DEA’s chilling prediction: medical marijuana will fill your yard with stoned, cuddly rabbits

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This is the Alfalfapocalypse.

Tell me about the rabbits. Oh wait, I’m a rabbit. Cool. (stock photo)

Utah may pass a bill to legalize medical marijuana for certain medical conditions. Of course, in a state where many of the residents are teetotal for religious reasons, this is bound to be controversial. Most of the anti-cannabis arguments are the same ones as always: that it corrupts the youth, that it’s a gateway drug, and that growing it is bad for the environment. But Matt Fairbanks, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and a member of the state’s “marijuana eradication team,” brought up a new concern at a Utah Senate panel. Continue reading

Texas Republican Wants to Legalize Pot Because “God Doesn’t Make Mistakes”

The most progressive plan yet to fix Texas’ backwards marijuana policy has come from, of all places, a Longview Republican.

A new bill from State Rep. David Simpson would control pot just like any other plant.

“I am proposing that this plant be regulated like tomatoes, jalapeños or coffee,” Simpson said in a statement. “Current marijuana policies are not based on science or sound evidence, but rather misinformation and fear.”

So far so good, so great. Unfair Park can see the Amsterdam-style coffee shops dotting Lower Greenville already, bong rip and a latte quickly becoming the new shot and a beer. You must be wondering, though, as we were, what made Simpson see the light. The answer, as it was for Paul 2,000 years ago, is Jesus.

“All that God created is good, including marijuana. God did not make a mistake when he made marijuana that the government needs to fix,” he said. “Let’s allow the plant to be utilized for good–helping people with seizures, treating warriors with PTSD, producing fiber and other products–or simply for beauty and enjoyment. Government prohibition should be for violent actions that harm your neighbor–not of the possession, cultivation, and responsible use of plants.”

Beyond being written by the state rep Unfair Park would most like to party with, Simpson’s bill goes further and makes more sense than the many weed reform bills on offer this legislative session. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso, has filed a fairly typical decriminalization bill. Kevin Eltife and Stephanie Klick, both Republicans, have filed companion bills in the Texas House and Senate that would legalize an exceedingly small class of cannabis derived oils to treat intractable epilepsy. Their bill, because of the restrictions it places on THC levels and who may use the cannabis oils, doesn’t even have the support of the Bortell family. Nine-year-old Alexis Bortell, who has intractable epilepsy, has become the face of medical marijuana reform in Texas. She recently moved to Colorado to seek treatment.

Leave it to a Tea Partier from East Texas to top them all.

Via Dallas Observer

Yesterday Alaska became 3rd state to officially OK marijuana use. Here are 6 facts from Pew Research

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From Pew Research 

Attitudes about marijuana have undergone a rapid shift in public opinion, paralleled by few other trends in the U.S. Our recent data, along with historical figures from Gallup and the General Social Survey, reveal how views have shifted about the drug over time. Earlier this year, our survey found that many more Americans now favor shifting the focus of the nation’s overall drug policy. Here are six key facts about public opinion and marijuana:

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Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing oppositionA slim majority (52%) of Americans say the drug should be made legal, compared with 45% who want it to be illegal. Opinions have changed drastically since 1969, when Gallup first asked the question and found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use. Much of the change in opinion has occurred over the past few years — support rose 11 points between 2010 and 2013 (although it has remained unchanged in the past year). Separately, 76% in our February survey said people convicted of minor possession should not serve time in jail. Continue reading

Debunking the Latest Pathetic Fear Smear Campaign Against Marijuana: No, smoking pot likely will not make you psychotic.

From Alternet

The mainstream media was abuzz this week promoting an age-old claim: Smoking marijuana makes you crazy.

“Psychosis five times more likely for cannabis users: study,” a wire story from Agence France-Presse declared. The UK Mail on Sunday expressed similar alarm, declaring, “Scientists show cannabis TRIPLES psychosis risk.” Somewhat surprisingly, it was Fox News that took the most reserved approach, announcing “Smoking high-potency marijuana may cause psychiatric disorders.” Continue reading

Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say

New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead

From Washington Post Feb 23, 2015

Compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use.

Those are the top-line findings of recent research published in the journal Scientific Reports, a subsidiary of Nature. Researchers sought to quantify the risk of death associated with the use of a variety of commonly used substances. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine. Continue reading

Holy Cannabis: The Bible Tells Us So

Holy Anointing Oil – With the knowledge of this medicine widespread throughout Ancient Egypt it is not surprising that the leader of the Hebrew people, Moses, receives the recipe for a holy anointing oil containing large amounts of cannabis or Kaneh Bosm upon leaving Egypt. The highly revered anointing oil is later applied topically by Jesus and his followers to fight epilepsy, skin diseases, eye and menstrual problems.

From Huffington Post

Jane Marcus, PHD

[Originally posted February 2014] This Saturday, the day after Valentine’s day, synagogues all over the world will be studying the Torah portion Ki Tissa, Exodus 30:11-34:35. It’s likely that most people who are asked to comment on the portion will focus on the dramatic story of the Golden Calf that is told in the portion.

I’m going to follow a different path. My focus is on a detail in the beginning of the portion that describes the laws concerning the holy tabernacle. I want to talk about one ingredient in the recipe for the anointing oil used to sanctify both the tabernacle and the priests themselves. (Exodus 30:22-33).

The Torah: A Women’s Commentary explains that the oil used to anoint sacred objects as well as the priests was to be made of four precious spices — myrrh, cinnamon, cane and cassia — combined with olive oil. Continue reading

Cannabis Combats Alzheimer’s Disease – Study

Cannabis Combats Alzheimer's Disease

SOURCE Cannabis, a safe anti-inflammatory that slows brain aging can combat the deadly effects of Alzheimer’s Disease a new study details. But cannabis is also considered a Schedule 1 drug with no medical use. Could this new report help alter our government’s perception of pot?Originally published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease the report’s findings “strongly suggest that THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer’s disease through multiple functions and pathways,” notes the authors. Continue reading