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Bringing the MMJ Vote to Florida

Bringing the MMJ Vote to Florida

By MARGIE MENZEL
THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, August 20, 2014……….

Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan is spearheading a move to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, putting millions of dollars of his own money and his considerable public-speaking skills behind it. He’s also backing an employee of his law firm — former Gov. Charlie Crist — in a bid to unseat Gov. Rick Scott in November.

Meanwhile, Morgan continues to expand the law firm he founded in 1988, taking the slogan “for the people” and vowing never to take a case representing an insurance carrier or a large company. Morgan and Morgan has 26 offices and 260 lawyers; its founder has made a fortune in personal-injury litigation and written a book on how he did it.

Morgan graduated from the University of Florida, where… Continue reading

Marijuana Use Lowers Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Pot lowers intimate partner violence.

Pot lowers intimate partner violence.

Moderation analyses demonstrated that couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration.

These findings are similar to those of a separate 2014 paper I previously summarized here:

http://norml.org/news/2014/01/09/study-alcohol-not-cannabis-associated-with-intimate-partner-violence

Find the abstract of this latest paper, paid for by NIDA, below:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25134048

Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]

Couples’ Marijuana Use Is Inversely Related to Their Intimate Partner Violence Over the First 9 Years of Marriage

Smith PH, Homish GG, Collins RL, Giovino GA, White HR, Leonard KE.

Abstract

Research on the association between marijuana use and intimate partner violence (IPV) has generated inconsistent findings, and has been primarily based on cross-sectional data. We examined whether husbands’ and wives’ marijuana use predicted both husbands’ and wives’ IPV perpetration over the first 9 years of marriage (Wave 1, n = 634 couples). We also examined moderation by… Continue reading

Drug Warriors Try but Fail to Show That Marijuana Legalization Has Been a Disaster in Colorado

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

A budtender at the Medicine Man in Denver

Jacob Sullum|Aug. 15, 2014 3:17 pm

A new report from the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) gathers together all the horrible things that have happened in Colorado since the state began loosening its marijuana laws in 2001. The result falls short of the terrifying effect the authors presumably were hoping to achieve.

The introduction presents the report as an objective attempt to “document the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use in Colorado,” with an eye toward informing the “ongoing debate in this country concerning the impact of legalizing marijuana.” Given the provenance of the report (a government agency that would not exist without drug prohibition), readers may be skeptical of this just-the-facts pose. It becomes increasingly risible as you wade through the document, which considers only bad effects of legalization, down to the uniformly… Continue reading

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Reducing Marijuana Penalties

Santa Fe-  Today the city of Santa Fe’s City Clerk announced that the Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the city’s citizen initiative process setting the stage to give voters in Santa Fe a vote on reducing marijuana penalties.

The Reducing Marijuana Penalties Campaign headed by Drug Policy Action and ProgressNow NM, submitted close to 11,000 signatures in 52 days, more than twice the number needed to qualify for the ballot. The initiative now goes before the City Council where the governing body has two options, vote for the ordinance change outright or send the initiative to the people for a vote. Not only will this be the first time in history that New Mexican’s will vote on reforming marijuana laws, it is the first time that the people of Santa Fe brought forth an… Continue reading

Medical pot cookie prohibition ruled unconstitutional

 

Owen Smith was caught baking more than 200 pot cookies for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club in 2009.

Owen Smith was caught baking more than 200 pot cookies for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club in 2009.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/medical-pot-cookie-prohibition-ruled-unconstitutional-1.2736526

Court challenge stems from B.C. case of Owen Smith, who was charged with trafficking for baking pot cookies

CBC News

Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:42 AM PT Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014 10:43 AM PT

It’s unconstitutional to forbid licensed medical marijuana users from possessing pot-laced products such as cookies or body creams, a B.C. Court of Appeal judge rules.

Parliament has been told to recraft the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act to allow medicinal marijuana users to use products made from cannabis extract. They can include creams, salves, oils, brownies, cakes, cookies and chocolate bars.

The court challenge stems from the case of Owen Smith, who was charged with trafficking for baking pot cookies and producing topical cannabis creams for a medical marijuana club in Victoria… Continue reading

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Aug 14, 2014 | By Simon Makin

The Claim

Casual cannabis use harms young people’s brains.

The Facts

A study found differences in the brains of users and nonusers, but it did not establish that marijuana use caused the variations or that they had any functional significance.

The Details

Researchers at Northwestern University and Harvard Medical School conducted MRI scans of two groups of 20 young adults ages 18 to 25. One group reported using marijuana at least once a week, smoking 11 joints a week on average, whereas the other had used it less than five times total and not at all during the last year. Neither group had any psychiatric disorders, and the users were psychiatrically assessed as not dependent on the drug.

The study focused on two brain regions involved in processing rewards, the nucleus accumbens and the amygdala. These areas create… Continue reading

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