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Top 420 Events For 2015

Category: Events | Posted on Sat, April, 11th 2015 by THCFinder
 
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4/20 is just ten days away. I have been compiling a list of events (which is a daunting task, because there are so many out there), which can be found below. I’ll be updating this list as my day job and life allow over the next ten days, so don’t consider it a polished finished post just yet. If I didn’t post an event, it’s because I haven’t had time to add it yet, not because I’m not recognizing it as a fun thing to do, so please keep that in mind.

Please help me out by e-mailing me at johnnygreen@theweedblog.com with any leads on events in your area, or post them in the comments so that others can benefit from your knowledge. I will be posting this list on 4/20 as well to remind people of what’s out there. April 20th is on a Monday this year, so many events will occur over the previous weekend. With no further delay, below is the messy list of 4/20 events that I have compiled so far:

Colorado

High Times Cannabis Cup

April 18-20th

Denver Mart 451 East 58th Avenue in Denver

More details about the event at the event homepage

Oregon

Cannabis Awareness Walk at the state Capitol in Salem

Event Details on Facebook

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/top-420-events-for-2015/


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Federal Government Unwittingly Admits Cannabis Kills Cancer

Category: News | Posted on Sat, April, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

A group of federal researchers commissioned to prove the government’s claim that marijuana has “no medicinal value” may have unwittingly let some crucial research slip through the cracks, forcing the United States to admit that cannabis can kill cancer.

Although, at first glimpse, the latest claim appears to be a cruel April Fools' prank from Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), but after careful inspection, it seems that the federal government is actually supporting a recent study which has determined that marijuana has the power to eliminate cancer cells.

The research, which was conducted by a team of scientists at St. George’s University of London, found the two most common cannabinoids in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol(CBD), weakened the ferocity of cancer cells and made them more susceptible to radiation treatment. The study, which was published last year in the medical journal Molecular Cancer Therapies, details the “dramatic reductions” in fatal variations of brain cancer when these specific cannabinoids were used in conjunction with radiation therapy.

"We've shown that cannabinoids could play a role in treating one of the most aggressive cancers in adults," wrote lead researcher Dr. Wai Liu, in a November 2014 op-ed for The Washington Post. "The results are promising... it could provide a way of breaking through glioma [tumors] and saving more lives."

While it is not uncommon for research to surface unveiling the truth surrounding marijuana and its high-powered chemistry for treating a wealth of debilitating health conditions, it is, however, a bizarre and extremely rare occurrence for the federal government to get behind any of these claims. Yet, in an updated synopsis on the potency of marijuana as medicine, Uncle Sam’s leading drug addiction watchdog indicated that it might be changing its opinion of marijuana and how the substance can be used to maximize human vitality and strengthen the realm of overall public health.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine,” the report states. “However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.”

This is an interesting statement considering that marijuana remains listed as a Schedule I dangerous drug under the Controlled Substances Act, but it may suggest that reform of federal pot laws is on the horizon.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/read/federal-government-unwittingly-admits-cannabis-kills-cancer


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True Story.

Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, April, 10th 2015 by THCFinder


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Texas House Committee Takes Up Three Bills on Marijuana Reform. Don't Expect Much Else.

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

Three bills that take different approaches to reforming Texas' marijuana laws got a hearing before the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence on Wednesday. Supporters packed the only committee hearing scheduled on the bills in either chamber. With the clock running out on the session, other hearings aren't likely, and regardless odds are long against the Legislature passing any big changes to the state's tough marijuana laws this year.

Still, the bills, along with several others, are at least some movement on the road to Texas maybe someday allowing adults the freedom to toke without fear of arrest.

Each of the three bills the committee considered late Wednesday offers a different approach to the current demand for reform in Texas, from reducing penalties for possession to throwing the door wide open to legalization.

The first two bills, HB 325 and HB 414, seek to reduce possession of 0.35 ounces of marijuana to a Class C Misdemeanor. Currently, it is a Class B misdemeanor. They also drop possession of 2 ounces to a Class B misdemeanor and under four ounces to a Class A misdemeanor. Representatives Harold Dutton Jr. and Gene Wu from Houston are backing these bills.

El Paso Rep. Joe Moody's HB 507 takes a much larger stride in marijuana reform. It would reduce penalties for possession of less than 1 ounce to a $100 fine and no jail time.

"As a lawmaker, I have a responsibility to make sure we're spending our resources wisely and treating our people fairly," Moody said in a press release from the Marijuana Policy Project. "That's what HB 507 is about."

The bill that has most legalization advocates producing foam from their previously dry cotton mouths is HB 2165 from Rep. David Simpson of Tyler. This bill effectively legalizes marijuana with little to no regulation, like "tomatoes or jalapenos."

While critics of this bill have been quick to point out the lack of regulation could do more harm than good, Shaun McAlister, director of DFW NORML, is confident that this bill is a stepping stone to a broader version of reform.

Read More: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2015/04/texas_house_committee_takes_up_three_bills_on_marijuana_reform_dont_expect_much_else.php


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