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US VA: Editorial: Victory For Hemp

MAP - Hemp - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 07 Jul 2014 - In the Colonies' early years, Virginia's House of Burgesses required planters to grow hemp. The plant - a close relative of marijuana - can be used for a variety of purposes, from the medicinal to the industrial. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other notables farmed the stuff. Hemp's utility remained unquestioned through WWII, when the federal government ran "Hemp for Victory!" propaganda campaigns. But then came the War on Drugs, and suddenly hemp became suspect - even though it contains so little THC you'd have to smoke a whole bale to catch a minor buzz. Lumped in with psychoactive marijuana, industrial hemp became verboten.

US WA: Still-Divided Washington Readies For Start Of Recreational

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 07 Jul 2014 - VANCOUVER, Wash. - John Larson, a recently retired high school science and math teacher, hopes to be in the first wave of legal recreational marijuana salespeople opening shop here in Washington State this week. Mr. Larson, 67, who was talked into the venture by his children, said he had never tried marijuana, and, in fact, voted against legalizing it in 2012. But as a business idea - well, that's different.

New Zealand: Family To Split For Daughter's Sake

MAP - Cannabis - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 07:00
Taranaki Daily News, 07 Jul 2014 - A Northland family is being torn apart in their bid to give their six-year-old daughter cannabis oil. Jessika and Brendan Guest moved from America to Whangarei last year but Jessika Guest and their two children Jade, 6, and Ethan, 8, are heading back to Colorado where they can legally source cannabis oil to treat Jade's epilepsy.

US CA: Pot 'Farmers Market' Does A Brisk Business

MAP - Hemp - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 06 Jul 2014 - Thousands of Patients Are Drawn by a Chance to Buy Directly From Cannabis Growers. The line stretched hundreds of people long down an industrial stretch of Esperanza Street, as throngs of Angelenos endured the baking heat Saturday to get into a Boyle Heights warehouse. Irfan Khan

Cannabis May Protect Against Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

The Joint Blog - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:26

An interesting new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Basic Research in Cardiology has found that the endocannabinoid system plays a key role in protecting the body in the early development of ischemic cardiomyopathy, indicating that cannabis, which regulates and activates the body’s cannabinoid receptors, may provide a potential treatment option for the condition.

Ischemic cardiomyopathy, which is inadequate oxygen delivery to the myocardium (the heart muscle), is most commonly caused by coronary artery disease and can lead to heart failure.

According to the study; “Ischemic heart disease is associated with inflammation, interstitial fibrosis and ventricular dysfunction prior to the development of heart failure. Endocannabinoids and the cannabinoid receptor CB2 have been claimed to be involved, but their potential role in cardioprotection is not well understood. We therefore explored the role of the cannabinoid receptor CB2 during the initial phase of ischemic cardiomyopathy development prior to the onset of ventricular dysfunction or infarction.”

For the study, researchers at the University Clinical Centre Bonn’s Department of Cardiac Surgery used CB2 [cannabinoid receptor type 2]-deficient mice, which “underwent daily brief, repetitive ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) episodes leading to ischemic cardiomyopathy. The relevance of the endocannabinoid-CB2 receptor axis was underscored by the finding that CB2 was upregulated in ischemic wild type cardiomyocytes and that anandamide level was transiently increased during I/R.”

Researchers found that; “CB2-deficient mice showed an increased rate of apoptosis, irreversible loss of cardiomyocytes and persistent left ventricular dysfunction 60 days after the injury, whereas wild type mice presented neither morphological nor functional defects. These defects were due to lack of cardiomyocyte protection mechanisms, as CB2-deficient hearts were in contrast to controls unable to induce switch in myosin heavy chain isoforms, antioxidative enzymes and chemokine CCL2 during repetitive I/R. In addition, a prolonged inflammatory response and adverse myocardial remodeling were found in CB2-deficient hearts because of postponed activation of the M2a macrophage subpopulation.”

Having discovered this, researcher conclude; “Therefore, the endocannabinoid-CB2 receptor axis plays a key role in cardioprotection during the initial phase of ischemic cardiomyopathy development.”

The study, which was published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, can be found by clicking here.

- TheJointBlog

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Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales Begin In Washington State On Tuesday

The Joint Blog - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:48

On Monday, July 7th, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will distribute licenses to businesses across the state planning to sale recreational cannabis. Following the distribution of the licenses, a 24-hour moratorium on sales will begin, with stores able to open their doors to anyone 21 and older the following day, Tuesday, July 8th.

The name and location of the accepted businesses will be announced by the Board on Monday. In total 334 applications were accepted for recreational cannabis retail outlets, with final inspections for most of these locations taking place in recent days.

Under Washington State law, anyone 21 and older can possess, use and purchase up to an ounce of cannabis. An individual is also allowed to possess, use and purchase up to 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquids, and up to 16 ounces of cannabis-infused solids.

In Colorado, recreational cannabis sales began in January, and has since resulted in millions of dollars of tax revenue for the state, a reduction in crime and a plethora of new jobs.

- TheJointBlog

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Placed on November’s Ballot in Berkley, Michigan

The Joint Blog - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:02

An initiative to legalize cannabis in Berkley, Michigan has officially qualified for the November ballot, according to Tim Beck, director of the Safer Michigan Coalition.

If approved by voters this November 4th, the initiative will legalize the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older. Similar initiative have been approved in the Michigan cities of Detroit, Lansing, Ferndale, Jackson, Flint and Grand Rapids.

Signatures have also been submitted this year for legalization initiatives in a dozen other Michigan cities and a county, including Oak Park, Hazel Park, Utica, Lapeer, Port Huron, Onaway, Harrison Township, East Lansing, Clare, Saginaw, Mount Pleasant and Benzie County.

“Berkley is another community in Michigan that’s going to be liberating itself come November”, Beck tells us. “We look forward to at least a dozen other cities doing the same.”

The Safer Michigan Coalition is continuing to collect signatures in the cities of Portage, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Grosse Point Park and Montrose.

- TheJointBlog

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Washington: State working to avoid empty shelves when cannabis goes on sale

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 19:04
Washington: State working to avoid empty shelves when cannabis goes on sale
Sales are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at and estimated 15 to 20 shops the state says are eligible to receive a license. A spokesman for Anal... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 324 6 ratings Time: 02:52 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Cannabis Common Sense 743

Youtube - Cannabis Common Sense - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 04:24
Cannabis Common Sense 743
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: 158 8 ratings Time: 58:30 More in Education

Toke TV 48: Marijuana PTSD Researcher Fired! Free Weed In Berkeley! Legalization Vote In DC!

Toke Signals - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 20:20
Find out what you need to know about the week in cannabis/marijuana news, in just 26 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 PTSD Researcher Abruptly Fired From University of Arizona [...]

US: 'Hempcrete' Touted As Healthy, Environmentally Friendly

MAP - Hemp - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:00
The Day, 04 Jul 2014 - It's certainly not the most common building material, but advocates of "hempcrete" are saying it makes plenty of sense for environmentally conscious homeowners. This substance, also known by the registered name of Hemcrete, is a bio-composite material. American Lime Technology, a joint venture of the Chicago-based U.S. Heritage Group Inc. and UK-based Lime Technology Ltd., says the material is made by combining the woody core of the industrial hemp plant, or "shiv," with a lime-based binder. The shiv has a high silica content, allowing it to bind well with the lime.

US OH: Pot Proponents Miss Signature Goal

MAP - Hemp - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:00
Lima News, 04 Jul 2014 - Amherst-Based ORG Says Flat Funds Killed Ballot Hopes An Amherst-based push to legalize medical marijuana and industrial hemp won't make it to the November ballot. "The good news is we obviously got well over 100,000 signatures," said Amherst Township resident John Pardee, president of the Ohio Rights Group. "It's probably going to end up in the neighborhood of 120,000 when it's all said and done."

Washington: Social Cannabis Shops To Open on July 8th - KPTV

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 18:00
Washington: Social Cannabis Shops To Open on July 8th - KPTV
Washingtonians will soon join residents of Colorado in the regulated cannabis market. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) suggests it will issu... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 239 6 ratings Time: 01:41 More in Nonprofits & Activism

Oregon: Marijuana Initiative Backers Turn In 145,000 Signatures For Proposed 2014 Ballot Measure

NORML Blog - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:50

Proponents of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana have turned in 145,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. The total is almost twice the number of signatures from registered voters necessary to place the measure on the 2014 electoral ballot.

State officials have until August 2 to verify the signatures.

The proposed ballot initiative (Initiative Petition 53) seeks to regulate the personal possession (up to eight ounces), commercial cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Taxes on the commercial sale of cannabis under the plan are estimated to raise some $88 million in revenue in the first two years following the law’s implementation. Adults who engage in the non-commercial cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis (up to four plants) for personal use will not be subject to taxation.

On Tuesday, the measure’s proponents, New Approach Oregon, debuted their first television ad in support of the initiative.

A statewide Survey USA poll released last month reported that 51 percent of Oregon adults support legalizing the personal use of marijuana. Forty-one percent of respondents, primarily Republicans and older voters, oppose the idea. The poll did not survey respondents as to whether they specifically supported the proposed 2014 initiative.

Alaska voters will decide on a similar legalization initiative in November. Polling data shows that 55 percent of registered voters back the plan, while 39 percent oppose it. Florida voters will also decide in November on a constitutional amendment to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis therapy. A May 2014 Quinnipiac University poll reported that Floridians support permitting physicians to authorize medical marijuana to patients by a margin of 88 percent to 10 percent.

Marijuana: Criminalizing the Least Dangerous Substance

Salem-News.com Medical Marijuana - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:49
I constantly browse through any kind of reading material to search for articles referring to marijuana. I found a real corker in the Portland Tribune June 24, 2014 titled Talk Straight to Your Kids About Pot. I was astonished to see that it was written by William Moyers. I am well acquainted with Bill Moyers and wondered if this was the same guy. It turns out, he is the eldest son of “the” Bill Moyers.

Chief Greenbud: The Legalization Song

Youtube - Oregon NORML - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 00:36
Chief Greenbud: The Legalization Song
Footage: Oregon NORML Presents, 5-4-2008 - http://ornorml.org From: OregonNORML Views: 44 1 ratings Time: 02:27 More in News & Politics

Chief Greenbud: It's Only a Weed - The Legalization Song

Youtube - Oregon NORML - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 23:32
Chief Greenbud: It's Only a Weed - The Legalization Song
Footage: Oregon NORML Presents, 5-4-2008 - http://ornorml.org From: OregonNORML Views: 35 1 ratings Time: 05:38 More in News & Politics

Washington: State-Licensed Cannabis Retailers To Open Next Week

NORML Blog - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 19:08

Washington’s first wave of state-licensed cannabis retail stores are anticipated to open for business next week. Initiative 502, approved by a majority of voters in November 2012, authorizes the establishment of state-licensed cannabis producers and retail sellers.

The state’s Liquor Control Board is expected to begin issuing licenses on Monday, July 7. An estimated 20 retail stores are anticipated to open their doors later in the week. Similar state-sanction stores have been operating in Colorado since January 1.

With only a small number of stores likely to be operational at first, regulators anticipate that consumers’ demand for legal cannabis may initially outpace supply. In Colorado, retailers struggled initially to meet consumer demand, resulting in temporarily inflated retail prices for cannabis. Prices have steadily fallen in Colorado as additional retailers have opened for business.

Since the passage of Initiative 502, police filings for low-level marijuana offenses have fallen from over 5,000 annual arrests to just over one hundred.

[UPDATE: Here is a list (c/o of the Seattle Post Intelligencer) of the first 24 state-licensed stores:

VERDE VALLEY — 4007 MAIN ST, Union Gap
SPACE – 3111 S PINE ST, Tacoma
GREEN THEORY — 10697 MAIN ST STE B, Bellevue
CANNABIS CITY — 2733 4TH AVE S, Seattle
BUD HUT — 1123 E STATE ROUTE 532, Camano Island
4US RETAIL — 23251 HWY 20, Okanogan
2020 SOLUTIONS – 2018 IRON ST, Bellingham

Washington: State Prepares for Opening Day Sales of Social Cannabis on July 8th

Youtube - Regulate Marijuana - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:34
Washington: State Prepares for Opening Day Sales of Social Cannabis on July 8th
Washingtonians will soon join residents of Colorado in the regulated cannabis market. The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) suggests it will issu... From: Regulate Marijuana Views: 577 10 ratings Time: 01:49 More in Nonprofits & Activism

US CA: Column: California Hemp Gets Rolling

MAP - Hemp - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 02 Jul 2014 - The 2014 federal farm bill coupled with state legislation passed last year means that industrial hemp might be growing in the Golden State soon. But it won't be completely legal yet. Green, twenty-foot-tall fields of research hemp might be waving in the Davis breeze by the next year in a startling breakthrough for California hemp advocates who have been working for decades to grow the plant.
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