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Report shows fewer traffic fatalities after states pass medical-pot laws

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 30th 2011 by THCFinder
The passage of state medical-marijuana laws is associated with a subsequent drop in the rate of traffic fatalities, according to a newly released study by two university professors.
 
The study — by University of Colorado Denver professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University professor D. Mark Anderson — found that the traffic-death rate drops by nearly 9 percent in states after they legalize marijuana for medical use. The researchers arrived at that figure, Rees said, after controlling for other variables such as changes in traffic laws, seat-belt usage and miles driven. The study stops short of saying the medical-marijuana laws cause the drop in traffic deaths.
 
"We were pretty surprised that they went down," Rees said Tuesday.
 
The study was posted this month on the website of the Bonn, Germany- based Institute for the Study of Labor and has not yet been peer-reviewed.
 
Rees said the main reason for the drop appears to be that medical-marijuana laws mean young people spend less time drinking and more time smoking cannabis. Legalization of medical marijuana, the researchers report, is associated with a 12-percent drop in the alcohol-related fatal-crash rate and a 19-percent decrease in the fatality rate of people in their 20s, according to the study.
 
The study also found that medical- marijuana legalization is associated with a drop in beer sales.
 
"The result that comes through again and again and again is (that) young adults . . . drink less when marijuana is legalized and traffic fatalities go down," Rees said.
 
 

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There's DNA in that weed you're smoking, and people are tracking it

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
Warning: The dope you are smoking can now be identified by its DNA.
 
Heather Coyle’s new marijuana DNA database at the University of New Haven can tell if a particular fragment of pot is the “White Widow” strain, “Skunk Number One,” “Super Silver Haze” or another of the more than 25 types of marijuana that she’s genetically mapped.
 
The DNA analysis can let cops and federal agents trace the marijuana from a single bud or seed found in Connecticut back to its source, as long as they can get ahold of samples to match.
 
They can find out whether it was grown in Mexico and formed part of a drug cartel’s shipment. Or maybe the dope was part of a crop from northern California’s “Emerald Triangle” and sold at a freewheeling Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary.
 
Coyle says this system of genetic fingerprinting could also be used to offer states a foolproof way to control and regulate medical pot programs.
 
And it just so happens that Connecticut officials are right now wondering about exactly that sort of issue as they consider passing a medical marijuana law here.
 
Coyle is a 46-year-old “forensic botanist” and an associate professor at UNH since 2005. Before arriving at the university, she spent seven years working at the Connecticut state forensics lab in Meriden.
 
A forensic botanist helps cops solve cases by identifying and analyzing samples of plants taken from crime scenes. If this sounds like the cool shit that happens in TV crime dramas, you’re exactly right. It’s not much of a surprise to learn that Coyle is a fan of those shows.
 
“’NCIS’ is one of my favorites,” she says, smiling.
 

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Move Over Mary Jane, UCI May Unlock The 'Bliss Molecule'

Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
No inhaling necessary—your brain produces a marijuana-like chemical with the ability to reduce pain, anxiety, and depression, and scientists are uncovering more about how this neurotransmitter works.
 
Sometimes called “the bliss molecule,” the brain chemical anandamide is one of the compounds produced by the endocannabinoid system. These compounds are very similar to the active ingredient in marijuana, THC.
 
A new study by UC Irvine researchers reveals that a protein in the brain ferries anandamide to sites in brain cells where enzymes break down and inactivate the “bliss” chemical. The study, published in Nature Neuroscience, shows that blocking this protein increases the potency of anandamide, and may unlock new possibilities in pain control.
 
The revelation about anandamide transport and breakdown opens up the potential to develop pain medications that don’t produce sedation, addiction, or other central nervous system effects associated with opiates, which are often used to control severe and chronic pain.
 
UCI professor of pharmacology Daniele Piomelli led the team that interpreted how the protein, called FLAT, binds with anandamide and escorts it to cell sites where it is broken down by fatty acid amide hydrolase, or FAAH, enzymes. This process inactivates the “bliss” effect of anandamide.
 

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ESA satellite to search for marijuana plantations

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

Does anyone else see a problem here? Using satelite technology to find Marijuana plants? Don't these goverment have more important things to waste their time and Tax payer money on than finding plants with a freaking satelite? 

The European Space Agency ESA and the police are joining forces to spot marijuana plantations hidden in sweet corn fields in Limburg, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.
 
The experiment is due to begin in early 2012.
 
Using high-resolution satellite imagery, researchers can now read a 'spectral signature' from a marijuana plant and distinguish it from other crops.
 
The technique has been used with success in Canada since 2007, a spokesman for Venlo town council told the paper.
 
Rural areas
 
The trial is taking place within the context of the government's crackdown on illegal plantations in rural areas.
 
Some 8,000 professional plantations are found in private homes, in commercial properties and in farm sheds every year.
 
In September 2009 alone, police in Limburg found seven large and 87 small plantations hidden in sweet corn fields after police flew over the region in a helicopter. The biggest had 15,000 plants.
 
 

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14-year-old gets two months in Bali prison for marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
I think everyone should give a big F!CK YOU to the people behind the decisions to send a 14 year old to Jail for months because of Marijuana. As if the entire thing wasn't bad enough after all of the media attention, what good is 2 months in Jail going to do at all? I hope these people look back and realize what complete assholes they are for sending a kid to Jail over something so insignificant!
 
DENPASAR, Indonesia — A Bali court sentenced a 14-year-old Australian boy to two months in jail on Friday for possessing a few grams of marijuana, a lighter sentence than sought by prosecutors after Canberra asked for leniency.
 
The teenager is likely to be released in early December, a prosecutor said, having already served time since his detention in October.
 
Australia pushed Indonesia for leniency in a case that has sparked controversy given his age, and its Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd welcomed the court verdict that he said meant the boy and his family would probably be back home by Christmas.
 
The teenager was on holiday in Bali when he was allegedly found with 3.6 grams of marijuana.
 
A lawyer for the boy said his parents would not appeal the court decision to give him a two-month term, which was lighter than the prosecutors’ demand for three months.
 
Indonesia has a maximum penalty for drugs possession of 12 years in jail, and smugglers can face the death sentence.
 
In past cases Australians have received heavy sentences for attempting to smuggle drugs, a source of tension between the two neighbors.
 
 

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NJ medical marijuana rules take effect Dec. 19, no changes from proposed rules

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey officials say the state's medical marijuana regulations will take effect Dec. 19, clearing the way for legal growing and dispensing operations to begin sometime in 2012.
 
The state Health and Senior Services Department posted a notice on its website Wednesday night stating that the regulations will be finalized.
 
The state says it won't change any of the rules from the version made public earlier this year. Medical marijuana advocates panned many of the details, including one that restricts the potency of pot in a way no other state that allows medical marijuana has done so far.
 
Six nonprofit groups have licenses to grow and sell cannabis to patients with certain conditions. But none has its final permit yet.
 

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