National Study Reveals Native and White Kids Most Likely to Abuse Drugs
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
A recent study lead by Duke University based on a large sample of teens from across the 50 states reveals that Native kids are the most likely to abuse or become dependent on drugs and alcohol. “The prevalence of disorders was by far highest among Native Americans, at 15 percent,” reported McClatchy Newspapers.
After American Indians, white kids are the most likely to develop a drug habit—much more so than black or Asian kids, the study revealed. “There is certainly still a myth out there that black kids are more likely to have problems with drugs than white kids, and this documents as clearly as any study we’re aware of that the rate of . . . substance-related disorders among African American youths is significantly lower,” Dr. Dan Blazer of Duke’s Department of Psychiatry, a senior author of the study, told McClatchy.
Across all racial and ethnic groups, 37 percent reported drug or alcohol use in the past year. Nearly 8 percent exhibited signs of a substance abuse disorder.
Marijuana was the most prevalent choice among kids who abused illegal drugs, followed by prescription opioids such as oxycodone. Of the marijuana users in the study, 26 percent had issues with abuse or dependency on the drug.
Blazer also notes substance-abuse problems vary greatly from one tribe to another, and a shortcoming of the cross-cultural study is that it wasn’t broken down into smaller subsets, such as tribes. Also, Asians were not distinguished from Pacific Islanders, thus making it more challenging to dig deeper into the questions raised by the study, he told McClatchy.
Missouri Approves Marijuana Legalization Initiatives
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, November, 9th 2011 by THCFinder
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced Monday that two initiatives for marijuana legalization measures have been approved for circulation. Both were filed by attorney Dan Viets, a long-time marijuana legalization advocated and a member of the national NORML Legal Committee and board of directors.
Viets and Missouri NORML chapters have aligned themselves with other marijuana legalization advocates and supporters as Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, a reference to Missouri's nickname as the "Show Me" state.
The two measures are identical, except that one would amend the state constitution and the other would amend state law.
The initiatives call for marijuana legalization for persons 21 and over, a process for licensing marijuana establishments, and the lifting of criminal justice system sanctions against people imprisoned or under state supervision for non-violent marijuana offenses that would no longer be illegal and the expunging of all criminal records for such offenses. The initiatives would also allow for the use of marijuana for medical reasons by minors and allow the legislature to enact a tax of $100 a pound on retail marijuana sales.
The initiatives now move on to the signature-gathering phase. To qualify for the November 2012 ballot, the constitutional amendment initiative must obtain the signatures of a number of registered voters equal to 8% of the total votes cast in the 2008 governor's race from six of the state's nine congressional districts. The requirements for the statutory amendment are slightly looser; it needs the signatures of 5% of the voters in those districts. Signatures must be turned in by May 6, 2012.
If marijuana legalization makes the ballot in Missouri next year, the state is likely to join Washington and Colorado in taking the issue before the voters. Efforts in those two states are the most advanced and likely to make the ballot, although there is possibility that similar efforts could make the ballot in California and Oregon.
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Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, November, 8th 2011 by THCFinder
More Proof that Supports Cannabis Use For Cancer Cure
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, November, 8th 2011 by THCFinder
You may recall a story that appeared on local2.ca a few weeks ago about a cancer survivor who credits the narcotic, Hash Oil as a cure for his cancer.
David Triplet was diagnosed with skin cancer and opted for alternative treatment instead of the regular treatment prescribed by his doctor.
Triplet, who took matters into his own hands started doing his own research when he learned about the healing powers contained in the illegal drug.
Once he discovered that cannabis cured his cancer, Triplet produced a short documentary outlining his success and why the the " establishment " has not pushed for more research into cannabis for cancer treatment.
Triplet contacted local2.ca about a follow up video that documents his findings along with other patients that have also tried the cannabis treatment.
"This is the story of how myself and others cured our cancer using cannabis oil. This film goes into the closing of dispensaries, politics and history of cannabis and cancer. It features several cannabis patients who's lives have been saved through the miracle of cannabis." said Triplet.
Triplet believes it's time to legalize cannabis and to use hash oil as a treatment for various cancers. In the video Triplet documents other survivors from prostate , and other skin cancers. Triplet notes in the video that more and more studies about the drug as a cure for cancer are being made.
San Diego pot dispensaries can be evicted, judge rules
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, November, 8th 2011 by THCFinder
A landlord in San Diego can evict a medical marijuana dispensary because under city zoning laws, pot dispensaries are not legal anywhere in the city, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
San Diego County Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager, in a decision released Monday, said it was permissible for Kimber Investment Group to evict the Medibloom dispensary from the building that the investment group owns in a Rancho Bernardo shopping center.
"Cities ... are the arbiter of zoning laws," Prager wrote. "There's no place in the city of San Diego, including the shopping center in Rancho Bernardo, where a medical marijuana dispensary is a permissible use. It is therefore illegal."
In his decision, Prager also noted that neighbors have complained about increased crime since the dispensary moved in.
The San Diego City Council passed a zoning ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries, but marijuana activists found it too restrictive and mounted a successful petition drive to put the issue to a public vote.
Rather than put the issue on the ballot, the council rescinded the ordinance. The result has been to strengthen the city attorney's aggressive stand to force marijuana dispensaries out of the city.
Federal prosecutors also have stepped up enforcement of federal law that criminalizes possession of marijuana.
City Atty. Jan Goldsmith noted that "building owners have been put on notice by the U.S. attorney that they must remove these illegal dispensaries or risk loss of their buildings under asset forfeiture."
Prager's decision, he said, removes the legal argument that dispensaries are permissible in San Diego under state law.
Meanwhile, medical marijuana advocates have filed lawsuits to stop U.S. attorneys in California from shutting down pot dispensaries. On Tuesday, they plan to seek temporary restraining orders.
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