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College launches research institute devoted to pot

Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 27th 2012 by THCFinder
ARCATA, Calif. — A public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
 
The Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University plans to sponsor scholarly lectures and coordinate research among 11 faculty members from fields such as economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology.
 
The Times-Standard of Eureka reports (http://bit.ly/V5H8zy) that one professor is studying recent campaigns to legalize marijuana, while another is investigating the environmental effects of pot cultivation.
 
"If anyone is going to have a marijuana institute, it really should be Humboldt State," economist Erick Eschker, the institute's co-chair, told the newspaper. Eschker is studying the connection between marijuana production and employment in the county.
 
The institute is probably the first dedicated to examining marijuana through the lens of multiple disciplines, according to sociologist Josh Meisel, who is leading the enterprise with Eschker. Humboldt faculty started discussing the idea in 2010 when California was preparing to vote on a bitterly contested ballot proposition that would have treated marijuana like alcohol.
 
"With these public discussions, there were a lot more questions than there were answers," Meisel said, adding that he and other faculty became interested in applying academic rigor to the economic, health and legal issues raised in eventually unsuccessful campaign.
 
Now that voters in Colorado and Washington have done what California would not, passing marijuana legalization measures this month, the institute has even more reason to exist. Politics professor Jason Plume is giving a lecture on the marijuana reform movement on Tuesday night, one of seven public talks the institute plans to host this year.
 

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Thiago Silva Suspended 6 Months for Positive Marijuana Test

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
Thiago Silva has once again failed a post-fight drug test. Following UFC on FUEL TV in Macau the Brazilian tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
 
UFC officials confirmed the news Wednesday evening and released the following statement.
 
“Thiago Silva tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his bout at UFC on FUEL TV in Macau. The UFC organization has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents. Silva has admitted to taking the banned substance and has agreed to participate in an approved drug-rehabilitation program and serve a six-month suspension retroactive to the November 10 event. He must pass a drug test upon completion of the suspension before receiving clearance to fight again.”
 
Prior to this flagged test, Silva was popped for submitting a fake urine sample to the Nevada State Athletic Commission at UFC 125 back in November of 2011. He served a one year suspension for that infraction and was forced to give up 25 percent of his purse.
 
No word as to whether his fight with Stanislav Nedkov which he won via submission will be turned to a “no-contest” or not.
 
Could this be the end of Silva’s time inside the UFC?
 

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Head of U.N. drug agency wants U.S. to fight new marijuana laws

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder
VIENNA -- The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington state that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
 
Raymond Yans said the approvals send "a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad."
 
Yans heads the International Narcotics Control Board. He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder "will take all the necessary measures" to ensure that marijuana possession and use remain illegal throughout the U.S.
 
Yans' announcement was greeted with a mixture of indifference (a vast collective yawn being the primary reaction) and hostility ("tell that UN moron to go fuck himself," one stoner offered) in the American cannabis community.
 
Both states are holding off on plans to regulate and tax the drug while waiting to see whether the Justice Department will assert federal authority. The U.N. agency has no enforcement ability.
 

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Holland to ban 'skunk' marijuana from coffee shops over fears it is as dangerous as heroin and cocaine

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 21st 2012 by THCFinder
Super-strength marijuana is to be banned from Holland's coffee shops under tough new laws that could see 'skunk' reclassified as a class A drug.
 
Dutch justice minister Ivo Opstelten wants the country's famous licensed cafes to only sell cannabis containing less than 15 per cent of the main active chemical, THC.
 
The decision will be a major blow to hundreds of coffee shop owners, many of them in Amsterdam, who will have to replace around 80 per cent of their stock with weaker varieties.
 
Snuffed out: Super-strong marijuana will soon be banned from Holland's famous coffee shops over fears it can be as bad for your health as cocaine and heroin
Critics claim it will make the problem worse by pushing stronger versions of the drug onto the black market.
 
Mark Josemans, the spokesman for the Maastricht coffee shop owners association, told the Volkskrant newspaper: 'Weak weed in the coffee shops, strong weed on the streets - then the choice is pretty clear.
 
'It makes it harder for society. A user smokes less, just as people don't drink rum out of a beer glass.'
 
According to the Daily Telegraph, the government is acting on a study by Dutch mental health charity, the Trimbos Institute, which found that skunk can be so dangerous it should be classed alongside heroin and cocaine.
 
THC is the compound that gives users the 'high' and in large quantities has been blamed for causing psychotic reactions. 
 
At present, the country's liberal laws allows customers to buy up to five grammes (0.18 ounces) of marijuana for personal use in around 500 licensed cafes.
 
The decision comes as Jacqui Smith, the former home secretary, admitted it was a mistake to upgrade cannabis to a Class B drug in Britain.
 
She now argues that it would have been better to improve education about the drug rather than raise the level of criminalisation.
 
When Mr Opstelten announced the tougher laws, he also relaxed a mandatory plan to ban foreigners from cannabis-selling cafes.
 
Under the rules, which had been branded 'tourism suicide', only Dutch residents would have been able to enter coffee shops.
 
Potential customers would also have been forced to sign up for a one-year membership, or 'dope pass'.
 
Now it will be up to local authorities to decide how to enforce the new legislation.
 

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Cash Hyde Succumbs to Cancer, Family Says Medical Marijuana Extended His Life

Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
Cash Hyde lived half of his life with a feeding tube surgically attached to his stomach. And about half of his life was spent in hospitals -- including a 49-day coma -- after a diagnosis with brain cancer. It was that cancer which claimed his life Wednesday night; he had beaten it twice, but after two full remissions, its third appearance was too much. He died in his father's arms at the family home in Missoula, Montana. 
 
He was 4 years old.
 
He was first diagnosed with cancer at 20 months. He learned to walk and speak while terminally ill, and shortly before he died, informed his family that he had had enough. "No more pokes," said Cash, referring to the countless injections, blood drawings and other medical procedures that are a cancer patient's daily routine.
 
And while it was cancer that killed him, it was a 2011 change in Montana state law which denied him for 73 days access to the medicine that had kept him alive to that point. That medicine was cannabis, which Mike Hyde administered to his son at the risk of federal and state prison terms.
 
Cash's story had made national news, with outlets flying to Missoula to interview the family and film Cash taking his illegal "medicine." By the time of his death, it was estimated that he was Montana's youngest medical marijuana card-holder. Along with chemotherapy and radiation -- as well as brain surgery when he was two years old -- cannabis was a key component of his cancer treatment: the medical marijuana helped him sleep and helped him eat, Mike Hyde said. The situation was among the first highly publicized instances of a young child receiving relief from the cannabis plant.
 
Cash died Wednesday shortly before 10 p.m., according to John Malanca, a Northern California resident who also owns a home in Montana and is authorized to speak on behalf of the Hyde family. 
 

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Marijuana: MMJ dispensaries seeing flood of people looking for legal ganja

Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
Although Amendment 64 passed last week, Governor John Hickenlooper has told us not to bring out the Cheetos and Goldfish just yet. But apparently people need a firmer reminder that there are more hurdles to be surmounted -- and we're not just talking about the feds -- before pot shops can open in Colorado.
 
Several dispensary owners have told us non-patients are showing up at their doors asking to buy pot. One told us he hated turning away all those smiling faces, but at least the potential customers seemed to understand once he explained the process.
 
Non-patients will have no access to this for more than a year.
 
I saw the confusion firsthand last week when visiting a dispensary for an upcoming review. While I was waiting in line, two people walked in off the street; with one asking if he could now buy cannabis and the other acting offended when the receptionist asked for his medical marijuana card. Other patients have told us they've spotted signs saying, essentially, "We can't sell you marijuana" on the front door of their regular dispensaries.
 
Nor will centers be able to sell you marijuana for at least a year -- not unless you have a medical marijuana card.
 
For starters, Amendment 64 isn't yet part of the Colorado constitution -- not officially. After the election results are certified on December 6, Hickenlooper has thirty days to sign it -- a move he has indicated he will make within that time frame. Once Amendment 64 is signed into law, people 21 years of age and older will be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in this state, and Coloradans will be allowed to grow as many as six plants here. The law will also allow patients to keep their entire harvest, even if it's over an ounce.
 
But pot shops will still be many months away.
 

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