- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015 14:14
The Netherlands have been the example of how to handle the consumption and tolerated and regulated sales of cannabis for almost 40 years now, an example that enabled other countries, like Uruguay, Spain and the US to get out of the strangle hold of prohibition.
Without this example, and the people that stood and stand up for the Dutch cannabis tolerance system, serving as a decades running experiment for the world to see and experience, it would not have been possible for pre-mentioned countries to follow that example the way they did.
- Published on Sunday, 05 April 2015 16:02
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, a research institution run by the federal government, has grudgingly admitted that marijuana is capable of killing certain cancer cells.
A publication from NIDA, revised as of April 2015, states that “recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors.
- Published on Sunday, 05 April 2015 14:41
About a dozen parents and medical marijuana activists gathered in the nation’s capital Monday to share horror stories and advice on how to shield families from authorities who wield the power to take away their children.
Progressive state marijuana laws are increasingly common in the U.S., but protections for parents who legally use the drug as medicine or administer it to their children are missing, panelists and audience members at the event said.
- Published on Sunday, 05 April 2015 14:08
The lawmakers behind a recent congressional amendment protecting medical marijuana operations in states where the drug is legal strongly rebuked the Department of Justice for trying to continue to crack down on some medical marijuana businesses.
DOJ spokesman Patrick Rodenbush told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that the department believes the law only stops it from "impeding the ability of states to carry out their medical marijuana laws," but that it is still allowed to prosecute individuals and organizations for selling, cultivating, distributing or using the drug.
- Published on Sunday, 05 April 2015 13:27
Alex Impey (pictured left) is breaking the law selling his customers marijuana, but as long as he keeps hearing stories that the drug is helping them cope with pain, he couldn't care less.
And business for medicinal marijuana is booming, with Mr Impey telling Daily Mail Australia he receives 20 new requests for help each week at his hemp store, Gnostic Hemporium, on the NSW Central Coast, north of Sydney.
- Published on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 16:16
Lawmakers in Italy have taken a bold stance on marijuana legalization, signing a motion last Monday to legalize cannabis across the country, according to the ANSA news agency. The proposal, introduced by Sen. Benedetto Della Vedova, was backed by 60 politicians, mostly from the ruling center-left Democratic Party but with some support from the right.
Della Vedova himself, a senator who also serves as the deputy foreign minister, was a longtime member of Italy's small but influential Radical Party, which has campaigned since the 1970s to liberalize marijuana laws.
- Published on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:27
New Zealand is suffering its worst weed drought in recent history, and so far pot-starved kiwis have no one to point the finger at. The current shortage began at the start of the year, with parts of the South Island and upper North Island seemingly affected the worst.
One grower from South Island's east coast Waimate district told media earlier this month it's the most severe shortage they had seen in 15 years, and that it was a "nightmare for consumers," who were struggling to buy weed at any price.
- Published on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:34
Last July, the city of Los Angeles bore witness to its first ever farmers' market for medical marijuana. For a population that prizes both locally grown produce and the dankest dope, this was a highly anticipated affair, as evidenced by an opening weekend turnout in the thousands and a deluge of media coverage.
Organizers of the California Heritage Market promised wholesale prices for a wide array of weed-related products supplied by growers and manufacturers who were on-site to answer customers' questions.
- Published on Monday, 30 March 2015 11:24
BJD chief whip in Lok Sabha Tathagata Satpathy (pictured left) recently admitted in a social media chat that he smoked pot (hashish and marijuana) in his younger days. To the pleasantly surprised Net audience, the four-time MP from Dhenkanal in Odisha even showed the way to legally score the stuff in his own state.
The comments have since gone viral, earning Satpathy many fans for his candid admission and frank opinion on what he says is an unfairly stigmatized subject.
- Published on Monday, 30 March 2015 10:08
When New York State’s lawmakers were mulling legalizing the medical use of marijuana last summer, some proponents feared that the proposed law was so restrictive that it would prevent many patients from receiving the drug.
Now, with the state’s Health Department close to issuing final regulations about the new program, the law’s supporters say their fears may soon be realized.