Dutch DELAY plan to weed out tourists
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 16th 2011 by THCFinder
The Dutch government is delaying plans to ban tourists from buying marijuana until at least next May, although it still intends to curtail the country's famed tolerance policy.
Cannabis is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but police turn a blind eye to possession of small amounts and it is sold openly in designated cafes known euphemistically as ''coffee shops''. Large-scale growers are prosecuted.
Among other measures, the cabinet wants to introduce a ''weed pass'' system that allows only legal residents of the Netherlands to buy marijuana.
Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten said a trial in southern cities planned for next month would be delayed until May because of practical difficulties.
Supporters hope it will solve problems caused by about 3.9 million French, German and Belgian buyers who drive across the Dutch border each year just to buy the drug.
Mr Opstelten said the pass system would be applied nationwide in 2013, despite some opposition. ''Coffee shop'' owners say it will violate privacy laws, since it will require them to store passport and other information about customers.
Some southern cities have begun lobbying against the plan after predictions that it would result in street dealers taking over the marijuana trade again, as it was three decades ago when the tolerance policy was introduced.
''If it appears that additional [police] support is necessary, I will ensure that it's available in a timely manner,'' Mr Opstelten said.
The city of Amsterdam also opposes the pass plan, because it would mean the closure of about half the city's ''coffee shops''. It says nearly a quarter of the tourists who visit to smoke weed stay several nights and contribute to the economy rather than cause problems.
Joe Rogan on Marijuana Abuse
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Thu, December, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Local cannabis company announces success with cancer treatment
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
Denver-based Cannabis Science, Inc. announced this week that a cancer patient has had success using the company’s cannabis-based product in the treatment of skin cancer.
The biotech company, which develops pharmaceutical cannabis products, said this is the second patient to use the product successfully. “This patient has photo-documented dramatic results that we will release to the public once treatment is completed and has been properly vetted by clinical biopsy,” the company said in a press release. “Cannabis Science, in conjunction with several Colorado-licensed dispensaries and physicians, consults with a number of cancer patients who were seeking to inform themselves of the current peer-reviewed scientific literature, regarding modern and historical use of cannabis preparations for treating cancers so that they can make informed decisions regarding their self-directed cancer treatment.”
More from the press release:
Cannabis has an outstanding safety profile as determined in 1988 by Federal Administrative Law Judge Francis Young who recommended cannabis be removed from Schedule I. The refusal of the DEA to follow this recommendation has resulted in 16 states allowing some form of medical marijuana access for their citizens. Numerous other states are moving in this direction. Consequently, patients in states with medical marijuana laws are able to make an informed decisions to try various state-legal cannabis preparations and to determine what is most effective for their particular condition. As a result, there is an unprecedented accumulation of “anecdotal” data
Currently, there are a variety treatments available for treating various skin cancers including standard surgical excision (Mohs Surgery), chemotherapy, radiation, and cryosurgery. Unfortunately for many, the cancer frequently returns and requires additional treatments. Chemo and radiation therapy are typically used by patients who aren’t candidates for surgery (i.e. where surgical excision could disfigure or make it difficult to reconstruct the excised area). If reoccurrence occurs, radiation therapy is often not repeated as it may further damage the tissue (and) lead to resistance.
While the above treatments may to be effective for many, few patients would choose to go through surgical procedures, radiation, or chemotherapy if a better alternative were available. Patients self-administering cannabis extracts in the convenience of their own home appear to be effectively resolving their cancerous lesions over a period of a few weeks to a few months.
Cannabis Science is committed to making cannabis-based medicines available to the public as rapidly as possible. The Company is taking multiple approaches to accomplishing this aim in the United States. The science of cannabinoids has exploded over the past decade, laying the scientific foundation for the many medicinal uses of this unique plant. Cannabinoids are a class of biologically active compounds produced by all vertebrates (endocannabinoids) the Cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids), and more recently patentable synthetic compounds produced by chemists. Today’s modern peer-reviewed science supports the many historical uses that were discovered over thousands of years of medicinal use by herbalists.
Prohibition doesn't work
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
CBS4 hints fed crackdown on MMCs near schools is coming -- but is it?
Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 15th 2011 by THCFinder
According to this report, CBS4 has information that points to a potential federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries and grow operations within 1,000 feet of schools.
But it's unclear when any federal action would happen, or what it might look like if it does.
In the report on view below, correspondent Rick Sallinger says "dispensaries that receive the letters will be given 45 days to shut down or move operations. If they don't comply, they will be shut down by the U.S. attorney in Colorado." The report says the dispensaries are targeted because the 1,000 feet rule is a big factor in federal drug case sentencing, greatly increasing the charges.
Investigative reporter Sallinger doesn't disclose the source his information. But no letters have been sent to any dispensaries as of noon today, and the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Colorado said he did not have any information on the matter. Moreover, there's nothing on the office's website about the memos or possible federal action.
State law forbids dispensaries from operating within 1,000 feet of schools, treatment centers, universities, seminaries and daycare facilities. But there are several shops that were grandfathered in.
In addition, Colorado law does not prohibit grow facilities from being within 1,000 feet of these facilities. Since they are often hidden in plain sight, it's hard to tell just how many are in this range.
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