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Legal Cannabis in Canada 'Right Away'?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

Cannabis legalization proponents in Canada are rejoicing in the wake of Monday's elections that gave the Liberal Party a clear majority and positioned its leader Justin Trudeau to become prime minister.

The son of Canada's revered former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, Justin openly advocates legalization. He even admitted to Huffington Post in 2013 that he had toked since becoming an MP representing Montreal in 2008. He also revealed that his late brother, Michel Trudeau, was facing cannabis possession charges before his death in an avalanche in 1998 and that the experience influenced his position.

In vivid contrast, the Conservative Party's incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been leading a crackdown on Canada's medical marijuana program, and even recently called cannabis "infinitely worse" than tobacco. But how easy will it be for Trudeau to follow through on his promise to legalize?

Vancouver's News 1130 noted Trudeau's audacious pledge at a September campaign stop in British Columbia.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/legal-cannabis-canada-right-away


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Think Tank Report Damns Federal Government for Preventing Pot Research

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 21st 2015 by THCFinder

While it is no secret that the federal government has spent decades guarding the Controlled Substances Act in an effort to prevent science from exploring the true medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, a new report from the Brookings Institution has uncovered the great lengths which Uncle Sam has gone to ensure that the therapeutic properties of marijuana are never revealed.

In the report, authors John Hudak and Grace Wallack aggressively call out the federal government for “stifling medical marijuana research in a rapidly transforming area of public policy that has consequences for public health and public safety.” They argue that the “statutory, regulatory, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers have paralyzed science and threatened the integrity of research freedom in this area.”

Although medical marijuana is now legal in some form in over half the United States, the report found that these programs are largely crippled and unable to operate at their full potential due to conflicting states and federal laws. And, regardless of “elderly, veterans, children,” and demographic variations who adamantly proclaim that cannabis is an effective treatment for their respective medical conditions, the U.S. government has all but refused to open its doors to conduct extensive research in the interest of the greater good.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/think-tank-report-damns-federal-government-preventing-pot-research


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Pennsylvania Religious Leaders To Announce Support For Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

church drug war christian marijuanaA group of Pennsylvania religious leaders will announce their support for medical marijuana legislation Wednesday at a news conference at 11 a.m. ET on the Lt. Governor’s Balcony in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. They will then visit with lawmakers to convey their support in person.

A diverse group of more than 50 clergy members in Pennsylvania have signed a statement urging state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law this year. A list of signers will be posted Wednesday at http://www.ClergyForCompassion.com.

“We cannot remain silent while people in pain and anguish are deprived of a viable, safe, and responsible remedy,” the statement reads. “While we may practice different faiths and come from different communities, we share the same commitment to improving the broader community through the practice of humanity, healing, mercy, and compassion. That is why, as leaders within our respective communities of faith, we are joining together to encourage the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt sensible, comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.”

Speakers at the news conference will include Pastor Shawn Berkebile of Abbotstown, Rev. Theodore Cockley of Williamsport, Rabbi George Stern of Philadelphia, and Pastor Bonnie Whittier of Codorus. They will be joined by Rev. Alexander Sharp of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which is rallying clergy nationwide in support of sensible medical marijuana legislation.

WHAT: News conference at which Pennsylvania faith leaders will urge state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: Lt. Governor’s Balcony, Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg

WHO: Pastor Shawn Berkebile, Abbotstown

Rev. Theodore Cockley, Williamsport

Rabbi George Stern, Philadelphia

Pastor Bonnie Whittier, Codorus

Other Pennsylvania clergy members

Rev. Alexander Sharp, Clergy for a New Drug Policy

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-religious-leaders-to-announce-support-for-medical-marijuana/


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Richard Branson Leaks UN Document Calling for Decriminalization of All Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

British entrepreneur and outspoken billionaire, Richard Branson claims that the United Nations is on the verge of calling for decriminalization of all drugs. 

In a post on his Virgin website, titled "Finally—a change in course on drug policy," Branson leaked an embargoed, unreleased statement from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), calling on governments to decriminalize drug use and possession for personal consumption of all drugs. 

"My colleagues on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and I could not be more delighted, as I have stated in embargoed interviews for the likes of the BBC," Branson wrote. "Together with countless other tireless advocates, I’ve for years argued that we should treat drug use as a health issue, not as a crime. While the vast majority of recreational drug users never experience any problems, people who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell."

Unfortunately, hours after Branson published his post, the BBC reported that the UNODC has withdrawn the paper after "pressure from at least one country."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/richard-branson-leaks-un-document-calling-decriminalization-all-drugs


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Trudeau’s Liberals Appear To Have Won Canadian Election – Is Marijuana Legalization Next?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 19th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Canada.com)

According to multiple media reports the Liberal Party in Canada appears to have won a strong plurality of seats, and maybe even a majority, in the federal elections that are wrapping up across Canada right now. Justin Trudeau, party leader for the Liberal Party, has been projected as the next Prime Minister of Canada. If the math stays true, this could be a HUGE victory for marijuana reform efforts in Canada. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party has stated many times that it will make marijuana legalization a priority. They recently released the following press release outlining the party’s policy position on marijuana:

We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.

Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs.

To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/trudeaus-liberals-won-canadian-election-marijuana-legalization/


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Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Doesn’t Save Money

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

drug test testing welfareVirtually every day that I am on Facebook, I see memes calling for drug testing for welfare recipients. It’s something that conservatives have called for often. The principle behind their theory is that states would save money if they could prevent failed drug testers from receiving welfare. It’s an issue that gets people very fired up, especially conservatives who often see welfare recipients as free-loaders. But if the point is to save money, then it should be very easy to determine if drug testing welfare recipients pencils out by simply looking at the math.

Think Progress recently released an analysis of states that drug test welfare recipients, how much the states spent, and how many people failed the drug test. Below are excerpts that show the results:

Arizona

While the legislature has kept the rule each year since its 2010 implementation, very few people have actually even been referred for drug testing after completing a written drug use statement. Since 2014, more than 140,000 Arizona TANF recipients have been screened by the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Just 42 have been referred for a drug test over that time — of the 19 who completed the test, only three have ever tested positive.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/drug-testing-welfare-recipients-doesnt-save-money/


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