Cannabis Deaths Definitely A Hoax
Category: News | Posted on Mon, January, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
I couldn't help but shake my head every single time I saw this article pop up... And I saw it a lot, since my awesome readers tagged me in over ten reposts of the Daily Current article stating that 37 people had died of marijuana overdosed on January 1st in Colorado, when the plant first went on sale legally. The article quickly became a hit, circulating Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, becoming a common appearance in everyone's newsfeed. Unfortunately, the article just fueled the anti-potheads and their deflated "cannabis kills" argument and caused great waves in the pot smoking community.
Since social media allows things to be shared so simply, the article spread like wildfire, surprising the founder of the Daily Current, Daniel Barkeley. "We thought it was funny before we published it, but we didn't expect it to be our most popular article ever," Daniel said. The article got over a million likes on Facebook and was shared almost as much. Even though the Daily Current website contains a disclaimer saying that all of the stories posted are pure fiction, readers apparently skipped that part over and just went right for the good stuff... Which happened to be fake.
If you delve deep in to the meat of the Daily Current cannabis article, there are easy to spot mistakes that are quoted that prove the falseness. For example, the article quotes a newspaper called the Rocky Mountain News, which went out of business in 2009 and a doctor that actually happens to be the main character in the popular TV show Lost. St. Luke's Medical Center was the hospital mentioned in the article and released a statement saying that they had (and never have) employed a doctor by that name.
The false doctor was quoted in the Daily Current article, saying that the marijuana overdose death toll would continue to climb, reaching up to 300 by next week. Later in the piece, one of the victims of the alleged overdose was named. Who was it? Jesse Pinkman, a former meth dealer from New Mexico who moved to Colorado to start up a medical dispensary. Sound familiar? For those who love Breaking Bad, it should, since Jesse Pinkman was one of the main characters on the show.
So bottom line? The article was a joke and no one should take it seriously. No one died and the legalization of marijuana in Colorado went smoothly. Even smoother than most Black Friday events. No one was trampled, people made money, and everyone in Colorado was stoned as hell. Definitely doesn't sound that bad!
San Diego Man Busted For Marijuana Dies In Border Patrol Custody
Category: News | Posted on Fri, January, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
A San Diego man detained by the Border Patrol after being caught carrying three pounds of marijuana died in a holding cell Christmas Eve. Steven Keith, 58, becomes the 41st person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.
According to the Associated Press, Keith was stopped at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 8 in Southern California, and authorities found the marijuana, along with unspecified drug paraphernalia and traces of methamphetamine in his vehicle.
He was then arrested and placed in a holding cell, where he collapsed shortly thereafter. Paramedics were unable to revive him.
The Border Patrol said it is cooperating with an investigation being undertaken by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, but as NBC San Diego reported, local human rights activists are pointing out that Keith’s is only the latest death in Border Patrol custody.
“Since 2010, we have had more than 20 individuals who have died while in Border Patrol custody. We don’t have any answers as to what happened in any of those cases. Those are all pending investigation or investigations that have never even started,” said Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego. “We haven’t seen any outcomes on any of the other cases,” Guerrero said. “And so, it should be concerning to the general public and for the family that this is yet another case. We’re just mounting up cases is all we’re doing. We’re not getting any answers.”
Colorado To Start Legal Sales Of Marijuana Tomorrow
Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 31st 2013 by THCFinder
The eyes of the world will be on Colorado this New Year’s Day as adults 21 and over become eligible to legally buy marijuana for the first time anywhere. Sales will be tightly controlled, regulated like alcohol is currently, and subject to a number of restrictions preventing sales to minors, intoxicated driving, smoking in public and other undesirable behavior. The Colorado Legislative Council estimates marijuana will generate $67 million in tax revenue annually.
“This Wednesday Coloradans stop buying marijuana from street gangs and cartels and start buying it from licensed, regulated sellers who create jobs and pay taxes to the government,” said 36-year policing veteran Lieutenant Tony Ryan (Ret.), a board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials opposed to the war on drugs. “Soon our jails will be less crowded, our schools will be better funded, and our police more able to focus on violent crime.”
Initially only licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in good standing (of which there are about 500) are eligible to apply for sales licenses As of early last week, the state had approved 348 total licenses, including 136 for retail stores, 178 for cultivation facilities, 31 for product manufacturing facilities, and 3 for testing facilities. Each shop must also apply for a local license, and localities are able to pass bans or temporary stays on the stores if they so choose. Adult Coloradans are eligible to buy up to ounce of marijuana; out of state visitors up to one quarter-ounce.
LEAP’s executive director Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) had this to say: “Though, as with any new system, there will be issues to be worked through at first, the people of Colorado are about to show the world that legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana benefits the economy, public safety and ordinary citizens. I predict that after a year or two, once the media stops focusing on anecdotes of people behaving badly and we start to see hard data on the real benefits of ending prohibition, there will be a domino effect that echoes across the world.”
Washington state voters also chose to legalize marijuana in November of 2012 and retail sales will begin there later this year. Since that election, the Uruguayan legislature approved President José Mujica’s legalization proposal and Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico City and many other places are considering adopting similar systems.
“It’s a tough day to be part of a street gang in Colorado. Not only did they just lose one of their biggest sources of income, now that police don’t have to focus as much on nonviolent offenders, they’ll be coming after real criminals with everything they’ve got,” added Franklin.
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Florida Medical Marijuana Campaign Passes Signature Requirement
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 27th 2013 by THCFinder
The nonprofit organization United for Care has garnered enough signatures to put their medical cannabis legalization initiative to a vote of the people in 2014. In total, roughly 800,000 signatures have been collected, with 683,149 required to put the initiative to a vote. However, given that some of those 800,000 signatures may not be valid (from someone who isn’t a registered voter, for example), the group will continue to collect signatures until their February 1st deadline.
Under the proposed law, the possession and use of cannabis will be legal for qualified patients who receive a license from the Department of Health. In addition, state-licensed dispensaries will be authorized to distribute cannabis to patients or their caregivers. Although specific diseases such as cancer are mentioned as qualifying conditions, physicians would have the ability to prescribe cannabis to anyone who they thought would benefit from it.
According to recent polling, Floridians overwhelmingly support medical cannabis, and are primed to make Florida the first state in the south to legalize it; a Quinnipiac University poll released in November found that an astonishing 82% of those in the state in support of legalizing medicinal cannabis, with only 16% opposed.
United for Care is founded by attorney John Morgan, a former fundraiser for President Obama, who has vowed to spend “whatever it takes” to get his initiative on the ballot, and passed into law.
Overwhelming Majority Supports Taxing Marijuana In Indiana According To Poll
Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
A majority of Indiana residents believe that marijuana should be legally regulated like alcohol and nearly 80 percent of Hoosiers support taxing it, according to recently released statewide polling data released by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University.
Fifty-two percent of respondents said that cannabis “should be regulated like alcohol.” Forty-five percent of respondents opposed legalization. Among self-identified Democrats, 64 percent of respondents backed regulation. Forty-nine percent of self-identified Republicans did so.
Hoosiers support for taxing cannabis was even stronger. Seventy-eight percent of respondents, including strong majorities of both major political parties, answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should we tax marijuana like alcohol/cigarettes?” Only 19 percent of respondents opposed the idea.
Under present state law, first-time marijuana possession offenses of under 30 grams are punishable by up to one-year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Subsequent offenses are classified as felonies, punishable by up to 3 years incarceration.
Six hundred randomly selected Indiana residents participated in the survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent.
The Indiana poll is the latest to show growing support for marijuana law reform among so-called ‘Red State’ voters. Recent statewide surveys in Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas have similarly shown majority support for legalization.
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MPP Challenges Drug Czar To Justify Self- Contradicting Statement
Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
The Office of National Drug Control Policy released an email invitation this past Friday for the first White House Drug Policy Reform Conference in history. The email contained a graphic with a quote from U.S. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske that read, Drug policy reform should be rooted in NEUROSCIENCE – NOT POLITICAL SCIENCE. Now, MPP is asking the office to explain the meaning behind their contradictory statement, since actual neuroscience has shown that marijuana harms the human brain far less than alcohol does.
For example, in 2005, Researchers at Harvard University reported in the American Journal on Addictions that marijuana use was not associated with structural changes within the brain.
When compared to control subjects, [marijuana] smokers displayed no significant adjusted differences in volumes of gray matter, white matter, cerebrospinal fluid, or left and right hippocampus. … These findings are consistent with recent literature suggesting that cannabis use is not associated with structural changes within the brain as a whole or the hippocampus in particular.
Furthermore, according to a 2004 report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
Heavy drinking may have extensive and far-reaching effects on the brain, ranging from simple ‘slips’ in memory to permanent and debilitating conditions that require lifetime custodial care.
Studies that compare the effects of marijuana and alcohol side by side also find that alcohol is more damaging than marijuana. A 2009 study published in the journal Clinical EEG and Neuroscience found:
Abnormalities have been seen in brain structure volume, white matter quality, and activation to cognitive tasks, even in youth with as little as 1-2 years of heavy drinking and consumption levels of 20 drinks per month, especially if >4-5 drinks are consumed on a single occasion. Heavy marijuana users show some subtle anomalies too, but generally not the same degree of divergence from demographically similar non-using adolescents.
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