Cannabis-Based Drug Awaits Approval in Scotland

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

Scottish patients and doctors are anxiously awaiting the decision of whether or not a cannabis-based drug will be approved for use to treat patients. The drug, called Sativex, is a mouth spray that would help relieve problems associated with multiple sclerosis like aching spasms and other mobility issues. The drug was developed by doctors after some people broke the law to obtain the drug in an effort to relieve their symptoms.

Scotland, which has more than 10,000 sufferers of MS, making it one of the highest in the world, faces opposition on both sides of the argument. For example, Dr. Jayne Spink of the MS Society said that the new drug has gone through plenty of testing and has been helpful to MS patients who haven’t responded will to other types of treatments. “We think the treatment should be available to anyone who needs it”, she said.

On the other hand, people like Michael Morgan, husband of an MS sufferer, who believes that the decision in favor of the drug would be nothing more than a soul-destroying decline. “There are hard-working chemists out there creating ways to help people like Michelle, only to have their methods squashed by bureaucrats”, he said. “What hope can we have that other new treatments for MS – like stem cell research – won’t be blocked too? We’re just clutching at straws”.

No one knows exactly when the decision will be made, but Dr. Simon Fletcher said there was not yet enough evidence supporting the drug.



When Brooklyn Was a Marijuana Town

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, March, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
In the summer of 1951, the Department of Sanitation uprooted and destroyed more than 17,000 pounds of marijuana growing in Brooklyn lots. At the time, the entire city was a "marijuana jungle," Ben Gocker wrote on the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklynology blog in January, with plants as tall as Christmas trees sprouting from the borough's "marijuana plantations," amounting to millions of dollars worth of the drug. Brooklyn had the city's second largest haul, just slightly behind Queens.
The plants tended to grow in "anonymous vacant lots": on Avenue X; near the 3 train's present-day New Lots terminus (at the corner of Livonia and Warwick); and at 82 Butler Street in Cobble Hill, where more than 100 pounds of pot were discovered in 1953. Plants grew on the banks of the Newtown Creek in "lush impudence," according to a historic Brooklyn Eagle article quoted by the Carroll Gardens Patch. Confiscated crops were taken to Woodside, where they were incinerated.
Patch also dug up a 1951 New Yorker article, in which a reporter travels with the chief sanitation inspector on a sweep of Brooklyn:
“We can’t hope to wipe it out entirely,” Gleason told the magazine’s reporter. “A lot of it is planted, but the weed grows freely here, and most of the marijuana in the city is probably in the back yards of people who don’t know what it is, and therefore don’t report it. Each plant bears clusters of seeds that are blown away by the wind and sprout elsewhere.”


Could California's Medical Marijuana Crop Be Tainted by Japanese Radiation?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, March, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

This passes for a serious concern in California.


Our precious multi-billion-dollar marijuana crop could possibly maybe be threatened by radiation from Japan.

And who wants their green glowing, well, green?

It's a question posed with a sober voice in the 420 Times, a publication that explores the finer points of cannabis politics.

Actually, if you smoke weed everyday and you don't want your lungs looking like a glow-stick light show at a rave, maybe you should consider it.

420 Times brings up the question of whether -- if the situation at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station continues to smolder -- we'll have to consider the safety of outdoor marijuana and turn to hydroponic-only.

The publication goes on to seriously doubt your bud will turn into a radioactive dud this far away from Japan.

But if you're, um, paranoid (and we know you are), it offers these tips for the medically dependent:

So unless somehow you happen to be growing and ready to harvest outdoor crops in the next two weeks and an amount of radiation escapes that's huge enough to affect us here in California, you don't really have to worry. But if you want to be extra careful, you should wash off the leaves and buds of any plant that grew in contaminated conditions, and you'd still probably want to do a water cure for the safest result.

Now enjoy your spring crop in peace.



Cannabis supplying student gets community sentence

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 4th 2011 by THCFinder

A KENDAL student who helped supply cannabis to one of his friends has landed before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court on a drug dealing charge.

Mark David Langhorne, 20, was arrested after a drugs raid on his flat in Well Ings on May 4 last year.

He was found with a small package of cannabis, while “incriminating” text messages were found on his mobile phone, prosecutor David Dunk told the court.

These showed he had been regularly contacted by a man known as “Josh W” about the supply of cannabis, he said.

Langhorne pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

But he did so, defence advocate Chris Evans said, only on the basis that, being a regular drug user, he knew where to get cannabis, while his friend “Josh W” did not.

So, Mr Evans said, for a few days Langhorne acted as a go-between between the drug dealers and his friend.

He made no financial profit from it, he said, but received small amounts of cannabis from the dealers for his trouble.

Mr Evans said Langhorne had now “distanced himself” from his drug-using friends after realising that his use of cannabis was “just a complete waste of time”.

The judge, Recorder Kevin Talbot, told Langhorne that unless he stopped committing such offences he would end up in prison.

“That would be nothing short of a disaster for you and your family,” he said.

Langhorne was put under probation supervision for a year and made to do 200 hours unpaid community work.



Grow Weed, Get Your Wrist Slapped Under Proposed California Marijuana Law

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, February, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

‚ÄčSmoking weed? fairly legal, especially if you have a doctor's recommendation. Having personal-use weed? Same deal. Growing weed? Not so much.

Strange, because, if medical marijuana is legal in California, and it's sold at hundreds of outlets in L.A., the pot-shop capital of American, someone has to grow it, right?

A bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano seeks to address this strange gray area when it comes to California pot law. It would ...

... change the cultivation charge in California from an automatic felony to an optional one, giving district attorneys across the state the option of going for a lesser, misdemeanor violation.

Bill co-sponsor David Eyster, the D.A. of Mendocino County, states:

"When it comes to marijuana cultivation, one size does not fit all. The proposed change affords local District Attorneys the charging discretion to determine, for example, that a home gardener with a few non-medical marijuana plants will not be prosecuted at the same level as a profiteer operating a major marijuana plantation.

"It makes no sense that unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is an infraction, that possession of more than an ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor, that possession of methamphetamines may be charged as a misdemeanor, but that growing any amount of marijuana must be charged as a straight felony punishable by prison."


Of course, as our friends at SF Weekly note, not all D.A.'s are cannabis friendly. And that would certainly be the case in L.A., where Steve Cooley has said that most dispensaries here are illicit because, he says, they operate on a for-profit basis contrary to state law.

So, growers in L.A., good luck, even if this thing passes.



Too high to drive? CO considers pot DUI law

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, February, 21st 2011 by THCFinder

Colorado could soon have some new rules affecting marijuana users who may be driving under the influence.

Lawmakers are considering a driving under the influence blood-content threshold for marijuana.

Under the proposal, drivers who test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, would be considered too impaired to drive.

One of the bill's sponsors is trying to assure medical marijuana users that they're not going to be stopped if they're driving appropriately.


While it's already illegal to drive while impaired by drugs, states have taken different approaches to the issue. Twelve states, including Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Rhode Island, have a zero-tolerance policy for driving with any presence of an illegal substance, said Anne Teigen, policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Minnesota has the same policy but exempts marijuana.

Nevada, which is among the 16 states that allow medical marijuana, and Ohio and have a 2 nanogram THC limit for driving. Pennsylvania has a 5 nanogram limit, but that's a state Health Department guideline, which can be introduced in driving violation cases, Teigen said.




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