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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam RAIDED
Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
Shortly before 4:20 p.m. today, Dutch police raided the High Times Cannabis Cup Expo in Amsterdam. Dozens of uniformed officers quickly occupied the building and separated the hundreds of attendees from exhibitors, who were instructed to remain at their tables.
Officers were polite and efficient, all armed but no guns were drawn. I asked one why this was happening and he told me that undercover police had investigated the Expo yesterday and seen violations of the Opium Act. He cited things such as some people giving away free samples of bud and hash, offering bong hits to promote their business, and so on.
Dutch rules only allow the sale of marijuana and hash from licensed coffee shops. They are prohibited from selling customers more than 5g each per day, and cannot have more than 100g on the premises at any time. Individual possession is supposed to be kept under the 5g limit as well.
It took about two hours for police to clear the hall. Everyone was searched before being allowed to leave, and all marijuana and hash was confiscated.
There was probably over 100 police officers there, and about two dozen tax agents wearing reflective green jackets. The tax agents questioned exhibitors about their products, sales and receipts. I saw some exhibitors being questioned as their cannabis was put into plastic evidence bags by uniformed officers.
The status of cannabis law in Holland is often debated, but change happens slowly. The licensing and control of coffee shops is done largely at the municipal level. Some cities do not have any, others have only a few, while Amsterdam has over 300, which seems like a lot but is down from over 800 a few years ago.
Holland's current federal government is less friendly to the coffee shop scene, and has been pressuring cities to restrict marijuana sales to Dutch citizens. They want coffee shops to become private clubs, with a record kept of all sales made to every member. Some border towns have already gone this route, largely in response to concerns about German tourists returning home with pockets full of Dutch weed and hash.
Dana Larsen is the Director of the Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary Society, founder of "End Prohibition, New Democrats Against the Drug War" and a former candidate for the leadership of the BC NDP.
Man Sues Over Rejection Of NE420 License Plate
Category: News | Posted on Mon, November, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
LINCOLN, Neb. -- A southwestern Nebraska attorney and advocate for legalizing marijuana is suing the state Department of Motor Vehicles after he was denied a personalized license plate that state officials say would promote illegal drug use.
The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Frank Shoemaker, of Holbrook, saying the state violated Shoemaker's constitutionally protected right to free speech.
The lawsuit says Shoemaker had applied earlier this year for a state license plate that read "NE420." The term "420" is insider shorthand for cannabis consumption.
The motor vehicle agency rejected Shoemaker's application, saying the number 420 is "associated with a date and time for people to gather and smoke marijuana/cannabis."
The lawsuit seeks to have the department's rejection declared unconstitutional.
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