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Synthetic marijuana, bright lights could help dementia patients

New treatment safe and effective in battling agitation, lack of appetite and other behavioral symptoms

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Malia Obama’s Marijuana Drama: Part 2

Fire up the national outrage machine once again; we have yet another ripple in the Malia Obama weed-smoking scandal. If you take a closer look at the video of America’s First Daughter smoking a joint at Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival, you’ll notice a male figure standing to her right. The young man is rapper Taylor Bennett, […] Thanks to marijuana.com

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Enjoy Your 4:20 With This Story About a Weed Bust Giving Us Chance the Rapper

Last night Chance the Rapper blessed us with his highly-anticipated third project, Coloring Book, and you can hear it for free. I’m listening to it while writing this, and so far Chance has another classic on his hands. He and Kanye West continue their “Ultralight Beam” momentum with CB‘s opener “All We Got,” accompanied by […]

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Printabowl: Bringing Water-Pipes into the 21st Century

The art of glass pipes dates as early as 3000 B.C. The first glass pipes originated in Egypt and Mesopotamia through a process that used molten sand to mold glass. These early glass pieces took such unprecedented skill to make that they were considered as valuable as jewels. Thousands of years later, around 30 B.C., […]

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Large Marijuana Grow Found in Plain Sight Within Chicago City Limits…

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Marijuana grows are located by authorities with great frequency.  A simple Google search using the key word “marijuana” will almost always quickly produce many stories where authorities have discovered large scale grows.  Even as this is occurring regularly, authorities still seemed to be baffled at how widespread marijuana is.  While the reports seem to indicate some sort of victory by law enforcement, they are only revealing a drop in the bucket.  For every illegal grow discovered there are countless that they will not find.  This is to be expected as an outdated approach can only yield outdated results.

The desperate need for cannabis regulation cannot be more clear after we learned of a developing story in America’s third largest city, Chicago.  Authorities found rows of marijuana plants, with many being 10 feet tall, lined in a space located just off the Bishop Ford Freeway.  Edward Graney of the Cooke County Sheriff’s Police Department noticed a patch of lime green while on a routine helicopter flight.  He said “I never thought I’d see something like this.”  Barely believing the location and size of the operation Graney went on to say “When I walked in there to get my head around this, I couldn’t believe how big it was, I was in shock. Basically, someone put 1,500 plants in the middle of an industrial park.”

As government officials still hope for a naturally growing plant to simply disappear off the face of the earth, their approach seems sillier by the day.  The field off the Chicago highway was estimated to contain as much as $10 million of street valued marijuana.  These illegal grows will never be taxed and often it is difficult to even ascertain who is behind the operation.  The size and location of plants found shows that those growing are not exactly living in fear of authorities.  If one of the world’s largest metropolitan area is now considered a safe place to grow marijuana in the open, what hope does law enforcement have of uncovering grows deep in the woods of rural areas?

Police and DEA officials are left without the ability to enforce marijuana policy.  Of course it is not the fault of individual agents.  Would we hand modern physicians tools from last century and demand cutting edge results?  Regulation and legal economics offer the only plausible way to move forward.  If marijuana were regulated within the United States, the need for a black market would quickly dissipate.  Once the economics and demand are damaged, illegal drug trafficking simply will not offer lucrative rewards.  Those new lucrative rewards could be redistributed toward tax payers or for repairing our crumbling bridges and infrastructure.  That would also result in putting many of the currently 7.8% of our population who find themselves unemployed.  For those serious about keeping marijuana away from children and restoring our economic prosperity should be shocked at the decades long failure that has produced an even larger and more dangerous unregulated marijuana market.

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Medical Marijuana Industry News June 29, 2012

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New Billboard Featuring Father and Son for Marijuana Regulation put up in Colorado…

Supporters of Colorado’s Amendment 64 are starting to add up.  Amendment 64 will be voted on by the people of Colorado in November and would see marijuana regulated and taxed.  The group Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol was instrumental in getting the signatures required to get the issue to the ballots.  A new campaign that focuses on families was recently launched.  The group has placed a billboard close to the stadium that is home to the Denver Broncos.  Opponents were predictably critical and asserted that legalized marijuana will find its way into the hands of children.  Recent studies have shown this not to be the case in Sacramento for medical marijuana.  The group feels this is not the case and their billboard actually depicts a father and a son with the slogan “Please, Card My Son.”  Under that it says “Regulate the sale of marijuana and keep it out of his hands.”

 

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Chicago Passes Law to Ticket Small Level Marijuana Offenders…

Media outlets have been reporting on a plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in the city of Chicago.  Aldermen (term used for Chicago City Legislators) had a long debate on the issue the other day but in the end overwhelmingly approved the measure, 43-3.  The law was supported by President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  In response to dissenters who claimed the law sent a poor message to children, the Mayor actually stated that no action would send a far more devastating signal.  Chicago has seen a tremendous rise in homicides, up 38% from this time last year.  Many are concerned with police resources being tied up combating low level marijuana cases instead of more serious crimes.  Alderman Will Burns said “The calls I get at 2 o’clock in the morning are not about marijuana possession, they’re about someone who’s been shot in my ward, I want those calls to cease and the way we do that is to make sure our police are fighting violent crime.”  Residents of Chicago are also concerned, like New York City, about the disproportionate amount of marijuana arrests for Black and Hispanics, compared with Whites who actually smoke more marijuana.

 

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New Jersey Assembly Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill…

New Jersey Lawmakers have been discussing a bill that would decriminalize marijuana for about a month.  Earlier this week they passed it as many residents feel their tax dollars are being wasted on low level marijuana possession arrests.  The New Jersey State Assembly passed measure A1465 by a margin of 44-30.  Unfortunately for marijuana advocates, New Jersey Mayor Chris Christie has already indicated that he will veto the measure.  Judging by the governor’s opposition to a medical marijuana program that was already passed before he came to office, New Jersey residents may be in store for a bitter battle over a sensible decriminalization debate.  Check back with us as we will be covering the Governor’s response and possible veto in further detail to the decriminalization bill.

 

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President Obama to Sign Bill Banning Synthetic Marijuana…

Momentum for outlawing synthetic marijuana has been building for over a year.  Many states have their own laws against products such as “K2” and “Spice” but now it appears a federal ban will be signed by President Barack Obama soon.  Recently a bill (led by NY Senator Charles Schumer) passed in the United States Senate and will make its way to the president’s desk soon.  Dangerous side effects, especially for teens have been reported.  Many feel a tightly regulated marijuana industry would have prevented the synthetic black market.  The bill comes at a time when advocates are desperate for the White House to engage in a serious marijuana reform conversation.  Many were offended when DEA officials refused to acknowledge that heroin and crack were more harmful than marijuana.

 

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Medical Marijuana Industry News May 4, 2012

Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi Challenges Federal Government Over Marijuana Raids… As the federal raids continue against marijuana dispensaries, President Obama has had to deal with comments from all over the world.  Perhaps he was surprised to hear that his newest critic is one of his closest political allies, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).  …continue reading

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Breathe deeply: Study Shows Marijuana Doesn’t Impact Long-term Breathing

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We at marijuana.internet had high hopes entering this year.  Nevertheless the news continues to be much more positive than we anticipated.  Earlier within the week we reported that new research outlined marijuana’s effectiveness in assisting patients struggling with Aids/Helps.  On the more surprising and myth busting note, new research implies that marijuana might not have any effect on long-term breathing.

The 2009 week is a result of the research were launched through the Journal from the Ama.  The research spanned two decades and is among the longest ever to evaluate health results of marijuana.  The research would be a collaborative effort with scientists from College of California (Bay Area) and College of Alabama (Birmingham) adding.  The research started way in 1985 and it is an uncommon marijuana study to savor federal funding in the National Institute on Substance Abuse.  The research chose 5115 participants, both males and ladies from Birmingham, Concord, Ontario, and Chicago.

Most professionals think that smoking marijuana involves much deeper inhales which can lead to a strengthening from the lung tissue.  Researchers are warning more research must be done, however for medical cannabis advocates this news is welcomed.  The research comes at any given time where competitors of medicinal marijuana continue to be flexing their muscles within the mirror following the federal raids last fall.  The brand new information is a blow to detractors as recent news of increasing prescription abuse and the introduction of pure hydrocodone have worried many authorities and also the public.  Although researchers informed the study didn’t concentrate on cancer particularly, previous studies haven’t created a hyperlink between marijuana use and cancer.  Furthermore, scientists are wishing to evaluate the results of long-term marijuana use for individuals with heavier intake, even though this study implies that clearly cigarettes is much more dangerous in the long run.

The usual understanding on marijuana formally transformed now since many held the fact that ANY breathed in smoke was harmful towards the lung area.  This seems to become simply incorrect and advocates are now able to see among the longest held counter arguments to medicinal marijuana finally be offer relaxation.  Although this is tremendous news for that scientific community, many patients have moved beyond fretting about breathing in smoke as advocates have recognized for years that techniques for example vaporizing and dental ingestion (food items) happen to be viable options.  Overall these answers are encouraging and really should hopefully signal the requirement for future research to ensure that us to know the entire potential from the marijuana plant.

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Chicago Holds Great Economic Possibility Of Medicinal Marijuana

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Eco-friendly options take our nation by storm.  Vehicle companies along with other large companies foam in the mouth to inform us precisely how eco-friendly they’re.  However, another eco-friendly can also be attaining momentum.  The town of Chicago has lately been talking about the decriminalization of marijuana.  Furthermore, most are also talking about a possible financial boom that the medical cannabis industry could provide the Windy City.

Alderman (City Council Member) Daniel Solis needs a general change in the present laws and regulations relating to marijuana police force.  Solis thinks that a general change in legislation would generate yet another $7 million in minor fines each year in addition to save over $70 million.  The savings will be a consequence of less documents by cops, an reducing from the burden the courts face by defending a lot of minor marijuana charges, and also the expense connected with incarceration.  Furthermore, some believe that marijuana busts in Chicago have a tendency to lean heavily toward youthful African People in america.  This really is leading to these youthful people to possess a criminal history which will follow them around because they seek college or job acceptance.

Sleep issues from the Chicago Marijuana problem is medical.  There is really a desperate marketplace for medicinal marijuana in Chicago.  A current Chicago Sunday Occasions story describes Ryan R. Bailey, an old large financial company.  He’s been billed on a number of different occasions with large marijuana possession.  Due to our prime demand in Chicago, people for example Bailey have attempted to capitalize available on the market.  Bailey continues to be caught with growing plants inside a large warehouse, mailing 42 pounds of marijuana to his home, and growing unlawfully in Colorado.  The storyline also questioned Police Sgt. Kaira Williams, who is an expert while exploring and appropriating marijuana packages with the major courier services.  He claims he and the officials find a minumum of one package each day that contains marijuana from Colorado or California.  Furthermore, the content describes the road worth of marijuana in Chicago.  Top quality oz . of cannabis that could cost around $ 145 in California and Colorado can frequently command over two times that quantity in Chicago.  Clearly the opportunity of producing additional revenue in Chicago is excellent.

Money has a means of altering lengthy held values.  Like a decades lengthy rising deficit runs parallel to some decades lengthy rising cost for that fight against drugs, many seek a brand new approach.  The U . s . States may no more have the ability to pay the luxury of blanket legislation.  An itemized approach is required which is not popular any longer to throw money in the wall, and being attentive to what stays.

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