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Reality show to focus on Oakland medical marijuana dispensary

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, July, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
The Discovery Channel announced today that it will produce a reality series about Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medical cannabis dispensary.
 
“Weed Wars,” scheduled to premiere this fall, “fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world,” according to a press release issued by Discovery.
 
In 2004, Oakland became the first city to license medical cannabis outlets. The Harborside Health Center, founded by Steve DeAngelo, serves over 80,000 patients. It recently extended its reach with a second location in San Jose.
 
In addition to DeAngelo and his staff, “Weed Wars” will follow the journey of the plant itself — from seed germination to harvesting, profiling growers and farmers along the way. “(The show) is a fascinating glimpse into this highly unique setting,” said Nancy Daniels, executive vice president of production and development for Discovery Channel.
 

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Nazi Twins Now Pot-Smoking Liberals

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, July, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
Tween twins Lynx and Lamb Gaede, who sparked controversy years ago with their neo-nazi rock band Prussian Blue, have grown up and changed their ways – disavowing the White Nationalism they once championed for diversity and smoking marijuana.
 
Now 19, the Gaede girls’ new perspective on life is a jarring contrast to the one they held only six years ago. Back then, Lynx told ABC News, “We’re proud of being White, we want to keep being White. We want our people to stay White [….] we don’t want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race.”
 
The twins’ move towards liberalism started to take shape during a 2006 European tour, where they were billed with Swedish White Nationalist singer Saga. During their set, the girls did a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” which was received with boos and jeers from the mostly-skinhead audience.
 
Although they never had any chart success, Prussian Blue did get a lot of press – as “the new face of hate” from a media that the two claim “misrepresented them and sensationalized their beliefs.” The stress took its toll on both of the girls – doctors had to remove a cancerous tumor from Lynx’s shoulder during her freshman year of high school, and she developed a rare condition called CVS, cyclic vomiting syndrome. Lamb suffers from scoliosis and chronic back pain, as well as lack of appetite and intense emotional stress.
 
During several of her conversations with The Daily, Lamb “burst into tears as she agonized about how to balance her love for her mother with her desire to let the world know that the girls have moved on,” the online paper writes.
 
Their attempts at finding a cure to their ills led through an array of alternative medicine treatments, which, eventually came to medical marijuana. Lynx claims it “saved [her] life” and she “would be dead without it.” They two have now become advocates for legalizing the drug, and hope to make it legal across America.
 

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Pot-for-cancer caregiver faces 8 years

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
A card-carrying medical marijuana caregiver who was growing marijuana in his backyard to treat his wife's stage-3 breast cancer will be sentenced Thursday for manufacturing marijuana.
 
Gary Alan Katz, 59, pleaded guilty in June to manufacturing marijuana, a charge that resulted after officers with the Livingston and Washtenaw Narcotics Enforcement Team raided his home Aug. 10.
 
Both the defendant and his wife, Jeanne Katz, who was not charged in the case, declined to comment. Attempts to reach Gary Katz's attorney were unsuccessful.
 
"The fact you're doing a good thing on the side doesn't justify" illegal behavior, Prosecutor David Morse said when asked why Gary Katz was charged.
 
"We cut the guy some slack. There were guns recovered," Morse said. "He could have been charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. ... I recognize he may have been doing some good things there, but there are other ways to help."
 
Morse said Jeanne Katz was not charged because she had no liability in the found marijuana.
 
Gary Katz's prior criminal history includes a conviction for delivery/manufacturing of marijuana. He faces up to eight years in prison when sentenced Thursday on the manufacturing charge.
 

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Reverse Engineering the Marijuana 'Munchies': What Causes Binge Eating?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, July, 5th 2011 by THCFinder
The "munchies" may be triggered not only by marijuana hitting the brain, but by its effects on the gut, according to new research that suggests intriguing possibilities for the development of new drugs to fight obesity.
 
Studying the digestive tract of rats, researchers led by Daniele Piomelli, professor of pharmacology at the University of California, Irvine, teased out why that first bite of fatty food spurs increased craving. The taste of fatty food hitting the tongue sets off a cascade of cellular effects
Initially, it sends a message to the brain.
 
The brain then sends a message to the gut, where intestinal receptors are stimulated to produce endocannaboinoids.
 
In turn, these chemicals affect hunger and satiety and ramp up your appetite for even more fat-laden foods. That's why you can't eat just one French fry.
 
The intestinal receptors, known as CB1 receptors, are the same type of receptors that interact in the brain with THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis.  That helps explain why marijuana use notoriously triggers the "munchies:" a desire to eat high-fat and/or sweet foods. But, until now, scientists had thought all the action was in the brain.
 

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Study Suggests Teen Marijuana Use Not Affected By Medical Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, June, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON—(ENEWSPF)--June 30 - An updated study released today by the Marijuana Policy Project shows that enacting medical marijuana laws in a state does not cause an increase in adolescents’ marijuana use. Despite frequent claims by opponents of medical marijuana that passing such laws “sends the wrong message to children,” there appears to be no correlation between medical marijuana and teen marijuana use rates.
 
Nearly 15 years after the passage of the nation’s first state medical marijuana law, California’s Prop. 215, a considerable body of data shows that teens’ marijuana use has generally gone down or stayed the same following the passage of medical marijuana laws.
 
Of the 13 states with effective medical marijuana laws with before-and-after data on teen marijuana use, 10 have reported overall decreases since before they permitted seriously ill people to use marijuana to treat their conditions, some of which were within the confidence intervals. No medical marijuana state has seen an overall increase in teen marijuana use outside of the confidence intervals.
 
“There are so many people with serious medical conditions that desperately need marijuana to treat their illnesses and are just trying live normal lives without being treated like criminals,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state policies at the Marijuana Policy Project and a co-author of the report. “Unfortunately, there are also many people that like to scare voters and legislators with unfounded warnings that treating patients with compassion will make teens’ marijuana use skyrocket. We now have substantial data showing these fears are completely unfounded. Lawmakers need to listen to the facts with regard to medical marijuana, not wild conjecture and fear tactics.”
 

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Dutch court ruling clears way for "weed pass"

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, June, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
(Reuters) - The Netherlands, long famous for its liberal soft drugs policies, moved closer to introducing "weed passes" to curb sales of cannabis to foreign tourists, following a court ruling Wednesday.
 
Dutch coffee shops openly sell cannabis to customers, making them popular with foreign tourists, but they have faced tighter controls over the past three years as successive governments promised to discourage the use and sale of soft drugs on health and crime grounds.
 
The current government wants to curb drug tourism, particularly in border towns, and has proposed turning coffee shops into membership clubs which are only open to Dutch residents, in order to prevent drug sales to foreigners.
 
Many of the coffee shops in Amsterdam and other parts of the country have opposed the plan, saying it is discriminatory and will hit the tourism industry.
 
But a ruling by the Council of State, the Netherlands' highest judicial body, Wednesday strengthened the government's hand.
 
The court ruled that local authorities could not regulate the sale of soft drugs by banning foreigners from local coffee shops, following complaints about noise and traffic nuisance, but it added that such a ban could be introduced at national level and would not contravene European laws.
 
The ruling follows a protracted dispute between a coffeeshop in the border town of Maastricht and the local authorities. The coffeeshop, owned by Marc Josemans, was ordered to close temporarily because it had admitted foreigners.
 

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