Saint Louis decriminalized Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
If you did not catch my correction email on Monday, you may have missed that Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed the local decriminalization bill into law a couple weeks ago. If so, you would not be alone in that. Mayor Slay signed the measure very quietly, without so much as a tweet about it, so neither I nor the bill’s sponsor, Alderman Shane Cohn, even knew about it until last Friday. Regardless, now that Mayor Slay has signed the bill, it will become law in the City of Saint Louis on June 1!
Fox 2 also ran a good story profiling Ken Wells, a medical marijuana patient and great activist in the Saint Louis area, that also featured some footage of our April 13 conference and comments from Show-Me Cannabis Regulation Board Chair Dan Viets. You can watch the story online and vote in their poll on cannabis policy. As of this writing, nearly 90 percent of respondents said that cannabis should be legal for both medical and recreational purposes, with another six percent saying it should be legal for medical reasons only! That’s not a scientfiic poll, obviously, but it’s nice to see that viewers are responding positively to our message.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Green Queen Marijuana
Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, May, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Tempe gets 1st medical marijuana dispensary
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, May, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
The name, Harvest of Tempe, on the modest storefront in a south Tempe strip mall might suggest it is home to a food bank or perhaps a fresh-produce shop.
If you make it inside, though, your first impression might be of a secure bank.
That’s just what the owners want. Harvest of Tempe is the southeast Valley’s first medical-marijuana dispensary and is among a handful of dispensaries to open since Arizona voters approved the Medical Marijuana Act in 2010.
To enter, customers must pass through a magnetically locked door controlled from the inside. At that point, they must show their medical-marijuana card and other state-issued identification before they can pass through another locked door to the area where they meet with Harvest employees to discuss the type of marijuana needed.
Bulletproof glass protects the employees who handle money and dispense marijuana. Cameras record each transaction.
There are some samples of marijuana on display in that portion of the facility, but the rest is kept locked in a vault.
A large flat-screen monitor serves as a menu board, informing patients of the varieties of marijuana and edibles — brownies, cookies and candy containing the drug — that are available.
Reinforced concrete pillars have been installed at the rear of the building, at 710 W. Elliot Road, and similar planters have been placed in front to discourage any attempt to ram the facility with a vehicle to gain access.
Cameras cover the parking lots in the rear, side and front of the building, and capture anyone who enters.
The Ariz. law allows for the use of marijuana in the treatment of certain medical conditions, such as cancer or chronic pain.
“We’ve worked hard to make sure it’s not what most people would expect,” said Steve White, a member of the dispensary’s management group. “We’ve worked really hard with (Tempe) and the Police Department.
“We have safety precautions that are unlike any other place you’ll find in the state. We have taken it upon ourselves to create the nicest possible storefront.”
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com
Smoking lots of marijuana lowers risk for bladder cancer, doctor says
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, May, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
A new study that spanned 11 years found that smoking marijuana may lower the chances of getting bladder cancer.
The study’s not been peer-reviewed yet, USA Today reported. It involved 83,000 men who smoked marijuana, cigarettes or both, Raw Story reported.
The findings, presented at the American Urological Association, found that men who smoked cigarettes increased their risks of bladder cancer, but that men who smoked marijuana only actually decreased their risks, Raw Story reported. Further, the study found that men who smoked both still have a higher chance of bladder cancer, but it was still a lower chance than those who smoked only cigarettes, Raw Story said.
“Cannabis use only was associated with a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer incidence, and tobacco use only was associated with a 52 percent increase in bladder cancer,” the study’s author, Dr. Anil Thomas, said, Raw Story reported.
And smoking a lot of marijuana brought the greatest positive results.
Those who smoked marijuana more than 500 times a year had even less risk of bladder cancer than those who smoked the drug only once in a while
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