• Marijuana Breaking News: Can Pot Save Nevada?

    Marijuana Breaking News: Can Pot Save Nevada?

    Senior Assemblyman Joseph Hogan and freshman Andrew Martin both from Las Vegas, will introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill in Nevada Stephen H Frye, M.D., a long time drug reform activist, and author of “Monumental Fiasco, Our Drug War!,” today secured a commitment from two Nevada Assemblymen to submit a bill to the Nevada legislature to legalize
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  • California Medical Marijuana Ban: State Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Cannabis Clubs

    California Medical Marijuana Ban: State Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Cannabis Clubs

    These are trying times for California’s medical marijuana dispensaries. Not only has a zealous U.S. Attorney launched a significant crackdown, but pot clubs across the state are increasingly being targeted by blanket bans from local municipalities looking to keep their cities and towns drug free–or, at least, force patients and their caretakers to grow their marijuana
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  • Two House Dems on recreational marijuana: Legalize it

    Two House Dems on recreational marijuana: Legalize it

    When voters in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use last November, some wondered how the new statewide statutes would square with federal law, which still classifies marijuana as an illegal drug under the Controlled Substances Act. But Rep. Jared Polis, D-Col., believes that a legal confrontation can be avoided: on
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  • Colorado Marijuana Task Force Endorses Firing Employees For Off-The-Job Pot Use

    Colorado Marijuana Task Force Endorses Firing Employees For Off-The-Job Pot Use

    A new policy recommendation by Colorado’s Marijuana Task Force would allow bosses to legally fire their workers for off-the-job marijuana use. While employers could already make that decision, the policy — which the Legislature will ultimately have to decide whether to implement — could be a controversial one now that marijuana possession and use have been legalized under
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  • Medical marijuana could be a shot in the arm for US unions

    Medical marijuana could be a shot in the arm for US unions

    THE medical marijuana shop next to a tattoo parlor on a busy street in Los Angeles looks much like hundreds of other pot dispensaries that dot the city. Except for one thing: on the glass door — under a green cross signalling that cannabis can be bought there for medical purposes — is a sticker
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  • Smoking Pot Can Raise Your Risk Of Stroke, Even For Young Adults

    Smoking Pot Can Raise Your Risk Of Stroke, Even For Young Adults

      Image Credit: Igor Kolos / Shutterstock Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online New Zealand researchers have presented evidence that smoking marijuana may be increasing your chances of having a stroke. They reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013 that ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients were 2.3 times more likely to have smoked
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  • Marijuana use `doubles` stroke risk in young adults

    Marijuana use `doubles` stroke risk in young adults

    Washington: Smoking marijuana may double the risk of stroke in young adults, according to new research. In a New Zealand study, ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients were 2.3 times more likely to have cannabis, also known as marijuana, detected in urine tests as other age and sex matched patients, researchers said. “This
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  • Legalization of medical marijuana in Mass. boosts grow your own movement

    Legalization of medical marijuana in Mass. boosts grow your own movement

    KAYANA SZYMCZAK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE Jon Napoli taught a “Grow Your Own Medical Marijuana” class at a Boston Gardener store on Dec. 15, 2012. On a recent weekend at Boston Gardener, a Dudley Square gardening supply shop, five people paid $100 each for a one-hour class in hydroponic growing. Store owner Jonathan Napoli’s tutorial
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  • Colorado, Washington approve recreational marijuana use

    Colorado, Washington approve recreational marijuana use

    Voters in Colorado and Washington on Tuesday approved measures allowing adults to use marijuana for any purpose, NBC News projected, marking an historic turning point in the slow-growing acceptance of marijuana usage. In Massachusetts, voters also approved an initiative allowing people to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, NBC News projected. In Arkansas, a similar initiative
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  • Will Washington Legalize Weed?

    Will Washington Legalize Weed?

    In California, marijuana was legalized for medicinal use in 1996, and now in Washington State, a new initiative, I-502, will make the drug legal for persons over 21. Its biggest advocates are Seattle’s elite and members of law enforcement, reports Time magazine, because they say the war on drugs has failed. “We’ve tried criminalization. It’s an abject
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  • Op-ed: Rick Steves on why he is co-sponsoring Initiative 502 to legalize marijuana

    Op-ed: Rick Steves on why he is co-sponsoring Initiative 502 to legalize marijuana

    MARIJUANA use is a serious, expensive and persistent challenge in our society. And it’s time for a new approach. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring Initiative 502 on the Nov. 6 ballot, which will legalize, tax and regulate marijuana, allowing adults 21 and over to buy up to one ounce from state-licensed stores. Initiative 502 is not
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  • Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry

    Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry

    MOSHE RUTE SURVIVED the Holocaust by hiding in a barn full of chickens. He nearly lost the use of his hands after a stroke two years ago, and became debilitated by recurring nightmares of his childhood following his wife’s death last year. “But after I found this, everything has been better,” said the 80-year-old, as
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  • Cannabis use may cause schizophrenia

    Cannabis use may cause schizophrenia

    Washington: Researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway have found new evidence to support their theory that cannabis use causes a temporary cognitive breakdown in non-psychotic individuals, leading to long-term psychosis. In an fMRI study, researchers found a different brain activity pattern in schizophrenia patients with previous cannabis use than in schizophrenic patients without
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  • A cannabis plant without the high?

    A cannabis plant without the high?

    Kfar Birya, Israel – At the end of an unpaved road, in a quiet suburb of a sleepy town in northern Israel, horticultural revolutionaries are growing a strain of cannabis they say relieves symptoms of some chronic illnesses but without the psychotic effects that can accompany regular weed. Behind the fence at Tikkun Olam –
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  • Son ran cannabis farm at his parents’ house

    Son ran cannabis farm at his parents’ house

    A MAN who ran a cannabis factory containing up to £75,000 worth of plants at his parents’ house was jailed for 16 months at Oxford Crown Court. Habeeb Marham, of Britannia Wharf, Britannia Road, Banbury, admitted production of Class B drugs and permitting the production of Class B drugs at the house in Middleton Road,
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  • Amsterdam Cannabis Cafes To Stay Open To All As Mayor Drops Tourist Drug Ban

    Amsterdam Cannabis Cafes To Stay Open To All As Mayor Drops Tourist Drug Ban

    A law that would have banned foreigners from using Amsterdam’s famous cannabis cafes has been dropped by the city’s mayor just mere months after the Netherlands first began enforcing the restriction. The tourist drug ban went into effect in three of the country’s southern provinces earlier this year and was due to expand to the rest of the country
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  • Up in smoke: How Gary Johnson and a Colorado marijuana initiative could cost Obama the election

    Up in smoke: How Gary Johnson and a Colorado marijuana initiative could cost Obama the election

    BOULDER, Colorado—Dressed in a sports jacket, a faded peace-symbol T-shirt and blue jeans, the Libertarian presidential candidateGary Johnson was playing to a rapturous overflow crowd at the University of Colorado. The man who could be the Ralph Nader of 2012 beguiled his largely male, mostly student audience with his views on the second-biggest issue on the Colorado ballot this
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  • Financial Impact Statement for Oregon legalization initiative released

    Financial Impact Statement for Oregon legalization initiative released

    Oregonians will cast their votes on the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 on November 6, 2012. The Oregon Secretary of State, Kate Brown, has released the Financial Impact Statement that will appear in voter pamphlets, stating that many of the impacts of Measure 80 are “indeterminate.” The official “Final Financial Impact Statement” suggests increases in expenditures of “$22 million per year” for
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  • Israel Is Becoming A Pioneer In Medical Marijuana Research

    Israel Is Becoming A Pioneer In Medical Marijuana Research

    Medical Marijuana Progress in Israel CBD vs. THC For a country that was never that big on tolerance, Israel is proving to be a pioneer in medical marijuana research. To be more precise, the country’s decision to grow medical marijuana with an extreme CBD to THC ratio is commendable to say the least.CBD (Cannabidiol) is a substance found
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  • Humboldt: Combatting large-scale marijuana grows like fighting forest fire with squirt gun

    Humboldt: Combatting large-scale marijuana grows like fighting forest fire with squirt gun

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a three part series looking at marijuana issues on the North Coast.     The proliferation of large scale, outdoor marijuana grows in Humboldt County has law enforcement agencies sometimes feeling like they’re fighting a forest fire with squirt guns. Consequently, agencies are trending toward collaboration as
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