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Dope DNA: Scientists tracking marijuana's family tree

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
There is a new tool in the ongoing war on drugs and it comes from a forensic scientist at the University of New Haven.
 
Heather Miller Coyle, an associate professor in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, is setting up a national databank that will allow law enforcement to track marijuana DNA.
 
Most people probably didn't even know marijuana had DNA, but Coyle, who specializes in forensic botany, has developed a new method for collecting the drug's genetic fingerprint, making it easy for officers to collect the samples at crime scenes.
 
"Plant DNA is like the DNA found in humans - it retains its lifelong genetic profile," says Coyle.  "If one person has a suitcase of marijuana and another person has bags of it, we will be able to tell if it came from the same batch," she said in a news release.
 
The DNA databank will be similar to one the FBI runs human DNA, the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS.
 
CODIS allows DNA samples from crime scenes to be compared against a computerized database to help identify suspects.
 
The marijuana version will help law enforcement track where the drug came from and link it to criminal drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, growers in Canada or gangs in the U.S.
 
Coyle's project has been funded with more than $100,000 from the National Marijuana Initiative and the National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program. 
 
The groups work together with federal, state and local law enforcement in the detection, disruption and investigation into marijuana trafficking.
 
 

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Judge OKs Vegas medical pot case

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 27th 2011 by THCFinder

The state authroizes what these people are doing, yet a Judge who admits himself that the laws are very vague still agrees to move forward and let these innocent people face criminal charges for wanting to help medical marijuana patients.

In a decision destined for appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court, a state court judge on Tuesday rejected a challenge of the state's medical marijuana laws and ruled that the owners of a storefront pot dispensary in Las Vegas can face trial on felony conspiracy and marijuana sale and possession charges.
 
In a brief, 80-word decision posted electronically, Clark County District Court Judge Doug Smith allowed an indictment to stand against six people arrested in a police raid of a dispensary called Jolly Green Meds, and also hinted at the difficulty he had reaching a decision following oral arguments Sept. 16.
 
The state's medical marijuana laws aren't too vague, Smith said. But he also noted that state law fails to provide a way for patients with a doctor's prescription to legally obtain marijuana.
 
Attorney Michael Cristalli, representing Jolly Green Meds owner Daniel Kinshella, and attorney Robert Draskovich, representing co-defendant Kimberly Simons, immediately promised an appeal to the state high court.
 
"How can someone be placed on notice that they're committing a crime if the Constitution of the state authorizes what they're doing?" Cristalli asked.
 
He referred to a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2000 letting medical cardholders grow and possess small amounts of marijuana. Other state and federal laws make it illegal to buy or sell marijuana.
 
Smith's ruling came the same month another Clark County District Court judge reached a different conclusion in a separate but similar medical marijuana criminal case.
 
 

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Marijuana cuts nerve pain post chemotherapy

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

A recenty study shows hope to help Chemotherapy patients with pain when going through their treatments.

A marijuana extract called 'Cannabidiol' could help prevent painful neuropathy in patients receiving the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, according to new animal experiments .
 
"Our preliminary findings...indicate that cannabidiol may prevent the development of paclitaxel-induced allodynia in mice and therefore be effective at preventing dose-limiting paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in humans," according to the report by Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D., and colleagues of Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia.
 
Paclitaxel-commonly used in the treatment of advanced breast or ovarian cancer-can cause nerve damage (neuropathy), leading to symptoms like pain, numbness, or tingling.
 
Cannabidiol is a marijuana extract that has pain and inflammation-reducing effects, while avoiding the psychoactive side effects of marijuana and other "cannabinoid" compounds.
 
In the new study, male and female mice were treated with paclitaxel and monitored for evidence of neuropathy.
 
The results showed that paclitaxel induced abnormal pain responses (allodynia) mainly in female mice-less so in males. Allodynia was more likely to develop at higher doses of paclitaxel.
 
When female mice were treated with cannabidiol before paclitaxel, it effectively prevented the development of allodynia. Abnormal pain responses to both cold and mechanical pressure were prevented by cannabidiol.
 
The preventive effect was permanent, with no evidence that nerve damage developed after cannabidiol treatment was stopped, the report said.
 
The study has been published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia.
 
 

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Cannabis factories in posh homes

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

Looks like more and more people are turning to the Cannabis industry when times are tough.

MIDDLE-CLASS families are making up to £3,000 a month by turning their spare bedrooms into CANNABIS factories, a shock investigation found.
White-collar workers hand over space in their homes to criminal gangs for up to 12 weeks a time to grow huge crops of harmful "skunk" — which can cause psychosis and other mental health problems.
 
In return, they receive huge cash sums from dealers desperate to avoid being caught.
 
The new tactic is believed to have begun after cops started to crack down on large-scale drugs factories by using heat-seeking helicopters to detect unusual surges caused by the lighting systems necessary to grow cannabis quickly.
 
Now gangs prefer renting just one room and believe there is less chance of "respectable" families in affluent areas being busted, say reporters from BBC 5 Live Investigates.
 
One female grower in her 40s, from posh Alderley Edge in Cheshire, admitted: "I live in a very nice house with three bedrooms. This is a very middle-class area.
 
"I think my neighbours would be really shocked."
 
 

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Marijuana Extract Might Help Prevent Chemotherapy-Related Nerve Pain

Category: News | Posted on Fri, September, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Newswise — San Francisco, CA. (September 23, 2011) – Cannabidiol—a compound derived from marijuana—may be a promising new treatment to prevent the development of painful neuropathy in patients receiving the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, according to animal experiments reported in the October issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).
 
"Our preliminary findings…indicate that cannabidiol may prevent the development of paclitaxel-induced allodynia in mice and therefore be effective at preventing dose-limiting paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in humans," according to the report by Sara Jane Ward, Ph.D., and colleagues of Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia.
 

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Governor vetoes marijuana dispensary distance bill

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

A bill that could of possibly shut down dozens and dozens of dispensaries and cause even more headaches down the road was vetoed yeseterday afternoon.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have put strict limits on how close to schools medical marijuana dispensaries can operate.
 
Senate Bill 847 goes in the opposite direction of legislation he already signed that gave cities and counties authority to regulate dispensaries, he said in the veto message.
 
The bill tried to prohibit a dispensary from locating within 600 feet of a school unless a local entity enacts an ordinance that specifically regulates the medical marijuana business.
 
Brown signed Assembly Bill 1300 on Aug. 31, which allows local governments to regulate the location, operation or establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries.
 
“Decisions of this kind are best made in cities and counties, not the State Capitol,” Brown said in the SB 847 veto message.
 
 

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