Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pot, Salmon, Page Views, and Perspective

by David Downs
Thu, May 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Outside Online on May 20 added to our cover story about the environmental effects of unregulated cannabis agriculture with a piece that poses the question: “does the fate of the state’s salmon rest on weeding out the illegal marijuana farms?”

Catchy, but hyperbolic. First off, Outside doesn’t know.

“It’s impossible to know exactly how much water is being drawn from streams for marijuana farms …
many residents believe marijuana is the biggest factor threatening Humboldt’s watersheds.”

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Life in Prison for Hash Brownies? Gotta Be Texas

by David Downs
Wed, May 21, 2014 at 10:28 AM

A nineteen-year-old Texas youth, Jacob Lavoro, is looking at life in prison for making a plate of brownies with concentrated cannabis, KEYE-TV reports this week.

Officials in Round Rock, Texas are charging Lavoro with a first-degree felony because he used hash in the brownies instead of pot. The police are also counting the entire weight of the brownies — 1.5 pounds — as all hash. If found guilty, sentencing ranges from five years to life in prison.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

FBI Looking For A Few, Good (Albeit Stoned) Hackers

by David Downs
Tue, May 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

There goes that stereotype.

The FBI is publicly softening its hiring stance with regard to marijuana use, in order to attract the nation's brightest, most talented computer programmers.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Big Dates for California Medical Pot Regs Coming Up

by David Downs
Thu, May 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

California continues to sail into uncharted territory this week.

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s AB 1894 — which would regulate and tax California’s $2 billion medical cannabis industry — could get a floor vote in the Assembly later this month.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Prevention of Alzheimer’s Could Hinge on Marijuana Science

by David Downs
Tue, May 13, 2014 at 10:04 AM

The British Journal of Pharmacology has published a paper that concludes that the ingredients in marijuana likely work to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and age-related dementia.

Smoking, vaping, or eating the pot molecules THC and CBD directly effects nerve cell function, resulting in reduced chronic brain inflammation, reduced oxidative stress, and reduced cellular dysfunction — all the while promoting stability of the human body's internal environment (homeostasis) and healthy brain cells (neurotrophic support).

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Colorado Legalization 90 Days In: Crime Down; $33 Million in Taxes Earmarked For Public Health

by David Downs
Mon, May 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Colorado state tax reports issued on May 8 showed that $19 million worth of cannabis was sold legally in the state in March, up almost a third from February. The state also reported $7.3 million in retail weed tax revenues, plus another $12.6 million from taxes on medical cannabis. Last week, state lawmakers moved to spend some proceeds — about $33 million — on school nurses and public education touting responsible use.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

California's Police Fear Weed Anarchy More Than Weed Itself

by David Downs
Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:07 AM

For the first time in history, California's police chiefs and city bureaucrats are less afraid of pot than they are of a regulatory vacuum after California legalizes it in 2016. In order to fill that vacuum, state legislators are making genuine progress on historic regulations for California's multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hemp is Back! 1,000-Plus Acres in Colorado

by David Downs
Wed, May 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Marijuana’s sober sibling “hemp” — used for millennia as a food, fuel, and fiber — returns to American fields this year in another sign of the end of prohibition.

The State of Colorado — which legalized hemp farming at the ballot in 2012 — closed the application period for hemp farmers this week, and roughly, 1,300 acres of the drought-resistant, tough, cane-like plant could be sown, reports state. America has a half-billion dollar hemp industry for hemp oil, seeds, and fiber — and that is despite a federal war on marijuana and hemp which has prevented its legal, domestic cultivation. US hemp revenue is handed over to importers from Canada and China.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Drug Cops Sting Autistic Boy; School Sues

by David Downs
Tue, May 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

A Southern California school district is suing the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after undercover officers ran a marijuana sting on an autistic teen — in yet another example of America’s disgusting, out of control war on weed.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Unprecedented Pot Study Planned at SF General

by David Downs
Mon, May 5, 2014 at 10:22 AM

An unprecedented human trial of vaporized cannabis is set to begin this summer at San Francisco General Hospital, Legalization Nation has learned.

Pending final clearances, SF General Hospital Chief of Hematology and Oncology Dr. Donald Abrams will use government dollars and government-supplied weed to see if cannabis reduces the pain and inflammation associated with sickle-cell disease. Such scientific studies are extremely rare, because of the ongoing federal war on marijuana.

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