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Tue
21
Apr

UK Manifesto Roundup: Political Party Positions on Drugs

Over the past week the UK's political parties have released their manifestos as the country moves toward its May 7 election. Below -- in alphabetical order -- is what each of the major parties had to say about what their drug policies would look like if elected.

Mon
20
Apr

5 companies with the biggest buzz in the marijuana industry

Today is April 20, aka 4/20, the semi-official annual holiday for the marijuana industry and pot-enthusiasts around the world.

People flock to public celebrations across the country that, in some cases, attract crowds of thousands. Pot-related businesses also show off their products.

Mon
20
Apr

Glasgow cannabis rally offers smoke, politics and croissants

Noone seemed quite sure of the reason why this annual gathering in support of reform of the drug laws is called 420 day, but most of those present seemed pretty relaxed about it.

This included the police, who detained two people early in the afternoon but thereafter kept their presence low key, with a male and a female officer strolling past the stalls and temporary stage periodically in the sunshine.

Twenty years ago the attitude of the police would have been far less relaxed towards yesterday's (mon) gathering, which was part of World Cannabis Week.

Mon
20
Apr

Here's the only pot stock worth owning

This is pot's $3 billion banking problem The marijuana business is attracting a lot of interest from entrepreneurs, venture capitalists -- and consumers -- in states where pot is legal for recreational and/or medicinal use.

There are even dozens of publicly traded pot stocks. But should you buy any of them? Probably not ... unless you don't mind seeing your portfolio do a Cheech and Chong and go up in smoke. (Sorry.)

Many of the companies are trying to attract investors with goofy names and ticker symbols that make it obvious they're in the pot business.

Mon
20
Apr

Thousands blaze up in Hyde Park to celebrate 4/20

If you walked through Hyde Park in London yesterday you might have noticed a strange smell…. and then had a sudden urge to eat some food and listen to Bob Marley.

That’s because hordes of stoners descended on the central London park to have a smoke and celebrate April 20 (or 4/20), the unofficial ‘cannabis day’.

 

However this isn’t just an excuse to get baked in the park – among of the thousands of smokers were many activists calling for the legalisation of cannabis.

Sun
19
Apr

Scotland should pilot use of cannabis in medicine

SCOTLAND should pilot the medical use of cannabis and ecstasy, says a former government drugs adviser.

Professor David Nutt said the Scottish Government should legalise their use for pain relief and stress.

At the Edinburgh Science Festival, Prof Nutt said that the Scottish Government had a “pioneering” approach to “progressive” health policies.

Prof Nutt, of Imperial College London, was dismissed as a UK Government drugs adviser in 2009 for claiming alcohol is more dangerous than LSD, cannabis and ecstasy (MDMA). Recently, he called for LSD to be given to the terminally ill.

He also said the hallucinogenic drug could be used to coax people with conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder “back to thinking normally again”.

Sun
19
Apr

CANNABIS - MEDICINE OR MENACE: Psychology Prof Philip Murphy

When someone says they are taking black market cannabis to help with health problems, Prof Philip Murphy likens it to “a bit like pouring yourself a glass of whisky for medicinal purposes”.

Prof Murphy, who is head of psychology at Edge Hill University, has worked professionally in drug misuse since 1984 and has carried out extensive research into how the misuse of cannabis and ecstasy impairs cognitive performance such as memory and its effect on mood disturbances. 

However, although he against the legalisation of cannabis and its use recreationally, he believes there is political confusion which has hampered it being used to produce beneficial medication.

Fri
17
Apr

Marijuana for Appetite Stimulation in Cancer and HIV Patients

Why do we all salivate and desire flavour when smoking cannabis? Are ‘the munchies’ caused by the substance or does our body need the extra energy?… obviously not. A team of European neuroscientists led by Giovanni Marsicano from the University of Bordeaux found that, in mice, THC fits into receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, significantly increasing the animals’ ability to smell food and leading them to eat more of it.

Fri
17
Apr

Medical marvel: the uses of cannabis continue to grow

Spare a thought for Bert Trautmann, a goalkeeper who suffered two cracked vertebrae in his neck while playing for Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cup final. “He played on for the last 15 minutes and made saves that won them the game,” says Prof David Finn. No subs were allowed back then.

Fri
17
Apr

The UK Lags Far Behind on Drug Policy

Will the United Kingdom follow the US example and reform its cannabis laws?

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