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Shame On KPLU For Inaccurate, Hype-Filled Medical Marijuana Scare Story

Toke Signals - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:37
My first reaction upon reading, with increasing sadness, today’s hype-filed medical marijuana scare story on local National Public Radio affiliate KPLU was, “Wow, I didn’t know KPLU had become part of the Fox News Network.” Yes, it was that bad. Meanwhile, Seattle Public Schools officials say marijuana use by students is on the [...]

Cannabis Common Sense 742

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:50
Cannabis Common Sense 742
6The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: willappel Views: 150 8 ratings Time: 57:55 More in Education

US OH: Michigan Man Has High Hopes For Hemp

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
The Blade, 29 Jun 2014 - Kevin Spitler runs the Toledo Hemp Center, a Sylvania Avenue storefront that sells products rich in CBD, a chemical found in hemp that's associated with pain relief and muscle relaxation. Kevin Spitler is Toledo's homegrown hemp entrepreneur.

US OH: Marijuana Backers Seek Reforms In Ohio

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 07:00
The Blade, 29 Jun 2014 - Groups Aim to Legalize Responsible Use -- Medical and Otherwise Rob Ryan isn't shy about the medicine he said has helped him tremendously -- even though it's illegal. After a cancer diagnosis about 10 years ago, Mr. Ryan, now 60, began a regimen of the usual suspects. Chemotherapy and pills led to pain and weight loss. Then he added marijuana to the mix. He said the improvements were undeniable.

Anna Diaz: The Time Is Now! - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews

Youtube - Oregon NORML - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:49
Anna Diaz: The Time Is Now! - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews
Oregon NORML founder Anna Diaz speaks to the crowd about the importance of remaining vigilant with our activism as we are on the verge of legalization at the monthly Oregon NORML membership celebration held at Plew's Brews in Portland, Oregon on June 22, 2014. All are welcome to attend as Oregon NORML looks to unite every group and individual in the fight to end prohibition as does Plew's Brews. Oregon NORML - http://ornorml.org Plew's Brews - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plews-Brews/334098547042 From: OregonNORML Views: 13 4 ratings Time: 02:31 More in News & Politics

Neil Darling: I'm to Blame - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews

Youtube - Oregon NORML - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:40
Neil Darling: I'm to Blame - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews
Neil Darling performs the song "I'm to Blame" at the monthly Oregon NORML membership celebration held at Plew's Brews in Portland, Oregon on June 22, 2014. Oregon NORML's mission is to end adult cannabis prohibition, restore hemp and unify every group and individual in the fight to end prohibition. #freedom Oregon NORML - http://ornorml.org Plew's Brews - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plews-Brews/334098547042 From: OregonNORML Views: 36 2 ratings Time: 02:30 More in News & Politics

Mad Dabber: Mary Mary - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews

Youtube - Oregon NORML - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:36
Mad Dabber: Mary Mary - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews
Mad Dabber performs the song "Mary Mary" at the monthly Oregon NORML membership celebration held at Plew's Brews in Portland, Oregon on June 22, 2014. Oregon NORML's mission is to end adult cannabis prohibition, restore hemp and unify every group and individual in the fight to end prohibition. #freedom Oregon NORML - http://ornorml.org Plew's Brews - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plews-Brews/334098547042 From: OregonNORML Views: 19 3 ratings Time: 04:24 More in News & Politics

John Cornett: Now Is The Time - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews

Youtube - Oregon NORML - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:32
John Cornett: Now Is The Time - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews
John Cornett performs the song "Now Is The Time" at the monthly Oregon NORML membership celebration held at Plew's Brews in Portland, Oregon on June 22, 2014. All are welcome to attend as Oregon NORML looks to unite every group and individual in the fight to end prohibition as does Plew's Brews. Oregon NORML - http://ornorml.org Plew's Brews - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plews-Brews/334098547042 From: OregonNORML Views: 14 2 ratings Time: 04:00 More in News & Politics

Brian Bays - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews

Youtube - Oregon NORML - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:29
Brian Bays - Oregon NORML Celebration - Plew's Brews
Brian Bays plays some blues at the monthly Oregon NORML membership celebration held at Plew's Brews in Portland, Oregon on June 22, 2014. Oregon on June 22, 2014. Oregon NORML's mission is to end adult cannabis prohibition, restore hemp and unify every group and individual in the fight to end prohibition. #freedom Oregon NORML - http://ornorml.org Plew's Brews - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plews-Brews/334098547042 From: OregonNORML Views: 43 4 ratings Time: 03:14 More in News & Politics

WA Dept. of Health, Liquor Board At Odds Over Marijuana Edibles

Toke Signals - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 22:17
It’s been almost two years since the voters of Washington state approved limited marijuana legalization measure Initiative 502. But apparently those two years weren’t long enough for Washington state bureaucrats to figure out exactly what constitutes a cannabis-infused edible product — or even if such products are legal. Two issues, both of which were supposed [...]

Toke TV 47: Americans Smoke More Pot! Pope Says Nope To Dope! GOP Blocks Decrim In DC!

Toke Signals - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 20:20
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 28 minutes! Don’t forget to subscribe to the Toke TV channel on YouTube.   Toke Signals Bud Pick of the Week Toke Signals Stories of  the Week U.S.: Marijuana Use Increases As Concern Over Health Risks Declines (Hemp [...]

Marijuana Regulation Will Qualify for Oregon's November Ballot

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 07:35
The New Approach Oregon campaign turned in at least 145,710 signatures today to the Oregon Secretary of State, more than enough to qualify a measure for the ballot to regulate marijuana. That means Oregon voters in November 2014 can vote yes to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana. The campaign has finished collecting signatures. Anthony Johnson, Liz Kaufman and the campaign team turned in the signatures on a day that coincides with the 6-month anniversary of the start of regulated sales of marijuana in Colorado.

Report Says U.S. Marijuana Use, Treatment on the Rise

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 04:35
More Americans are consuming cannabis as their perception of the health risks declines, the U.N. drugs agency said on Thursday, suggesting liberalization may further increase its use among the young. In a finding that could feed into an international debate on the decriminalization of marijuana, it said more people around the world, including in North America, were seeking treatment for cannabis-related disorders.

USDA Releases Official Workplace Policy on Marijuana, Highlights State and Federal Law Conflict

NORML Blog - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:24

In a memo obtained by NORML, released in late May, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) clarified their drug policy in light of the growing number of states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use.

In response to inquiries regarding the department’s policy for employees in states that approved recreational or medical use of marijuana, the USDA strongly reaffirmed that their drug testing policies concerning marijuana are still very much in effect, regardless of state law changes.

The memo states that, “use of Marijuana for ‘recreational’ purposes is not authorized under Federal law nor the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program policies.” It then elaborates that, “accordingly, USDA testing procedures remain in full force and effect.”

This policy is largely still being enforced due to marijuana’s current status as a Schedule I drug at the federal level. The USDA described their current ongoing policy by stating that “USDA agencies test for the following class of drugs and their metabolites: (a) Marijuana, Opiate (Codeine/Morphine, Morphine, 6-Acetylmorphine) and PCP; and (b) Cocaine, Amphetamines (AMP/MAMP, Methamphetamine, MDMA). These drugs are listed in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA)…as Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, respectively. Schedule I drugs are substances, or chemicals defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. They are considered the most dangerous of all the drug schedules and invite potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”

Citing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Medical Review Officer Manual for Federal Agency Workplace Testing Programs, the USDA also made clear this policy applies equally whether marijuana is being used for recreational use or medical purposes:

“State initiatives and laws, which make available to an individual a variety of illicit drugs by a physician’s prescription or recommendation, do not make the use of these illicit drugs permissible under the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program. These State initiatives and laws are inconsistent with Federal law and put the safety, health, and security of Federal works and the American public at risk. The use of any substance included in Schedule I of the CSA, whether for non-medical or ostensible medical purposes, is considered a violation of Federal law and the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program.”

“The USDA’s stance on testing employees for marijuana use, regardless of the laws of the state in which they live, is unfortunate,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “Patients will be denied effective medicine and individuals will be denied civil liberties being given to their fellow state citizens. This situation highlights the fact that the existing, inherent conflict between state laws seeking to legalize and regulate cannabis for recreational or medical purposes and federal policy, which classifies the substance as illicit, are ultimately untenable. To resolve this conflict there must be a change in marijuana’s federal classification. Without such a change, we will consistently have a lack of clarity and ongoing conflict between public sentiment, state law, and federal policy.”

You can read the full USDA memo here.

The Marijuana Rehab Scam and the Myth of Cannabis Addiction

Toke Signals - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 02:43
“The number of children receiving treatment for addiction to cannabis has hit a record high, with one expert warning the age they try the drug for the first time has fallen which places them at great risk.” So begins the latest marijuana scare story in the U.K. edition of The Huffington Post. Such a bastion of [...]

Medical Marijuana BLUNDER: New York's Ridiculous Legislation

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:10
Many years ago I visited Manhattan and read the NYT magazine section. It said that 50% of its citizens should see a psychiatrist. How about them? It must be so. Police in New York City alone spent a million hours making 440,000 marijuana arrests from 2002-2012. That’s crazy. These numbers do not lie.

Study: Habitual Marijuana Smoking Not Associated With Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer

NORML Blog - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:39

Subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke possess no greater risk of contracting lung cancer than do those who consume it occasionally or not at all, according to data published online ahead of print in the International Journal of Cancer.

An international team of investigators from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyzed data from six case-control studies involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls) from around the world.

Authors concluded, “Results from our pooled analyses provide little evidence for an increased risk of lung cancer among habitual or long-term cannabis smokers.”

Investigators had previously presented their data at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Academy for Cancer Research.

Their findings are similar to those of a 2013 review published in the journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, which concluded: “[H]abitual use of marijuana alone does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function. … Overall, the risks of pulmonary complications of regular use of marijuana appear to be relatively small and far lower than those of tobacco smoking.”

An accompanying commentary in the same journal affirmed, “[C]annabis smoking does not seem to increase risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or airway cancers. In fact, there is even a suggestion that at low doses cannabis may be protective for both conditions.”

Preclinical studies have documented that cannabinoids possess potent anti-cancer properties, including the inhibition of lung cancer cell growth. To date, however, scientists have yet to conduct controlled clinical trials replicating these results in human subjects.

The abstract of the study, “Cannabis smoking and lung cancer risk: Pooled analysis in the International Lung Cancer Consortium,” appears online here.

The Potential Political Impact of Dabbing, Concentrates and Edibles

NORML Blog - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:24

Like many marijuana smokers, I’m always fascinated when I travel to other states, especially on the West Coast, and see the popularity of edibles and concentrates, especially the somewhat bizarre practice of “dabbing.”

Now let me be clear that I enjoy getting high, and I’m generally willing to try any variation of marijuana, at least once, just to see what it’s about. So I’m not making a moral judgment on the use of these more potent forms of marijuana. I will also concede that I personally love smoking flowers, and prefer the quality of a flower high to that of the concentrates.

But that’s simply a personal preference shaped by decades of rolling and smoking joints. I’m an old guy and somewhat set in my ways.

What I want to discuss in this column is the potentially adverse political fallout from the increasing popularity of these newer, more potent forms of marijuana. Specifically, I want to sound the alarm that the perceived abuses of edibles and concentrates have the potential to undermine the powerful political momentum we have achieved for full legalization, by frightening many of our supporters–particularly the non-smokers–and causing them to reconsider their positions on cannabis reform.

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Cannabis Common Sense 741

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:52
Cannabis Common Sense 741
The show that tells truth about marijuana & the politics behind its prohibition. Live call in show http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cannabis-common-sense , Friday's, 8-9PM Pacific Time, 503-288-4442 From: willappel Views: 95 3 ratings Time: 58:06 More in Education

Seattle Area Medical Marijuana Patients Offered $40 Health/THC Screening

Toke Signals - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 03:57
KNOW YOUR LIMIT: KNOW YOUR LEVEL! Authorized medical cannabis patients in the Seattle area are invited to a “nearly-free” health screening evaluation on Sunday, June 22, by Dr. Gil Mobley, M.D. The evaluation will include an active THC level and sobriety testing.   “With the passage of I-502 came onerous DUI provisions, especially for regular [...]
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