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Wed
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May

Berlin's Increasingly Unhappy Relationship With Marijuana

The discovery of 700 marijuana plants is just the latest in an ongoing saga in and around Kreuzberg’s Görlitzer Park.

There’s something special about the illegal Berlin cannabis plantation uncovered Monday. The 700 plants the city’s police just discovered were not hidden away in some attic, but growing outside at one of the busiest intersections in all of Berlin.

Police discovered the young plants—already reaching up to 15 inches high—on a green patch at Kottbusser Tor in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Hiding in plain sight (though apparently not that well), they were growing next to a packed subway station, apparently overlooked by both a daily market and an ever-present crowd of street drinkers.

Wed
13
May

Medical marijuana efficacy for PTSD lacking evidence, says doctor

Many veterans are turning to marijuana to ease symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, despite concerns from the medical community about how effective pot is at treating the condition.

There are a "tremendous" number of testimonials from patients with post traumatic stress disorder who say dried cannabis helps them, but there is a lack of randomized, controlled trials, said Dr. Stewart Cameron, a family physician and professor at Dalhousie University's faculty of medicine.

In September 2014, the College of Family Physicians of Canada released a document to help doctors decide how to use cannabis in their practices.

Wed
13
May

Medical pot bill frozen in Salem

SALEM — Lawmakers on a special joint House and Senate marijuana committee deadlocked Monday on a bill that would place a variety of new limits on the state’s medical marijuana program, creating significant uncertainty for the policy’s future.

The failure to reach agreement also threatens the committee’s key task, implementing Measure 91, the recreational marijuana legalization initiative that voters approved in November. The fight over medical marijuana has meant the committee has not passed any bills related directly to setting up the legal recreational market, with less than two months left in the scheduled session.

Wed
13
May

Retired Cop: I Never Encountered A Person 'Acting Out Under The Influence Of Marijuana'

 

A pro-marijuana ad debuting in Texas on Tuesday showcases a retired police officer who says the state should take a more "sensible" approach to marijuana policies because the drug causes far fewer problems than alcohol.

"I know of no instance in my entire career where someone was acting out under the influence of marijuana," says Russell Jones in the ad supporting a Texas House bill that would decriminalize marijuana, reducing the penalty for possessing less than an ounce to a maximum civil fine of $250. Current state law allows maximum penalties of six months in jail and a $2,000 fine for possessing less than two ounces.

Wed
13
May

Marijuana debate exclusive: What would you be voting on?

COLUMBUS – If their proposal gets on the November ballot, and is approved by voters, ten people or investment groups will basically own the exclusive right to grow marijuana for legal sale in Ohio.

As their campaign, under the one-word name “ResponsibleOhio”, has gained traction, the people behind those investments (roughly $2 million apiece) have largely stayed behind-the-scenes, until now.

Wed
13
May

Pot's Dark Side: Delusions, Psychotic Symptoms

Smoking marijuana can lead to more than a euphoric high, and has been linked to long-lasting delusions, mouth swelling and several other surprising effects, according to a new review of research on the recreational use of the drug.

"All recreational users should be aware of potential undesired acute cannabinoid effects," or the effects of being high on pot, study author Dr. Eva Hoch, of the department of addictive behavior and addiction medicine at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, told Live Science. The type and severity of these effects depend on many factors, such as the composition of the cannabis, how often someone uses marijuana, the user's disposition and how much they smoke, Hoch said.

Tue
12
May

Australians take more drugs than Britons on average, but less likely to have drinking problems

More Australians are taking illicit drugs than are Britons on average, but people in Britain are still smoking tobacco and abusing alcohol in higher numbers, a University of Adelaide report has found.

And while Australians were more likely to drink alcohol, they were less likely to have a drinking problem than Americans or Britons, the research based on global data found.

About 3.7 per cent of Australians were considered to have an alcohol use disorder, compared with 12.1 per cent in the United Kingdom and 7.8 per cent in the United States.

When it came to illicit drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy and opioid-type drugs (medications such as codeine and morphine), however, a higher percentage of Australians indulged.

Tue
12
May

Marijuana: Is It Really Doping?

The question remains; does pot offer an unfair advantage to those who choose to consume it?

Thanks to a few certain sports in particular - and some high-profile protagonists (you know who they are) - we often hear about the effects of performance enhancing drugs in sport. Most people accept that these substances (there are too many to mention here) are illegal and therefore have no place in competitive sport. But what about the widely used, and at times over-hyped case of marijuana? The question is this; does pot offer an unfair advantage to those who choose to consume it?

Tue
12
May

Another record month for Colorado rec pot sales

For the third consecutive month, recreational marijuana sales in Colorado reached record highs in March 2015, according to new Department of Revenue data.

More than $42.7 million of recreational cannabis was sold in Colorado pot shops in March, the most recent data available from the state. Those sales totals crushed previous records set in February ($39.1 million) and January ($36.4 million) 2015.

Tue
12
May

Marijuana Biz to Generate $8 Billion in Sales in Three Years, Study Predicts

Master P and Silkk The Shocker aren't the only ones looking for weed to make money anymore.

Marijuana is legal for adult use in two states and available to medical patients in almost half the country, and legal sales generated over $2 billion in 2014. But a regulated pot industry could unltimately generate $45 billion annually if marijuana is legalized nationally, according to an industry study published earlier this month.

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