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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Medical Marijuana Activists Appeal to US Supreme Court

by David Downs
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Medical cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will ask the US Supreme Court to review the United States' classification of marijuana as more dangerous than cocaine, meth, or Oxycodone. Oakland-based ASA said Monday that they had filed a petition with the US Supreme Court to appeal a January Circuit Court decision which maintains cannabis' prohibition as one of the world's most dangerous drugs.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Meet Medical Weed's New Donor: Google

by David Downs
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Internet search kingpin Google has granted $250,000 per year in AdWords credits to a Michigan marijuana group, MMJ Business Daily reports.

Michigan Compassion - a non-profit cannabis education group - received the in-kind donation from Google's donation program Google Grants. Google says it is the first donation of its kind to a marijuana group.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Time Magazine: The Drug War Is Blocking Cancer, Alzheimer's Treatments

by David Downs
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Kudos to Time magazine for leading the pack of mainstream journalists questioning why politics trumps science in drug policy. Friday, Time's excellent Maia Szalavitz posted that "potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and many other illnesses are being blocked by anti-drug laws."

That opinion comes from a new editorial review published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, wherein lead author David Nutt — chair of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London — and his colleagues argue the drug war is "hindering progress in neuroscience and deterring drug companies from pursuing important leads in major disorders affecting millions of patients."

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Monday, June 17, 2013

What Montanans Hear About Medical Marijuana

by David Downs
Mon, Jun 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Good morning, how about some modern reefer madness from flyover country?

"The average 'medical' marijuana user is a 32-year-old white male with a history of alcohol, cocaine and meth use, but NO history of a life-threatening illness," wrote a rehab industry shill in Sunday's Montana Standard.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Colbert Report on 'Marijuana Makes You Skinny' Research

by David Downs
Thu, May 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Political satirist and host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report took a look Tuesday at the reports that marijuana improves metabolism, may prevent diabetes and keep people skinny in a segment called "Cheating Death".

"The idea that this stupid ... study could eat into the profits of these great American pharmaceuticals makes my blood boil!"

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Meet Legalization Nation at INTCHE in Burlingame This Saturday

by David Downs
Thu, May 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

You know who could use some medical marijuana education? The San Francisco peninsula, where it's seemingly nothing but dispensary bans from the San Francisco border to San Jose. That's just cruel.

To that end, your humble, ever-faithful Legalization Nation editor is scheduled to speak Saturday, May 18 at 4:40 p.m. in Burlingame, CA. at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

How To Buy Maryland Medical Marijuana: First, Wait Three Years ...

by David Downs
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Maryland's state nickname may be "Free State", but it won't feel liberating to patients who qualify for medical marijuana.

The Maryland State Senate voted 42-4 earlier this week in favor of House Bill 1101, widely lauded as the law to make Maryland the 20th medical marijuana state in the nation. Nice work to everyone who's trying, but just to be clear, HB 1101 doesn't legalize medical marijuana — at least not yet. And if the rest of the Eastern Seaboard is any indication — New Jersey, Maine, Rhode Island, Washington D.C. — a forest of red tape will soon envelop this token project.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Gut Feeling: Pot Eases Crohn's Disease

by David Downs
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, Israel is recruiting Crohn's Disease sufferers for a study on the ability of cannabis to treat the inflammatory bowel disease. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health's ClinicalTrials.gov, researchers with Meir are currently recruiting participants for phase 1 and 2 studies of the effectiveness of pot molecules THC and CBD on the painful, diarrhea- and vomiting-inducing GI tract illness, which affects 400,000-600,000 North Americans.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Health Costs of Pot Tiny Compared to Tobacco or Alcohol

by David Downs
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The health costs associated with marijuana are $20 per year versus $800 for tobacco and $165 for alcohol, according to this new infographic from designer Adrienne Erin, who works at the detox business Clarity Way.

In her infographic, Erin runs through the latest polls, the national legalization picture, Colorado and Washington legalization details, and more to create a nice little primer on what's going on. The $20 per year annual health cost of pot can be traced back to the Canada's national health department: Health Canada, in 2006. Check the infographic below:

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Medical Pot Sales Tax on the Terminally Ill May Be Lifted

by David Downs
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The only thing for certain is death and taxes — OK, so maybe not all taxes.

Terminally ill medical marijuana patients may be able to avoid paying the 7.5 percent state sales tax on the pain-, nausea-, and wasting-combating drug if a new proposal from the California Board of Equalization becomes law.

The BOE currently mandates all sales of medical cannabis be taxed, netting the state an estimated $100 million per year in sales taxes. Scores of California cities like San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Richmond also assess their own local "sin" taxes on medical pot, on top of state sales tax, bringing in tens of millions of dollars more annually, reports show.

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