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New Irish politician calls for prostitution and cannabis to be legalized in Ireland

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, March, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
A new independent TD has argued that prostitution in Ireland should be legalized. He says it will benefit the welfare of the women working in the sex industry if the trade was not forced underground.
 
Wexford TD Mick Wallace discussed his views in an interview in this week's Hotpress magazine. He explained that there will always be a demand for the service of prostitutes and the demand could be regulated in some manner if it was legalized.
 
Speaking on RTE Radio One with John Murray Wallace said "There’s been prostitution on the planet since time began – and it’ll always be here…If you think, it’s a better scenario [than] where the girls work in very poor conditions, get very badly treated, and live in fear of the pimps that control them all the time.
 
“Plus, clients decide to use prostitutes that aren’t always in as healthy a state as they should be, because there’s no health controls on it… It doesn’t actually make sense to have it illegal…It’s going to exist anyway, [we should] get used to it… I think the girls would be exploited less through a legal system than through an illegal system."
 
Wallace also declared support for his fellow independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan'. Ming was forced to quit smoking cannabis this week for fear that he would be arrested and would be unable to support his family.
 
Wallace said that cannabis being imported into Ireland is often sprayed with plastic to increase its weight. He gave this as an example of how unregulated drug imports were a health risk. He suggested if cannabis was legalized in Ireland the Revenue Commissioners could levy its sale and put the fund towards drug prevention programs.
 
He said "I’m not saying for a second that abuse of cannabis isn’t going to cause problems – [but] abuse of anything is going to cause problems.” He also insisted that although he has tried the drug he does not smoke it now. He said "I like a pint of Guinness and some nice red wine, that does me fine."
 

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City of Boulder denies access to medical marijuana criminal background checks

Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, March, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
BOULDER, Colo. — The city of Boulder is refusing to release copies of criminal background checks that it ran on people applying for medical marijuana business licenses — including five businesses that the city briefly shut down after principal investors or general managers were flagged by the checks.
 
The Camera recently requested copies of application records that would shed light on why the city rejected business licenses for High Grade Alternatives, 8th Street Care Center, Southwest Alternative Care, Timberline Herbal Clinic, Mountain Medicine Group and Fresh Baked Dispensary.
 
The six companies were shut down by the city earlier this month. One business had a zoning issue, while the other five had problems with background checks. The city announced last week that the five companies with background issues could stay open pending appeals.
 
City ordinance says that anyone with at least a 10 percent stake in a marijuana business must submit to a background check. Anyone convicted of a felony in the last five years cannot operate a medical marijuana business. The city application asks for information about felony convictions in the last 10 years, DUI convictions and any misdemeanors related to abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs.
 
In an email to the Camera on Thursday, city officials wrote that the "criminal background checks will not be provided for review."
 
They wrote that the city is not the "custodian" of the checks it performed on applicants, that the checks are "not public records of the city" and that they're considered criminal justice records and therefore aren't subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.
 

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Cannabis Industry Matures: Angel Investor Network Launched

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Today, on the heels of the release of the first U.S. market data report putting the size of the domestic medical marijuana market at $1.7 billion, The ArcView Group announced the formation of the cannabis industry's first angel investment network. The ArcView Angel Network will facilitate seed and early stage investment in federally legal enterprises within the medical cannabis industry, and will host the Cannabis Investment Forum Series (CIF), a groundbreaking series of events exclusively for the top ancillary cannabis business entrepreneurs and qualified investors.
 
"Extraordinary rewards await investors with the courage and vision to be a part of building the new cannabis industry," said ArcView Group President, Stephen DeAngelo, also Executive Director of Harborside Health Center - the nation's largest model medical cannabis collective. "The ArcView Angel Network will open the door to the most promising business opportunities.
 
"There are many interested investors and investment-worthy entrepreneurs in the cannabis sector. But so far, that has not resulted in much investment. The lack of market data, industry knowledge and access to opportunities contributed to investor's perception of unacceptable risk.
 

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San Jose 420 Evaluations Outlines Usefulness in Treating Chronic Pain

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana advocates have known for a long time that cannabis is an effective treatment for their patients who suffer from chronic pain, and recently released scientific studies from UC San Diego's Center for Medical Cannabis Research support this claim with solid evidence. San Jose 420 Evaluations, a medical marijuana dispensary, explains chronic pain and the various recent studies' conclusions about how marijuana helps alleviate its symptoms.
 
Pain, a signal from the nervous system to the brain that alerts it to possible injury, can be very useful. Chronic pain, wherein according to the National Institute for Health, "pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years," can cause terrible suffering in people's daily lives. According to the American Pain Foundation, 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain each year, causing sleep difficulties, absenteeism at work, social effects and other related hardships. According to an article in TIME Magazine, $50 billion is spent on it annually in this country. Chronic pain may result from an injury, come with age, or be associated with other ailments.
 
The National Pain Foundation explains that the human body contains cannaboid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and immune system. Cannaboids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical compound found in marijuana, react with the cannaboid receptors to alleviate symptoms of pain.
 
Recent controlled studies have demonstrated marijuana's effectiveness on treating chronic pain associated with a number of other diseases. UC San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research found that, among other things, 
 
Marijuana helps neuropathic pain that is unaffected by aspirin and fairly resistant to opiods.
 
 HIV patients with neuropathic pain showed a 34% reduction in reported pain when they smoked 3 marijuana cigarettes per day, as opposed to 17% in the control group.
 
Another study found that two groups of patients suffering pain associated with a variety of other ailments experienced a 46% pain decrease when they smoked, compared with 27% in the control group.
Spasms and pain related to Multiple Sclerosis were reduced by 32% and 50%, respectively, compared with 2% and 22% in the control subjects.
 
Prescription pain killers can have many undesirable side effects including constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, and lowered sex drive, not to mention tolerance and addiction. Side effects of marijuana tend to be much milder, if present at all.
 
 

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Whoopi Goldberg Confesses To Smoking Cannabis Before Winning Oscar

Category: Celebrities | Posted on Thu, March, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
Whoopi Goldberg has confessed to smoking cannabis before she accepteed her Oscar in 1991 for 'Best Supporting Actress' for her performance in 'Ghost'.
 
The 55-year-old actress claims that she was high when she accepted the award from Denzel Washing for her role in the film in which she starred as Oda Mae Brown opposite the late Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
 
The actress and host of 'The View', she said: "I learned a great lesson though. Never smoke pot before there's the possibility of having to talk to one hundred million people. Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are my habits and I thought, 'I've got to relax.'
 
"So I smoked this joint that was the last of my home grown and honey, when he said my name and I popped up, I was like, 'Oh f**k, oh f**k, up the stairs one two three four five, onto the podium. There's millions of people, OK grab the statue.' I knew I should have never had done it."
 
"So I panicked and got the Oscars tape to see whether you could tell and you just couldn't. I know you're not supposed to admit that you smoke pot but I don't drink alcohol!"
 

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MARYLAND: Senate approves defense for medical marijuana use

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, March, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland residents who can prove they have a doctor's approval to use marijuana for medical reasons would have a new defense to avoid a $100 fine and a misdemeanor conviction under a measure approved 41-6 by the Maryland Senate on Thursday.
 
Under current law, a person who uses marijuana for medical reasons can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $100 in Maryland.
 
"What we've done is we're going to say we're going to give you a complete defense, an affirmative defense, where you have to prove by clear and convincing evidence that you were using it for medicinal purposes," said Sen. Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery.
 
The Senate bill was changed this month, after legislation that would have created a state-run production and distribution system for medical marijuana stalled in the House of Delegates.
 
Caren Woodson, a spokeswoman for the country's largest medical marijuana advocacy group, said Americans for Safe Access backed the bill as a step forward.
 
"It's not ideal, but the bill will help patients avoid what is now a guaranteed conviction if arrested," Woodson said in a statement.
 

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