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Marijuana Chai Drink Recipe

The Weed Blog - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 15:24
When you’re trying to relax, or just need a dope drink for your daily grind, the chronic chai is sure to be a good choice. The drink can either boost your mood or chill you out, depending on what situation you’re in and can be served both hot and cold. The recipe is super simple [...]

The Desperate Lies Of Josh Marquis, Part II: There’s No Money in Legal Weed

The Weed Blog - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 14:11
In continuing my dissection of the obfuscations and half-truths of Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis, the leading spokesperson for law enforcement’s opposition to marijuana legalization in Oregon, I happened upon a statement of his on his personal Facebook page that claims Measure 91′s legalization of marijuana won’t provide any tax revenues to local law enforcement: [...]

Low Temp Dabs Vs. High Temp Dabs

The Weed Blog - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 13:02
By Aarr Kellz, Spaceship Earth Farms To dab or not to dab is no longer the question. The question, is at which temperature should we dab? Well I was recently introduced to the joys of low temp dabbing. So what is low temp dabbing? Low temp dabbing is when you take a dab at a [...]

Jays On Jays In Amsterdam

The Weed Blog - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 12:02
By John Knetemann I have recently made the pilgrimage that all cannabis enthusiasts must take once in their life, the voyage to Amsterdam. This past year, I have arrogantly claimed that Denver is the new weed capital of the world. Denver is my home-city, and I took huge pride stealing that title from Amsterdam. However, [...]

US NY: OPED: Of Pot And Percocet

Cannabis News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:00
New York Times, 31 Aug 2014 - PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding - 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use - and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it. Could the availability of medical marijuana reduce the hazards of prescription painkillers? If enough people opt to treat pain with medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers in states where this is legal, it stands to reason that states with medical marijuana laws might experience an overall decrease in opioid painkiller overdoses and deaths.

US NY: OPED: Of Pot And Percocet

Medical Marijuana - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 04:00
New York Times, 31 Aug 2014 - PRESCRIPTION opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding - 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use - and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it. Could the availability of medical marijuana reduce the hazards of prescription painkillers? If enough people opt to treat pain with medical marijuana instead of prescription painkillers in states where this is legal, it stands to reason that states with medical marijuana laws might experience an overall decrease in opioid painkiller overdoses and deaths.

How To Make Strawberry Marijuana Muffins

The Weed Blog - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 00:46
Strawberry Marijuana Muffin Recipe Feeling motivated to make tomorrow’s breakfast now? Or perhaps you’re just waking up late and you want to make something dank to celebrate the fact that you don’t have a hangover. These strawberry muffins are also medicated, giving your morning snack an added boost that’s sure to brighten up your morning. [...]

Illinois Governor Signs Hemp Research Measure Into Law

The Weed Blog - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 23:42
By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Democrat Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation, House Bill 5085, authorizing state universities to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The new law takes effect in January. Illinois joins more than a dozen states — including Hawaii, Indiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah earlier this year — that have enacted legislation redefining hemp as an agricultural commodity and authorizing state-sponsored [...]

34,000 New Mexicans Suffering From Alzheimer’s Denied Access To Medical Cannabis

The Weed Blog - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:37
The Secretary of Health denied a petition to add Alzheimer’s disease to the list of medical conditions eligible for the medical cannabis program, even though the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board voted unanimously to recommend making neurodegenerative dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, qualifying conditions. Alzheimer’s disease, similar to many of the conditions presently included in New Mexico’s [...]

Earl Blumenauer To Talk Federal Tax Reform For Marijuana Businesses At International Cannabis Business Conference

The Weed Blog - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 21:32
Congressman Earl Blumenauer,  U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd congressional district, will be presenting at the first annual International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, OR this September. The conference focuses on the emerging billion dollar cannabis industry and features an impressive list of experts in the cannabis industry.  Blumenauer is by far the most outspoken representative in the nation [...]

US WA: City's Ban On Marijuana Sales Upheld

Cannabis News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 Aug 2014 - (AP) - A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling after extensive arguments over whether Initiative 502, the voter-approved state law that legalizes adults' recreational use of marijuana, left any room for such local bans.

US NM: Berry Veto Quashes Pot, Tax Proposals

Cannabis News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:00
Albuquerque Journal, 30 Aug 2014 - It's Unlikely Council Can Override Mayor Mayor Richard Berry on Friday vetoed an election resolution that would have asked Albuquerque voters to reduce marijuana penalties and to raise taxes for social services.

US: New Drug Czar Expected To Continue Public Health Focus

Cannabis News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:00
Washington Post, 30 Aug 2014 - The White House officially nominated Michael Botticelli on Thursday to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is charged with overseeing and administering federal drug policy. The White House has been moving toward dealing with drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice one. And the nomination of Botticelli, a recovering alcoholic, might be the most significant sign of that shift to date.

US CA: Pot Market To Remain Closed

Cannabis News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 04:00
Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug 2014 - A popular Eastside marijuana farmers market will remain closed, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday. Judge Joanne O'Donnell issued a preliminary injunction barring organizers from operating the market, which had attracted large crowds to the California Heritage Market in Boyle Heights.

Colorado: Marijuana Conference for Medical Professionals Set For Sept. 9-11

Hemp News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 18:39

When Todd Mitchem's mother was diagnosed with cancer a second time, her doctor told her that she had only six months remaining to put her affairs in order.

"That was a terrifying moment," Mitchem recalled. "Her doctor was so convinced of her prognosis that we began to accept the inevitable. Saying goodbye to my mother was going to be the hardest thing I could imagine doing."

At the time Mitchem's mother's doctor asked that she head to Pennsylvania to visit a wellness clinic and to undergo limited radiation. This visit could potentially extend her life as much as another month.

During this time Mitchem's mother found out about the many properties of marijuana, but in her state the plant was still illegal. Mitchem's mother began growing pot plants in her house and baking them into muffins with the hope that this self-treatment would extend her life a few extra and precious months.

That was six years ago and she is still alive today.

Todd Mitchem of Todd Mitchem Cannabis Consulting and CannaSearch LLC is on a mission to help doctors understand that they must learn about the benefits of cannabis in the body as a wellness medicine. "Doctors in many states now have a powerful medicine available to their patients if they will simply take the time to learn about cannabis," he said.

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U.S.: Anti-Marijuana 'Experts' Are Paid By Big Pharma Painkiller Drug Companies

Hemp News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:18

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Opponents of the marijuana law reform, alarmed by the rising tide of cannabis-sane legislation sweeping the United States, have turned to a group of paid academic "experts" to bolster their regressive arguments against relaxing the pot laws.

These so-called experts who are paid to offer anti-marijuana opinions in the press may represent a conflict of interest in the cannabis debate, reports Lee Fang at Vice.

Many of the "researchers" who have publicly opposed marijuana legalization are also on the payrolls of Big Pharma companies with products that could be easily (and much more safely) replaced by marijuana. Even worse, when these sold-out "scientists" have been quoted in the popular media, their financial ties to the drug industry haven't been revealed.

Dr. Herbert Kleber of Columbia University is an example. He has impressive academic credentials, and has been extensively quoted in both the popular press and in scholarly publications warning against marijuana use. Dr. Kleber claims pot may cause huge addiction and public health issues.

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Bermuda: Medical Marijuana Patients To Hold Rally; Cite Government For Dishonesty

Hemp News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:03

Activists plan to engage ruling party in discussion following caucus meeting

Back in January, then-Minister Michael Dunkley told the public that compassionate cannabis permit applications could be filed with his office, with a doctor’s support. This has proven to be untrue, with the Permanent Secretary as well as the Health Ministry Chief Medical Officer denying the program’s very existence./ (Please see below attachments for proof of the license program’s cancellation).

(Article depicting Minister Dunkley’s promise, later secretly broken)

“Gravely ill and dying patients took the Premier at his word, and scurried from doctor to doctor, sapping their final reserves of time and energy, only to find out that Government had secretly cancelled the program, despite taking public credit for their alleged compassion,” Gordon explained.

Gordon called the government’s gambit a “dirty trick” to play on the gravely ill and dying. At least two Bermudian patients have died while waiting for access to medical cannabis, needlessly suffering, according to Gordon.

Patients are now insisting on face-to-face talks with the Premier, outside the formal time-limited caucus meeting guidelines, because, Gordon says: “The time for sound bites and stock answers is over. We want direct, honest talks with follow-up questions because we were lied to, and we don’t trust these guys anymore.”

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Uruguayans Can Now Apply To Grow Their Own Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:48
Uruguay is at the forefront of marijuana reform right now. Whereas some countries have quit enforcing marijuana prohibition, but technically still have it on the books as being illegal, Uruguay has officially legalized marijuana. It still isn’t sold in stores yet, but citizens can now sign up to grow their own marijuana. Per the Huffington [...]

Santa Fe City Council Decriminalizes Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:39
Marijuana reform activists gathered enough signatures for a marijuana decriminalization measure in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The measure would have to go before the Santa Fe City Council, and the council would either pass the measure outright, or refer it to voters in the next election. Most people were assuming that the council would pass [...]

The Desperate Lies of Josh Marquis, Part I: The Prison “Easter Egg”

The Weed Blog - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:38
You have to feel some sympathy for Josh Marquis.  By all accounts, he’s a decent man and a good district attorney for Clatsop County.  But, unfortunately for him, he’s emerged as the leading voice for law enforcement’s opposition to Measure 91, Oregon’s initiative to legalize marijuana.  That’s a tough position to be in when the [...]