% favored decriminalization and nearly as many (59%) agreed with taxing, regulating, and legalizing marijuana.

    “New Jersey voters are ready for aggressive and immediate change of state marijuana laws, with strong majorities supporting decriminalizing up to two ounces of marijuana,” said Daniel Gotoff, a partner at Lake Research. “Support for this reform is remarkably broad, including majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans, as well as voters from every major region in the state.”

    The poll comes as the legislature is considering Senate Bill 1977, which would decriminalize the possession of up to 50 grams (slightly less than two ounces) of marijuana and make possession a civil violation carrying a fine similar to a traffic ticket. The bill sponsored by Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union), Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-Hudson) is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    The release of the poll could be designed to prod the legislature to act on marijuana reform. SB 1977 was filed more than a year ago and still has not been scheduled for a committee hearing. Another measure, Assembly Bill 1465, which would decriminalize up to 15 grams, actually passed the Assembly last June, only to languish in the Senate Judiciary Committee ever since.

    Under current New Jersey law, simple marijuana possession is a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Conviction on a pot possession charges also creates a criminal record that cannot be expunged for at least five years.

    Once an individual is convicted of even a minor possession offense, he or she is subject to a system of legal discrimination that makes it difficult or impossible to secure housing, employment, public assistance, federal student aid for higher education, and even a basic driver’s license.

    Marijuana possession prosecutions also disproportionately target the Garden State’s black population. African-Americans are arrested for pot possession at a rate nearly three times that of whites, even though both groups use marijuana at roughly the same rate.

    “More than 22,000 individuals were arrested for marijuana possession in New Jersey in 2010 at a cost of more than $125 million dollars,” said Roseanne Scotti, New Jersey state director for the Drug Policy Alliance. ”New Jerseyans understand that current penalties for marijuana are unfair and wasteful. These laws should be changed now. ”

    If legislators heed the popular will and pass the decriminalization bill, New Jersey will join 15 other states that have decriminalized pot possession in amounts ranging from half an ounce to three ounces.


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    http://www.theweedblog.com/cannabis-...complications/

    By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    A forthcoming review to be published in journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society reiterates that the ingestion of cannabis smoke poses nominal pulmonary risks compared to those associated with tobacco smoke. The author of the paper, Donald P. Tashkin, MD, emeritus professor of medicine and medical director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles performed US-government sponsored studies of marijuana and lung function for over 30 years.

    A preview of Dr. Tashkin’s forthcoming review appears on the American Thoracic Society news website here.

    http://news.thoracic.org/june-july-2...0hJgg.facebook


    It reads:

    Dr. Tashkin found that regular smoking of marijuana by itself causes visible and microscopic injury to the large airways that is consistently associated with an increased likelihood of symptoms of chronic bronchitis that subside after cessation of use. He also found that the evidence does not indicate that habitual use of marijuana leads to significant abnormalities in lung function when assessed either cross-sectionally or longitudinally, except for possible increases in lung volumes and modest increases in airway resistance of unclear clinical significance.

    The author finds no clear link between marijuana use and the development of COPD or lower respiratory tract infections. In addition, “findings from a limited number of well-designed epidemiological studies do not suggest an increased risk for the development of either lung or upper airway cancer from light or moderate use, although evidence is mixed concerning possible carcinogenic risks of heavy, long-term use,” Dr. Tashkin notes. “In summary, the accumulated weight of evidence implies far lower risks for pulmonary complications of even regular heavy use of marijuana compared to the grave pulmonary consequences of tobacco.”
    The full paper will be available later this month.

    In May, presenters at the annual meeting of the American Academy for Cancer Research reported that subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke possess no greater risk of lung cancer than do those who consume it occasionally or not at all — according to an analysis of six case-control studies, conducted between 1999 and 2012, involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls) from around the world.

    Last year, clinical data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that subjects’ exposure to moderate levels of cannabis smoke, even over the long-term, is not associated with significant adverse effects on pulmonary function.

    Vaporizers, which heat marijuana to a point where cannabinoid vapors form, but below the point of combustion, reduce subjects’ intake of potentially hazardous combustible compounds. In several clinical trials, investigators have concluded that vaporization is a “safe and effective” cannabinoid delivery mode that “does not result in exposure to combustion gases.” Researchers also report that vaporization results in higher plasma concentrations of THC compared to smoked cannabis.


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    As soon as I can do so legally, I will be growing my own.

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    A step in the right direction on a national scale. Amazing that they were able to get SOMETHING done...ANYTHING....much less this.....fucking idiots:

    http://hemp.org/news/content/us-hous...-hemp-research

    U.S.: House Passes Amendment Protecting State Rights To Grow Hemp For Research

    Submitted by steveelliott on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 16:21


    Bipartisan Coalition Works to Give Colleges and Universities Ability to Conduct Critical Research

    By Steve Elliott
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    An amendment allowing colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp in states where it is already legal, without fear of federal interference, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday by a vote of 225 to 200.

    Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the amendment to H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, the FARRM Bill.

    “Industrial hemp is an important agricultural commodity, not a drug,” said Rep. Polis. “My bipartisan, common-sense amendment, which I’ve introduced with Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would allow colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes in states where industrial hemp growth and cultivation is already legal.

    "Many states, including Colorado, have demonstrated that they are fully capable of regulating industrial hemp," Rep. Polis said. "George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. The first American flag was made of hemp. And today, U.S. retailers sell over $300 million worth of goods containing hemp—but all of that hemp is imported, since farmers can’t grow it here.

    "The federal government should clarify that states should have the ability to regulate academic and agriculture research of industrial hemp without fear of federal interference," Rep. Polis said. "Hemp is not marijuana, and at the very least, we should allow our universities—the greatest in the world—to research the potential benefits and downsides of this important agricultural commodity.”

    “Industrial hemp is used for hundreds of products including paper, clothing, rope, and can be converted into renewable bio-fuels more efficiently than corn or switch grass,” said Rep. Massie. “It’s our goal that the research this amendment enables would further broadcast the economic benefits of the sustainable and job-creating crop. I look forward to working with Rep. Polis and Rep. Blumenauer on this issue.”

    “Because of outdated federal drug laws, our farmers can’t grow industrial hemp and take advantage of a more than $300 million dollar market," Rep. Blumenauer said. "We rely solely on imports to sustain consumer demand. It makes no sense.”

    “Our fear of industrial hemp is misplaced – it is not a drug," Blumenauer said. "By allowing colleges and universities to cultivate hemp for research, Congress sends a signal that we are ready to examine hemp in a different and more appropriate context.”

    Nineteen states have passed pro-industrial hemp legislation. Nine states -- Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia -- have removed barriers to its production.

    "Vote Hemp applauds this new bi-partisan amendment and we are mobilizing all the support we can," said Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. "This brilliant initiative would allow colleges and universities the opportunity to grow and cultivate hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes.

    "It would only apply to states where industrial hemp growth and cultivation is already legal in order for those states to showcase just how much industrial hemp could benefit the environment and economy in those regions," Steenstra said.

    “Federal law has denied American farmers the opportunity to cultivate industrial hemp and reap the economic rewards from this versatile crop for far too long,” said Grant Smith, policy manager with the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). “Congress should lift the prohibition on the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp as soon as possible. Allowing academic research is an important first step towards returning industrial hemp cultivation to American farms.”

    To view a clip of the debate on this amendment last night, click here. In addition to the co-sponsors of this amendment, Ranking Member Colin Peterson (D-MN) and Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) also spoke in support of this amendment.





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    US Conference of Mayors Urges Feds to Respect Local Marijuana Laws
    by Anthony Johnson • June 24, 2013


    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 of Mayors.

    Marijuana Majority led the effort to pass this resolution, bringing in organizations from across the country, including us here at NCC, to urge mayors to take a stand against the federal government overriding the will of the voters. Tom Angell, Marijuana Majority’s chairman, writes blogs for NCC, and we are pleased to work with such a dedicated activist.

    I contacted my mayor, Charlie Hales, thinking that he should certainly be supportive as his Portland, Oregon, constituents overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization and he supported legalization himself during his mayoral campaign. However, I was disappointed by the response I got back from Grace Ugwagbae, his constituent relations manager:

    Anthony,

    Thank you for contacting the Mayor with regards to the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s marijuana resolution.

    Marijuana legislation is not a priority of this administration. The Mayor will spend the next several months focusing on the budget; lobbying for statewide support for public schools; community policing; cleanup of the Willamette River; and issues regarding homelessness. He does not intend to take a leadership position on existing or future state or federal marijuana laws.

    Again, thank you for contacting the Mayor. Your advocacy is noted and appreciated.

    If you would like any information regarding City business please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
    This response seemed odd, as I wasn’t requesting the mayor “to take a leadership position” on the issue, I was merely asking him to support a common-sense resolution that a vast majority of his constituents agree with. Kitty Piercy, Eugene’s mayor, on the other hand, showed real leadership and agreed to co-sponsor the resolution. Fortunately, my disappointment with Mayor Hales was short-lived as I was forwarded an email exchange between the mayor personally and another constituent, as the mayor responded:

    I’m at the conference and am supporting the resolution!

    It was great to learn that Mayor Hales had come around and even better to know that mayors across the nation realize the importance of the federal government respecting the will of the voters. This resolution is just another beat joining the ever-growing chorus demanding an end to the federal war on cannabis. March on my friends, we are so close to victory!

    The press release from Marijuana Majority:

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2013
    CONTACT: Tom Angell - (202) 557-4979 or info@marijuanamajority.com

    U.S. Conference of Mayors Tells Feds to Respect Local Marijuana Laws

    Bipartisan Resolution Urges Obama to Stop Medical Marijuana Crackdown

    Polls Show Majority Voter Support for Letting States Set Their Own Policies

    LAS VEGAS, NV — The United States Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution on Mondaycriticizing the failure of marijuana prohibition and urging the federal government to respect the ability of states and cities to implement policies like marijuana legalization and medical marijuana without interference.

    “In November, voters in my city and state strongly approved a ballot measure to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana,” said Mayor Steve Hogan of Aurora, Colorado. “The bipartisan resolution we passed today simply asks the federal government to give us time to implement these new policies properly and without interference. Cities and states across the country are enacting forward-thinking reforms to failed marijuana prohibition policies, and for the federal government to stand in the way is wasteful and contrary to the wishes of the American people.”

    Despite campaign pledges that “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” President Obama’s administration shuttered more state-legal medical marijuana providers in one term than were closed by federal authorities during the two terms of George W. Bush’s presidency. In the wake of November’s strong passage of initiatives to legalize and regulate marijuana for all adults by voters in Colorado and Washington, Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly said that the administration’s response is coming “relatively soon.”

    “It’s time for President Obama to enact the changes he promised during the 2008 campaign,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, the organization that led the effort to pass the resolution, generating nearly 7,000 constituent letters to almost 1,000 mayors across the country. “A strong and growing majority of Americans want states to be able to set their own marijuana laws without federal harassment. Local officials are enacting policies that serve to protect the health and safety of their communities better than the failed policy of prohibition has, and they deserve the respect they are asking for from the Obama administration.”

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution notes that “enforcing the costly and ineffective prohibition on marijuana drains limited resources that could be better spent on programs that more effectively serve the public and keep our cities safe from serious and violent crime” and demands that “federal laws, including the Controlled Substances Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference” so that localities can “set whatever marijuana policies work best to improve the public safety and health of their communities.” Until federal laws are amended, the Conference “urges the President of the United States to reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states.”

    The resolution is co-sponsored by 18 mayors, including Bob Filner of San Diego (California), Mike McGinn of Seattle (Washington), Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas (Nevada), Jean Quan of Oakland (California), Steve Hogan of Aurora (Colorado), Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma (Washington), Kitty Piercy of Eugene (Oregon), and William Euille of Alexandria (Virginia), among several others.

    “The prohibition on marijuana has been ineffective and counterproductive,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy of San Leandro, California. “Voters in states and cities that wish to break the stranglehold of organized crime over the distribution and sale of marijuana in their communities by legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana should have the option of doing so.”

    A recent Gallup poll found that 64 percent of Americans say the federal government should not enforce anti-marijuana laws in states that have opted for a new approach. A poll by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans believe that government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth and that a majority (52 percent) support legalizing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. In November, marijuana legalization got more votes in Colorado than President Obama did.

    The U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution and full list of co-sponsors are online at http://marijuanamajority.com/mayorsresolution

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardrock69 View Post
    Click on it.

    When you do, you will get a puff of air to the eyes.

    I think the premise of the experiment is flawed. They're not taking into account the distinct possiblity that the stoner mice actually got wise, realized the stupidity of the air puff bit, and said "Y'know what...fuck this noise".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardrock69 View Post
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    When you do, you will get a puff of air to the eyes.
    Try Visine for dry air puff stoner eyes.
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    http://www.theweedblog.com/lab-tests...adly-bacteria/

    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 of hospital-bourne infections.

    New research has found that hemp fabrics actually kill bacteria, including MRSA. In a test conducted on a hemp-blend fabric (60% hemp / 40% rayon), where the fabric was infected with staph, researchers found that the hemp material killed the staph bacteria at an incredible rate – the material was found 98.5% bacteria free upon the first measurement. The same material was also infected with Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia). At first measurement, the pneumonia-infected material was 65.1% bacteria free.

    The impact these results could have are immense; staph/MRSA spreads through contact, and by touching items that are infected – such as hospital gowns, towels, privacy curtains, etc.. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology tested both methicillin-sensitive and methicillin-resistant staphylococci on common hospital materials (clothing, towels, scrub suits, lab coats, privacy drapes and splash aprons), and found the bacteria survived on every material for at least 1 day, and in some instances as long as 90 days. Replacing any number of these items with hemp-based materials could severely reduce transmission of these deadly bacterias.

    Beyond the standard arguments offered to push the legalization of hemp cultivation (eco-friendly bio-fuels, heart-healthy foods, etc.), this new research presents evidence that not only can hemp help the economy and the environment, it can also prevent the spread of dangerous illnesses, and save thousands of people from infection and even death.

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    Oregon Marijuana Reform Bills Headed To Governor’s Desk

    Posted by Johnny Green at 6:15 PM on June 25, 2013

    Big news out of Oregon. Two marijuana reform bills passed out of the Oregon Senate and are now headed to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. Below is a press release from Compassionate Oregon, who has done an OUTSTANDING job this legislative session:

    ### For Immediate Release ###

    Oregon Senate Sends Senate Bills 40 & 82 to the Governor’s Desk

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the Oregon Senate’s concurring votes on Senate Bills 40 and 82.

    Under SB 82 the driver’s licenses of nearly 5,000 Oregonians a year will no longer be suspended for a conviction for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

    Under SB 40, Oregonians will no longer face B felony charges for possession of small amounts of marijuana, (1 – 4 ounces). By adding misdemeanor provisions to the law and the restructuring of other fines and penalties relating to marijuana resulting from a 2010 re-classification of marijuana by the Oregon State Board of Pharmacy from a Schedule I to a schedule II controlled substance.

    In addition SB 40 will save the state nearly $3M over the first biennium and nearly $5M after that. SB 82, while not having a official fiscal impact statement, will save the state the expense of sending out notices of suspension.

    Both bills again received bi-partisan support and we look forward to the Governor’s signature on these bills.



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    Five Reasons Cops Want to Legalize Marijuana
    More and more police officers are realizing the War on Drugs is a mistake


    By Kristen Gwynne
    June 27, 2013 4:05 PM ET

    Most people don't think "cops" when they think about who supports marijuana legalization. Police are, after all, the ones cuffing stoners, and law enforcement groups have a long history of lobbying against marijuana policy reform. Many see this as a major factor in preventing the federal government from recognizing that a historic majority of Americans – 52 percent – favors legalizing weed.

    But the landscape is changing fast. Today, a growing number of cops are part of America's "marijuana majority." Members of the non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) say that loosening our pot policy wouldn't necessarily condone drug use, but control it, while helping cops to achieve their ultimate goal of increasing public safety. Here are the five biggest reasons why even cops are starting to say, "Legalize It!"

    1. It's about public safety.

    While marijuana is a relatively harmless drug, the black market associated with it can cause significant harm. Much like the prohibition of alcohol, marijuana's illegality does not erase the profit incentive – instead, it establishes a risky, unregulated market in which violence and intimidation are used to settle disputes.

    "When we ended the prohibition of alcohol, Al Capone was out of work the next day," says Stephen Downing, Los Angeles' former Deputy Chief of Police. "Our drug policy is really anti-public safety and pro-cartel, pro-street gang, because it keeps them in business."

    Marijuana trafficking represents a significant chunk of business for black-market cartels. Though the exact percentage of cartel profits from pot is disputed, lowball estimates fall at around 20 percent.

    "During my time on the border, I saw literally tons of marijuana come over the border from Mexico," says Jamie Haase, a former special agent in the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division. "Competition over the profits to be made from this illicit industry has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of individuals in that country, and an ever-increasing amount of violence spilling over into the United States, where the Justice Department estimates Mexican cartels now operate in more than 1,000 American cities."

    2. Cops want to focus on crimes that hurt real victims.

    In the past decade, police made more than 7 million marijuana arrests, 88 percent of them for possession alone. In 2010, states spent $3.6 billion enforcing the war on pot, with blacks nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested. That's a lot of police time and resources wasted, says former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper, who had an "aha moment" about marijuana policy while working for the San Diego Police Department in the late 1960s.

    "I had arrested a 19-year-old in his parents' home for the possession of a very small quantity of marijuana, and put him in the backseat of a caged police car, after having kicked down his door," recalls Stamper. While driving the prisoner to jail, he says, "I realized, mainly, that I could have been doing real police work, but instead I'm going to be out of service for several hours impounding the weed, impounding him, and writing arrest, impound, and narcotics reports. I was away from the people I had been hired to serve and in no position to stop a reckless drunk driver swerving all over the road, or to respond to a burglary in progress, or intervene in domestic violence situation."

    Cops have limited resources, and spending them on marijuana arrests will inevitably divert them from other policing. Adds Stamper, "In short, making a marijuana arrest for a simple possession case was no longer, for me, real police work."

    3. Cops want strong relationships with the communities they serve.

    Baltimore narcotics veteran Neil Franklin says the prevalence of marijuana arrests, especially among communities of color, creates a "hostile environment" between police and the communities they serve. "Marijuana is the number one reason right now that police use to search people in this country," he says. "The odor of marijuana alone gives a police officers probable cause to search you, your person, your car, or your home."

    Legalizing pot, says Franklin, could lead to "hundreds of thousands of fewer negative police and citizen contacts across this country. That's a hell of an opportunity for law enforcement to rebuild some bridges in our communities – mainly our poor, black and Latino communities."

    Franklin adds that this would increase citizens' trust in police, making them more likely to communicate and help solve more serious crimes. Building mutual respect would also protect cops on the job. Adds Franklin, "Too many police officers are killed or injured serving the War on Drugs as opposed to protecting and serving their communities."

    4. The war on pot encourages bad – and even illegal – police practices.

    Downing says that monetary incentives for drug arrests, like asset forfeiture and federal grants, encourage an attitude where police will make drug arrests by any means necessary, from militarized SWAT raids to paid informants who admit to lying. "The overall effect is that we are losing ground in terms of the traditional peace officer role of protecting public safety, and morphing our local police officers into federal drug warriors," Downing says.

    Quotas and pressure for officers to make drug arrests – which profit police departments via federal funding and asset forfeiture – also encourage routine violations of the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. The NYPD, for example, stops and sometimes frisks well over 500,000 people a year, the vast majority of them youths of color – the basis for a pending federal lawsuit challenging the policy on constitutional grounds. While New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended stop-and-frisk as a way to get guns off the street, in fact, it's more often used to arrest kids with small amounts of weed. Stamper adds that legalization would allow police officers "to see young adults not as criminals, but members of their community" – and start respecting those young people's civil liberties.

    5. Cops want to stop kids from abusing drugs.

    Marijuana's illegality has done very little to stop its use. A recent survey by the National Institutes of Health found that 36 percent of high school seniors had smoked marijuana in the past year. Legalization would most likely involve age restrictions on marijuana purchases, while at the same time providing quality control over product. "The only way we can effectively control drugs is to create a regulatory system for all of them," says Stamper.

    "If you are truly a proponent of public safety, if you truly want safer communities, then it's a no-brainer that we have to end drug prohibition and treat [marijuana] as a health issue, like we did with tobacco," says Franklin. "Education and treatment is the most effective and cost-efficient way to reduce drug use."

    On the other hand, adds Franklin, "If you support a current system of drug prohibition, then you support the very same thing that the cartel and neighborhood gangs support. You might as well be standing next to them, shaking hands. Because they don't want an end to prohibition, either."

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    As usual...a day does not go by these days without some great news:

    http://www.theweedblog.com/medical-m...ed-in-florida/

    Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative Being Filed In Florida

    People United for Medical Marijuana will be filing a new initiative to legalize marijuana in Florida as soon as today, and no later than early next week.florida The group will be aiming for the 2014 general election ballot; they’ll need to collect roughly 700,000 valid signatures to do so.

    “I have the finished product in front of me,” said John Morgan, an Orlando attorney and former fundraiser for President Obama, who is funding the effort through his own means and political connections, “I’m going to have it delivered to the Secretary of State Office by Friday or early next week at the latest.”

    The proposal will be a constitutional amendment which legalizes cannabis throughout the state, authorizing patients to use and possess marijuana, as well as purchase it through state-licensed dispensaries (home cultivation may also be allowed). Given that it’s a constitutional amendment it will need to garner 60% of the votes – rather than a simple majority of 50% – in order to become law. However, recent polling has found that over 70% of Floridians support such a move.

    Morgan said he plans to raise and spend $2 to $3 million to get the initiative on the ballot, and up to $20 million to run a successful campaign.

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    I read somewhere that Vermont's decrim law has gone into effect. It is now a civil fine....no arrests, no jail, no record.....

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    5 Mind-Blowing Uses for Hemp


    Industrial hemp has been used for thousands of years to make everything from Food to Clothing. but lets get somethings cleared up first. Hemp and Marijuana are two different strains of the Cannabis plant, while Marijuana is harvested for its flowers high THC content which provided the psychoactive effect desired, Hemp is harvested for its stock and their fibers and has a very low THC content. In fact it would literally take 1 ton of hemp to get a psychoactive effect, and lets be honest, if you’re trying to smoke a ton of hemp, you have a lot more problems than trying to get high.

    Hemp can be used to make thousands of different products, but here are five that are simply MIND-BLOWING:

    1. Paper

    This you’ve probably heard of, but hemp is such an ideal plant for making paper and has been used that reason for the past 2,000 years. reasons for it’s low production in today’s market (0.05%) range from propaganda instigated by the timber industry to the age of the processing equipment being so out of date that it would be several times more expensive to make.

    However hemp is a far better and quicker source for renewable and sustainable pulp for paper. Hemp grows from seed to harvest with in a few months, where as in trees can take 30 years of more to be ready to be made into paper. Government studies report that the paper made from 1 acre of hemp, is the equivalent to 4.1 acres of trees to make the same amount of paper

    DID YOU KNOW?

    In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940′s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down.

    Imagine that!

    If we as a collective society decide that we rather buy hemp paper rather than tree paper, we could SAVE and REPLANT the worlds forests!

    2. Building Supplies


    Of all the uses for hemp, a real Mind-Opener is all the different sorts of building materials it provides:

    Hemp based materials can replace wood and other materials used to build homes and other structures including foundations, walls, shingles, paneling, pipes, and paint. You can make it into insulation as companies in the Netherlands and Ireland are already doing. Hemp can even be used to make ‘hempcrete’, a stronger, lighter, and more environmentally friendly version of concrete, which is lightweight, waterproof, fireproof, self-insulating and resistant to pests..



    Houses built from hemp have been found to use less energy, create less waste and take less fuel to heat than conventionally constructed homes.

    3. Plastics

    Just about everything we buy has some form of plastic involved in the product. Almost everything is wrapped in cellophane and our landfills are littered with them. Standard plastic is made from fossil fuels using very toxic chemicals. From packaging to toys, a myriad of alternatives to plastic can be made from hemp.



    In 1941, Henry Ford held a media event where he swung an axe at a prototype car body made of hemp and other plant material to prove its strength. The technology was never put into mass production, cars continued to be made of steel, and plastics made from petrochemicals became the norm. Possibly because of the monopolies Carnegie Steel and Rockefeller’s Standard Oil had on the marketplace.



    lotus-elise-eco and if that’s too retro for you, here’s a car made by Lotus in 2008, almost completely made out of hemp materials.


    Fortunately, the number of available products made from hemp plastics is on the increase as awareness of the importance of developing sustainable alternatives grows. More recently hemp has been made into shower curtain liners, CD & DVD cases, and all sorts of other products.

    4. Fuel


    Yes, hemp can even be used to make bio-fuel!

    Just like many other vegetable oil, hemp oil can be processed into bio-diesel Unlike fossil fuels, hemp fuel is renewable and produces significantly less carbon monoxide. It also stands to reason that hemp could also be utilized to make liquid fuels that are chemically identical to petroleum-based gasoline as well.

    However there still are the concerns of converting the amount of land needed that could be used for hemp production, but the bio-diesel is certainly a viable option.



    5. Chemical Cleanup

    One of the most intriguing uses for hemp its ability to clean up up soil contamination. In 1998 industrial hemp was tested at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine to help heal the soil. by planting in to the ground in Chernobyl, hemp helped to remove radioactive elements and heavy metals from soil and water in the contaminated area. Because of its fast rate of growing each season, up to 250-400 plants per square meter each up to 15 feet tall, hemp shows good potential in cleaning up land contaminated with fly ash, sewage sludge, or other heavy metals.

    Food for Thought: The reason for the under utilization of all these amazing uses for hemp is due to other industries efforts in suppressing this information in the hopes of their product continuing to thrive. But in the age of the internet, we are seeing that these previous industries are not sustainable and are ruining our planet. However something we forget is that these harmful industries thrive because we buy their products, if we all petitioned for and bought more hemp products, the marketplace will turn it’s way. Remember, together we are powerful enough to change anything.

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    Here's the other vid...

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    New study shows THC kills stomach cancer cells....

    http://www.theweedblog.com/new-study...-cancer-cells/

    New Study Finds THC Kills Stomach Cancer Cells

    A new study conducted by the the Catholic University of Korea, College of Medicine, and published in the journal Anticancer Research, has found promising evidence that THC may be the best medicine available to treat stomach cancer,especially when traditional medicine has been ineffective.

    During the study researchers used cancer cells that were resistant to chemotherapy, and dosed the cells with a synthetic form of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the primary compounds found in cannabis. Researchers noted a drastic reduction in the survival rate of the cells that were exposed to the synthetic THC.

    When conducting the study researchers found that larger doses of THC led to higher rates of cancer cell death, validating the initial finding that it can be an effective treatment (natural THC is likely even more effective).

    Although more research is needed, hopefully this study – in addition to numerous others that have been released recently – will pave the way for cannabis being used as a standard – and not alternative – medicine in treating various forms of cancer.
    Here is a link to the abstract on the NIH government website...

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23749906


    I just realized something.

    THC could help increase the life span of your average human. And, at the same time, it could wipe out the cancer industry in the medical field. You think HCA wants a cure for cancer?

    FUCK NO, they don't.

    But here it is......

    I accidentally ran across a relevant article saying basically the same thing as the above.....but it was about prostate cancer cells. THC appears to kill ANY cancer cells it comes in contact with.
    I have seen the same medical studies published over and over again....each time about a different form of cancer.

    WTF.....so what if it is this cancer or that cancer....it is all cancer.....and it seems that is how THC views cancer cells.

    I can see why the government is dragging it's heels on legalization......they have a standard rate of attrition in this country due to death by natural causes, for alcohol-related deaths, tobacco, etc.

    Reefer can upset the balance by drastically decreasing death by cancer. And, with the world population increasing drastically, the powers that be do not want to hear about something that might extend the lifespan of the average human.|

    Not to mention the hit that the cancer specialists in this country will take to their pocketbook.....you know damn well that a part of the health industry is going to lobby their asses off against legalization, because the corporate bean counters are not interested in saving lives, they are interested in saving their bank accounts.....
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    Weed to become major LEGAL cash crop in Washington state?

    Article published Jul 6, 2013
    Field-grown marijuana allowed in state's proposed regulations
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    OLYMPIA — Marijuana could be grown outdoors in the sunshine — no grow lights or greenhouses required — under draft rules for the state’s new marijuana industry.

    The rules, approved by the state Liquor Control Board during a meeting last week, establish regulations for pot producers, processers and retailers and set the stage for legal recreational marijuana use to begin early next year.

    The decision to allow outdoor grows also increases the potential for pot as a crop in Washington’s sunny side east of the Cascade Range, where irrigated fields of apples, hops and wine grapes dot the landscape, though most agriculture groups are discouraging longtime farmers from growing it.

    The Liquor Control Board released preliminary draft rules in late May after board staff members spent long hours visiting marijuana grow houses and studying the science of pot.

    Four public hearings on the proposed rules, which included several key changes, will be held across the state Aug. 6-8.

    They will be in the Seattle area, Olympia, Ellensburg and Spokane, with exact dates and times to be determined.

    The proposed rules are scheduled to take effect Sept. 16.

    At that point, the Washington Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for marijuana producers, processers and retailers.

    They draft rules shorten the hours of operation for marijuana businesses, which may be open from
    8 a.m. to 12 a.m., and remove requirements for a signed affidavit from a landlord to house a marijuana business.

    They also strengthen requirements for child-proof packaging and restrict advertisements that may appeal to youths, among other things.

    Logo killed

    But the big change was that marijuana may be grown outdoors with secure fencing and surveillance and is not limited to indoor facilities.

    Gov. Jay Inslee suggested he helped nix the Washington state logo for the pot industry — an outline of the state with a marijuana leaf in the middle, which the board killed Wednesday.

    Inslee said he found it inconsistent with the traditions of the Evergreen State, “where we’re known for Western hemlocks and glaciers and mountains, rather than a particular leaf.”

    Last fall, voters made Washington and Colorado the first states to legalize the sale of taxed marijuana to adults over 21 at state-licensed stores.

    In Washington, sales should begin in early 2014 unless the U.S. Justice Department steps in to prevent them.

    Pot remains illegal federally, and the DOJ could sue to try to block the licensing schemes in Washington and Colorado from taking effect.

    Colorado already has approved rules laying out how marijuana should be grown, packaged and taxed.
    The voter-approved initiative legalizing pot in Washington, I-502, required the state Liquor Control Board to have rules in place by Dec. 1.

    Under the rules, people may possess up to an ounce of dried marijuana; 16 ounces of a pot-infused solid, such as brownies; or 72 ounces of a pot-infused liquid, such as tea.

    Any producer who meets all requirements under the rules will be granted a license.

    Retail licenses will be distributed based on the population in each county and demand for pot.

    A lottery will be used if there are more applicants than called for in a specific region.
    Board staff said they expect to have more details about that in the next 30 days.

    Medical pot issues

    The rules do not institute a cap on the number of retailers, though the board left open the possibility that one could be imposed at a later date.

    Board members also expressed concern that medical marijuana providers currently do not fall under the regulations.

    Medical marijuana must be licensed, taxed and regulated, “and unless that happens, we are not going to have as robust of a retail 502 economy as we would want,” board chair Sharon Foster said.

    Also still to be determined: how to regulate the sale of concentrates or potent marijuana extracts, such as hash, which are not defined under the regulations.

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    Same results for brain cancer...
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    And what the Hell is so offensive about this logo, Governor???



    (except for the fact that it doesn't even really look like a pot leaf)

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    Here's the irony about the weed and the stomach cancer thing.....

    It was a rare form of stomach cancer that killed my friend Billy. They got the initial stomach tumor, but metastisized to his liver and that's what did him in. I told he should get some "medical" weed just to deal with the chemo symptoms, not having any idea at the time that it could actually KILL the cancer itself. The chemo did nothing for him, and they tried several kinds.

    He refused to do so, because he was afraid it would lead him back into some old habits... most of which were drugs other than weed anyway. And then ended up a junkie anyway when he started using morphine for pain management.

    Damn it Billy, you should have gone with the green

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    We were all pot smokers in my family. The only one who wasn't is the one that has cancer now. I wish he'd been a "bad" kid like the rest of us. I tried to get him to use weed for his appetite when he was on chemo, but he wouldn't...

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    Heck, that logo looks like a Cannabis Indica leaf. Indica leaves are fat compared to Sativa leaves which are long and narrow.

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1395159


    Washington, D.C., considers bill to decriminalize marijuana after leading nation in pot arrests
    The new measure would make possession of less than an ounce of pot a civil violation carrying a fine of $100.

    Even the nation’s capital is considering going soft on pot.

    Washington, D.C.’s city council will vote on a measure that would decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, making it a civil violation punishable with a fine of $100.

    At a news conference, Councilmember Tommy Wells, chairman of the council's Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, noted a recent American Civil Liberties Union report that marijuana arrests in the nation’s capital are more than three times the national average and that African-Americans in the District are eight times more likely to be arrested for pot possession than whites.

    Under current laws in the capital, possession of any amount of marijuana is a crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Marijuana rights advocates said the Washington measure is too long in coming.

    "The District's current policy of arresting and prosecuting thousands of adults for marijuana possession each year is doing far more harm than good," Morgan Fox, communications manager for the Washington-based Marijuana Policy Project, said in a news release. "Nobody should face life-altering criminal penalties simply for possessing a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and law enforcement officials' time and attention would be better spent addressing serious crimes.

    "It is time to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy in our nation's capital, and that is what Councilman Wells has proposed," Fox said.

    While jail time and large fines would be a thing of the past for residents under 18 caught with less than an ounce of pot, minors would be required to attend a drug and alcohol awareness program. Seventeen states in the nation have passed simiar laws decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

    Seventy-five percent of Washington residents support the basic guidelines of the new measure, a Public Policy Polling survey taken in April found.

    Among those co-sponsoring the new measure is Councilmember Marion Barry, the city’s former mayor who served six months in federal prison after his arrest for smoking crack cocaine.

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    Amazing. The Senate already passed their version.

    If this survives the committee compromises, it will be historic.

    The mainstream media has not mentioned this aspect of it all....they are freaking out over the Food Stamp program:

    http://www.theweedblog.com/u-s-house...dustrial-hemp/

    U.S. House Passes Farm Bill, Includes Amendment To Allow States To Grow Industrial Hemp

    Washington, July 11 -Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) passed an amendment to H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, the FARRM bill, that would allow colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp in states where it is already legal without fear of federal interference. The FARRM bill had previously failed, but was taken up again and passed the House of Representatives today with a vote of 216 to 208.

    “Although I strongly opposed the Republican FARRM bill, I was pleased to see that the bipartisan amendment that I offered with Representatives Blumenauer and Massie was included in the final bill that passed the House of Representatives today,” said Rep. Polis. “This commonsense amendment will allow colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes in states where industrial hemp growth and cultivation is already legal. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure that this language becomes law.”

    “This amendment is a small but fundamental change in the laws that hopefully will one day allow Kentucky farmers to grow industrial hemp again,” said Rep. Massie. “It’s our goal that the research this amendment enables would further broadcast the economic benefits of the sustainable and job-creating crop. I look forward to working with Rep. Polis and Rep. Blumenauer on this issue.”

    “I’m disappointed by the Farm Bill as a whole, but glad to see the restrictions on hemp eased,” said Blumenauer. “Our fear of industrial hemp is misplaced – it is not a drug. By allowing colleges and universities to cultivate hemp for research, Congress sends a signal that we are ready to examine hemp in a different and more appropriate context.”

    Nineteen states have passed pro-industrial hemp legislation. The following nine states have removed barriers to its production: Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

    “Vote Hemp applauds this new bi-partisan amendment and we are mobilizing all the support we can. This brilliant initiative would allow colleges and universities the opportunity to grow and cultivate hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes,” said Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “It would only apply to states where industrial hemp growth and cultivation is already legal in order for those states to showcase just how much industrial hemp could benefit the environment and economy in those regions,” continues Steenstra.

    “Federal law has denied American farmers the opportunity to cultivate industrial hemp and reap the economic rewards from this versatile crop for far too long,” said Grant Smith, policy manager with the Drug Policy Alliance. “Congress should lift the prohibition on the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp as soon as possible. Allowing academic research is an important first step towards returning industrial hemp cultivation to American farms.”

    To view a clip of the debate on this amendment from June 19, 2013, click here. In addition to the co-sponsors of this amendment, Ranking Member Colin Peterson (D-MN) and Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) also spoke in support of this amendment.

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    By Erin Voegele | July 11, 2013

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a stripped down of the Farm Bill on July 11. Members of Congress voted 216-208 to approve the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, or H.R. 2642. The House failed to pass a previous version of the bill, H.R. 1947, on June 20, when members of Congress voted down the measure 195 to 234.

    "Today was an important step toward enacting a five-year farm bill this year that gives our farmers and ranchers certainty, provides regulatory relief to small businesses across the country, significantly reduces spending, and makes common-sense, market-oriented reforms to agricultural policy. I look forward to continuing conversations with my House colleagues and starting conversations with my Senate colleagues on a path forward that ultimately gets a farm bill to the President's desk in the coming months," said Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

    Rep. Colin Peterson, D-Minn., Ranking Member of the Agriculture Committee, opposed passage of the bill in his floor statement prior to the vote. “I rise in opposition to this bill, for two reasons. First and foremost, I believe the strategy of splitting the farm bill is a mistake that jeopardizes the chances of it ever becoming law. And repealing permanent law all but ensures that we will never write a farm bill again,” he said. Peterson explained that the bill repeals permanent law from 1938 and 1949 and replaces it by making the commodity title in this bill permanent. “If you want to ensure Congress never considers another farm bill and the farm programs as written in this bill remain forever, then vote for this bill,” he said.

    During his statement, Peterson stressed that he does not see a clear path forward for the Farm Bill. “There has been no assurance from the Republican Leadership that passing this bill will allow us to begin to conference with the Senate in a timely manner. In fact, the Republican Leadership has told agricultural groups to support this bill as the way to go to conference, while also telling Republican Members, fearful of the wrath of conservative groups' opposition, that there will be no conference, at least not without first getting concessions from the Senate; concessions the Senate will never agree to,” he said.

    The U.S. Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill on June 11 by a vote of 66 to 27. To move the legislation forward, the House and Senate versions of the bill will have to go to conference committee.


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    True dat.

    In the meantime, Portland, Maine City Council is going to put a referendum on the ballot so the city can vote to legalize possession of up to 2 1/2 oz of pot.

    http://nationalcannabiscoalition.com...is-possession/

    Portland, Maine, to Vote on Legalizing Cannabis Possession
    by Anthony Johnson • July 17, 2013 • Blog


    My hometown of Portland, Oregon, with nicknames such as The People’s Republic of Portland and Little Beirut (coined by President George Bush the First), certainly has a reputation for a progressive attitude towards cannabis use and evidence of that attitude is virtually everywhere, including the numerous medical cannabis dispensaries operating within the city while more conservative areas have experienced raids. However, our namesake in Maine may just leapfrog us here in Oregon as Portland, Maine, residents will be voting on whether or not the city should completely legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis.

    From the Boston Herald:

    The Portland City Council voted Monday to have a referendum Nov. 5 seeking to allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 ½ ounces of pot. The law would prohibit using marijuana in public, and would not legalize the sale of it.

    Referendum supporters turned in more than 2,500 valid signatures to Portland city officials in May. Rather than simply adopt the ordinance Monday, the City Council voted 5-1 to send it to voters.

    If the referendum passes, the ordinance would conflict with federal law that makes marijuana illegal, as well as state law that allows people to use marijuana, but only for medical purposes.

    Should the vote in Portland pass, the largest city in Maine would be the only one to legalize Mary Jane or even take steps into doing so, completely bypassing the state and federal government.

    Hopefully, Portland voters will continue the momentum of the cannabis law reform community and implement this great step forward. Of course, the ultimate goal is to end cannabis prohibition altogether, legalizing possession is a great intermediate step. And once Maine’s largest city demonstrates that legalizing possession saves the city money and better allocates its limited law enforcement resources, the entire state should be poised to join the next wave of state’s joining Colorado and Washington in ending the failed and harmful policy of cannabis prohibition.

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    Federal agents raid marijuana dispensaries in Washington

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    Published: Jul 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM PDT Last Updated: Jul 24, 2013 at 5:42 PM PDT

    SIEG HEIL! REICHMARSHALL HOLDER CARES NOTHING FOR YOUR STATE LAWS AND THE VOTE OF THE PEOPLE!!


    FILE -- This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows different strains of marijuana displayed for sales of medical marijuana products. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)


    SEATTLE (AP) - Federal agents have raided a number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the Puget Sound region.

    Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said Wednesday afternoon the operation ended Wednesday evening, but she declined to provide any specifics of the operation.

    Washington state legalized adult possession of up to an ounce of marijuana last fall, but marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

    Seattle medical marijuana attorney Douglas Hiatt said the targeted dispensaries include Seattle Cross, Tacoma Cross and Bayside Collective in Olympia.

    Bayside employee Addy Norton said agents seized personal cell phones of dispensary workers and pot, but left computers and about $1,000 in cash. Agents told her the raid was part of a two-year investigation, and she said she was ordered to appear before a federal grand jury in Seattle in September.

    The raid came just days after Bayside was burglarized on Sunday night.

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    http://www.theweedblog.com/cannabino...just-20-weeks/

    Cannabinoids Found To Reduce 90% Of Skin Cancer In Just 20 Weeks

    A new study conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health, and published in the newest issue of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, has found that cannabinoids can reduce up to 90% of skin cancer in just a 20 week period.

    For the study, researchers used synthetic cannabinoids (natural, cannabis-derived cannabinoids are typically even more effective) on mice with skin cancer in a 20 week study, and found that the cannabinoids had a hugely positive effect, reducing skin cancer by up to 90% as well as “inhibiting tumor promotion”.

    Researchers conclude:

    This is the first report indicating the structure-activity relationships for the anti-inflammatory activity of synthetic cannabinoids on TPA-induced inflammation in mice. Naphthoylindoles, JWH-018, -122 and -210 [synthetic cannabinoids], had the most potent anti-inflammatory activity and also markedly inhibited tumour promotion by TPA in the two-stage mouse skin carcinogenesis model. The present results suggest that synthetic cannabinoids, such as JWH-018, -122 and -210, may be used as cancer chemopreventive agents in the future.


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