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Scientists Found a Compound That Keeps Marijuana From Getting You High

Category: News | Posted on Wed, October, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
thc-that-doesnt-get-you-highTetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the dopamine-boosting compound in marijuana that, technically speaking, "induces euphoria" — science jargon for "gets you high." It also happens to work on the brain region involved in psychological addiction. Now, a team of researchers has identified a substance that blocks THC's dopamine effect. Why is that important? Let's have a grown-up discussion about weed.
 
We've already written about the mechanics behind how marijuana makes you feel. But you may be surprised to find out that in the United States, over a million people sought treatment for marijuana dependence in 2009 (Figure 7.8), nearly as many as did for cocaine and heroin combined. While the Marijuana Policy Project points out that 57% of those receiving treatment in the U.S. did so in lieu of serving a prison sentence, people still seek anti-dependence treatment in countries like the Netherlands where marijuana use has been decriminalized.
 
Like most drugs with addictive potential, THC works by increasing dopamine levels in the "reward centers" of the brain (the ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens). A team led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug abuse found that the drug Ro 61-8048 blocks THC's ability to stimulate dopamine production in the brain's reward centers. Without dopamine, there's no neurological reward to the drug, and no drive to continue using it.
 
The researchers taught squirrel monkeys to self-administer THC by pushing a lever. Once the monkeys exhibited signs of addiction (in this case, frequent lever pushing), Ro 61-8048 reduced the reward effect of continual THC doses, leading the monkeys to stop seeking additional doses. The same behavior was seen in rats that were taught to dose themselves with WIN 55,212-2, a synthetic THC substitute.
 
Read more: http://gizmodo.com

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TSA may allow in-flight marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
tsa-may-let-cannabis-on-planesAs more states pass medical marijuana laws, or legalize it outright, the TSA is heading for a don't-ask/don't-tell police on weed at airports. The official policy is to refer drug possession to local law, but where the law doesn't care, that's rather pointless.
 
“I hear reports from people flying from one medical use site to another or flying from one part of California to another and they generally report that if they carry their authorization, they simply show the letter and are sent on their way and are allowed to keep their medicine,” says Keith Stroup, an attorney and founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “The same policy should apply Colorado to Washington or Washington to Colorado.”
 
“I’m delighted to hear that because I think it shows that TSA primarily is acting as it was intended when it was established, to protect all of us when we travel on the airlines and to thwart terrorists. It is not supposed to be an anti-drug agency,” says Stroup. “What nobody feels 100 percent comfortable with is it’s a grey zone you’re going through. It’s technically still illegal even though they aren’t enforcing it very strongly.”
 

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Switzerland Decriminalizes Marijuana, Won't Prosecute For Small Amounts Of Weed

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
switzerland-decrims-marijuanaAs of Oct. 1, possession of marijuana is decriminalized in Switzerland.
 
Anyone over the age of 18 caught with 10 grams or less of the drug will no longer have to make a court appearance and will not have offenses entered into their permanent record; instead, violators will have to pay a fine of 100 Swiss Francs (approximately $110), then be on their way.
 
Lawmakers in the country relaxed weed regulations in an effort to unify what had been a patchwork of often confusing policies that varied from one local area to another. Per The Independent, the measure is also expected to save money by cutting back on the 30,000 marijuana-related cases courts have had to handle each year. It will also free up police resources to pursue larger drug trafficking incidents.
 
But "decriminalized" is not the same as "legal," as a Swiss Broadcasting Corporation report makes clear. Growing marijuana plants, imbibing the drug in any form and dealing it are still forbidden.
 
Penalties are now stricter for anyone caught selling to a person under the age of 18. The new law also provides greater resources to help children with marijuana habits. A 2013 UNICEF report found Swiss children are the world's second-most likely to smoke marijuana, with just over 24 percent of 11, 13 and 15-year-olds having smoked pot in the last year.

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Controversy erupts over bus billboards promoting marijuana as safer than alcohol

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
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The fight to legalize marijuana is now being waged on the buses of Portland, Maine.
 
An advertising blitz promoting pot as “less harmful” than alcohol went up on buses and bus shelters in Maine’s largest city Wednesday, angering anti-drug crusaders.
 
"It's highly inappropriate to be promoting Pro Marijuana message in a place that has a large audience of people under the age of 21", Kate Perkins, a spokesperson for 21 Reasons, a drug prevention group, told WCSH News.
 
Voters will decide the fate of Question 1, an initiative that would legalize recreational pot use for adults in Portland, on Nov. 5, and the Marijuana Policy Project purchased $2,500 worth of ads to try and help pass the measure.
 
The ads are opposed by 21 Reasons, a group that tries to curb teenage drug use.  
 
“It has a very, very good chance,” Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Daily News.
 
The ads feature rather clean-cut looking individuals along with captions touting phrases used in other campaigns run by the group.
 
“I prefer marijuana over alcohol because it doesn’t make me rowdy or reckless,” one of the captions reads. “Why should I be punished?”
 
Despite complaints to METRO, Portland’s public bus service, the ads will remain up until Election Day. The agency said the ads amounted to political advertising, and therefore were in line with its guidelines.
 

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Wrong number: Man accidentally texted cop to sell marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
sparta-police-arrest-txt-dealerPolice say a Sussex man accidentally texted an Andover Township Police lieutenant to set up a drug sale late last week — and messaging that very, very wrong number led to the man's arrest.
 
Andover Lt. Eric Danielson had recently purchased a new cell phone, with a new cell number, according to Sparta police. And at about 7:45 p.m. Friday, he got a text from someone — later identified as 33-year-old Nicholas Delear Jr. — saying he had a quarter-pound of marijuana for sale, according to police.
 
So they set up a meeting at a pizzeria in Sparta, police said. Delear told the lieutenant he'd be driving a 2005 black Jeep, police said.
 
Andover and Sparta police worked with the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office to set up the bust, police said. An undercover officer was placed in the parking lot, and a perimeter was established around the pizzeria, police said. At 8:15 p.m., Delear drove into the parking lot and met with the undercover officer, police said.
 
But Delear became suspicious and attempted to flee, police said. He was stopped by a marked Sparta Police vehicle a short time later, police said.
 
Delear told police he didn't know anything about the texts, and wasn't in possession of any drugs, police said. He also wouldn't consent to officers searching his vehicle, police said. So Sussex County Sheriff’s Detective Kieran McMorrow was dispatched along with K9 Atlas, police said.
 
Danielson — the lieutenant with the lucky number — arrived on the scene matched the texts on his phone with Delear’s cell phone number, police said.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Mysterious Boat Full Of Marijuana Washes Ashore In Fort Lauderdale

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
boat-full-of-weed-washes-upAnother day, another weird drugs discovery in South Florida.
 
Fort Lauderdale police are investigating a seemingly abandoned boat full of marijuana that washed up on the shore Monday morning, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
 
Police said the mysterious 20-foot boat was discovered around 5 a.m. after a man who was sleeping in nearby bushes spotted it in the surf, according to NBC6.
 
So far, police have recovered at least 11 bales of marijuana from both inside the boat and in the water nearby. According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent on the scene, each bale is estimated to be worth about $10,000, with a total estimate of over $100,000.
 
A blue barrel was also found on the sand not far from the boat, but its contents and whether or not it is connected to the nearby boat have not been confirmed, Fort Lauderdale Police Detective DeAnna Greenlaw told the Sun Sentinel.
 
"At this time there's no foul play suspected," Det. Greenlaw said. "It just appears to be a vessel that washed ashore with the narcotics on it and at this time we do not know if or how many people were on that vessel when it arrived."
 
Of course, Floridians are kind of accustomed to narcotics smuggling in Sunshine State waters. Last year, officials said packaged marijuana discoveries on or near beaches -- bales of so-called "square grouper" -- were on record pace.
 

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