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NYU Researchers Examine Whether Reasons For Smoking Marijuana Are Associated With Use Of Other Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 2015 by THCFinder
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I received the following press release from New York University and figured I’d post it for discussion:

Marijuana is the most prevalent drug in the U.S. Approximately 70% of the 2.8 million individuals who initiated use of illicit drugs in 2013 reported that marijuana was their first drug. Despite extensive research examining potential links between marijuana use and other drug use, the literature is currently lacking data regarding which illicit marijuana users are most likely to engage in use of other illicit drugs.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by researchers affiliated with New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR), examines how reasons for illicit marijuana use relates to the use of other drugs individually, rather than grouping them into a single “illicit drug” group.

“Aside from marijuana, a wide range of illicit drugs are prevalent, each having different use patterns, and different effects and dangers associated with use,” said Joseph J. Palamar, PhD, MPH, a CDUHR affiliated researcher and an assistant professor of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC). “Our research helped to identify subtypes of illicit marijuana users who use other drugs, as this may be able to inform prevention efforts.”

The cross-sectional study, “Reasons for Recent Marijuana Use in Relation to Use of Other Illicit Drugs among High School Seniors in the United States,” draws data from Monitoring the Future (MTF), a nationwide ongoing annual study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students. The MTF survey is administered in approximately 130 public and private schools throughout 48 states in the US. Roughly 15,000 high school seniors are assessed annually.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/nyu-researchers-smoking-marijuana-associated-other-drugs/


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Indiana Police Threaten to Makes Arrests at First Church of Cannabis Service

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 30th 2015 by THCFinder

UPDATE: On Monday, the First Church of Cannabis announced on social media that rather than risk legal turbulence, the inaugural service on Wednesday would be held without the use of marijuana.

“Due to the threat of police action against our religion I feel it is important to CELEBRATE LIFE'S GREAT ADVENTURE in our first service WITHOUT THE USE OF CANNABIS. The Police dept has wagged a display of shameless misconceptions and voluntary ignorance. We will do our first service without the use of any cannabis. CANNABIS WILL BE PROHIBITED ON THE FIRST SERVICE,” the church posted on Facebook.

“We will not be dragged into criminal court for their advantage," Bill Levin, the church's founder, said. "We will meet them in a civil court where the laws are clear about religious persecution. We do not start fights. We Finish Them!”

The controversy surrounding Indiana’s newfound “religious freedom” law and its implications, which led to the uprising of the First Church of Cannabis, may come to a disgusting head later this week in Indianapolis. In a recent press conference, city Police Chief Rick Hite and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry pledged to bring hard times down on those in attendance of the inaugural ceremony on Wednesday, threatening to arrest and charge the entire congregation with various drug-related offenses. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/indiana-police-threaten-makes-arrests-first-church-cannabis-service


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Announcing The Fourth Annual Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness Money Bomb

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

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Every year since 2012, Show-Me Cannabis has held the Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness Money Bomb over Independence Day. We will continue that proud tradition for the fourth year in a row now, and I hope that you will take part in it by making a contribution between Thursday, July 2, and Sunday, July 5.

Of course, the primary purpose of the event is to raise money to reform Missouri’s cannabis laws, but the timing is no accident. It reminds people that this issue is one of liberty and precisely the sort of cause that patriotic Americans have sought to advance throughout our history. Our opponents attempt to trivialize this cause as tangential or irrelevant, but, in truth, it goes straight to the heart of the American experiment.

If our country is to live up to the promise of the Declaration of Independence, peaceful people must be free to live their lives as they see fit without fear of the gendarmerie kicking in their door and carrying them away in chains for possessing plant material.

And this is a crucial time that will determine how reform will advance in 2016. We are working with coalition allies to — hopefully — coalesce around an initiative petition that will pass in sixteen months. The breadth and depth of support we generate from that coalition is what will determine success or failure on Election Day 2016.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/announcing-the-fourth-annual-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness-money-bomb/


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Pot Is Making a Comeback in Colombia

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

Things are changing in Colombia, where drug traffickers, guerrillas and military groups once terrorized everyone from peasants to politicians. At the center of the violence, most would argue, were drugs—mostly cocaine but also pot.

Now, medical marijuana entrepreneurs are coming out from the shadows. According to Colombia’s constitution, weed cultivation and consumption is legal for medicinal purposes, although the Health and Social Protection Ministry has not yet created regulations for prescribing treatments, Camilo García, executive director of the Colombian Cannabis Research Center, told OZY.

Patients in need of medical pot have been pushing the Colombian government to reform laws and lift all restrictions. A bill introduced last year was endorsed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, as well as a majority of Colombians.

Although some Colombians see legalization of medical marijuana as opening the door to recreational use, others worry that keeping it under-regulated could have more serious outcomes.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pot-making-comeback-colombia


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LAW ENFORCEMENT: Marijuana seizures increasing

Category: News | Posted on Sun, June, 28th 2015 by THCFinder

A new Riverside County ordinance intended to curb for-profit marijuana growing is set to go into effect on Thursday and sheriff’s officials for months have been issuing stern warnings to property owners that it’s illegal to grow marijuana on their land.

But the threat of a crackdown doesn’t appear to have slowed the marijuana growing.

Sheriff’s officials say they are on track to eradicate even more pot-growing operations this year than last.

“There’s no shortage,” said Lt. Paul Bennett, who supervises the sheriff’s marijuana enforcement team. “We’re very busy.”

In the first six months of this year, deputies investigated 70 cases and destroyed more than 56,000 plants.

Read More:http://www.pe.com/articles/marijuana-771775-plants-growing.html


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Uncle Sam Offers $3 Million to First Person Who Can Cure Marijuana Addiction

Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 27th 2015 by THCFinder

Based on the ideology that millions of Americans are grossly addicted to marijuana, the federal government has approved $3 million to facilitate the fast-track creation of a pharmaceutical drug to treat this supposed scourge on public health.

According to a report in The Washington Times, “an estimated 4.2 million Americans are hooked on cannabis,” which has spawned a nervous desire by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to spend millions of tax dollars on the development of a medication which can turn zombie stoners back into productive members of civil society. 

“Cannabis use is an increasing public health concern in the United States that requires immediate attention," the drug agency stated in a proposal published earlier this month. "Given the high prevalence of marijuana use and its associated disorders and the large number of people who seek treatment, there is a critical need to discover and develop safe and effective treatments for CUDs,” otherwise referred to as Cannabis Use Disorders.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/uncle-sam-offers-3-million-first-person-who-can-cure-marijuana-addiction


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