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Researchers say Marijuana Smoking Not Linked To Cancer or Lung Damage

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
smoking-cannabisDonald Tashkin's is a tale cannabis pushers like to repeat. The physician and professor at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine set out to prove -- via a study funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse -- that marijuana is bad for you. Instead, a long-term study found no solid link between marijuana use and lung cancer, in sharp contrast to tobacco terrible effects on health.
 
Similar findings were repeated all over the world. In a collection and review of studies on marijuana's effect on the lungs, published in the June issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Tashkin concludes that compared to tobacco smoking, heavy marijuana use has "relatively small and far lower" risks.
 
This despite an average joint marijuana having four times the tar of a typical American Spirit. How can this be?
 
It's worth remembering that this is not a new development -- Tashkin's long-term study was published in 2006. And well before that -- as in the 19th Century, when cannabis tinctures and other marijuana medicines were sold in pharmacies -- doctors were prescribing marijuana as a treatment for asthma patients.
 
There's more similarities between tobacco and marijuana that most cannabis advocates would like to admit. There are similar levels of ammonia and other carcinogens, and marijuana smokers inhale about four times the tar, Tashkin notes.
 
Yet several long-term studies found no positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer. And others -- judging lung function and health by lung capacity, function, and things like levels of sputum and phlegm -- found no positive link between marijuana use, even heavy, long-term use, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
 
Marijuana use does have deleterious effects, but they are short-term. Other than bronchitis that goes away after the pipe is put away, it appears there's not much else long term harm done to the lungs by marijuana.
 

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Scientists Want More Access to Cannabis For Research

Category: News | Posted on Mon, June, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
cannabis-researchOne stance that millenials are characterized by is our strong support for the legalization of (at least) medical marijuana: A recent Pew poll found that 65% of millenials support legalization of marijuana. But it isn’t just young adults who want the government to increase access to marijuana; medical researchers are adding their voices to the “improved access” cause.
 
Scientists have made advancements in studying the potential medical uses of the chemical components of marijuana, but due to the drug’s criminality, such research is difficult. As a result, researchers have called for improved access. Most recently, David Nutt, a professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, explains that the supposed dangers of (marijuana and other drugs) have been exaggerated, and that "The laws have never been updated despite scientific advances and growing evidence that many of these drugs are relatively safe.”
 
Marijuana, or more specifically, cannabis, is classified by the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 as a Schedule I drug; this category consists of drugs which meet one or more of the following criteria: The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse; the drug or has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States; and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
 

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Colorado Localities Make Own Rules Before Final Decision on Marijuana Sales

Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
AURORA, Colo. — As Colorado moves closer to issuing temporary regulations on the sale of marijuana, now legal in small quantities here, some cities and towns are not waiting for the new rules to take effect.
 
More than a dozen municipalities across the state have decided to enact moratoriums on retail marijuana sales, restricting them for now or at least until after the rules are finalized later this year.
 
Others, unsettled at the prospect of dispensaries within their borders, have banned marijuana sales entirely — which they are permitted to do under Amendment 64, the 2012 constitutional amendment passed by voters that legalized recreational use of the drug.
 
“As we talked to our police department and our building code enforcement people, it didn’t seem to be a very logical answer for us,” said Mayor Tom Norton of Greeley, a conservative farm town north of Denver that banned marijuana sales outright this month. “It seemed like it had the potential for creating more mischief than what we wanted to put up with.”
 
Discussions about how marijuana is to be regulated, and how the state will handle a legal drug market, played a central role during Colorado’s 2013 legislative session. Meanwhile, communities from Littleton to Vail have taken it upon themselves to ponder the issue publicly.
 
In the past six months, a task force of lawmakers, representatives of the state’s growing marijuana industry and others have wrestled with developing the rules.
 

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Dutch cannabis cafes in dock for selling drugs to tourists

Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 13th 2013 by THCFinder
Dutch prosecutors on Wednesday sought up to one-month suspended jail terms for owners and staff of cannabis cafes in southern city Maastricht for selling pot to foreigners in defiance of a controversial law.
 
"The public prosecution has asked for (sentences of) community service of 150 hours, fines of up to 5,000 euros ($6,600) and one month suspended prison sentences against sellers at three coffee shops in Maastricht," the Public Prosecutor's office said in a statement.
 
The seven owners and staff went on trial Wednesday for selling cannabis to customers, mainly from Germany and Belgium, who constitute two-thirds of coffee shops' clientele, thereby breaking the law which allows for sales to locals only.
 
Coffee shops in Maastricht, a Roman city of 120,000 conveniently wedged between the borders of Belgium and Germany, now hope the case will set a clear legal precedent.
 

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Attorney: Marijuana May Not Impair Driving Ability At All

Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Does marijuana really affect your ability to drive safely? An Orange County, California attorney who literally wrote the book on defending drunk driving cases says there’s evidence to show it doesn’t — and testing for the presence of marijuana doesn’t measure impairment, anyway.
 
Drunk driving laws today typically define “driving under the influence” as covering both alcohol and drugs, with marijuana included as “drugs.” In most states, the very presence of marijuana in a driver’s blood is either illegal in itself, or is considered proof of impairment.
 
“The prevailing view for years has been that cannabis, like alcohol, impairs the coordination, reflexes, perception and judgment necessary for the safe operation of a vehicle,” said Orange County, California DUI attorney Lawrence Taylor, a former Fulbright Professor of Law (Japan) and author of the standard legal textbook in the field, Drunk Driving Defense, 6th edition (cited as an authority by the California Supreme Court).
 

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Could Cannabis vending machines be the future of recreational drug use

Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Endexx Corp.’s Todd Davis wants to make it really easy for you to buy weed. He’s imagining a pot vending machine, where all you’ll have to do is push a few buttons and a can of marijuana will come tumbling down.
 
Pot vending machines already exist at medical marijuana dispensaries, HuffPo reports:
 
Davis’s company recently bought two smaller firms that provide vending machines to medical marijuana outlets. One, Dispense Labs, produces a card-reading gadget used by the staff at pot clubs to dole out measured portions of cannabis, streamlining the buying process. (The machine is pictured below.) The other acquisition, CannCan, engineered a modified soda machine that dispenses plastic cans full of marijuana.
 
But Davis wants to install these things in states where recreational pot could be legalized. It’s not a totally crazy idea: Beer vending machines exist, for instance (in Japan). And there used to be cigarette vending machines all over the place. Oh, and you can get high-fructose corn syrup from a vending machine in every school, office, hotel, and rest stop, and that’s arguably just as bad for you.
 
Read more: http://grist.org

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