Marijuana is Safer: Argues Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, September, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
When you pick up a book touting marijuana as a safer recreational alternative to alcohol, I imagine the last thing you are expecting is a foreword from the former chief of police of a major U.S. city. Well, if you’re surprised, I guess we are off to a good start. You see, the goal of this book—and the purpose of this foreword—is to encourage you (fan and foe alike) to reassess the way you think about marijuana.
In pages that follow, you will find objective comparisons of marijuana and alcohol. You will learn about the ways in which the federal government and other influential institutions have maintained marijuana prohibition while simultaneously conspiring to turn public opinion against its use. And you will be exposed to a plethora of statistics quantifying the damage caused by alcohol use in our society. Steve, Paul, and Mason have done a terrific job of presenting all of this information in an objective, compelling, and thoughtful manner. I am certain, whatever you may think about marijuana laws at this moment, that you will look at the issue differently by the time you reach the final chapter.
Read more: http://blog.sfgate.com
The NFL should allow players to use marijuana
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
I read somewhere that marijuana helps with brain injuries. With all the concussions in the NFL, when are professional football players gonna be allowed to use weed?
Right? It makes sense to me. But maybe the NFL hasn’t paid any attention to the various studies showing that cannabis isn’t just an effective neuroprotectant, it also helps to grow healthy brain cells.
Perhaps it hasn’t read anything from Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the person who discovered the THC molecule. He co-authored a paper in 2002 (www.lycaeum.org/research/researchpdfs/ 2002_mechoulam_1.pdf) showing how weed protects the brain during injury. Or maybe it has never heard of Dr. Xia Zhang from Saskatoon? Zhang published a study in 2005 showing that weed helped the hippocampus create new brain cells (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1253627).
Check this quote from a study done at the University of Washington looking for a drug to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease): “Ideally, a multidrug regimen, including glutamate antagonists, antioxidants, a centrally acting anti-inflammatory agent, microglial cell modulators (including tumor necrosis factor alpha [TNF-alpha] inhibitors), an antiapoptotic agent, 1 or more neurotrophic growth factors, and a mitochondrial function-enhancing agent would be required to comprehensively address the known pathophysiology of ALS. Remarkably, cannabis appears to have activity in all of those areas. Preclinical data indicate that cannabis has powerful antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects.”
That’s right. Cannabis does a lot of things. And it tastes good. If I was in charge of the NFL and I had just settled a lawsuit for almost $1 billion because of all of the concussions players receive, I would dang-near insist that players smoke, eat or vaporize some weed after the game. I would lobby the federal government to reclassify cannabis so it is no longer a Schedule I drug, and allow for more tests to be done about cannabis and brain injuries. I would personally apologize to Ricky Williams for suspending him for cannabis use back in the day. I would encourage the Marijuana Policy Project to put up more billboards extolling weed over booze, like the one erected at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. And I would allow weed sales and discourage booze sales in stadiums. But that’s just me.
Read more: http://www.newsreview.com
As U.S. Embraces Marijuana, Sports May Need To Follow Suit
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, September, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
For an advocacy group seeking attention, tying its cause to the kickoff of the NFL season is never a bad strategy.
Such was the thinking behind a billboard unveiled Wednesday by the Marijuana Policy Project not far from Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium — home of the Broncos, who hosted the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night in the first game of the 2013 NFL campaign. “Stop Driving Players To Drink!” the 48 X 14 foot message says. “A Safer Choice Is Now Legal (Here).” The visual: a football next to a beer mug.
Why didn’t the Marijuana Policy Project post an actual joint on the billboard? “We want people to take a look at the billboard ad and ask themselves about why we treat alcohol differently from marijuana,” says Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “With the marijuana leaf, there tends to be this knee-jerk reaction of not liking it.”
Recreational marijuana is now legal (for those over 21) in Colorado and Washington, home to the Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. But the NFL and other sports leagues won’t be allowing players to smoke up in those states. Drug policies are collectively bargained between leagues and players, and in the NFL, marijuana is prohibited. Under labor law, the NFL can punish players for doing something legal — as long as the players have agreed to the policy, which in this case, they have.
Read more: http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com
There Is So Much Cool Science Happening In The Marijuana Industry These Days
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
With the forthcoming legalization of marijuana in Colorado, entrepreneurs and researchers finally have the opportunity to do more with cannabis than has been achieved before.
While typically people think of marijuana groweries and marijuana dispensaries as the prototypical images of marijuana legalization and availability — the ability to purchase and smoke flowers — there are still two major elements of the marijuana production cycle that form a crucial element of the forthcoming marijuana economy.
Not only are companies developing ways to consume cannabis besides smoke inhalation, but also laboratories are forming an essential element of the production cycle by ascertaining the exact quality of what's going for sale.
Take, for instance, Dixie Elixirs and CannLabs, two unique firms building the scientific niche in Colorado's market.
Dixie Elixirs is setting itself to be the Pepsi of marijuana. They're a marijuana-infused products company, with a wide-ranging array of cannabis products ranging from soft drinks to chocolate to mints to ointments. Meanwhile, CannLabs is poised to dominate the cannabis quality testing market in the post-legalization Colorado.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com
Do You Really Believe That The Feds Will Respect State Marijuana Legalization Laws?
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Yesterday the marijuana world erupted with joy as the federal government gave it’s ‘official’ position on the marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington. Headlines on marijuana websites and from marijuana activist organizations included ‘Federal government backing off war on marijuana!’ While I think it’s great that the federal government didn’t come out and say something like ‘ we are going to bring more hate than we ever have before,’ I think that celebrations within the marijuana reform community are premature.
After all, the Obama administration has stated before that it will back off marijuana enforcement (medical marijuana). In 2009, the Obama administration issued a memo stating that it would respect state medical marijuana laws. Literally the same time that they issued the memo, the feds were opening investigations against medical marijuana providers across the state. After making an empty promise to respect state medical marijuana laws, the Obama administration went on to raid more medical marijuana providers than the Bush administration. So forgive me if I don’t jump for joy, but I don’t believe anything that was said yesterday.
If the Obama administration was truly planning on respecting state marijuana legalization laws, it would issue an Executive Order stating as much. Instead, they sent out a glorified e-mail which more or less stated that while they respect marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington, they reserve the right to do whatever they want. Don’t be surprised when raids happen on legal marijuana outlets, and don’t be surprised when the feds refuse to reform tax laws and continue to pressure security companies, banks, and credit card companies to halt all business activities with marijuana businesses.
I hate bursting people’s bubbles, but as I always say, ‘actions speak louder than rhetoric.’ Remember what happened after the last rounds of marijuana memos from the Obama administration, and proceed with caution. The DEA is still lurking, the IRS is still enforcing 280e laws, and at this point, nothing has really changed except a memo has been sent out.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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