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US CO: Bid To Expand Medical Marijuana Business Faces Federal Hurdles

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 23 Aug 2014 - WRAY, Colo. - Behind a tall curtain of corn that hides their real cash crop from prying eyes, the Stanley family is undertaking an audacious effort to expand their medical marijuana business to a national market. For years, the five Stanley brothers, who sell a nonintoxicating strain of cannabis that has gained national attention as a treatment for epilepsy, have grown medical marijuana in greenhouses, under tight state and federal regulations. But this year, they are not only growing marijuana outdoors by the acre, they also plan to ship an oil extracted from their plants to other states.

Toke TV 55: Four Men Beheaded For Marijuana! Taxpayers Paying For Anti-Pot Campaign! First Dispensary Opens In Connecticut!

Toke Signals - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:20
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 22 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 Saudi Arabia: Four Men Beheaded For Smuggling Marijuana (Hemp News) [...]

International Cannabis Business Conference: Launch or Improve Your Cannabis Business

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 20:29
The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is coming to Portland! It all takes place Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. The conference features preeminent cannabis industry entrepreneurs such as Steve DeAngelo and Ed Rosenthal and political leaders like Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Sebastopol, California, Mayor Robert Jacobs. The event also features an exclusive industry exhibit hall.

Democratic Party of Oregon Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative

NORML Blog - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:23

Earlier today, the Democratic Party of Oregon came out in support of Measure 91, which would legalize and regulate the adult use, cultivation, and sale of marijuana in the state.

These endorsements were made by a “voting body comprised of the State Central Committee delegates, alternates, and associates.” A measure required a two-thirds vote for or against for the Party to take an official position.

In a press release highlighting their supportive position, the Democratic Party of Oregon stated that “a majority of Americans and large majority of Democrats now support state regulation of legal marijuana use. Measure 91 is the right approach to legalization in Oregon, strictly regulating use while funding law enforcement and schools. Vote Yes on 91.”

You can read the full release here.

You can learn more about Measure 91, including ways you can donate or volunteer, by visiting their website here.

NORML will be providing much more coverage on this and other ballot initiatives as election season heats up. Stay tuned.

Seattle Hempfest 2014: Paul Stanford - Restore Hemp! (Ralph Seeley Stage)

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:29
Seattle Hempfest 2014: Paul Stanford - Restore Hemp! (Ralph Seeley Stage)
Paul Stanford of Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) talks about the history of hemp on the Ralph Seeley Memorial Stage at Seattle Hempfest on August 16, 2014. Footage by Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) http://hemp.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 102 6 ratings Time: 04:08 More in Music

Seattle Hempfest 2014: Paul Stanford - Restore Hemp! (Share Parker Main Stage)

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:29
Seattle Hempfest 2014: Paul Stanford - Restore Hemp! (Share Parker Main Stage)
Paul Stanford of Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) talks about the history of hemp on on the Share Parker Main Stage at Seattle Hempfest on August 17, 2014. Footage by Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) http://hemp.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 39 3 ratings Time: 02:59 More in Music

Seattle Hempfest 2014: Paul Stanford - Restore Hemp! (Peter McWilliams Memorial Stage)

Youtube - Restore Hemp - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:37
Seattle Hempfest 2014: Paul Stanford - Restore Hemp! (Peter McWilliams Memorial Stage)
Paul Stanford of Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) talks about the history of hemp on the Peter McWilliams Memorial Stage at Seattle Hempfest on August 16, 2014. Footage by Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) http://hemp.org From: RestoreHemp Views: 136 4 ratings Time: 04:10 More in Music

Scoring Some Weed in the Old Days: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

NORML Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:03

As I prepared to leave for the Seattle Hempfest, a lovely celebration of all things related to marijuana, I could not help but think about what a wonderful time it is right now for those of us who smoke marijuana. We have the best quality marijuana in the world grown right here in the US, and even in those regions of the country that do not yet offer legal marijuana, the selection of different strains on the black market is outstanding. Of course, in those states with some version of legal marijuana, that selection is also conveniently available in retail outlets (at least for those who qualify).

When I began smoking marijuana in the mid-1960s, the question we generally asked the dealer-man was simple: do you have anything available? It was a simple yes-or-no question; and seldom did he have more than one or two strains. And worst of all, during the late summer and early fall, while we were waiting for the marijuana harvest to finish and work its way through the inefficient black market network from field to consumer, most years we experienced what we called a “drought.” During these droughts, there was simply no marijuana available, or at least nothing other than ditchweed, which was not worth smoking. Those dry periods would usually last for several weeks. But eventually we would get the word that the supply system was once again working, and we could again stock-up with a supply of adequate, but seldom great weed.

As best I can recall, I generally paid about $60 per ounce, so the cost was affordable, and there was usually an even less expensive version for those who were looking for a bargain, although I think most of that lower quality marijuana was likely headed for the college campuses all across America. According to a recent article published by the IvyGate website, citing a review of pot prices at all Ivy League schools published by the Yale Daily News in 1971, prices at the Ivy League colleges at the time were as low $8 and as high as $25 (for the best quality, usually obtained from Vietnam vets) per ounce. And the quality of what we then thought of as good marijuana would not compare favorably with what we routinely get today, whether from the black market or from a legal market.

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Study: Cannabis Inhaler Delivers Effective Relief To Neuropathy Patients

NORML Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:10

The administration of a single dose of whole-plant cannabis via a thermal-metered inhaler is effective and well tolerated among patients suffering from neuropathy (nerve pain), according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.  

Israeli investigators assessed the efficacy of a novel, portable metered-dose cannabis inhaler in eight subjects diagnosed with chronic neuropathic pain. Researchers reported that the device administered an efficient, consistent, and therapeutically effective dosage of cannabinoids to all participants.

They concluded, “This trial suggests the potential use of the Syqe Inhaler device as a smokeless delivery system of medicinal cannabis, producing a delta-9-THC pharmacokinetic profile with low inter-individual variation of (maximum drug/plasma concentrations), achieving pharmaceutical standards for inhaled drugs.”

A series of clinical trials conducted by investigators affiliated with the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at the University of California, San Diego previously determined that the inhalation of whole-plant cannabis is efficacious in the treatment of neuropathic pain.

Full text of the study, “The pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, and ease of use of a novel portable metered-dose cannabis inhaler in patients with chronic neuropathic pain: A phase 1a study,” will appear in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.

Poll: Majority Of Pennsylvanians Support Reforming State’s Marijuana Laws

NORML Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 19:29

Nearly seven out of ten Pennsylvania voters believe that marijuana should be legal for either medicinal or recreational use, according to the results of a statewide survey released by Keystone Analytics.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents said that cannabis should be made legal under state law, with 47 percent of voters endorsing its medicinal use and another 22 percent agreeing with the statement, “It should be legal for any adult to use for any reason.”

Twenty-seven percent of respondents believed that cannabis “is a harmful substance that should remain illegal to buy and use in Pennsylvania.”

The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.

House and Senate legislation (HB 1181/SB 1182) seeking to authorize cannabis therapy to qualified patients remains pending in the state. A Senate floor vote on the measure is expected when lawmakers return from their summer recess.

In coming months, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association will be holding a series of educational seminars on the subject of cannabis and its potential therapeutic application. The Association is on record in support of “the establishment of efficient drug (cannabis) delivery, growing and dispensing systems as contained within SB 1182.”

Cannabis Common Sense 749

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 07:54
Cannabis Common Sense 749
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: 209 6 ratings Time: 57:54 More in Education

US KY: In Kentucky, Fertile Soil For Hemp

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 17 Aug 2014 - Researchers and Farmers Are Producing the First Legal Crop in the State in Generations Murray, KY. (AP) - Call it a homecoming for hemp: Marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin is undergoing a rebirth in a state at the forefront of efforts to reclaim it as a mainstream crop.

Toke TV 54 : Banks Offer Services To Marijuana Businesses! Canada Edibles Ban Unconstitutional! Latin America’s First MMJ Patient!

Toke Signals - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 19:49
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 22 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.: Banks Offering Financial Services To Marijuana Businesses (Hemp News) [...]

US NV: OPED: The Side Effects Of Medical Marijuana

MAP - Hemp - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:00
Nevada Appeal, 16 Aug 2014 - Now that the Carson City Board of Supervisors has approved two "medical marijuana" pot shops for our town, Sheriff Ken Furlong and his officers should prepare themselves to deal with the dangerous side effects of marijuana, including the possibility of hash oil explosions in residential areas. I learned about hash oil explosions during a recent family visit to Seattle, where "recreational" marijuana is legal. In fact, I saw four pot shops sporting green crosses - presumably to advertise pot's alleged medicinal properties - in the 10-mile stretch of highway between Snohomish and Woodinville in the Seattle suburbs.

Cannabis Common Sense 748

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 04:54
Cannabis Common Sense 748
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: 126 4 ratings Time: 55:08 More in Education

Toke TV 53: Teen Marijuana Use Down Under Legalization! Highway Fatalities Near Record Lows! GOP Still Hates Weed!

Toke Signals - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 19:20
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 22 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 Colorado: Teen Marijuana Use Down Since Legalization (Hemp News) [...]

Growing Marijuana Under LED Lights: Spectrum and Wavelength

Toke Signals - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:28
With the increasing popularity of LED grow lights, manufacturers and distributors are innovating new ways to capture your attention. They like to lace genuine science with a healthy dose of marketing hype in hopes that you pause just long enough for them to dazzle you with the latest hyperbole. There are so many terms being [...]

What Happens When You Underwater Your Marijuana Plants?

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:49
All plants, including marijuana, consist of about 80% water. Therefore it makes sense that issues with the water management could cause damage to the marijuana plant. Outside in the ground, the marijuana plant usually has enough soil to work with. Depending on the quality and the structure of the soil, it also helps to regulate [...]

Why Is Marijuana Activist Marc Emery Still In Jail?

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:42
Marc Emery has been a marijuana activist for a long, long time. In 1995 Marc Emery created Cannabis Culture Magazine, which is how I originally learned about him. I was a huge, huge fan of Cannabis Culture growing up in the Pacific Northwest, and still have quite a few editions in my possession. One of [...]

Share Your Oregon Marijuana Prohibition Story

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:38
Personal testimony is a powerful thing. People that are on the fence about marijuana legalization tend to be so because they don’t have a face to put with marijuana prohibition. These people tend to think that marijuana legalization is silly, and have visions of Cheech and Chong movies in their head. In reality, marijuana prohibition [...]
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