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Drexel University receives NIH grant to study medical marijuana use among LA young adults

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
grant-to-study-mmjDrexel University has received a grant for a five-year study of medical marijuana and its impact on drug use and physical and psychological health among young adults in Los Angeles. It is the first large-scale NIH project funded to directly investigate medical marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 26.
 
The study, "Medical Marijuana, Emerging Adults & Community: Connecting Health and Policy," is being led by Dr. Stephen Lankenau, an associate professor in Drexel's School of Public Health, who was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for $3.3 million over five years, beginning July 1. Ultimately, Lankenau hopes the study's findings can guide medical marijuana policies at local, state and national levels to result in the most positive health outcomes for young adults and communities.
 
Lankenau aims to determine the impact of medical marijuana policies in Los Angeles on young adults' physical and psychological health. A core focus is understanding the significance and influence of dispensaries - storefronts that sell medical marijuana - on health.
 
"Dispensaries are a relatively new and unusual institution, and they haven't been studied much," Lankenau said. One study hypothesis is that dispensaries, which often provide social support in addition to medical marijuana, may provide the basis for better physical and psychological outcomes for medical marijuana users, compared to non-medical users who purchase the drug on the black market.
 
The study emerged out of preliminary findings from an earlier NIH-funded project, which examined non-medical prescription drug use among high-risk young adults in two cities. Among Los Angeles participants, Lankenau observed key differences in patterns of drug use and health between those who had a physician recommendation for medical marijuana, and those who used marijuana without a recommendation.
 

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Portland voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
portland-votersmmjPORTLAND — Proponents of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Maine’s largest city evoked the controversial George Zimmerman verdict during a Monday news conference in Portland and said laws against pot are used to unfairly target blacks.
 
“Our justice system is failing us,” said Regina Phillips, an executive board member of the Maine NAACP, during the event. “It does not treat people equally.”
 
The news conference was held to rally support for a proposed ordinance change that would decriminalize possession of the drug in Portland just hours before the city council effectively voted to place the ordinance amendment on the Nov. 5 citywide ballot.
 
Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, was found not guilty of murder last week in the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida. The high-profile case has been been protested by many civil rights groups as an example of racial inequality, first because Zimmerman was not initially charged in the shooting, and subsequently after a jury found him not guilty.
 
Zimmerman claimed self-defense in the case, but critics have pointed to the fact that Martin was unarmed and that police subsequently reported that there was no indication the teen was involved in criminal activity at the time of the shooting.
 
On Monday, legalization advocates recalled the flashpoint case and said the enforcement of anti-marijuana laws is another illustration of the criminal justice system targeting blacks.
 

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Fire OG Medical Marijuana

Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder

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Marijuana seeds of discontent planted throughout Germany's parks by way of protest

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
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A German city is going to pot - literally — after cannabis activists sowed several pounds of marijuana seeds in its parks, planter boxes and gardens. Gottingen has been hit by green-fingered pro-pot elves who are protesting against what they say is the national "demonization" of the drug.
 
The group — which calls itself "A Few Autonomous Flower Children" — started laying its seeds of objection in June. Members claim their guerrilla gardening is against Germany's "restrictive drug policies" and say it's incomprehensible "why cannabis, unlike alcohol, cannot be legally purchased."
 
And they are now witnessing the fruits of their labor — as the first marijuana plants start to bloom, reports Der Spiegel. Cops are now facing a running battle to keep the illegal plants from sprouting up — with some even appearing directly in front of the city's main police station.
 

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Black Water OG bud

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, July, 15th 2013 by THCFinder

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"Just Move To A State Where It's Legal": A Marijuana Mom Responds

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, July, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
just-move-mj-stateDiane Fornbacher, Publisher of Ladybud Magazine, recently posed a question online asking how people felt about the advice given to so many activist parents when it comes to having their family’s safety threatened by bad marijuana laws. Oftentimes, these mothers are told to just “move to a legal state.”
 
One detail that struck me during the open and balanced online discussion was a judgmental undertone that appeared to be aimed by dissenters towards the parents who agreed with the advice.
 
Respondents in favor of moving overwhelmingly cited their children and the effect legal consequences would have on them as their reason to move. Some responding have had personal, devastating interaction with Child Protective Services (CPS) already and are suffering the consequences. It is unclear if any of the parents responding in dissent have had CPS experiences.
 
Of the people that expressed disagreement with the advice, a few referenced having special needs children whose care and education would be disrupted by moving. A few expressed a desire to move but lacked the funds to do so. Most responding opined that they would not move cited an activist’s sense of duty to fight to change the laws of their home state. It is unclear if everyone responding had children or personal chronic health issues.
 
Admittedly,  I’m sensitive regarding my decision to move my four children and I to Colorado. Maybe part of me agrees with the sentiments expressed by those that disagree with the advice but I don’t agree with what some responders implied about my decision to move in order to preserve my family.
 
“What’s the point of being an activist if you have nothing to activate for?” was the response from one person.
 
To that I respond, “What’s the point of being a mother without anyone to mother?”
 
What made me, a mother of four, decide to move my children from the unfriendly (and getting unfriendlier by the minute) state of Wisconsin to the legalized marijuana state of Colorado?
 
The most important factor is the immediate safety, well-being and happiness of my family.
 

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