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President Obama Calls For Greater Criminal Justice Reforms

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

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In a 45-minute speech at the NAACP convention in Philadelphia Tuesday, President Obama laid out a far-reaching roadmap for criminal justice reform, including calls for reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, reviewing the use of solitary confinement, and eliminating barriers to reentry for former prisoners.

The president has touched on many of the themes before, but the Philadelphia speech was the first time he tied them all together into a plan for action. The speech likely signals upcoming executive actions on criminal justice reform.

Obama recited the by now well-known statistics demonstrating American’s over-reliance on incarceration: America is home to 5% of world’s population but 25% of world’s prisons; that African Americans and Latinos make up 30% of the U.S. population, but 60% of American inmates; that one out of three black men are now likely to serve time in prison, among others.

While the United States has 2 ½ million people behind bars, only about 200,000 of them are in the federal prison system that Obama has the ability to impact. Of those, 98,000 are doing time for drug offenses.

He used those stats to bolster his case for broad criminal justice reform, calling the criminal justice system an “injustice system.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/president-obama-calls-for-greater-criminal-justice-reforms/


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Scientists Figured Out How to Block Pot’s Effect on Memory

Category: News | Posted on Fri, July, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

Recent work published by researchers in Barcelona has just uncovered more details about the neurochemical pathway that leads to marijuana’s psychoactive effects, specifically its effects on memory. Not only did they make a breakthrough in the neurochemistry of cannabis, they also designed a compound that was able to block THC’s effects on memory in mice.

Since the discovery of the cannabinoid receptor by Raphael Mechoulam and colleagues, medical scientists have continued to investigate this newly found receptor and have found that it has a presence all over the body, not just in the brain. In fact, two cannabinoid receptors exist: CB1 and CB2. While the CB2 receptor stills retains some of its mystery, scientists have know for a while that the CB1 receptor is the one responsible for the “high” in cannabis.

More recently however, neuroscientists have found links between the certain serotonin receptors and the cannabinoid system. Not only do these receptors share a region in the brain, but also activation of the 5HT2A receptor causes a release of endocannabinoids, the body’s natural “darts” for the cannabinoid receptor’s “dartboard” (in a similar way that your body produces serotonin to act as a signal carrier in your serotonin system). 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/scientists-figured-out-how-block-pot%E2%80%99s-effect-memory


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Fun | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder


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Colorado rejects medical marijuana use for PTSD

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, July, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Citing scant research, Colorado health officials voted Wednesday against adding post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments eligible for treatment with medical marijuana.

The 6-2 vote came despite a recommendation from the Colorado Chief Medical Officer and a panel of physicians to make PTSD the first condition added to Colorado's medical pot eligibility list in 15 years. Board members said they weren't swayed by the recommendation because studies on using pot for PTSD are lacking.

"We can't have physicians counseling people in favor of it because we don't have data to show it's correct," said Jill Hunsaker-Ryan, one of the board members who voted no.

The vote was the third time the board has rejected petitions to add PTSD to the list. About five dozen PTSD sufferers attended the hearing, some loudly jeering. A few were asked to leave.

"They just told every patient here, 'We don't care about you,'" said patient advocate Teri Robnett after the vote.

Colorado allows adults over 21 to buy recreational pot, with no doctor's recommendation needed. But medical pot is taxed at 2.9 percent, compared to at least 19 percent for recreational pot.

Read More:http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/2015/07/16/colorado-rejects-medical-marijuana-use-for-ptsd/30228177/


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