Vicious OG (Indica)
Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, March, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
Feds approve University of Arizona study on pot and PTSD
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, March, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
The federal government has given a green light to a University of Arizona researcher who plans to look at whether marijuana helps veterans with post-traumatic stress, The Los Angeles Times reports.
The feds' approval is a major development, given that research into marijuana's potential benefits has been stymied by the government's prohibition of the drug. The Times reports that the move by the government may open the door to additional research into cannabis.
"This is a great day," said the Arizona researcher, Suzanne A. Sisley, clinical assistant professor of psychology at the university's medical school, who has been trying to get the green light for her study for three years. "The merits of a rigorous scientific trial have finally trumped politics.
"We never relented," Sisley said. "But most other scientists have chosen not to even apply. The process is so onerous. With the implementation of this study and the data generated, this could lead to other crucial research projects."
Backers of medical marijuana hailed the news as an indication that the government had started coming to terms with one of the more striking paradoxes of federal drug policy: Even as about 1 million Americans are using marijuana legally to treat ailments, scientists have had difficulty getting approval to study how the drug might be employed more effectively.
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Trainwreck - Hybrid
Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, March, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
Trainwreck is a sativa-dominant cannabis strain that hits you as hard as a freight train that you don't see coming. Burns quick and produces thick smoke that will almost certainly get you coughing.
First Marijuana DUI Ad Airs In CO
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
Driving and smoking is a hugely controversial issue that many people disagree on, including fellow stoners. While some support it and think that it isn't that dangerous, there are others that think that it's a terrible idea and one should be sober while driving at all times. Especially in Colorado, smoking and drinking is something that is being focused on as one of the main issues with legalizing the plant. Stoners expected a negative outcome when people started advertising against smoking and driving but with the first marijuana DUI ad airing, people are beginning to have faith in the legal cannabis business.
The ad starts off with a man installing his brand new flat screen, which he happens to be mounting to the wall. When he finishes, he looks pretty proud of himself, not to mention really really high. Cutting to a shot of his tools, what he used to mount the TV is somewhat questionable. His lady friend puts down a bowl of chips in the background and the man goes over to her, gives her a high five, and begins to dig in to the chips and other assorted snacks that his wife has put out. As he snacks, you can see the TV in the background which then proceeds to tumble off the wall and crash to the floor. Words on the screen read "Installing your TV while high is now legal... But driving while high isn't". The ad goes on to say that driving while stoned is still illegal and then it ends.
What's great about this? The fact that there is no brutal accident shown, no false statistic, no bullshit. It's a simple ad, one that actually made me laugh when I first saw it because honestly, it seems like something that would happen to me (Although I can't claim that I'm that handy in the first place). Even though some stoners may agree with the idea of high driving, no one can say that this ad is offensive, rude, or any sort of scare tactic... Except maybe be sure that you don't use fake tools to install a really expensive TV!
There's sure to be more ads that are released, warning people of the dangers that some associate with smoking cannabis. Hopefully, they're all as passive as this one and are geared towards a more positive approach, rather then spewing nonsense and scaring people away from a natural medicine. The industry will advance and hopefully, so will the opinions of those who don't believe in the power of cannabis.
United Nations: Criminal Sanctions For Drug Use Are "Not Beneficial"
Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
Vienna, Austria – A key working group of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced the release of groundbreaking recommendations discouraging criminal sanctions for drug use. The Scientific Consultation Working Group on Drug Policy, Health and Human Rights of the UNODC – which includes Nora Volkow, head of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – is releasing the recommendations at the High-Level Segment of the 57th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The working group recommendations say “criminal sanctions are not beneficial” in addressing the spectrum of drug use and misuse.
More than 1.5 million drug arrests are made every year in the U.S. – the overwhelming majority for possession only. Roughly two dozen countries, and dozens of U.S. cities and states, have taken steps toward decriminalization.
“There is simply no good basis in science, health or ethics for bringing someone into the criminal justice system solely for drug possession,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Hopefully the UN’s recommendations will help accelerate the global trend toward ending the criminalization of drug use and possession. That certainly would make an enormous difference in the United States.”
Political will for a major overhaul of global drug policy has been gaining unprecedented momentum, both in the U.S. and abroad. Distinguished leaders such as Kofi Annan, Paul Volcker and Richard Branson have joined with former presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Greece, Mexico, Poland and Switzerland and other members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy in calling for an end to the criminalization of people who use drugs.
The UN recommendations are consistent with the Global Commission and a surprisingly broad and rapidly-emerging coalition of stakeholders who are calling for drug decriminalization, including the American Public Health Association, Organization of American States, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, American Civil Liberties Union, and National Latino Congreso.
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