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Alcohol Is More Than Twice As Harmful As Cannabis

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
If Alcohol is twice as bad as Cannabis then why have we not legalized it yet?
 
Alcohol consumption causes far greater harms to the individual user and to society than does the use of cannabis, according to a new review published online in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, the journal of the British Association of Psychopharmacology.
 
Investigators at the Imperial College of London assessed “the relative physical, psychological, and social harms of cannabis and alcohol.” Authors reported that cannabis inhalation, particularly long-term, contributes to some potential adverse health effects, including harms to the lungs, circulatory system, as well as the exacerbation of certain mental health risks. By contrast, authors described alcohol as “ a toxic substance” that is responsible for nearly five percent “of the total global disease burden.”
 
Researchers determined, “A direct comparison of alcohol and cannabis showed that alcohol was considered to be more than twice as harmful as cannabis to [individual] users, and five times more harmful as cannabis to others (society). … As there are few areas of harm that each drug can produce where cannabis scores more [dangerous to health] than alcohol, we suggest that even if there were no legal impediment to cannabis use, it would be unlikely to be more harmful than alcohol.”
 
They concluded, “The findings underline the need for a coherent, evidence-based drugs policy that enables individuals to make informed decisions about the consequences of their drug use.”
 
The researchers’ findings should hardly come as a revelation. Last week, a just-published study that was completely ignored by the mainstream media reported that alcohol consumption increased lung cancer risk by 30 percent.
 

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Eating Disorders Tied to Absence of Brain Cannabinoids

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 4th 2011 by THCFinder
New research suggests that a brain malfunction that leads to deficits in endocannabinoids may contribute to anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
 
Endocannabinoids are substances made by the brain that affect brain function and chemistry in ways that resemble the effects of cannabis derivatives, including marijuana and hashish.
 
These drugs are often used recreationally and are well known to influence appetite, i.e. causing hunger or the “munchies.”
 
Accordingly, deficits in this brain system would logically be associated with reduced appetite.
 

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Former owner of 420 Highways dispensary, arrested on marijuana charges

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 3rd 2011 by THCFinder

This is a perfect example of someone in the industry giving legitimate dispensary owners a bad rap and hurting the overall view of an industry that is already looked down upon by so many.

Veronica Carpio, former owner of 420 Highways, a dispensary we reviewed last year was busted Tuesday for an alleged $30,000 marijuana deal intended to send Colorado herb out of state.
She also faces charges of using the U.S. Postal service to ship ganja to less green places.
 
The Boulder Daily Camera reports that Carpio was targeted by the Boulder County Drug Task Force after an informant told police she was sending pounds of marijuana out of state using the USPS as a currier.
 
Apparently that same informant met with Carpio twice to buy marijuana by the pound, telling her both times that the ganja was headed out of state to Missouri. For a third meeting, the informant was accompanied by an undercover cop and worked out a ten-pound/$30,000 deal set to go down a few days later at a residence on Baseline Road in Boulder. According to police reports, Carpio also bragged about having sent pot out of state in the past as well as talking about mailing large amounts of cash.
 
Carpio seems to have been good on her end of the deal, as police say they found ten pounds of green in the house when they swooped in to arrest her on Tuesday at her home in Boulder. The 33-year-old allegedly said she had pot leftover from her from her dispensary, which was forced to close when Lafayette banned dispensaries entirely. She admitted to selling off surplus, but said it was always just a few ounces and never to anyone from or intending to sell out of state. She also contends that the ten pounds of buds police found during the bust were not hers.
 

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Legalizing Marijuana Wont Hurt Kids, Says RI Hospital Study

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
Will legalizing marijuana in Rhode Island increase use among youth? No, says a new study out of Rhode Island Hospital.
Physician/researcher and lead author Esther Choo, MD, MPH, is presenting the findings of the study today at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition.
 
Choo, an emergency medicine physician with Rhode Island Hospital, and her coauthors explain that the state-level legalization of medical marijuana has raised concerns about increased accessibility and appeal of the drug to youth, who are most vulnerable to public messages about drug use and to the adverse consequences of marijuana. Their study was performed to assess the impact of medical marijuana legalization in Rhode Island in 2006. The researchers compared trends in adolescent marijuana use between Rhode Island and Massachusetts using a self-report called the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System. In their study, they included surveys completed between 1997 and 2009.
 
Based on their analysis of 32,570 students, they found that while marijuana use was common throughout the study period, there were no statistically significant differences in marijuana use between states in any year.
 
Medical marijuana: no statistical threat to kids
 
Choo says, “Our study did not find increases in adolescent marijuana use related to Rhode Island’s 2006 legalization of medical marijuana; however, additional research may follow future trends as medical marijuana in Rhode Island and other states becomes more widely used.”
 

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More states want federal government's OK to grow hemp

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
It hasn't gotten the attention of medical marijuana, but a growing number of states have passed laws authorizing the growth of hemp and are attempting to get the federal government to make it legal nationwide.
 
Hemp can be cultivated for fiber or oilseed, and it is used to make thousands of products worldwide including clothing and auto parts. From 1999 through last year, 17 states have enacted measures that would either permit controlled cultivation or authorize research of industrial hemp, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
 
Colorado was the most recent to authorize research in 2010. Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia have passed laws authorizing cultivation, according to NORML.
 

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Legal Pain Killers Killed 15,000 People In 2008, Marijuana Likely Killed Zero

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 2nd 2011 by THCFinder
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of deaths from overdoses of legal prescription painkillers had more than tripled over a decade, killing a shocking 15,000 people in 2008 — more than died from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined. This “epidemic” of pain killer abuse is troubling in its own right and demands public policy answers, but it also helps to underscore the incongruity of the current drug policy.
 
The report comes as a growing number of states and the federal government debate the prohibition of marijuana. Just this week, the White House rejected several marijuana legalization petitions.
 
Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, giving the highest level of restriction possible. Painkillers like OxyCotin are Schedule II, while others like Vicodin are Schedule III. Yet while these less restricted drugs killed 15,000 people last year alone, “There are virtually no reports of fatal cannabis overdose in humans,” a widely-cited study from the National Institute of Mental Health found. Studies on animals have found lethal doses practically impossible to achieve, as a human physically could not consume the required volume.
 
As spelled out in the Controlled Substance Act, there are three requirements for Schedule I classifications, according to the DEA:
Substances in this schedule have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
 
Of course, 16 states and the District of Columbia now recognize medicinal benefits of marijuana and have established safety standards. And while there is no doubt that marijuana has the potential for abuse, advocates say it is not high enough — on par with cocaine and heroin — to merit Schedule I status, and no higher than prescription drugs, the danger of which the CDC report clearly demonstrates.
 
In fact, when marijuana was initially classified as a Schedule I drug in 1970, its placement was intended to be only provisional pending the findings of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, also known as the Shafer Commission, as it was led by then-Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer (R). Two years later, the commission released its findings, concluding: “Neither the marihuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety.” Nonetheless, the Nixon administration did nothing and let the drug remain classified as Schedule I.
 
In a letter sent just last week, nine congressmen, including Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) — called on President Obama to reschedule marijuana as either a Schedule II or II drug — the same status as Vicodin or Oxycontin. Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) have also introduced a bill to do just that.
 

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