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Commission Wants UN to Adopt Alternative Drug Policies

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations has a golden opportunity to promote alternate approaches to global drug policy next month when it meets in New York for a special session, but a high-profile commission said Friday that the work leading up to the meeting has so far been disappointing.

The Global Commission on Drug Policy - whose members include former presidents of Mexico and Brazil, as well as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson - said in a statement that on-going discussions in Vienna drafting the session's outcome document rely too heavily on an outdated law-and-order approach that emphasizes criminal justice and prohibition.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/commission-wants-un-adopt-alternative-drug-policies


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Study: Marijuana’s Influence On Driving Performance Differs Significantly From That Of Alcohol

Category: News | Posted on Sat, March, 12th 2016 by THCFinder

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Cannabis-influenced driving performance is significantly different from alcohol-induced driving behavior, according to driving simulator data published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology.

Investigators with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Iowa evaluated simulated driving performance in subjects following their consumption of vaporized cannabis, alcohol, or placebo.

Researchers reported that cannabis administration was associated compensatory driving behavior, such as decreased mean speed and increased mean following distance, whereas alcohol administration was associated with faster driving. Their findings are similar to those of other driving studies, like those here and here.

Investigators also reported that cannabis dosing in combination with low quantities of alcohol “mitigated drivers’ tendency to drive faster with alcohol” – a finding that contrasts with prior data acknowledging that the two substances combined typically possess an additive adverse effecton psychomotor performance.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/study-marijuanas-influence-on-driving-performance-differs-significantly-from-that-of-alcohol/


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MA Committee Fears Marijuana Legalization, Recommends Strict Regulations

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 11th 2016 by THCFinder

On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Special Senate Committee On Marijuana released a reportanalyzing the potential “policy ramifications” of legalized marijuana for recreational use—a reform voters will decide on November’s ballot. While claiming that the committee had not taken “an official position” on the legalization initiative, the report boasts a dearth of reasons why marijuana legalization could be harmful to the state and is mute on the potential benefits of the policy change. 

The report cites “concerns” that marijuana legalization may increase youth access, stoned drivers would endanger residents and tax revenues would not offset spending on the social consequences of legalization. Other pressing issues were edible marijuana products marketed as appealing to children, the persistence of the black market post-legalization and suggested that high-THC marijuana may make the drug more “addictive” today than it was in the past. 

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/ma-committee-fears-marijuana-legalization-recommends-strict-regulations


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Bloom Farms And Magnolia Wellness Donate $25,000 To Fire-Ravaged Californians

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 10th 2016 by THCFinder

Bloom Farms™, a San Francisco based medical cannabis company, has partnered with Magnolia Wellness, an Oakland dispensary, and raised $25,000 this past holiday season for Calaveras County Butte fire relief efforts. On Friday, March 4, 2016, Bloom Farms Director Michael Ray made the donation at The Resource Connection in San Andreas to the following organizations focused on post-event recovery and supporting affiliated local nonprofits:

  • Mountain Ranch Fire Relief Fund ($10,000 to support individual and emergency family needs)

  • CalaverasGROWN ($5,000 to support soil erosion prevention efforts)

  • Mountain Ranch Resource Center ($5,000 to support local community feeding program)

  • The Resource Connection ($5,000 to support countywide food insecurity efforts)

 

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/bloom-farms-and-magnolia-wellness-donate-25000-to-fire-ravaged-californians/


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Pennsylvania Spends $2.5 Million Annually on Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

The auditor general for Pennsylvania, Eugene DePasquale, is urging the state legislature to pass a bill legalizing medical marijuana due to fiscal concerns related to the imprisonment of nonviolent marijuana offenders.

According to the York Daily Record, Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections currently spends around $2.5 million annually to house 97 people imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana offenses, which equals about $25,700 per inmate. 

"Whether it's $2 or $2.5 million, it is a waste of money, in my opinion, to arrest people for this," DePasquale said in a plea to lawmakers to pass the state's pending medical marijuana legislation.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pennsylvania-spends-25-million-annually-nonviolent-marijuana-offenders


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Is it time for football to reconsider marijuana?

Category: News | Posted on Wed, March, 9th 2016 by THCFinder

(CNN)The NFL and the NFL Players Association have a staunch policy prohibiting marijuana use, but some players are asking them to reconsider it, saying pot can be used for pain relief, and possibly as concussion prevention.

If you play professional football, "your job automatically gives you the symptom of chronic pain," said Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe, who has played in the NFL since 2009. "You're hitting each other as hard as possible every single day in practice. Your body is in pain a lot of time."

More and more players are looking to marijuana for pain relief, he said, despite risking punishment from the NFL.

Read More:http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/09/health/nfl-marijuana-ban-eugene-monroe/index.html


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