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Sun
29
Mar

Uruguay's New Government Takes its Foot off the Gas: Marijuana Legalization Hits the Brakes

Since 2013 Uruguay has been a shining example of tolerance, respect and freedom with regards to cannabis. However, since Jose Mujica has been replaced as the head of the government, things could change. For now, the new president is taking legalisation cautiously, while his past opinions on the subject have always revealed his negative take on cannabis. In the interim, the UN is pressuring the country, profiting from the change of government. Will things end up going awry in this country, pioneer in marijuana normalization?

 

Fri
27
Mar

Drugs squad accidentally gets locals high while burning marijuana mountain

Community gets high as police destroy marijuana with massive bonfire

An Indonesian police force might want to rethink its drugs disposal policy after accidentally helping residents of one district get high as kite.

Destroying tonnes of marijuana in a big bonfire proved to be as reckless as it sounds as those witnessing the event started inhaling the fumes.

Journalists and locals began feeling dizzy as police officers, who were wearing masks, destroyed tonnes of marijuana stacked up in a field.

Fri
27
Mar

Randy Gregory: 'I blame myself' for failed NFL combine drug test

Randy Gregory, a top prospect in the '15 class, said he failed a drug test at the combine.

ATLANTA -- If the evaluation process were solely about talent, Randy Gregory almost certainly would be a top-10 pick in next month's NFL draft. There's little doubt about that.

But with the draft five weeks away, the former Nebraska star suddenly has another issue to address: He tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Gregory revealed the positive test to NFL Media on Wednesday afternoon in an interview at his agent's home office in suburban Atlanta.

Thu
26
Mar

Man admits to shipping total of 220 pounds of marijuana from Colorado

Man admits to shipping total of 220 pounds of marijuana from Colorado

A man has been sentenced to serve almost five years in prison after shipping hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Colorado to Iowa.

From May of 2011 to March of 2013, prosecutors say 23-year-old Jared Michael Fromknecht shipped marijuana from Denver, Colorado, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt.  Fromknecht lived at the Denver home of a man named George Podes, and helped him cultivate and grow marijuana.

Thu
26
Mar

N.J. PTSD sufferers would qualify for medical marijuana under bill approved by Assembly

TRENTON — Post-traumatic stress disorder would be added to the list of illnesses that would qualify a person for New Jersey's medical marijuana program, and growers would be permitted to share excess cannabis with their competitors under legislation the state Assembly passed Thursday.

The Assembly also started a process to challenge rules the Christie administration created that dispensary owners say discourage people from participating in the medical marijuana program. Sponsors said the rules were not included in the law that was signed by former Gov. Jon Corzine just before Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010.

Thu
26
Mar

2016 WILL BE THE MARIJUANA ELECTION

Late last month, Republicans converged on D.C. to meet for CPAC—the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Decades old and sponsored by the American Conservative Union, this event is a requirement for top Republican politicians. It is no surprise that the leading Republican presidential contenders made their way to the big stage.

This year, something odd happened on the way to the podium. Speakers were sprayed with an array of questions on a topic that was somewhat new to the conservative agenda: marijuana policy.

Thu
26
Mar

Is the European Medical Cannabis Movement Gaining in Power?

Researchers and medical cannabis patients met at the Prague Medical Cannabis Conference to discuss the latest developments in the field. On the sidelines, Drugreporter's guest author Iga Jeziorska interviewed two activists who were involved with the recent founding of the International Medical Cannabis Patients' Coalition.

Physicians from various countries and specialisations, pharmacists, activists and patients, met between March 4th and 7th at the international Medical Cannabis Conference in Prague. The discussion and presentation topics were mostly highly specialised in particular branches of medicine, including cancer, tumours, dermatology, and psychiatric disorders, such as PTSD or psychosis.

Wed
25
Mar

Study Alert: Negative Effect of Legal Access to Marijuana

Also, in his opinion, the Uruguayan law is better formulated compared to that of the Netherlands, since in the South American country the state regulates from production to marketing cannabis.

"Our results show that when a substance is legalized, people are more likely to consume and that can affect productivity," he told Efe this professor of Economics at the University of Maastricht.

Data were collected before and after implementation of a policy in 2011, which happened to allow only Germans, Belgians and Dutch could buy cannabis in the Dutch city of Maastricht.

"One of the effects we saw is that 5% was more likely to pass all courses," said the academic, compared to students of other nationalities in college, which became no legal access to marijuana.

Tue
24
Mar

Santa Cruz County supervisors ban commercial marijuana growing

Speakers line up to argue for or against banning marijuana cultivation in Santa Cruz County.  (March 24, 2015)

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Speakers line up to argue for or against banning marijuana cultivation in Santa Cruz County.  (March 24, 2015)

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It came down to one vote Tuesday as the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to ban commercial marijuana grows in unincorporated Santa Cruz County.

Before the vote, public comments lasted for more than three hours. Passionate pleas were made on both sides of the debate. 

The Santa Cruz County board chamber was packed with growers, medical marijuana patients, and neighbors who are impacted by illegal and legal marijuana cultivation.

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