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High Times – 40 Years

High Times is 40 years old.

High Times is 40 years old.

By Niraj Chokshi September 1 at 6:49 PM

Go ahead, get the jokes out of your system. The staff of High Times, the counterculture drug magazine, has heard them all before.

For 40 years, they’ve put up with stoner quips and stereotypes. “People have this idea that we sit around and get high all day,” says Danny Danko, the magazine’s senior cultivation editor and author of its field guide to marijuana strains.
But as High Times celebrates its 40th anniversary with a special November issue that comes out Tuesday and is the largest in its history, the laughs are fewer and further between.

What started as an experiment by a mercurial provocateur and underground publisher has blossomed into an established brand, offering everything from licensing partnerships and an ever-expanding domestic events business to a just-launched private- equity fund. Along the way, something else changed:… Continue reading

Florida voters split on governor, support medical pot

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-gravis-poll-puts-medical-marijuana-ahead-20140901,0,3908233.post

Scott Powers
Central Florida Political Pulse

11:29 p.m. EDT, September 1, 2014

The race for the governor’s office is dead even and voters now are ready to support Amendment 2 approving medical marijuana use in Florida, a new poll finds.

Gravis Marketing, which has found voters hovering at or just below the 60 percent level needed to approve Amendment 2 in past surveys, found Floridians have passed that level now and 64 percent said they would “vote for the current amendment use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.” Just 26 percent were opposed and 10 percent said they were unsure.

Other polls have shown much greater support for medical marijuana in Florida — notably the Quinnipiac University poll, which found support as high as 88 percent. But the Quinnipiac Florida Poll did not ask specifically about Florida’s Amendment 2, but rather generically about medical marijuana.

The Gravis poll’s finding… Continue reading

Of Pot and Percocet

OP-ED from the NY Times about reductions in opiate deaths and medical marijuana states. Click for the article.

Tennesseans United

Please support Tennesseans United

Please support Tennesseans United

There’s a new group out there working on MMJ in Tennessee. Tennesseans United will be working hard to bring change in the 2015 Tennessee Legislation sessions starting in early January.

Please give them your support. Please go to their petition and sign up.

Looks like there are several groups in Tennessee this year standing up for changing the laws so our friends and family can get the medication they need to ease their suffering and pain.

More news coming every day!

Over $455,000 Seized from Medical Marijuana Patient Slapped with Civil Asset Forfeiture

This is an Arizona case but Civil Asset Forfeiture happens in Tennessee all the time.

States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths

States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths

States With Medical Marijuana Laws Have Fewer Opioid Overdose Deaths

Though it’s not totally clear why

FDA Approves New Pain Pill Designed To Be Hard to Abuse

States with medical marijuana laws have fewer deaths from opioid overdoses compared to states that do not allow medical marijuana, according to new research.

Opioids for chronic pain, like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are meant to suppress pain. Recent data shows that not only are prescriptions for these drugs up, but rates of overdose and death are increasing as well. New research published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows that states with medical marijuana laws have rates of anticipated opioid-related deaths 25% lower than states that don’t allow it.

The researchers looked at death rates from opioids between 1999 and 2010 and found that the 13 states that allowed medical marijuana at the time had lower opioid mortality rates-the hypothesis being… Continue reading

Georgia MMJ Meetings Scheduled

Peachtree NORML leading the fight for recreational and medical cannabis in Georgia

http://www.senate.ga.gov/committees/Documents/MedicalMarijuana82714.pdf

WHAT: Joint Study Committee Prescription of Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Georgia State Capitol Room 341 206 Washington St SW Atlanta, GA 30334

Parking: $5 – Pete Hackney Parking Deck 162 Jesse Hill Jr., Drive, Atlanta, GA – Or take MARTA to the Georgia State Station. One block to capitol.

Hospitality Room: Hosted by Peachtree NORML
Purpose: Medical Marijuana Committee Hearing staging room for patients / guests
Where: Georgia State Capitol Room 230
When: 8:45 am-4:30 pm on August 27th
The signage will read: MMJ Group/Representative Michael Smith

Committee Members:
-Study Committee on Prescription Medical Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions-
Co-Chairs: Sen. Renee Unterman, 45th & Rep. Alan Peake, 141st
Sen. Dean Burke, 11th
Sen. Butch Miller, 49th
Sen. Curt Thompson, 5th
Rep.… Continue reading