THC analysis of 2,700-year-old-Marijuana Shows Similarities to Pot of Today
A recent excavation in the Gobi Desert has uncovered a man and his stash of marijuana, dating back over 2,700 years. The man was believed to have died in his mid-40's. Scientists found more than 2 pounds of marijuana buried with him, still in excellent condition.
Many characteristics of the marijuana found are consistent with that of a cultivated strain. A recent scientific analysis revealed that the THC content of the marijuana found is “quite similar” to the cannabis of today. Scientists believe the man buried was a shaman, a spiritual leader and healer. He was buried with several rare items consistent with that of a spiritual guide. Though hemp was grown and used in rope making around this time, scientists believe these people used reed fibers for rope.
It is still unclear whether the cannabis was for medical or spiritual reasons, but facts show that it was in fact used psychoactive reasosn
Marijuana Re-scheduling Lawsuit Filed Against State of Iowa Yesterday
Yesterday, I had the humbling experience of serving someone for the first time. No, I didn’t serve dinner. I served a lawsuit.
The defendant: The State of Iowa.
The Board of Pharmacy hearings were initiated with a lawsuit. The Iowa Legislature has stalled long enough at the expense of sick Iowa Patients. Why is the Legislature failing to update the law?
If anyone has any questions, please contact the plaintiff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s some interesting parts of the suit. The full text can be found at the end of this article.
“During the oral argument on the petition for judicial review held on March 27, 2009, the Board’s attorney told the Iowa District Court that Olsen’s question of law could only be addressed in an original action for declaratory judgment in Iowa District Court.“
“Olsen expected the Board to deny his petition because the question of law being presented to the Board was outside of the scope of authority granted to the Board under Iowa Code §124.201. Olsen addressed the question of law to the Board because Olsen wanted this court to see that he had given the Board the opportunity to address the question of law before bringing it before the judicial branch.”
“Olsen gave the Board the first opportunity to address a question of law. Olsen did now know for a certainty that a question of law could not be addressed even if it was outside the scope of the Board’s authority. After all, the Board is currently recommending the Iowa Legislature legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Iowa and nothing in the scope of their authority authorizes them to make that recommendation.“
“What is “uniform” about the uniform act is that it gives a state agency the authority to classify controlled substances in a state, and gives every state the authority to decide scheduling independently of the federal government or any other state. In other words, it respects state sovereignty, or what is commonly referred to as “federalism.” See Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006); Oregon v. Ashcroft, 368 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2004).“
“WHEREFORE, Olsen petitions this Court to declare that marijuana has accepted medical use in treatment in the United States as a matter of law based on 16 state statutes defining marijuana as medicine and that the classification of marijuana as a schedule I substance in Iowa is no longer valid based on statutory requirement that anything in Iowa schedule I have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”
Full text of the petition for declaratory judgment is below. My affidavit and the notice of service can be downloaded here.
Written By Jason Karimi
To read more in detail about the lawsuit, click here
California Works On Marijuana Tax
Legislators are studying the sale of marijuana from start to finish in an attempt to narrow down where taxes should be applied, and exactly who should be taxed. The first rough draft of the bill favored a tax-stamp system similar to that of tobacco, which received little backing by NORML and American's for Safe Access.
Many feared the Stamp-Tax Model will raise issues with discretion in the medical marijuana industry. People who complied with the state laws would be making themselves easy targets for federal prosecution. Also, the Stamp-Tax Model could place the tax burden on the end users. Serious re-shaping of the bill has occurred since the original draft, and since has received backing from both groups.
San Jose has already started excising a city level tax on medical marijuana. They received over $300,000 in tax money from the cities collectives, and predicts the tax could bring in over $3 million a year from now.
Marijuana Substitutes Threaten Mental Stability
Recent studies regarding marijuana substitutes such as “Spice” and “K2” are detrimental to a user's mental health. A study conducted by a Navy Doctor concluded that patients who used the synthetic alternative experienced results far worse than marijuana it self.
Patients admitted in to the Navy doctor reported serious anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations. Some claimed to see ghosts and hear imaginary voices. Several deaths have been reported from use of K2, spice, and other like substances. In one case, a Teenager from Iowa committed suicide from the intense psychosis he experienced from using the synthetic drug.
Its about time the federal government realizes that until marijuana is legal, substitutes like these will continue to be produced. As long as there is a need, there is a supplier. Marijuana is a much safer than its synthetic alternatives, and is all natural. It's not produced in a lab, it just grows that way. Let Americans have access to what they need, not force them to research alternative medicines and put their mental health at risk.
Marijuana Dispensary Gives Back To Community
A Colorado Dispensary has been taking the time to do small projects to give back to the city of Palisade. Alternative Health Care has been planting flowers in the city park as well as painting buildings to make their town more welcoming and pleasant.
A petition is circling around the area in an effort to close the dispensary doors. If it gets enough signatures, it will be placed on the city ballot. "We shouldn't be judged on what our business doe. We should be judged on the fact that we are a business that helps out the community,” says co-owner of CAHC Desa Loughman.
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