Patient’s Plea to Keep The Nation’s Leading Medical Cannabis Facility, Harborside Health Center, Open

Oakland, California – Before he found Harborside, Jason David was losing hope for his young son Jayden, who suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. In his first five years, Jayden had a seizure every day of his life. He rode in an ambulance 45 times. He tried 22 different medications from around the world, and nothing worked. As a last resort, Jason consulted Harborside Health Center management, who worked with their patient-vendors to develop a non-psychoactive medicinal cannabis product to help Jayden. Since that time, Jayden experienced his first seizure-free day. He is functioning better and experiencing a greater quality of life. Now Jason fears that if the federal government shuts down Harborside, he will be unable to get this specialized, effective, vital medicine for his son.

On Tuesday, July 10,… Continue reading

And Then There Were Three: Oregon to Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Coordinator

The Oregon secretary of state’s office completed the legalization trifecta this afternoon when they announced the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2012 (OCTA) officially qualified for the November ballot. Oregon now joins Washington and Colorado on the list of states whose voters will have the opportunity to end cannabis prohibition this fall.

Supporters ended up turning in 88,887 valid signatures, slightly over 1,000 more than required for qualification. The initiative will appear on the Oregon ballot as “Measure 80.” According to the campaign, Measure 80 would “regulate cannabis (marijuana) for adults 21 years of age and older, with commercial sales only through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of tax revenue, estimated at more than $140 million annually, would go to the state’s battered general fund. Seven percent of tax proceeds would go toward funding drug treatment programs, and much of the remaining revenue would be… Continue reading

Alcohol Not Marijuana Triggers Drug Abuse in Teenagers

Alcohol Not Marijuana Triggers Drug Abuse in Teenagers

Alcohol is the Gateway Drug

If you want your kids to stay away from drugs, then you might want to keep teenagers off alcohol because a new study says that long term drug abuse is likely to occur due to alcohol, not marijuana, use.

The present study included data on more than 14,500 high-school students from 120 schools across U.S. The data was obtained from Monitoring the Future study.

Researchers analyzed the data to find out what substances were being tried by students. They checked for use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, amphetamines, tranquilizers and other narcotics. Alcohol was the first substance to be tried by students, the results showed.

“By recognizing the important predictive role of alcohol and delaying initiation of alcohol use, school officials and public health leaders can positively impact the progression of substance use. I am confident in our findings and the clear implications… Continue reading

Alternet.org: ” There’s Been a Tectonic Shift on Marijuana Across the US, Except in Washington — Why Can’t We Pop the Beltway Bubble?”

By Paul Armentano, AlterNet

Posted on July 10, 2012, Printed on July 13, 2012 | Original Article Click Here

America is at a tipping point when it comes to the politics of pot. Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending this nation’s nearly century-long experiment with cannabis prohibition and replacing it with a system legalization and regulation. Moreover, state and local politicians beyond the ‘Beltway bubble’ for the first time in many decades are responding to this sea change in public opinion, even if their colleagues in Washington are not. From Rhode Island to Texas, from New York City to Chicago, lawmakers are finally acknowledging that being pro-pot reform equals votes. The question is: Why isn’t Washington getting the message?

It certainly isn’t due to a lack of public polling on the issue. Just the opposite: recent, high profile national polls affirm that voters are… Continue reading

Meeting Rep Jeanne Richardson at Paul Kuhn’s

Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis)

Last night Paul Kuhn hosted a meet & greet with Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D-Memphis) of the Tennessee General Assembly. She’s a medical marijuana supporter and sponsor of HB 0294 – Safe Access to Medical Cannabis Act (Click here to see the Bill Information).

Ms. Richardson spoke to us about the challenges, the snickers and the opposition to medical marijuana in Tennessee. Her compassion for the sick, dying cancer sufferers was heartfelt and touching.

If you live in the District 89 – Part of Shelby County, please support and vote for Jeanne Richardson in the next election. We need her to help us fight the good fight. She has earned and deserves our support in the struggle for medical marijuana in Tennessee.

Tennessee Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana?

While no Southern state currently allows the use of medical marijuana, the Volunteer State may be about to change all that.  It’s been brought to the attention of the Tennessee government that researching marijuana for the medical benefits could also benefit TN residents.

Tennessee’s House Health and Human Resources committee recently approved a bill that prompts the state’s Board of Pharmacy to conduct research proving that residents of Tennessee with debilitating conditions could benefit from a prescription for cannabis.

As said before, no Southern state allows the use of marijuana – medical or not – there is already one government research facility located at the University of Mississippi in which they research cannabis.  Tennessee would become the second state to operate a legal research facility dedicated to the benefits of marijuana.

If passed by Tennessee’s government, the law allowing the research of marijuana would begin this fall and… Continue reading

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