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Thu
07
May

Map: The definitive guide to Vancouver's medicinal marijuana dispensaries

Vancouver city council is debating how to best control the over-the-counter sale of medicinal marijuana. A proposed regulatory framework will eventually bring dozens of illegal businesses out of the shadows.

Exactly how many dispensaries exist and where they are located has been something of a mystery.

Thu
07
May

Harvesting hemp

Manitoba firm says plant a vital part of 'right-fat' diet

It was 20 years ago when Mike Fata's desire to find a healthier lifestyle planted the seed that led him to co-found what has become the world's largest hemp food manufacturer.

"I was uneducated about health, fell prey to the fast food movement, and found myself weighing 300 pounds when I was 18," Fata recalled Wednesday.

Fata's brother helped him lose weight by getting him into a gym, but his diet still needed work.

"I learned the hard way about fatty acids," said Fata, who tried to cut fats from his diet. "I lost weight, but my health really turned negative from cutting key nutrients out of my diet."

Then Fata discovered the benefits of hemp foods.

Wed
06
May

West Australian gold explorer turns to marijuana investment to help weather resources downturn

When times are tough for the resources industry, companies often turn to and invest in biotechnology.

But for West Australian gold explorer International Goldfields Limited, the decision to buy into a company that develops mass market, non-synthetic cannabis products, is a little more unusual.

Director, David Tasker, said the heavy national regulation of growing marijuana in Uruguay, where their investment; Winter Garden is based, makes it a perfect agribusiness diversification.

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Wed
06
May

'Aging Hippie' Has Opened a 'Cannabis Cafe and Hotel' in England

"As you can tell from the empties, we've had a few people over this weekend," says 57-year-old Jonathan Falkus as we stumble past his overflowing recycling bins, crammed to the gills with bottles, and into the front room of his flat.

Located in the middle of a Guildford housing estate, Jonathan refers to his flat as a "Cannabis Café and Hotel." But, inside, it looks less like a fledgling business initiative intent on getting UK cannabis laws changed—or a hotel of any description—and more the home of a man who very much enjoys smoking weed.

Wed
06
May

Appreciating Art with Cannabis

One characteristic we don’t often associate with astrophysicists and cosmologists is a deep and very sincere appreciation for a variety of artistic mediums.  Carl Sagan, however, wasn’t your ordinary sky-gazer. He was on the forefront of the medical marijuana movement and hosted the PBS series Cosmos, which went on to gain world-wide notoriety and is still popular to this day. In his 1969 essay written under the pseudonym of “Mr X”, Sagan went on to explain how marijuana helped to enhance his sensory experiences, allowing him to experience a profound new appreciation for a number of different artistic mediums.

The following is an excerpt taken from the essay which can be seen in full here:

Wed
06
May

Willie Nelson looks back at 'family friend' marijuana

Now 82, Willie Nelson looks back at his life from a hardscrabble childhood in tiny Abbott, Texas, during the Great Depression to his triumphs as one of country music's original crossover successes

New York (AFP) - Days after a brief jail stint in the Bahamas for marijuana possession, Willie Nelson was invited to the White House by Jimmy Carter who thanked the country superstar for his campaign support.

Following a dinner in which the president spoke of his days as a peanut farmer and the singer talked of raising pigs, Nelson says that a "White House insider" invited him to the roof to look at Washington at night -- and brought out a joint.

Wed
06
May

Scientists Study Legal Marijuana

 

More than a year into Colorado's experiment legalizing marijuana, labs testing the plants are able for the first time to take stock of the drug's potency and contaminants — and openly paint a picture of what's in today's weed. At the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), one such lab presented present trends — and some surprises — that its preliminary testing has revealed about the marijuana now on the market.

Wed
06
May

Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100+ organizations want that to change

Last week, a Brookings Institution discussion on international drug policy began with the premise that "no policy has failed as badly in the past 30 years as drug policy," according to moderator and former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarakhan in his opening statement. But now a group of non-profit organizations are working to change that.

Wed
06
May

The Secret History of Cannabis in Japan

“Most Japanese people see cannabis as a subculture of Japan but they’re wrong. For thousands of years cannabis has been at the very heart of Japanese culture,” explains Takayasu Junichi, one of the country’s leading experts.

According to Takayasu, the earliest traces of cannabis in Japan are seeds and woven fibers discovered in the west of the country dating back to the Jomon Period (10,000 BC - 300 BC). Archaeologists suggest that cannabis fibers were used for clothes - as well as for bow strings and fishing lines. These plants were likely cannabis sativa - prized for its strong fibers - a thesis supported by a Japanese prehistoric cave painting which appears to show a tall spindly plant with cannabis’s tell-tale leaves.

Wed
06
May

How ‘Stoner’ Stereotypes Detract From The Importance Of Legalization

We all know at least one person who fits the “lazy stoner” stereotype.

These people live, eat, sleep and breathe to puff the magic dragon.

And, if you do get them stoned, all they want to talk about are other times they got high.

While these people may be an endless source of entertainment (It’s even a trope used in some of the best classic stoner films.), it sure as hell doesn’t help the legalization movement that’s been taking America by storm.

The issue of marijuana legalization has become a hot one, especially among the young and socially aware.

Politicians are slowly but surely beginning to understand this isn’t an issue that will simply fade away.

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