Germans take to the Streets to demand Decriminalization of Cannabis

Hundreds of people took to the streets of 27 cities across Germany at the weekend to call for the decriminalization of marijuana, the possession, cultivation and sale of which are all illegal.

 

In the south-west of the country, the three largest demonstrations were in Stuttgart and the ancient university towns of Heidelberg and Tuebingen, but police figures revealed Sunday placed turnout much lower than organizers had expected.

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US Supreme Court Seeks Administration Comment on Cannabis Case

The Supreme Court Monday asked the Obama administration to weigh in on a lawsuit brought by two states seeking to roll back Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana use.


Nebraska and Oklahoma want the Supreme Court to invalidate Colorado laws implementing a 2012 voter initiative. The states claim Colorado has created a “cross-border nuisance” by increasing the supply of marijuana that could flow throughout the region, something exacerbated by the Obama administration’s policy to avoid interference with state experiments in legalization.

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New Open Access Journal on Cannabis Research Launching in 2015

Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a new peer-reviewed, open access journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, is the only journal dedicated to the scientific, medical, and psychosocial exploration of clinical cannabis, cannabinoids, and the biochemical mechanisms of endocannabinoids.

 

Launching in fall 2015, the Journal will be the premier open source for authoritative cannabis and cannabinoid research, discussion, and debate. The Journal will publish under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license to ensure broad dissemination and participation.

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Puerto Rico becomes the Second US Territory to legalize Medical Cannabis

Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. The move comes after years of discussion in the US island territory.

 

Under the order, the Puerto Rico Health Department is enabled to authorize the use of marijuana and its derivatives for health reasons. The order directs the secretary of health to produce a report laying out rules and regulations for the new system within 90 days.

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Why are Politicians still referring to Cannabis as a Gateway Drug?

With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie (pictured left), are still calling marijuana a gateway drug.

 

The gateway theory argues that because heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine users often used marijuana before graduating to harder drugs, it must be a “gateway” to harder drug use. The theory implies that there is a casual mechanism that biologically sensitizes drug users, making them more willing to try – and more desirous of – harder drugs.

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Pennsylvania Legalization: Bill For Medical Cannabis Clears Senate Committee

Efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania took a big step forward Tuesday when a bill unanimously passed a state Senate committee. The bill, which would allow marijuana use for those with qualifying medical conditions, will likely face two more hurdles in early May.

 

A bipartisan committee approved the bill, proposed by Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach and Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, by a vote of 10-0, moving it on to the appropriations committee, Fox 43 in York reported.

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Medical Cannabis Mum Arrested and Son Seized after School Drug Class

On March 24, cannabis oil activist Shona Banda's (pictured left) life was flipped upside-down after her son was taken from her by the State of Kansas. The ordeal started when counselors at her 11-year-old son’s school conducted a drug education class.

 

Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado for a period of time, disagreed with some of the anti-pot points that were being made by school officials. “My son says different things like my ‘Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.’

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United States Federal Bill Would Legalize CBD Oil Nationwide

Folks suffering from seizure disorders all across the United States could soon have access to medical marijuana. Earlier this week, a piece of legislation with bipartisan support was introduced in the House of Representatives that aims to legalize cannabidiol or CBD, which has been shown effective in calming the severity of a number of medical conditions. The proposal, aptly deemed the Compassionate Access Act, was submitted by Congressman Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Virginia, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon on Tuesday, in hopes of reforming federal statutes surrounding the plant.

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Georgia State Governor Signs Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (pictured left), signed a bill Thursday legalizing medical marijuana in the state, but questions still remain about how patients who desperately need the drug will get it.

 

The bill, which took effect immediately, makes it legal for people who suffer from end-stage cancer and other debilitating diseases to possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil with a physician's approval and a state permit.

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Irish Scientists are exploring the Chemicals found in Medical Cannabis

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. It was not just adrenalin that got him through, says the NUI Galway researcher; he probably also relied on the body’s own marijuana, which Finn now studies in order to develop new painkillers.

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