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Pennsylvania Religious Leaders To Announce Support For Medical Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, October, 20th 2015 by THCFinder

church drug war christian marijuanaA group of Pennsylvania religious leaders will announce their support for medical marijuana legislation Wednesday at a news conference at 11 a.m. ET on the Lt. Governor’s Balcony in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. They will then visit with lawmakers to convey their support in person.

A diverse group of more than 50 clergy members in Pennsylvania have signed a statement urging state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law this year. A list of signers will be posted Wednesday at http://www.ClergyForCompassion.com.

“We cannot remain silent while people in pain and anguish are deprived of a viable, safe, and responsible remedy,” the statement reads. “While we may practice different faiths and come from different communities, we share the same commitment to improving the broader community through the practice of humanity, healing, mercy, and compassion. That is why, as leaders within our respective communities of faith, we are joining together to encourage the Pennsylvania General Assembly to adopt sensible, comprehensive medical cannabis legislation.”

Speakers at the news conference will include Pastor Shawn Berkebile of Abbotstown, Rev. Theodore Cockley of Williamsport, Rabbi George Stern of Philadelphia, and Pastor Bonnie Whittier of Codorus. They will be joined by Rev. Alexander Sharp of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which is rallying clergy nationwide in support of sensible medical marijuana legislation.

WHAT: News conference at which Pennsylvania faith leaders will urge state lawmakers to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana law

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: Lt. Governor’s Balcony, Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg

WHO: Pastor Shawn Berkebile, Abbotstown

Rev. Theodore Cockley, Williamsport

Rabbi George Stern, Philadelphia

Pastor Bonnie Whittier, Codorus

Other Pennsylvania clergy members

Rev. Alexander Sharp, Clergy for a New Drug Policy

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/pennsylvania-religious-leaders-to-announce-support-for-medical-marijuana/


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Richard Branson Leaks UN Document Calling for Decriminalization of All Drugs

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 19th 2015 by THCFinder

British entrepreneur and outspoken billionaire, Richard Branson claims that the United Nations is on the verge of calling for decriminalization of all drugs. 

In a post on his Virgin website, titled "Finally—a change in course on drug policy," Branson leaked an embargoed, unreleased statement from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), calling on governments to decriminalize drug use and possession for personal consumption of all drugs. 

"My colleagues on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and I could not be more delighted, as I have stated in embargoed interviews for the likes of the BBC," Branson wrote. "Together with countless other tireless advocates, I’ve for years argued that we should treat drug use as a health issue, not as a crime. While the vast majority of recreational drug users never experience any problems, people who struggle with drug addiction deserve access to treatment, not a prison cell."

Unfortunately, hours after Branson published his post, the BBC reported that the UNODC has withdrawn the paper after "pressure from at least one country."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/richard-branson-leaks-un-document-calling-decriminalization-all-drugs


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Trudeau’s Liberals Appear To Have Won Canadian Election – Is Marijuana Legalization Next?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 19th 2015 by THCFinder
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(image via Canada.com)

According to multiple media reports the Liberal Party in Canada appears to have won a strong plurality of seats, and maybe even a majority, in the federal elections that are wrapping up across Canada right now. Justin Trudeau, party leader for the Liberal Party, has been projected as the next Prime Minister of Canada. If the math stays true, this could be a HUGE victory for marijuana reform efforts in Canada. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party has stated many times that it will make marijuana legalization a priority. They recently released the following press release outlining the party’s policy position on marijuana:

We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.

Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs.

To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/trudeaus-liberals-won-canadian-election-marijuana-legalization/


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Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Doesn’t Save Money

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

drug test testing welfareVirtually every day that I am on Facebook, I see memes calling for drug testing for welfare recipients. It’s something that conservatives have called for often. The principle behind their theory is that states would save money if they could prevent failed drug testers from receiving welfare. It’s an issue that gets people very fired up, especially conservatives who often see welfare recipients as free-loaders. But if the point is to save money, then it should be very easy to determine if drug testing welfare recipients pencils out by simply looking at the math.

Think Progress recently released an analysis of states that drug test welfare recipients, how much the states spent, and how many people failed the drug test. Below are excerpts that show the results:

Arizona

While the legislature has kept the rule each year since its 2010 implementation, very few people have actually even been referred for drug testing after completing a written drug use statement. Since 2014, more than 140,000 Arizona TANF recipients have been screened by the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Just 42 have been referred for a drug test over that time — of the 19 who completed the test, only three have ever tested positive.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/drug-testing-welfare-recipients-doesnt-save-money/


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The NFL Should Be Investing In Marijuana Research If It Wants To Survive

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 18th 2015 by THCFinder

The National Football League has survived more public relations crises in the past year than most multi-billion dollar organizations endure in a decade. Yet the greatest existential threat to the NFL - if not to the existence of football itself - still remains Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or “CTE.”

 

As former All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau’s documented struggle with CTE demonstrated, the presentation of symptoms that occurs in most stricken with the disease are not always readily apparent. Concussions and sub-concussive impacts on the brain cause the rapid brain decay that is a precursor to CTE. Eventually, the lobes of the brain blacken and loose density—causing depression, early on-set dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and eventual death.

 

Terrifyingly, the vast prevalence of the disease may not have been known until fairly recently. Just this year, Boston University found the existence of CTE in the brains of 96% of 91 tested subjects, all of whom played football at some organized level. When the disease was first discovered in 2002 in the brain of former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Webster by Dr. Bennet Omalu, the NFL initially tried to limit the fallout from the discovery. According to Omalu, “NFL doctors told me that if 10% of mothers in this country would begin to perceive football as a dangerous sport, that is the end of football.” 

 

Read More:http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbelzer/2015/10/18/the-nfl-should-be-investing-in-marijuana-if-it-wants-to-survive/


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Customs Officials Discover Pot Being Mailed to US Air Base in Japan

Category: News | Posted on Thu, October, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Smugglers have been using Yokota Air Base, the headquarters of U.S. troops in western Tokyo, to mail pot into Japan.

“Japanese customs officials at Yokota Air Base discovered marijuana being sent to an APO box in September,” officials said Tuesday in a statement, as reported by Stars and Stripes.

The pot, valued at 8.5 million yen or $72,000, originated in Canada, according to the Tokyo Broadcast System.

The package was sent as unofficial mail to a U.S. service member who was unaware of its contents, according to police quoted by Japanese broadcaster NHK World.

The American service member gave the package to a Japanese national who then gave it to another foreign national at a local bus station in Tokyo, according to the NHK report. Both were arrested.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/customs-officials-discover-pot-being-mailed-us-air-base-japan


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