Amid debate on medical marijuana research, Colorado taking charge

http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/06/23/medical-marijuana-research-colorado/36633/

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Despite medical marijuana’s unquestionable worldwide momentum, it hasn’t yet been proven scientifically to remedy most of the conditions governments have authorized it to treat, according to an influential new analysis of existing research.

While pro-legalization advocates don’t disagree with the analysis’ findings, they point out that the barriers to legitimate research on cannabis’ medical efficacy have been so substantial in the U.S. that President Barack Obama’s administration this week slashed some of those bureaucratic hurdles in a historic action — and yet marijuana still remains more difficult to study than cocaine or heroin.

South Dakota Indian tribe signs deal with Colorado company to grow pot

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LANDREAU, S.D. — An Indian tribe in South Dakota that plans to start selling marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes has chosen a Colorado-based company to grow and distribute the drug on the reservation.

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The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on Wednesday signed a contract with Monarch America, Inc. The company will be responsible for designing the single, indoor site where the drug will be cultivated and sold.

Oregon news: Recreational pot sales could start this fall

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SALEM, Ore. — Retail sales of recreational marijuana would begin as soon as Oct. 1 in Oregon, far sooner than had been expected, under a bill approved Thursday by a state legislative committee.

The measure would allow early sales through existing medical marijuana dispensaries.

Under a law approved last year by voters, marijuana use and possession becomes legal July 1. But regulators say it may be almost a year before they start issuing retail licenses. Until then, users would have to grow their own, get it from a friend or buy it on the black market.

Precisazioni sulla proposta di legge dell’intergruppo

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Dopo la pubblicazione della bozza di pdl presentata dall’intergruppo, abbiamo scritto al sen. Della Vedova e ai parlamentari con cui collaboriamo, per chiedere spiegazioni circa i due quesiti che abbiamo sollevato in un precedente articolo in relazione alla quantità detenibile e alla frequentazione dei CSC per coloro che hanno avuto sentenze definitive.

Ci ha risposto il responsabile dell’ufficio stampa del sen. Della Vedova chiarendo i punti in questione, pubblichiamo di seguito la sua risposta.
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Riceviamo e pubblichiamo:

Buongiorno, sono Luigi Quercetti, collaboratore e addetto stampa del senatore Della Vedova.

A seguito della mail che avete inviato, in cui ponevate due quesiti sul testo di legge per la legalizzazione della cannabis, vorrei precisare che quella circolata sui giornali è soltanto una BOZZA, diffusa prima che venissero apportate alcune modifiche concordate tra tutti i membri dell’intergruppo e che saranno contenute nella versione finale del testo.

In merito alla prima domanda: la proposta di legge consente di detenere sia i 15 grammi acquistati “al dettaglio” sia il “raccolto” delle 5 piante.

Cito a questo proposito l’articolo 1 del testo:

“Al di fuori del regime delle autorizzazioni di cui agli articoli 17 e 27 e fatto comunque salvo quanto stabilito dall’articolo 73, è consentita a persone maggiorenni la coltivazione e la detenzione personale di piante di cannabis, nel limite di cinque di sesso femminile, e del prodotto da esse ottenuto“.

Per quanto riguarda il secondo quesito, relativo alla frequentazione dei CSC “proibita a coloro che sono stati condannati per spaccio”, ci si sta orientando verso la preclusione al solo DIRETTIVO di un CSC per chi ha subito condanne per TRAFFICO (dunque non per piccolo spaccio) di sostanze stupefacenti.

Cordialmente

Luigi Quercetti
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Riteniamo la pdl condivisibile, rimane in sospeso la questione di una eventuale “schedatura” o “anagrafe delle coltivazioni”, che riteniamo sia un concetto che andrebbe esaminato con maggiore attenzione e a tal proposito rendiamo noti i nostri suggerimenti:

“Conoscendo le necessità politiche di fornire dati statistici ufficiali, sulla coltivazione di cannabis, siamo favorevoli ad una tipologia di censimento solo ed esclusivamente se tali dati verranno archiviati in modalità anonima per tutelare la privacy e prevenire ulteriori persecuzioni in caso di ritorno ad una politica proibizionista o ad errori formali di pubblicazione delle leggi. Ci teniamo a sottolineare che l’uso di cannabis non deve essere considerato un problema di sicurezza o salute pubblica”.

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Vancouver Becomes First Canadian City To Regulate Marijuana Market

http://marijuanaworldnews.com/vancouver-becomes-first-canadian-city-to-regulate-marijuana-market/

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Vancouver has approved new rules to license and regulate illegal marijuana stores, making it the first city in Canada to attempt to control the burgeoning market – and setting it on a collision course with the country’s federal government.

After four days of public hearings, the city council approved regulations that will set zoning controls and hefty licence fees for Vancouver’s many pot shops: the city of 600,000 is thought to have more marijuana stores than its 109 Starbucks locations.

Neon green cannabis leafs have sprouted in shop windows across the city, and many shops employ in-house “naturopaths” available for quasi-medical consultations.

Addressing council before the vote, Meggs said he believes Vancouver’s approach will make a difference across the country.

“I think it’s going to be a significant decision. I think it will have widespread impact.”

Many Canadians – including the federal Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, local police departments and health authorities – have argued that the time has come to legalize, control and tax marijuana. The sticking point remains the federal government, who are the only authority with the power to legalize pot, and who remain fervently pro-prohibition.

Ambrose released a statement shortly after the Vancouver vote, restating the government’s position.

“Storefronts selling marijuana are illegal, and under this Conservative Government will remain illegal,” the statement said.

As Canada gears up for the October federal election, she also took time to take a political pot shot at Trudeau.

“These stores have absolutely no regard for the rule of law and have been caught selling marijuana to kids – they represent Justin Trudeau’s vision for Canadian neighbourhoods from coast to coast to coast,” Ambrose wrote.

Former British Columbia attorney-general Geoff Plant QC expressed support for regulation: “The federal government is increasingly out of touch. They are stuck in a ‘reefer madness’, non-evidence-based position.”

“The government of Canada has – with its failure to grasp the reality of marijuana and grapple with it – actually made things worse,” he argues. “They have allowed a black market to flourish, and now a white market has taken hold, and the longer it goes on, the harder it is to bring it back to a clean slate and introduce proper policy.”

In an attempt to sidestep a potential legal challenge from Ottawa, Vancouver has been careful to say they are simply regulating the businesses involved, not the products they are selling.

Under the new rules, dispensaries will be banned from operating within 300 metres of a school, community centre, or rival pot shop. They will also be obliged to pay a business license fee of $30,000, compared to a regular business license of just $250.

Over the period of public consultation, more than 200 people put their views forward in person or by email to council. City manager Penny Ballem said that the most striking submissions came from people working so-called “compassion clubs”, where medical marijuana is provided for sufferers of cancer and other illnesses.

Following those presentations, the proposed business license fee for that model was dropped to $1000.

“It was very compelling to hear how they provide access at an affordable rate to the most severely disabled and in need,” Ballem, a physician by training, notes.

“They are a different category to those simply retailing marijuana.”

Ballem said she believes interest in the marijuana market has boomed as a reaction to the legalization of pot in nearby Washington and Oregon states.

“They see a change in Canada as imminent, and they want to get in on it and get ahead of the game.”

10 Celebrity Potheads That Might Surprise You

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You already know that Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg love the green, and you’re probably not surprised to hear Jack Black hits the bong. However, you may be surprised at these 10 celebrities who enjoy the herb.

Stephen King– Stephen King is the most popular horror novelist of this generation. Unlike some celebrities who recoil when asked about cannabis, King confidently states “I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses. . . .”

George Clooney– When shooting Ocean’s Twelve, the cast went on location to Amsterdam. The owner of a local cannabis café told reporters George Clooney was no stranger there. Apparently, the charming actor visits the store at least a few times a year. It makes sense if you think about it. Clooney is always calm and even-tempered.

Justin Timberlake– Boy bander Justin Timberlake once said marijuana should be legalized. He told fellow star Nelly that it would cut the crime rate in half. According to Nelly, he and Timberlake love partying together, and they share a love for the green. So, that’s how Justin Timberlake could tolerate being in N-Sync for so long.

Michael Bloomberg– The 108th Mayor of New York City was once asked if he ever smoked weed before becoming Mayor. Not only did Bloomberg admit to his marijuana use, he said “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it!”

Morgan Freeman– In an interview with the UK newspaper The Guardian, this legendary actor told reporters he had given up his use of hard drugs, but that he would never quit his relationship with Mary Jane. In fact, he referred to marijuana as “God’s own weed.”

Harrison Ford– Harrison Ford has Bill Maher to thank for making this list. At a NORML conference, Maher told attendees it was high time Harrison Ford took a step out of the cannabis closet. I knew Indiana Jones had to be under the influence when he would pull off all those crazy stunts.

Brad Pitt– Whether on the set of Ocean’s Twelve or Thelma & Louise, one thing is clear: Brad Pitt likes to unwind after a long day of shooting with a little help from his green friend. Beyond the reports of on-set smoking, Pitt’s also been spotted on numerous occasions with T-shirts professing his love for weed.

Jennifer Aniston– This stunning actress has admitted her love for weed on several occasions. Back when she was still married to Brad Pitt, she confessed that she and Pitt used to smoke together on a regular basis. However, Aniston did make sure to point out that she smokes in moderation.

Charlize Theron– It wasn’t all that long ago that Charlize Theron was caught sucking smoke from an apple. The pictures were published in National Enquirer back in 2002. While Theron never admitted to her marijuana use, it’s doubtful that this was her first rodeo.

Kirsten Dunst– Just last year, Kirsten Dunst admitted she likes smoking marijuana. In fact, she said “America’s view on weed is ridiculous” and the world would be a better place if “everyone smoked weed.” No wonder she likes playing the role of Mary Jane in Spiderman. Okay, that’s a lame joke, but I couldn’t resist.

White House Takes Huge Step Forward In Fight Over Marijuana Research

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From Ryan Grim @ HuffPost

WASHINGTON — The White House took a major step forward on Monday to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research.

By eliminating the Public Health Service review requirement, the Department of Health and Human Services will help facilitate research into the drug.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers had called for the requirement to be lifted.

The requirement had long outgrown today’s marijuana politics. Even opponents of legalization have called for it to be lifted. As HuffPost’s Matt Ferner reported earlier:

Currently, marijuana research that is not funded by the government must go through a Public Health Service review — a process established in 1999 by the federal government after a 1998 Institute of Medicine report called for more scientific research into the medical value of marijuana.

It’s a process that no other substance…

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THC Can Protect From Brain Deficits

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Cannabis research has continued to grow in popularity in recent years, and it has recently been suggested that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) offers protection for the brain.
In a study published in September 2012, researchers caused injuries to the brains of mice with:
Repeated exposure to MDMA (ecstasy)
Carbon monoxide exposure
Anesthesia caused by pentobarbital, an anesthetic which is sometimes used for execution.
They also administered a single ultra-low dosage of the cannabinoid THC (.002mg/kg) either:
1-7 days before the brain injury, or
1-3 days after the brain injury
The researchers found that the single ultra-low doses of THC were protective against injury to neurons (i.e. cells of the nervous system that transmit signals, resulting in thinking, memory, movement, etc.).
Neuroplasticity Is Encouraged By THC
The role of neuroplasticity (i.e. the way that the brain develops over time) is widely recognized in healthy development, learning, memory, and recovery from brain damage. It occurs in response to experiences and consists of neurogenesis (neuron creation) and neurodegeneration (neuron death). There a number of ways in which Neuroplasticity is measure and they were the focus of this study from Israel. It was performed by Sackler Faculty of Medicine.
Extracellular-signal-regulated kinases (ERKs) are protein enzymes that modify other proteins. They’re involved in regulating the processes involved with cell differentiation. Researchers observed the amount of ERKs in the brain and found long-lasting differences within the hippocampus (involved in memory integration), frontal cortex (involved in planning, judging, personality, etc.), and cerebellum (involved in regulating balance, attention, etc.).

http://www.medicaljane.com/2013/07/23/study-shows-thc-can-help-encourage-neuroplasticity/

PART ONE: THE STATE OF CANNABIS – HOW FREE ARE YOU?

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We at Cashinbis have compiled the latest information on each state to provide you the most comprehensive state-by-state listing on the Internet. ‘The State of Cannabis’ is a three part series leading up to the 4th of July. To many, Independence Day represents a time to celebrate being the most free country in the world. But how free is your state when it comes to Cannabis legislation? Simply keep reading to find out. Keep in mind that this information is ever changing and this list will be updated as new information becomes available. In addition, each state has its own idea as to how to regulate, enforce and tax Cannabis legislation so we encourage you to find out more about your state. The only way to stay ahead of the green rush is to stay informed.

https://www.cashinbis.com/part-one-the-state-of-cannabis-how-free-are-you/