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Meet the Weed Genius Designing the World's First Cannabis Ranch

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Weed is big business and legal weed will become bigger still. That's why American Cannabis Partners CEO Christian Hageseth thinks the time is right to open up the Colorado Cannabis Ranch, the world's first-ever "weedery."

Like a winery, the 50-acre Denver ranch will feature tours, gourmet food, concerts, and, when Centennial State law allows it, tastings. While profit is the major motive here, capitalism isn't Hageseth's sole ideological: He wants to take marijuana out of the alleys and put it in nature, where it belongs. He spoke to Inverse about designing the weedery "cathedral," the parallels between a sativa and sauvignon blanc, and why it's important that Eddie Vedder and U2 play on opening night.

Read More:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/inverse/meet-the-weed-genius-desi_b_8812330.html


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University Of Vermont Offering A Course On Medical Marijuana Science

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder
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I attended college from the age of 24-28. I was a ‘non-traditional student’ as the faculty always reminded me, which always seemed like a passive aggressive form of age discrimination. It was bad enough that I couldn’t relate to most of my classmates because they had barely moved out of their parents house and didn’t have the life experience that I had accumulated up to that point. But college was still a very fun time.

In every class I was in, I would always try to steer the class conversations towards marijuana in anyway that I could. I graduated in 2009, which of course was a different time from a marijuana world perspective. Zoom forward to today, and there are now multiple states that have legalized recreational marijuana, with hopefully many more on the way. There are more medical marijuana states compared to back then too.

These changes in marijuana policy have had a sort of butterfly effect on American college campuses. More and more universities are offering courses on marijuana. The latest that I’ve heard about is the University of Vermont, which is offering a course on medical marijuana science. Per the Associated Press:

As more states allow for the use of medical marijuana, the University of Vermont is offering a course in the science of the drug — and the professors say they are challenged by a lack of research on what has long been a taboo topic.

Other institutions have offered classes in marijuana law and policy, but the university’s medical school is likely the country’s first to offer a full course on medical cannabis, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Other medical schools have touched on the topic. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/university-of-vermont-offering-a-course-on-medical-marijuana-science/


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Courts are forcing marijuana users to get drug treatment they probably don’t need

Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Opponents of marijuana legalization often cite the "skyrocketing" number of people seeking treatment for marijuana addiction in their arguments. Project SAM, the nation's leading anti-legalization group, notes with some alarm that "data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that in 1993, marijuana comprised approximately 8 percent of ALL treatment admissions, but by 2009 that number had increased to 18 percent."

But new data out this month from the Department of Health and Human Services provides some important context behind those numbers. In 2013, more than half of marijuana users in treatment were sent there by the courts or the criminal justice system. That's more than the share of court-ordered referrals for any other drug, including far more deadly ones like alcohol and heroin.

Read More:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/14/courts-are-forcing-marijuana-users-to-get-drug-treatment-they-probably-dont-need/


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'Grandma's magic remedy:' Mexico's medical marijuana secret

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

Mexico City (AFP) - When her legs ache, this Mexican grandmother rubs them with marijuana-infused alcohol. She is well aware the homemade remedy defies the country's cannabis ban, but her family has used the concoction to treat ailments since she was a child, handing it down the generations.

 

"I really have a lot of faith in it," said the slender 53-year-old, a housewife and amateur dancer who spoke to AFP about her cannabis use on condition of strict anonymity.

"When I'm very tired, I spread it on my legs, feet and body. It's really good. I can go without salt but not without marijuana with alcohol. My grandmother used it," she said, holding a plastic bottle filled with the leaves and liquid.

In turn, she used the family remedy to care for her three children, and three grandchildren. For the kids, a piece of cotton soaked in the liquid is placed in the bellybutton to fight fevers. When they're congested, the alcohol is rubbed on the chest and back.

Read More:http://news.yahoo.com/grandmas-magic-remedy-mexicos-medical-marijuana-secret-071008150.html


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You'll Never Guess What Marijuana Is Being Blamed for Now

Category: News | Posted on Mon, December, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

We're less than three weeks away from the calendar ticking over to a new year -- a year that very well could be the most important for the marijuana industry to date.

We can certainly look back on some of the milestone events within the marijuana industry over the past two decades and argue that they've been pivotal moments in the advancement of the currently illicit drug. California becoming the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, and both Washington and Colorado legalizing recreational marijuana in 2012 are two events that come to mind. However, the 2016 elections could feature in the neighborhood of a dozen ballot referendums or amendments to legalize recreational marijuana in states where the drug is currently legal for medical use.

For example, California, the most populous state in the country and the one that could arguably have the biggest impact on an eventual legalization of the drug, is expected to offer a referendum for residents to vote on the legalization of the drug for recreational purposes. President Obama has previously suggested that the best way to get the attention of federal lawmakers who believe marijuana legalization is an issue of low importance is to continue to pass recreational and/or medical laws on a state-by-state basis. If the numbers are clearly in favor of legalization, and states demonstrate that they can safely and effectively regulate the drug, Congress may be more likely to act.

Read More:http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/12/13/youll-never-guess-what-marijuana-is-being-blamed-f.aspx


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Israeli Vets See Empty Promise in Medical Marijuana Program

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

After years of research into the question, in July of last year Israeli authorities made post-traumatic stress disorder the only psychiatric condition for which the Health Ministry will approve the use of medical marijuana. The decision, backed by the Israel Psychiatric Association, was a cause for optimism among many Israeli veterans suffering from PTSD.

But a sobering account in Israeli daily Haaretz Dec. 8 finds that actually getting the stuff has proved difficult for sufferers—starting with the problem of getting the necessary doctor's recommendation, and then bureaucratic obstacles once they do. "We are a very small group of three or four psychiatrists who believe that in some PTSD cases cannabis is helpful," said psychiatrist Dr. Ilya Reznik, an Israeli executive board member of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines. "The pressure on our clinics is impossible. This is partly because people who get a permit and don’t come in every three months for follow-up risk losing their permit."

The Health Ministry justifies the restrictions by citing studies "indicating significant dangers in giving cannabis in cases of mental illness or addiction." But Reznik sees a double standard. "The most serious drugs we give—addictive drugs—there's no problem, but when it comes to cannabis, the Health Ministry feels it has to protect the patients," he told Haaretz. "Cannabis is the only material where the Health Ministry interferes in the doctor-patient relationship." 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/israeli-vets-see-empty-promise-medical-marijuana-program


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