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Virginia Gov Caught Smiling Suspiciously Close to Willie Nelson’s Weed

Over the weekend, the state of Virginia played host to the 31st annual Farm Aid charity concert, an event that has grown exponentially in size and scope from the time of its inception 31 years ago. Since Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp founded Farm Aid in 1985, the benefit concert has raised over […] Thanks to

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Medical Marijuana Industry News September 21, 2012

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New Evidence Showing Marijuana Fighting Cancer Emerges… has been providing updates on studies that highlight marijuana’s potential provide medical relief.  Many of these studies show pain relief, while others have demonstrated that cannabis may hold the ability to actually fight cancer.  Several years ago, there was a government study released showing this.  More recently, Rick Simpson’s California Tears Hemp Oil has received praise from many who have used it to help fight their own cancer.  Only months ago, Tommy Chong announced he would be seeking similar treatment.  Although many of these breakthroughs have not received the deserved attention, it appears a new study is gaining a little more visibility.  Huffington Post is reporting that two researchers from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco identified a compound in marijuana that can stop the metastasis of many aggressive forms of cancer.  One of the researchers leading the study, Pierre Desprez, described the findings by saying “It took us about 20 years of research to figure this out, but we are very excited.”  The findings seem to revolve around cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid that has received a great deal of attention as of late.  This is also the cannabinoid found in the newly created Israeli marijuana that produces pain relief with no psychedelic effects.  Desprez has been studying the ID1 gene, which causes cancer to spread.  With the help of another scientist, Sean McAllister, who has studied CBD in depth, the two were able to determine that CBD can stop the spreading of cancer.  Desprez also said “What we found was that his Cannabidiol could essentially ‘turn off’ the ID-1… “We likely would not have found this on our own, That’s why collaboration is so essential to scientific discovery.”  Scientific collaboration on the issue can be difficult as experimenting with marijuana is often not allowed under current U.S. law.


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Fiona Apple Arrested for Marijuana Possession…

This week has been an eventful one in terms of musicians and marijuana.  Earlier this week we reported that Lady Gaga smoked a joint on stage during a performance in Amsterdam and praised the benefits of marijuana.  Now we have learned that longtime musician, Fiona Apple, has now been linked to marijuana.  However Fiona Apple was arrested at a border stop in Sierra Blanca Texas due to marijuana and hashish possession.  While the marijuana charge is a misdemeanor, possessing any amount hashish is considered a felony in Texas The singer has been on tour for her fourth studio album “The Idler Wheel”.  This particular border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca has also been a problem for other entertainers as Willie Nelson and Snoop Dog have also been caught with marijuana there.  It is unclear how severe her charges will be.

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Boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Tests Positive for Marijuana

Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. comes from a family of boxers with a rich history.  His father, Julio Cesar Chávez is often mentioned as the best fighter to ever come out of Mexico.  Chavez Jr.’s brother is also a professional boxer.  Chavez junior was a champion in his own right and only lost his WBC championship belt to Sergio Martinez only days ago, a title he held since June of 2011.  Unfortunately for Chavez Jr. he may be at risk to lose more as he recently tested positive for marijuana.  Because his previous fight was in Las Vegas, Chavez Jr. will face a review from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  Chavez Jr. has prior issues such as a DWI so it is unclear how the commission will rule.  In theory they could revoke his license to fight or make him forfeit the entire $3 million purse from the Martinez fight.  Chavez Jr.’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, tried to calm the situation down.  He said “I can’t really get excited about it. There’s no promoter in boxing who could pass the marijuana test, including myself.  “Julio is going to have to explain to the commission what happened and the commission will be guided accordingly. If there was a trace of marijuana, to me, it’s not the same as using a performance-enhancing drug. That is cheating.”  The issue of treating marijuana as a performance enhancer has come under fire especially as recent Olympians were banned from the games solely based on testing positive for marijuana.


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Marijuana in Music


“See I think drugs have done some good things for us. I really do. And if you don’t believe that drugs have done good things for us, do me a favor and go home tonight and take all your albums, all your tapes and all your CDs and burn them. Because you know what, the musicians that have made all that great music that’s
enhanced your life throughout all the years were reeaaaal f*cking high on drugs.” -Bill Hicks

Music and Marijuana, it’s like peanut butter and jelly. Some things just go great together.  Musicians have been writing songs about cannabis for years. And it transcends all genres, too. Country, rap, rock, metal, blues, there are fans to be found everywhere, except maybe opera (although it may enhance the fan experience).  Why does this matter?  Some of the most outspoken members of society who are in favor of legalizing marijuana are musicians.  The most famous event for music and cannabis was, of course, Woodstock.  That began a grand tradition of music festivals that continue to this day. The most recent event was the San Bernadino SmokeOut, sponsored by Cypress Hill, and featuring many other bands who believe in the power of the leaf.  But what do these bands have to say about it? Pop on an album and listen to them.

Cypress Hill has written numerous songs about marijuana, how much they love it, when they smoke it, and why they smoke it.  One track, “K.U.S.H.” off their latest album Rise Up is all about a specific strain, and why they like that one more than the others.
K.U.S.H keeps us so high
the more I smoke, the higher I get
the better I feel, I can’t quit
One reason they love it, it brings people together.  Everybody is down with Cypress Hill, “Snoop Dogg and Dre are down with us/ Cheech and Chong they’re down with us.”  And so are Willie Nelson, Bruce Willis, Halle Berry, Dave Chapelle, and Dionne Warwick.  It is a uniter, not a divider; how could smoking it be wrong?

Sublime’s “Smoke Two Joints” (written by The Toyes in 1983, not Bob Marley) is one of the most famous pro-marijuana songs of all time.  Why not, “I smoke two joints in the afternoon, it makes me feel alright.”  Some will argue, it can’t be good because drugs killed Bradley Nowell, Sublime’s original lead singer.  It wasn’t marijuana that killed him; it was heroin.  Hard drugs have killed many musicians, but not one has overdosed on cannabis.

Bands from the SmokeOut weren’t the first ones on the block singing about marijuana.  Black Sabbath, the godfather’s of Heavy Metal, were all about the “Sweet Leaf.”  That song really gets the introspective properties of smoking. 
When I first met you, didn’t realize
I can’t forget you, for your surprise
you introduced me, to my mind
And left me wanting, you and your kind

I love you, Oh you know it

My life was empty, forever on a down
Until you took me, showed me around
My life is free now, my life is clear
I love you sweet leaf, though you can’t hear

Come on now, try it out

Straight people don’t know, what you’re about
They put you down and shut you out
you gave to me a new belief
and soon the world will love you sweet leaf

Ozzy vocals capture all the positive aspects that people look for when medicating with marijuana.  It brings clarity of mind, and surety of self.  A life once so negative is now euphoric. And then he invites all the non-believers to try it out too.  Maybe it is something that the world could do with more of, open minds.

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