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Think Tank Report Damns Federal Government for Preventing Pot Research

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

While it is no secret that the federal government has spent decades guarding the Controlled Substances Act in an effort to prevent science from exploring the true medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, a new report from the Brookings Institution has uncovered the great lengths which Uncle Sam has gone to ensure that the therapeutic properties of marijuana are never revealed.

In the report, authors John Hudak and Grace Wallack aggressively call out the federal government for “stifling medical marijuana research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety.” They argue that the “statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area.”

Although medical marijuana is now legal in some form in over half the United States, the report found that these programs are largely crippled and unable to operate at their full potential due to conflicting states and federal laws. And, regardless of “elderly, veterans, children,” and demographic variations who adamantly proclaim that cannabis is an effective treatment for their respective medical conditions, the U.S. government has all but refused to open its doors to conduct extensive research in the interest of the greater good.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/think-tank-report-damns-federal-government-preventing-pot-research


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US Representative Blumenauer Calls For An End To Failed Marijuana Prohibition

Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
earl blumenauer marijuana garden fundraiser

(image via Oregon Cannabis Connection)

Today, as representatives from the Oregon Cannabis Association visit Capitol Hill, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) on the House floor called for an end to the federal government’s failed approach of marijuana prohibition.

To follow are Congressman Blumenauer’s remarks. Click here to watch his speech.

“Mr. Speaker, advocates from the new emerging marijuana industry in Oregon are descending on Capitol Hill at a very critical time for this fledgling industry. They have a report about the implementation of Oregon’s Ballot Measure 91, overwhelming approved by voters last year to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana at the state level.

“Possession became legal July 1st. Retail sales were authorized in existing dispensaries on the 1st of October to significant interest around the state. The first week saw an estimated $11 million in sales. They are working hard to implement the spirit and the letter of the measure, working closely with the Oregon legislature to refine it – learning from the experiences of states like Washington and Colorado that have already legalized adult use.

“Theirs is a positive story of economic opportunity, product development, tax revenues, more freedom for individuals, and eliminating the racial disparities in the enforcement of a failed policy of prohibition that comes down heavily against young men of color – especially African Americans.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/us-representative-blumenauer-calls-for-end-failed-marijuana-prohibition/


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Legal Cannabis in Canada 'Right Away'?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

Cannabis legalization proponents in Canada are rejoicing in the wake of Monday's elections that gave the Liberal Party a clear majority and positioned its leader Justin Trudeau to become prime minister.

The son of Canada's revered former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin openly advocates legalization. He even admitted to Huffington Post in 2013 that he had toked since becoming an MP representing Montreal in 2008. He also revealed that his late brother, Michel Trudeau, was facing cannabis possession charges before his death in an avalanche in 1998 and that the experience influenced his position.

In vivid contrast, the Conservative Party's incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been leading a crackdown on Canada's medical marijuana program, and even recently called cannabis "infinitely worse" than tobacco. But how easy will it be for Trudeau to follow through on his promise to legalize?

Vancouver's News 1130 noted Trudeau's audacious pledge at a September campaign stop in British Columbia.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/legal-cannabis-canada-right-away


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Friends with Weed are Friends Indeed!

Category: Tokers | Posted on Tue, October, 20th 2015 by THCFinder


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