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Cannabis plants spring up all over German town after campaigners plant thousands of seeds

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
germany-cannabis-plants-sproutingCannabis plants are sprouting up all over a German town after pro-marijuana supporters planted tens of thousands of seeds last month.
 
Supporters of the group A Few Autonomous Flower Children spread several kilograms of seeds around the university town of Gottingen last month.
 
They say they are protesting its 'demonisation' in Germany's 'restrictive drug laws'
 
Scores of the plants have sprouted all over the town this week to the fury of the local police and council.
 
A website shows dozens of photos of the cannabis plants blooming in public parks, allotments, gardens and window boxes all over town - with some even growing outside the local police station.
 
Police have been ripping out the illegal plants on sight but the sheer number of blossoming plants became noticeable in the past week.
A police spokesman said 70 plants had been removed so far - including the ones outside the police station - adding: 'Everything that looks like cannabis is torn out.'
 
She confirmed that officers were expecting to see a huge rise in the number of cannabis plants in public areas, adding: 'Officers have been told to be vigilant and destroy any plants they see.'
 
A spokesman for A Few Autonomous Flower Children said: 'We can't set eyes on this useful and beautiful plant because it's absolutely forbidden in Germany to grow it.'
 
She added: 'This action is a big deal - people (from A Few Autonomous Flower Children) really put effort into it.'
 

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Recreational Marijuana Sales Banned In More Than Two Dozen Colorado Cities

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
mj-banned-incoAlthough Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several historic measures to implement marijuana legalization in the state, establishing Colorado as the world's first legal, regulated and taxed marijuana market for adults back in May, many of the Centennial State's cities are banning retail legal weed.
 
On Tuesday, Colorado Springs, the state's second largest city, is expected to vote to ban retail recreational marijuana stores, The Associated Press reports. Four of nine Colorado Springs City Council members have already said they will vote against retail weed stores. But even if legal marijuana sales are approved, Mayor Steve Bach has vowed to veto recreational pot shops in the city limits.
 
The City Council could just ban recreational marijuana sales altogether or allow marijuana sales but also pass a moratorium on opening pot shops until after Colorado voters weigh in on approving tax rates for recreational marijuana in the state this November. But according to the Gazette, Bach has said he'd even veto the moratorium option.
 
"This is so important to our community and in our best interest that I will respectfully need to veto anything short of opting out," Bach said in a Gazette report.
 
Recreational pot sales in Colorado cities that opt-in can begin on Jan. 1, 2014.
 

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California Dems Say "No!" to Medical Marijuana Crackdown, Federal Interference in CO, WA

Category: News | Posted on Tue, July, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
no-crackdown-from-fedsSoCal activist Lanny Swerdlow recently notified us that the California Democratic Party passed two historic resolutions on the issue of marijuana at its Executive Board meeting in Costa Mesa on Sunday, July 21.
 
“The first resolution called on President Obama to (1) respect the voters of Colorado and Washington and to not allow any federal interference in the enactment of their marijuana legalization initiatives, (2) end the federal raids on patients and providers in medical marijuana states and (3) appoint a commission to look into the reform of our nation’s marijuana laws.
 
“The 2nd resolution calls on our state legislature to enact statewide guidelines for medical marijuana distribution that respects the rights of local municipalities to regulate and license but will also provide marijuana 'to all patients in all areas of California, rural as well as urban.'
 
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“These are now official positions of the party and add another level of mainstream approval for medical marijuana and marijuana law reform - approval that will hold us in especially good stead when speaking with Democratic elected officials and candidates,” Swerdlow wrote.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has never said how the feds will respond to Colorado and Washington ending pot prohibition.
 

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Following Marijuana Legalization, Testing For Potency And Toxins Becomes A Priority

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
mj-lab-testingMarijuana testing has historically been used to verify whether a person has the substance in their system. But as more states legalize the drug for recreational and medical purposes, there is a growing need to test marijuana for different reasons — to verify its safety, purity, potency and active ingredients.
 
Part of the push to begin laboratory testing on marijuana came after Washington and Colorado legalized the substance for recreational use in November 2012. According to a report in the Associated Press, the action “has placed regulators and researchers in a race against time to develop health warnings and ratings for potency before the legalized dispensaries open in the states.”
 
Just like alcohol, when retail sales of marijuana begin next year in the two states, the drug will come with health warnings, potency ratings and certification that it meets the safety limits for pesticides, molds and microbes such as E. coli and salmonella.
 
Regulators say they want to ensure people are aware of just how strong the drug is before they use it and don’t want people getting enormous doses at once. For these reasons, the concentrations, chemical compositions and active ingredients will all be labeled on the product.
 
Genifer Murray, the CEO of CannLabs in Denver, said the drug needs to be properly dosed, especially when it is being used medicinally.
 
“You can’t just say take a few puffs every few hours,” she said. “You can’t die from eating cannabis, but you sure can feel like dying if you eat too much.”
 
The tests will be expensive, adding about $500 to the cost of every 5 pounds of marijuana, which currently costs between $1,500 to $3,500 for 1 pound, according to the AP. But Murray says the extra cost is worth it because regulators will be able to trace contaminated marijuana back to the source.
 
Mason Tvert, the spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, said the decision to test the safety of marijuana “demonstrates a shift in how we are beginning to treat marijuana in this country.”
 

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Cannabis Can Enhance Performance In Sports

Category: News | Posted on Mon, July, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
pe-marijuanaA recent research paper conducted by the Department of Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of São Paulo’s Ribeirão Preto Medical School, inconjunction with the National Institute for Translational Medicine, has found that cannabis can improve performance in sports (whether mild or extreme).
 
The paper, which examined numerous peer-reviewed studies, concludes:
 
“Cannabis smoking can be helpful for some activities such as extreme sports, as it improves muscle relaxation, reduces anxiety, and extincts fear memories (e.g., negative experiences) leading to enhanced performance. It is also worthwhile to note that cannabis smoking improves sleep time and recovery, which may favor performance when an athlete is facing multiple competitions in a short period of time. In light of these positive effects, one can assume cannabis is a doping substance that relaxes the mind and improves recovery.”
 

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Rules change on Olympic marijuana testing

Category: News | Posted on Thu, July, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
marijuana-testingIt's been 15 years since Ross Rebagliati won snowboarding's first Olympic gold medal at the 1998 Winter Games — and then nearly lost that medal after he tested positive for marijuana.
 
Since then, the drug has become an integral part of Rebagliati's life. Next month Rebagliati will open a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Whistler, British Columbia, called "Ross' Gold." The Canadian has also become a public face for pot-smoking athletes around the globe.
 
"Anytime somebody gets in trouble for weed I'm the guy the media calls," Rebagliati, who lives outside Whistler, told USA TODAY Sports. "I went on NBC to defend (Michael) Phelps for smoking responsibly. I told them, Hey, it's zero calories, zero fat!'"
 
Now 42, Rebagliati believes that changing attitudes toward marijuana — it's now legal for medicinal purposes in Canada and 14 U.S. states — justifies the drug's removal from the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances.
 
Like cocaine and heroin, cannabis is banned during competition by WADA, which oversees drug testing worldwide in Olympic sports.
 
WADA recently amended its rules on cannabis, raising the threshold for a positive test from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. In 1998 at the Nagano Games, Rebagliati recorded a level of 17.8 ng/ml, and argued the test resulted from second-hand smoke, which he still says. Ben Nichols, a spokesperson for WADA, said the raising of the threshold is meant to catch only athletes who smoke during the period of a competition. The drug isn't prohibited out of competition.
 

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