Recreational Pot Will Be Legal Just About Everywhere Soon

By Todd Krainin on November 30, 2015

“When The New York Times says we should legalize marijuana, I think maybe I should re-evaluate my position,” jokes Reason senior editor Jacob Sullum, who spoke with Reason TV about the remarkable evolution of national drug policy over the last 25 years.

During the “Just Say No!” years of the 1980s, less than a quarter of Americans supported the legalization of marijuana. Today, even presidential candidates eager to claim the legacy of drug warrior Ronald Reagan are relaxing their views on prohibition.

“When they repealed alcohol prohibition, it was left up to the states what to do with alcohol,” says Sullum. “And so you have most of the Republican presidential candidates saying the federal government should not interfere if the states want to legalize. That’s really an amazing development.”

By contrast, progressives have been critics of the war on drugs, he says. It’s only when marijuana becomes an industry, run by capitalists, that the left get uneasy. Libertarians and progressives tend to spar over the nature of regulation of the drug business, not the need for or desirability of legalization itself.

Gallup.comIn 2016, recreational marijuana reform may be on the ballot in nearly a dozen states and Sullum is optimistic. With support for recreational marijuana polling at a record-high 58 percent, it’s only a question of how many states legalize in next year’s elections.

Sullum believes that California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, is the best bet for passage and the most influential state in play. “There’s a good shot it’s going to pass. It’s kind of surprising that California has not legalized marijuana by now,” says Sullum, who is also the author of Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Usea nationally syndicated columnist, a drug-policy blogger at Forbes.

About 9 minutes. Produced and hosted by Todd Krainin. Thumbnail photo by Chuck Grimmett.

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Mexico Rules Consumption and Cultivation of Cannabis is a Fundamental Human Right

By Marco Torres on 30 November 2015

Mexico Rules Consumption and Cultivation of Cannabis Is A Fundamental Human Right

 

The world is slowly but surely turning the page on one of the most fundamental rights we have on this Earth — the right to consume, cultivate and possess a plant. That right has been stripped away from many populations globally for decades. Earlier this month, just days after voters in the US state of Ohio rejected a proposal to legalise cannabis for recreational use, Mexico has ruled that cannabis — whether smoking, consuming or cultivating — a fundamental human right.

The Mexican Supreme Court ruled by a 4 to 1 vote that banning the consumption and cultivation of cannabis for personal use violates the human right to free development of one’s personality.

“This vote by Mexico’s Supreme Court is extraordinary for two reasons,” says Hannah Hetzer of the US Drug Policy Alliance, which campaigns for the relaxation of drug laws. “First, it’s being argued on human-rights grounds, and secondly, it’s taking place in one of the countries that has suffered most from the war on drugs,” she says.

Cannabis reached the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, arriving in the southwest from Mexico, as immigrants fled the country during the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1911. The cultivation of cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, can be traced back at least 12,000 years, which places the plant among humanity’s oldest cultivated crops.However, modern humans have found it acceptable to prohibit the use of one of the most therapeutic plants in the world based on mostly political reasons.

A federal law called the Marijuana Tax Act banned its use and sales in 1937. Prior to 1937 in the United States (and 1928 in the United Kingdom), cannabis had enjoyed a 5,000 year run as a therapeutic plant with no history of illegality.

Four US states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — have legalised the personal use of cannabis and Canada is expected to follow suit. More than a dozen U.S. states have now completely decriminalized the act of possessing marijuana. It’s a far cry from initiatives in 2011 when the US federal government decreed that marijuana had no accepted medical useand should remain classified as a highly dangerous drug like heroin.

We now know that accepting and promoting the powerful health benefits of marijuana would instantly cut huge profits geared towards cancer treatment and the U.S. would have to admit it imprisons the population for no cause. Nearly half of all drug arrests in the United States are for marijuana.

Bills to legalise cannabis for medical use are under debate in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. The world is moving towards its inhabitants finally being able to once again possess, sell, transport and cultivate the plant.

Several other countries have moved towards more lenient laws on cannabis use, but none have done so solely on the basis of human rights. Most, like Ireland, which in early November moved towards legalising supervised heroin use and possible decriminalization of other drugs, have cited health, compassionate and economic grounds.

“We’re seeing a new rationality in relation to drug laws,” says David Nutt of Imperial College London, who is a former UK government adviser on drugs. “At last some countries have the courage to admit that the ‘war on drugs’ is futile and does more harm than good.”

For more information, please see The War On Drugs: How the “Land of the Free” Became the “Home of the Slaves” for Over 2 Million Americans.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Cannabis

1. Cancer: Cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in and also kill cancer cells. Western governments have known this for a long time yet they continued to suppress the information so that cannabis prohibition and the profits generated by the drug industry proliferated.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

For more information, please see Over 100 Scientific Studies Agree: Cannabis Annihilates Cancer.

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2. Tourette’s Syndrome: Tourette’s syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by uncontrollable facial grimaces, tics, and involuntary grunts, snorts and shouts. Dr. Kirsten Mueller-Vahl of the Hanover Medical College in Germany led a team that investigated the effects of chemicals called cannabinols in 12 adult Tourette’s patients. A single dose of the cannabinol produced a significant reduction in symptoms for several hours compared to placebo, the researchers reported.

3. Seizures: Marijuana is a muscle relaxant and has “antispasmodic” qualities that have proven to be a very effective treatment for seizures. There are numerous cases of people suffering from seizures that have only been able to function better through the use of marijuana.

4. Migraines: Since medicinal marijuana was legalized in California, doctors have reported that they have been able to treat more than 300,000 cases of migraines that conventional medicine couldn’t through marijuana.

5. Glaucoma: Marijuana’s treatment of glaucoma has been one of the best documented.

6. Multiple Sclerosis: Marijuana’s effects on multiple sclerosis patients became better documented when former talk-show host, Montel Williams began to use cannabis to treat his MS. Marijuana works to stop the neurological effects and muscle spasms that come from the fatal disease.

7. ADD and ADHD: A well documented USC study done about a year ago showed that marijuana is not only a perfect alternative for Ritalin but treats the disorder without any of the negative side effects of the pharmaceutical.

8. IBS and Crohn’s: Marijuana has shown that it can help with symptoms of the chronic diseases as it stops nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

9. Alzheimer’s Disease: Despite what you may have heard about marijuana’s effects on the brain, the Scripps Institute, in 2006, proved that the THC found in marijuana works to prevent Alzheimer’s by blocking the deposits in the brain that cause the disease.

10. Premenstrual Syndrome: Just like marijuana is used to treat IBS, it can be used to treat the cramps and discomfort that causes PMS symptoms. The use of cannabis for PMS actually goes all the way back to Queen Victoria.

For more information, please see: Cannabis: The Most Important Vegetable on the Planet.

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About the author:

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

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This Chef Makes Stoners’ Dreams Come True With Cannabis Cuisine (Photos)

Fooled by the awesomeness of the treat, you eat the whole damn thing and end up getting way too high. I’m talking about the way-too-high-to-be-outside-right-now type of high. That sh*t ain’t fun, man.

Miguel Trinidad is the man who’s changing that. As head chef and owner of NYC’s first Filipino gastropub, Jeepney, he’s reinventing the edible game with marijuana meals that will blow your mind.

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Breaking the mold of the super intense edible experience you might’ve had in the past, he’s offering dishes normally not associated with edibles and providing you with a comfortable high.

With a steady increase in dosage over every course, it’s similar to sipping on wine as opposed to taking shots, which ultimately leaves you feeling like you smoked a joint to the face — pretty lit.

According to Chef Miguel, he partnered with the soon-to-be edible brand 99th Floor Dinners to curate cannabis cuisine that is as much about the food as it is about the atmosphere.

Anytime you go out to eat, it’s an escape. You work hard all day, all week and eating out is a way to unwind, enjoy the company of friends and take our minds to a different place.

We drink wine and spirits with our food both to enhance the flavor, but also to help enhance that unwinding.

So we look at cannabis the same way — we’re bringing you this five course meal, this multi-hour unwinding, and we’re taking you on a journey both with the food and with the atmosphere.

We were invited to a private event where we got to try the curated cannabis cuisine for ourselves.


Course One: Tomato soup, onion cream, basil crisp

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Course Two: Farmers market salad, beet vinaigrette

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Course Three: Potato gnocchi, roasted shitake, lardons, kale, demi glaze

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Course Four: Humba (pork belly), Israeli couscous, poached vegetables, toasted garlic

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Course Five: Sour Chem wax infused coconut milk chocolate ice cream, toasted hazelnut, raspberry coulis

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The first four courses contained a blend of Green Queen, Dream Queen, Lemon OG and Sour Diesel.

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With marijuana infused into every ingredient of every dish, the preparation process is unique for each course.

We use different techniques, from making cannabutters to using extracts to make oils to decarboxylating cannabis to make tinctures.

Oil and agave infusions and canna sugars are also some of the different preparations used in some of our meals.


The dessert was a different process. According to Chef Miguel, “We made it with a Sour Chem wax, and when it combined together, the Sour Chem went from this bright, sour flavor profile to tasting like cinnamon.”

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He continued, “Food is a living art. Every day we are discovering new ingredients, cannabis strains and cooking techniques.”

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“The cannabis industry is doing so much to advance its extraction methods, its growing methods and to understand the various cannabinoids…”

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“…taking that and bringing it to food will just allow so much more to be done.”

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“There are over 85 different cannabinoids in cannabis and more being discovered all the time. We’re still learning how they all work and how they work in connection with each other.”

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“In 20 years, we might be able to really take our food experiences to new levels by focusing on strains with different ratios of different cannabinoids, for pain relief or for recreational use.”

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“It’s really limitless, and we’re just scratching the surface.”

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Medical Marijuana: Is it safe?

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — “It is nothing more than a pot candy shop out there that is available to anyone who wants it.” Jerry Mager and his wife, Illona, want to see stricter regulations of medical marijuana.

“Anybody who wants to get a card for any reason can obtain one,” Jerry said. “It’s not medication.”

The couple lost their son 20 years ago in a car crash. They say the driver was under the influence of marijuana. Since his death, they’ve become strong anti-marijuana advocates.

“We want to eliminate it from the state and we’re starting with the county,” he said. They have fought bills at the state legislature level before. Now, the Magers are lobbying for Washoe County dispensaries to be shut down.

Jerry and Illona think cannabis should be approved by the FDA before people can use it as a medication. “I think that this should go through the FDA,” retired nurse, Illona said. “There should be the required trials and extensive research that the FDA provides.”

Jerry said he believes the legalization of medical marijuana should be a federal issue. “The legislature has no right to declare anything a medication. That’s up to the FDA.”

Both believe Nevada’s current medical marijuana program is not safe. Jerry said it is no stricter than recreational legalization.

“What’s going on with medical marijuana is no regulation of that type at all,” he said. “You see the doctor once a year. You use as much as you want every day.” The Magers are concerned about a patient being able to control the amount of THC they consume. “There’s no dosage requirement.”

News 4 brought the Magers’ concerns to a marijuana dispensary manager.

“There’s a variety of strains that can benefit people for different needs,” Eva Losey-Grossman said. “You can ask us all about it. Just come in the store and the bud tenders are very knowledgeable.”

Losey-Grossman is the manager of Sierra Wellness Connection in Reno. She said the dispensary offers dozens of strains of cannabis, with different levels of THC.

“We are laboratory tested by an independent, state certified laboratory.” Losey-Grossman said the products sold at Sierra Wellness Connection are safe.

The executive director of the Nevada Medical Marijuana Association weighed in as well. “Our lab testing standards are the highest in the country,” Will Adler said. “You know you’re putting a safe product in your body. Not a mystery bag of green things you buy off the street.”

With further regulation after medical marijuana was legalized came new strains. Many of those strains are designed to specifically target certain ailments.

“Because of this, you can have a product that’s being developed and hybridized and created through studies,” Joetta Macillus said. Macillus is battling stage four breast cancer. She uses medical marijuana to cope with her pain. “So you’re getting not just something that’s growing on the side of the road basically. You’re getting a real medicine.”

In part three of this series, you’ll hear more of Joetta Macillus’s story. She claims marijuana has changed her life. You can watch part three on Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m.

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Veterans For Cannabis

Veterans freedomOn the eve of Veterans Day, Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriation Bill, which included a stipulation allowing Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend medical cannabis in states where it is legal. This is huge for the Veteran community. This means Veterans who use medical cannabis in states where it is legal would not be subjected to the same scrutiny and intrusive, demeaning drug testing in order to receive Veterans Affairs treatment.

Oftentimes Veterans suffering with painful side effects or complex PTSD as a result of their service are faced with the decision to either take the medical concoction regularly prescribed for treatment by the VA, or seek costly medical care away from the Veterans Administration. More and more Veterans are turning to cannabis for its powerful healing and pain fighting attributes.

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After serving in the Navy 7 years, I returned home with complex PTSD/MST and long term side effects from the anthrax inoculation, which left me with debilitating pain and muscle stiffness, leaving me unable to walk without assistance most days. The Veterans Administration prescribed a cocktail of medications, totaling 10 pills I needed to take every day, some two to three times a day. The side effects of the medications were, in my opinion, worse than the issues they were supposedly treating. I was left catatonic, completely unable to sit up, walk, talk or eat on my own. Upon explaining my issues with the medications to my doctors I was told they are fine, I just needed to get used to them. I knew there had to be a better way.

I was told about medical cannabis by other Veterans. To be honest, I was very weary, after having grown up with the D.A.R.E. Program and hearing how marijuana would destroy your life. I decided, going and talking to the doctor couldn’t hurt and was given a recommendation for medical cannabis use after describing my issues. I went to the dispensary and was recommended to try a strain called “Cherry Pie”. After getting my medication home, I filled up my new pipe and took a hit. Within a minute I could feel my muscles start to loosen. The crippling pain was alleviated. After another toke, the shakes in my extremities went away. With another toke, I could stand upright and walk on my own. I was convinced at that moment, cannabis was a miracle medication.

I couldn’t go back to being catatonic, so the next time I went to the VA, I was honest about being prescribed to use cannabis by another doctor. Instantly I was accused of being a drug addict and made to submit to a drug test in order to receive any medication. From that moment on, I was made to submit to drug tests at every appointment. If I lied to my doctors about my medical use of cannabis, I was treated with as much respect as any Veteran would expect to receive from the VA (which isn’t saying much).

My only hope with passing of the Veterans Access to Medical Cannabis provision in the MilCom-VA bill is that Veterans will have access to medication based on its effectiveness at treating the issue, rather the current persecution of a plant, and its users, regardless of its effective medicinal attributes. Although, I fear the Veterans Administration may have some time before we see that happening.

~Rebecca Martin    becca

Senate Approves Funding Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Jon Jones says he was addicted to marijuana not cocaine, suggests he may sue Nevada Commission

By on Nov 27, 2015, 12:00am

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It’s been two days since MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani did his walk and talk hour-long interview with former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and journalists are still mining important tidbits of information from it.

For instance, Jones is still pretty miffed at the Nevada State Athletic Commission over the public admission that the fighter had failed a pre-fight, out-of-competition drug test for cocaine metabolites days before UFC 182.

Although the incident was taken seriously by UFC by fining Jones $25,000 and urging him to check into rehab, the fighter shed some light on why he checked back out a day later.

“It’s crazy with the whole cocaine thing,” Jones said. “Ariel, I’ll look you dead in your eyes. I don’t like coke. I’m not a coke guy. I smoked marijuana quite frequently. And people who know me know that about me. I love to drink. I can honestly say I partied with the best of them.”

Jones went on to say he’s a marijuana addict, but definitely not a cocaine addict.

Perhaps more relevantly, cocaine isn’t actually prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) outside of competition, which means the Nevada Commission really shouldn’t have been testing for cocaine in the first place.

Although Jones has not said he will sue the commission, he told Helwani it upsets him that now his name is associated with the hardcore drug.

“I have up to three years to sue them for what they did to me,” Jones said. “I had no right to be doing cocaine, but they had no right to be testing me for street drugs and then putting it out to the public. I hear about the cocaine more than anything else I’ve ever done in my career. So, they definitely set me back huge. Let’s just say I haven’t forgot about it.”

Jones followed up the cocaine scandal with a bigger problem in April when he was witnessed fleeing the scene of a car accident involving a pregnant woman in the other vehicle. He pleaded guilty in October and was handed down 18 months probation and 72 appearances of community service.

Since then, Jones has been publicly taking digs at Daniel Cormier in an attempt to get a rematch and earn back his UFC title.

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Former XFL Las Vegas Outlaws quarterback finds calling as pot lobbyist

It was February 2001, the Las Vegas Outlaws vs. the Memphis Maniax, the XFL on UPN.

Surely you remember the XFL.

The public address announcer came on the air saying he couldn’t wait to see the Maniax cheerleaders in wet T-shirts.

On the first play from scrimmage, “He Hate Me” — a.k.a, Rod Smart, one of seven XFLers who would play in the Super Bowl — broke off a nice run for the Outlaws. Ryan Clement, the Las Vegas quarterback, passed 38 yards to Todd Floyd, a former UNLV wideout.

The next time the Outlaws had the ball, Shante Carver, formerly of Arizona State and the Dallas Cowboys, put a maniacal hit on Clement.

“You could hear that thing separate,” said one of the announcers with glee.

Instead of trotting off the field, Clement sprinted to the Memphis huddle — clutching his separated shoulder all the while — and got into Shante Carver’s facemask.

Now do you remember the XFL?

The pain was unbearable.

So now Ryan Clement is a lobbyist, and an advocate, for legalizing marijuana.

He said if you’re a quarterback with a badly separated shoulder, and the morphine has you hooked like a bass on the end of Bill Dance’s fishing line, you might want to give it a try.

Just don’t let NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s gumshoes catch you.

“A lot of my friends in college who had gone on to play in the pros talked about their pain management issues, and what they had done,” Clement said recently during a timeout at the Marijuana and Business Conference Expo at the Rio. “And what they had done was use marijuana.”

You didn’t have to be high to play quarterback in a short-lived, start-up league founded by pro wrestling czar Vince McMahon that did not protect quarterbacks. But when Carver planted you like a petunia and you separated your shoulder, it literally didn’t hurt, Clement said.

“I tried it. It gave me the ability to get rid of the opiods, to manage (the pain) in a way that wasn’t an addictive scenario,” said the former University of Miami player. “It helped me realize that (medical marijuana use) was not taboo. In the NFL, it still is — had I been in the NFL and tested positive, that certainly would have been the end of me.”

There’s a YouTube video during which Clement talks about breaking Todd Marinovich’s high school passing records while Clement was playing for Mullen High School in Denver. But before you joke about their careers going up in smoke — Marinovich’s substance abuse problems with the NFL’s Raiders are well-documented — one should know that Clement was recruited by Ivy League schools and all three service academies.

He wasn’t your typical pothead quarterback.

Clement, who said he had never smoked marijuana until college — and even then only as a “rite of passage” — returned to Miami after taking that big hit at the Liberty Bowl. He obtained his law degree; he became a government affairs lobbyist back home in Colorado. When legalizing marijuana became a hot button political issue — it’ll be put to vote in Nevada in 2016 — he came off the bench for Mary Jane.

It was a difficult decision, he said, much tougher than leading Miami to a victory over Virginia in the Carquest Bowl.

“It took months to get through my head that this was something I wanted to be, an advocate,” Clement said.

“The fact I have three kids, and my 7-year-old is in second grade, and he’s a little quarterback, and I’m coaching his team — it sent a chill down my spine on how that might affect my kids, when I have to explain it.”

It would sort of be like explaining the human coin toss before an XFL game, when the ball would be tossed between a player from each side, and they would fight for it.

“But I just do not see it as a negative,” Clement said, turning earnest. “This is something that can help when used responsibly. It can be a positive thing.”

It might even be a fantastic business opportunity.

Clement is involved with a project called the Colorado Cannabis Ranch. When he explained it to me at the Rio, it sounded like the Coors brewery in Golden, near where he’s from, only with Cheech Marin serving as host instead of one of the Coors siblings.

He said that was it exactly, except the part about Cheech Marin.

“We’re really excited about it,” Clement said. “We’re going to be the closest dispensary to the Denver International Airport.”

Which could make long flight delays when it snows more tolerable, one supposes.

“A big component of it is the education and awareness and acceptance of marijuana as an adult use platform, and also the medicinal side of it,” Clement said, sounding more like a lobbyist.

He said there also would be an amphitheater at the big weedery by the airport where “we’re going to marry marijuana use with music.”

I started thinking that unlike the XFL’s human coin toss, and unlike He Hate Me, that part already had been done. Think Bob Marley and Bob Dylan and lots of other musicians not named Bob, such as the Rolling Stones.

But it was as if Ryan Clement, the former Outlaw quarterback — “He Advocate Me,” for lack of a better nickname — was reading my mind.

“No, it’s going to be really educational,” he said with clear eyes and a straight face.

— Las Vegas Review-Journal sports columnist Ron Kantowski can be reached at rkantowski@reviewjournal.comor 702-383-0352. Follow him on Twitter: @ronkantowski

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The Effect Of Cannabis On Pregnant Women And Their Newborns (Study)

By Vlad on Nov 

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It’s almost too taboo to discuss: pregnant women smoking marijuana. It’s a dirty little secret for women, particularly during the harrowing first trimester, who turn to cannabis for relief from nausea and stress.

Pregnant women in Jamaica use marijuana regularly to relieve nausea, as well as to relieve stress and depression, often in the form of a tea or tonic.

In the late 1960s, grad student Melanie Dreher was chosen by her professors to perform an ethnographic study on marijuana use in Jamaica to observe and document its usage and its consequences among pregnant women.

Dreher studied 24 Jamaican infants exposed to marijuana prenatally and 20 infants that were not exposed. Her work evolved into the book Women and Cannabis: Medicine, Science and Sociology, part of which included her field studies.

Most North American studies have shown marijuana use can cause birth defects and developmental problems. Those studies did not isolate marijuana use, however, lumping cannabis with more destructive substances ranging from alcohol and tobacco to meth and heroin.

In Jamaica, Dreher found a culture that policed its own ganja intake and considers its use spiritual. For the herb’s impact when used during pregnancy, she handed over reports utilizing the Brazelton Scale, the highly recognized neonatal behavioral assessment that evaluates behavior.

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The profile identifies the baby’s strengths, adaptive responses and possible vulnerabilities. The researchers continued to evaluate the children from the study up to 5 years old. The results showed no negative impact on the children, on the contrary they seemed to excel.

Plenty of people did not like that answer, particularly her funders, the National Institute on Drug Abuse. They did not continue to flip the bill for the study and did not readily release its results.

“March of Dimes was supportive,” Dreher says. “But it was clear that NIDA was not interested in continuing to fund a study that didn’t produce negative results. I was told not to resubmit. We missed an opportunity to follow the study through adolescence and through adulthood.”

Now dean of nursing at Rush University with degrees in nursing, anthropology and philosophy, plus a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University, Dreher did not have experience with marijuana before she shipped off for Jamaica.

The now-marijuana advocate says that Raphael Mechoulam, the first person to isolate THC, should win a Pulitzer.Still, she understands that medical professionals shy from doing anything that might damage any support of their professionalism, despite marijuana’s proven medicinal effects, particularly for pregnant women.

Dr. Melanie Dreher’s study isn’t the first time Jamaican ganja smoking was subjected to a scientific study. One of the most exhausting studies is Ganja in Jamaica—A Medical Anthropological Study of Chronic Marijuana Use by Vera Rubin and Lambros Comitas, published in 1975. Unfortunately for the National Institute of Mental Health’s Center for Studies of Narcotic and Drug Abuse, the medical anthropological study concluded:

Despite its illegality, ganja use is pervasive, and duration and frequency are very high; it is smoked over a longer period in heavier quantities with greater THC potency than in the U.S. without deleterious social or psychological consequences [our emphasis].

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The Future Of Cannabis

by Tyler Durden on Nov 25, 2015  at 23:00

The recreational cannabis industry is changing fast, and the last few years have been a blur for investors observing the space.

More people today believe that cannabis should be legal than ever before, and famed investors like Peter Thiel have already made giant bets on the future of recreational cannabis.

Here’s five facts you need to know on the fast-moving industry:

  1. Recreational cannabis is already legal in four states and D.C. It is also available for medical purposes in 20 other states, as well as Canada. Viridian Capital Advisors, which provides research to the cannabis sector, estimates between 6 to 13 states will legalize recreational usage by end of 2016.
  2. Legal cannabis was a $700 million industry in Colorado last year. In 2014, Colorado retailers sold $386 million of medical cannabis and $313 million for recreational purposes. The two segments of the market generated $63 million in tax revenue, with an additional $13 million collected in licenses and fees.
  3. Stocks in the sector have boomed over the last two years. The Viridian Cannabis Index, which covers 60 publicly traded cannabis companies in the United States and Canada, was up 77.5% in 2013, 38.4% in 2014, and 23.6% in 2015 Q1.
  4. Total legal cannabis sales have sailed in recent years With $1.6 billion in sales in 2013, it is expected to increase to $3.5 billion in 2018, which is good for an expected 17% compound annual growth rate.
  5. Nearly half of U.S. states and all of Canada now have access to medical cannabis. That includes 23 states (148.6 million people), 1 district (0.7 million people) and Canada (35.2 million people). That’s 52% of the entire population of the United States and Canada.
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How To Make The Ultimate Cannabis E-liquid

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Cannabis E-Liquid and vaporizers have not become super famous over the last couple of years for no reason. Vaporizing is a discrete and arguably the healthiest way for you to use weed.

Cannabis e-liquid is, effectively, the liquid that goes into a vaporizer which then blesses your lunges with potent smoke.Cannabis e-liquid is a very high potency form of marijuana, and making it at home can be a very economical way of smoking your stash.

It isn´t awfully hard to make your own vaporizer liquid, and it certainly does not break the bank. So this is the ultimate guide on how to create your own homemade high potency cannabis e-liquid.

Do NOT skip the decarboxylation step, and enjoy your home made vape smoke!

What you´re going to need

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Before you get started on making your cannabis e-liquid, make sure you have all of the following things:

  • Propylene Glycol – you can buy this from Amazon and it costs about $7
  • The recommended dosage of cannabis is 6 grams, but you can use more or less depending on how strong you would like it to be. Make sure you´re using good quality cannabis!
  • High proof grain alcohol. Do not use rubbing alcohol for this! You are looking for alcohols such as Everclear and Alcool.
  • 2 mason jars
  • Some 5ml dropper bottles
  • Cheese cloth (for filtration)
  • A baking tray and aluminum foil
  • A cookpot and an oven

How to make cannabis e-liquid

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The first step is decarboxylation. Don´t skip this step! It´s really important. The chemical process which takes place when marijuana is combusted (such as smoking it) doesn´t occur in vaporization because temperatures don´t necessarily get hot enough. So this step is important to make sure the THC is activated!

  1. Finely chop your buds. The finer they are the better! Then put aluminum foil on a baking tray, spread your buds out and put them in the oven. At 220-225 F, leave the buds in there for about 15 minutes. They will be dry and probably a little bit brown.
  2. Put your decarboxylated buds into one of the mason jars. Start filling the mason jar with Everclear alcohol (or whichever high proof grain alcohol you have chosen) until the buds are just covered in the jar.
  3. Put about 3.5 inches of water in a pot, and put the mason jar in it. Turn on a vent if your stove has one, and maybe open a window. In this step you are trying to evaporate some of the alcohol in the jar. Continually stir the cannabis during the process. Allow the alcohol to evaporate until the buds are still submerged, but less so than before. The mixture in the jar will get darker and darker as you continue to do this as the THC gets absorbed in the remaining alcohol. The more buds you use, the darker it will get.
  4. Once you feel you have evaporated enough (without doing it too much), add a little more Everclear to the mason jar, returning it to its original position. A little higher is okay too.
  5. It is time to filter your product. Cover the second mason jar with the cheesecloth and begin pouring your mixture into the second mason jar, allowing the cheese cloth to catch the buds. Squeeze as much liquid out of your buds as possible. With the mixture that is left in the mason jar, repeat step 3. This time, you want to evaporate the liquid until there is only 5 ml left in the mason jar. You can use the dropper to measure out how much is left in there.
  6. Then add 20 ml of propylene glycol. This makes about 25 ml of liquid out of the 6 grams of cannabis that was recommended. Other people also use food grade vegetable glycerin instead of propylene glycol. Feel free to experiment with dosages!

There is always the option of filtering out more alcohol once you have added the propylene glycol, but it isn´t completely necessary. THC is also soluble in alcohol, so there is also always the option of leaving your buds in the mason jar for a few days the first time you submerge them in alcohol.

TIP: If you shake vigorously every day, this adds extra potency. However, this is also a little bit more time-consuming!

Take extreme care!

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Please take extreme care when you do this, as heating up alcohol can be dangerous! So this isn´t really recommended unless you have had a little bit of experience extracting alcohol in mixtures! Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your homemade e-liquid!

 

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Written By: Sera Jane Ghaly