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Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, September, 19th 2013 by THCFinder

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Marijuana group kicks off petition drive for Oregon legalization initiatives

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, September, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
oregon-mmj-push-legalizationVolunteers and paid petitioners have started gathering signatures for two 2014 initiatives that would work in concert to legalize and tax marijuana in Oregon.
 
Initiative 21 is a constitutional amendment that would end criminal penalties for marijuana and give adult Oregonians permission to grow and use cannabis for recreational purposes.
 
Initiative 22, also know at the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2014, would create a commission to regulate how marijuana would be grown, sold and taxed in the state.
 
Both initiatives gathered more than 5,000 signatures over two days at the the ninth annual Hempstalk Festival in Portland, according to HEMP in Oregon. The group called the kick off to its petition drive a strong start.
 
"Marijuana prohibition does not work and is expensive to maintain," HEMP in Oregon Director Paul Stanford said in the release. "We must move forward on a better path for hemp and marijuana in Oregon."
 
Some Oregon lawmakers like Rep. Phil Barnhart, D-Eugene, have reached a similar conclusion about prohibition's effectiveness and are pushing party leadership to form a bicameral committee to look at marijuana legalization's impacts on revenue, judicial and healthcare in Oregon.
 

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Lemon Alien Dawg Weed

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, September, 18th 2013 by THCFinder

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New Study Finds Cannabis May Have Neuroprotective Effects

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, September, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-may-have-neuroprotective-effectsA new study, published in the August edition of Neuropharmacology, has found that cannabis may serve as a neuroprotectant.
 
Researchers from the University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, in Madrid, Spain, examined the effect of CBD when applied to a hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury model (most common in instances such as cardiac arrest, when blood flow stops or slows, and oxygen can’t effectively reach the brain). The scientists interrupted carotid blood flow and reduced oxygen intake levels to 10% in animal subjects for 30 minutes. The damage of the HI injury was immense:
 
HI decreased the number of viable neurons and affected the amplitude-integrated EEG background activity as well as different prognostic proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy (H(±)-MRS)-detectable biomarkers (lactate/N-acetylaspartate and N-acetylaspartate/choline ratios). HI brain damage was also associated with increases in excitotoxicity (increased glutamate/N-acetylaspartate ratio), oxidative stress (decreased glutathione/creatine ratio and increased protein carbonylation) and inflammation (increased brain IL-1 levels).
 
However, upon administering CBD to the affected animals 30 minutes later, the scientists found incredible results: “CBD administration after HI prevented all these alterations”.
 
“In conclusion, our findings demonstrate that CBD exerts robust neuroprotective effects”, by “modulating excitotoxicity, oxidative stress and inflammation”.
 

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Turtle Power, go GREEN!

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, September, 18th 2013 by THCFinder

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Pro-Marijuana Commercial Could Make It To The Super Bowl

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
mj-superbowl-commercialA pro-marijuana advertisement could be featured on America’s biggest stage after the software company Intuit launched its Small Business Big Game contest that will give its winner a free ad space in the 2014 NFL Super Bowl.
 
Although there are multiple phases of the competition that businesses have to complete before becoming eligible, the pot advocacy group NORML has come out as the front-runner after the contest’s online voting round.
 
“We’re hoping that, like other corporate-won contests in the past, we don’t fall victim of political correctness,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre told the Huffington Post. “But our goal is more about generating buzz and conversation. [In the marijuana industry], we acknowledge that one of our major failings over the years has been our marketing. So this was an easy contest to be attracted to.”
 
Intuit’s decision to allow NORML into the contest came as a bit of shock after the company canceled services with Oregon-based Alternative Medical Choices Inc. due to discovering the clinic’s backing of medical marijuana. Intuit said ties were severed due to “unacceptable business practices.”
 
“We have no stance on medical marijuana as a company,” read Intuit’s statement to the Huffington Post. “By design, we’ve had a diverse range of businesses entering Small Business Big Game and sharing their unique stories with the world.”
 

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