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NIDA Admits That Marijuana Has Medicinal Value

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 1st 2015 by THCFinder

The United States government has surprisingly allowed one of its most prominent drug warriors to admit that, despite more than 40 years of pot propaganda, marijuana does actually possess medicinal qualities.

In a column published last week by the Huffington Post, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, wrote that while many compounds of the cannabis plant are beginning to show evidence of a “range of uses in medicine,” cannabidiol, otherwise referred to as CBD, “appears to be a safe drug with no addictive side effects.” 

Dr. Volkow went on to say, “the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions,” while THC’s primary purpose appears to be simply to get users high.

Although it is discouraging to see the cannabinoids THC and CBD essentially separated into categories of good and evil, the federal government’s latest admission is, ultimately, a giant leap forward in the realm of nationwide pot reform. Since the signing of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, every single component of the cannabis plant has been considered a Schedule I dangerous drug with no medical value. This, of course, has stymied the scientific and medical community’s ability to research the herb for many decades, as well as prevented farmers across the nation from engaging in hemp production.

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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, July, 31st 2015 by THCFinder


Legal weed crossing state borders: No big deal?

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

Picture this: Come Oct. 1, you head down to Portland to buy a small amount of Oregon’s newly legal recreational marijuana. It’s a bit of a drive, but maybe you’ll save a few bucks because of lower taxes there or you just want to give it a try. But, as you cross back over to Washington, you’ve suddenly broken one of the cardinal priorities set by the federal government to allow marijuana sales in the Northwest – carrying state-legal pot across the border.

So what now?

Well, according to authorities in both Portland and Vancouver, probably nothing. Now that two contiguous states have legalized recreational marijuana, consumers on both sides of the border may be tempted to view the region as a free-trade market.

According to Jeff McCarty, the Senior Deputy Prosecutor of Clark County, Vancouver law enforcement doesn’t have a plan in place to crack down on marijuana entering and leaving the state.

“Nothing’s going to change, as far as I know, involving local law enforcement,” said McCarty regarding adjustments to account for Oregon’s legalization. “There’s not a mechanism in place where they can monitor or prevent people from bringing small amounts of marijuana over the bridge.”

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Advocacy Group Launches The Truth About Medical Marijuana Educational Series

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 31st 2015 by THCFinder

medical marijuanaThis morning Americans for Safe Access (ASA) launched the Truth About Medical Marijuana educational website and accompanying event series. The Truth About Medical Marijuana will focus on emerging issues in the area of medical marijuana, including understanding the research behind the medicine, emerging policies issues surrounding cannabidiol (CBD) and consumer safety issues. During each of the next three months, event hosts will focus on these issues and prepare attendees to share that information with politicians and key decision makers, as well as providing tools to counter misinformation in the media.

“With the majority of Americans living in states that allow at least some kind of medical marijuana it’s time to move beyond rhetoric and headlines and foster a genuine understanding of this too often misunderstood medicine,” said Steph Sherer ASA Executive Director.  ”With the Truth About Medical Marijuana, we’re filling a void by giving people straightforward explanations of the science behind medical marijuana and explaining how medical marijuana relates to them and their families.”

Medical marijuana policy has recently undergone a significant series of developments with the passage of several new state laws in a short period of time.  In total, 40 states, Puerto Rico, Guam,  and the District of Columbia allow some legal medical use of marijuana. However,  many states have new highly restrictive laws that are not well understood. In other states, large scale commercialization of marijuana cultivation has created new consumer safety concerns that haven’t been effectively addressed. ASA is kicking off the campaign with advocates hosting over 40 events in thirteen states.

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