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Cops under investigation after video shows them 'eating marijuana edibles, playing darts, and ...

The Santa Ana Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation into several officers caught on video eating marijuana-laced edibles, playing darts, and removing surveillance cameras during a pot raid last month.

Santa Ana police Cmdr. Chris Revere, in charge of the SAPD's internal affairs division, said Thursday that the video is 'concerning' and although the department expects its officers to 'act in a certain way' it has 'to be fair,' according to The Orange County Register.

Thu
11
Jun

Hysteria Over Childhood Marijuana Exposure Is Disproportionate To Harms

A major new study on accidental exposure to cannabis is fanning a media firestorm, and the ensuing hysteria is wildly disproportionate to the actual harms to children.

Simply put, kids who accidentally eat a pot brownie will be utterly fine. Meanwhile, thousands of kids are going to die this year from being poisoned by personal care and household products, with no proportionate outcry.

As a society, we must be clear-headed about this stuff. Lock up your edibles, of course, but prioritize outrage based on actual harm.

Wed
10
Jun

Up in smoke? California lawmaker wants to defund DEA's pot eradication program

WASHINGTON –  A California lawmaker is pushing to get rid of the Drug Enforcement Administration's pot eradication program, arguing it's fiscally irresponsible to spend millions burning up marijuana plants at a time when several states are legalizing the drug. 

Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, proposed an amendment to a fiscal 2016 spending bill that would cut the DEA's $18 million budget for the program in half. It would redirect $9 million to fund programs that help children who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

“Next year, I will bring another amendment to eliminate the program completely,” Lieu said in a written statement. 

Wed
10
Jun

Hayward police discover enormous marijuana factory worth $15 million

HAYWARD, Calif. (KGO) --

Hayward police have discovered a massive 44,000 square foot marijuana factory. Authorities say the value of the 13,000 plants seized is around $15 million.
The electrical systems inside had been dangerously bypassed with many major illegal connections, powering an elaborate hydroponic watering system, lighting system and ventilation system.

Hayward police say the operation included a harvesting and packaging room, living quarters and a sophisticated surveillance system.

It is suspected the marijuana grow operated 24/7 and cost in excess of $100,000 to build, police say.

Wed
10
Jun

With marijuana here to stay, next step to regulate its water usage in thirsty California

PBS NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michels inspects marijuana grower Casey O’Neill’s crop on a farm that uses rainwater. O’Neill is hoping pot will become legal and regulated in California.

Behind a gas station, just off the main highway that runs through Garberville, California, is a nursery that sells plants and seedlings. It’s called Wonderland, and by “plants and seedlings” it means cannabis. Its rooms and greenhouses are filled with a pungent array of marijuana plants that can be bought by people with a doctor-signed medical marijuana card. Then they can grow their own.

The openness of the business, in a state which has yet to legalize recreational marijuana, can be shocking to those used to the years of war against cannabis.

Wed
10
Jun

Californians' Support For Adult-Use Pot Reaches Record High

Support for the legalization of recreational marijuana use by adults has reached an all-time high in California, a state whose pot-friendly reputation precedes it but that has failed to get residents to approve full legalization in the past. A record 54 percent of potential California voters said they favored legalizing weed this year, a 3 percent increase in support from 2014, according to a June poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Wed
10
Jun

Study Links Brain Inflammation Triggered by Chronic Pain to Anxiety and Depression

Understanding of neurological mechanisms opens door to new treatments

Irvine, Calif., June 9, 2015 — Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term pain and the depression, anxiety and substance abuse seen in more than half of these patients, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers report.

Tue
09
Jun

Worth repeating: marijuana decreases risk of lung cancer

As more and more Americans consider the pros and cons of cannabis legalization, many points are worth repeating, and chief among them: cannabis actually decreases the risk of lung cancer.

It’s a counter-intuitive notion, since tobacco smoking causes cancer, marijuana smoking must as well. But as the LA Weekly highlights Monday, it’s just not true. Decades of pulmonary research is in: pot decreases the risk of lung cancer and does not cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Tue
09
Jun

New Global Energy Inc. Signs US Licensing Deal For CanaCard as New Regulatory and ...

THERMAL Calif. June 9 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- New Global Energy Inc. (OTCBB: NGEY) announced today that it has signed an exclusive 20- year agreement with Alternate Health Group's CanaCard a regulatory and compliance software system that will enable all U.S. states with legal medical marijuana laws in place to utilize and monitor the physician prescribed protocol.

Tue
09
Jun

UCLA Professor Finds Marijuana Is Safer to Smoke Than Tobacco

Dr. Donald Tashkin's studies "failed to find any positive association" between lung cancer and smoking weed

“You've got to hold it in your lungs longer, George.” A lot of people remember the famous comment by actor Peter Fonda in Easy Rider.

Thanks to the knowledge contained within the mind of Dr. Donald Tashkin, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA, the statement makes more sense than ever. He has been studying weed and its effects on lungs for more than 30 years, and provided early evidence that average weed smoking does not cause lung cancer or impair lung function.

Although Tashkin does not condone taking a toke, his insightful research into the effects on the lungs of smoking of marijuana has been published in numerous publications.

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