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Cannabis-smoking couples are 'less likely to engage in domestic violence'

Study found the more often couple smoked cannabis, they less likely they were to engage in aggressive acts towards each other.

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Husbands and wives who frequently smoke cannabis are less likely to engage in domestic violence than those who consume the drug less regularly, a new study has suggested.

 

Researchers from Yale University, University of Buffalo and Rutgers followed 634 married couples for nine years.

They found that when couples used cannabis three times or more each month reported the lowest number domestic violence incidents (intimate partner violence) over the first nine years of marriage.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) was defined by the researchers as acts of physical aggressions, including hitting,

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The couples completed regular questionnaires throughout the study on how often they used the drug and other substances, such as alcohol.

They were also asked to report violence from their spouse within the last year, and any violent acts that had occurred during the year before marriage.

The study concluded that the more often both spouses smoked cannabis, the less likely they were to engage in domestic violence.

Lead researcher Kenneth Leonard, director of the UB Research Institute on Addictions, said the findings suggest cannabis use is predictive of lower levels of aggression towards a person’s partner, but only over the course of a year.

“As in other survey studies of marijuana and partner violence, our study examines patterns of marijuana use and the occurrence of violence within a year period,” he said. “It does not examine whether using marijuana on a given day reduces the likelihood of violence at that time.”

Mr Leonard noted other factors could be responsible for the link between husbands and wives who use cannabis and lower rates of domestic violence.

“It is possible, for example, that — similar to a drinking partnership — couples who use marijuana together may share similar values and social circles,” said Mr Leonard, “and it is this similarity that is responsible for reducing the likelihood of conflict.”

The authors suggested chronic cannabis users exhibit “blunted emotional reaction to threat stimuli” which could also reduce the likelihood of aggressive behaviour.

Mr Leonard is now hoping for further research examining day-to-day cannabis and alcohol use and the likelihood of domestic violence occurring on the same day before drawing stronger conclusions.

The study was published in the online edition of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors in August.

SOURCE:/ http://www.independent.co.uk/ 

 

Judge REFUSES to jail cancer victim who has twice been caught growing cannabis for pain relief

Jonathan Yates, 65, whose throat has been badly damaged by radiation treatment for tongue cancer, says cannabis is the only effective pain killer he can find

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A judge today refused to jail a cancer victim who has twice been caught growing cannabis – saying he would ‘not be able to live with himself’ if he locked him up.

Jonathan Yates, 65, whose throat has been badly damaged by radiation treatment for tongue cancer, says cannabis is the only effective pain killer he can find.

Although he was caught cultivating the drug in 2011 he went on growing it in his home in Brockworth, Gloucester, and was arrested again in April .

He pleaded guilty at Gloucester crown court today to producing 36 plants in his home and to supplying some to his lodger.

But after hearing of his plight Judge William Hart refused to jail him – or even pass a suspended sentence.

“You know that ordinarily a custodial sentence would be considered and might even be inevitable for this sort of offence but I would not be able to live with myself if I sent you to prison,” said the judge.

“That would express no humanity or compassion and it would be a sad day if these courts lost sight of humanity and compassion when it is appropriate.”

The judge gave Yates, a property letting agent, a 12 months conditional discharge.

But he said his decision should not be seen as a green light for others to grow cannabis with impunity. It was an exceptional sentence for a man in ‘grave circumstances,’ he said.

“Yours is a wholly exceptional set of circumstances and you have my sincere sympathy for your position,” said Judge Hart.

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Outside court Mr Yates, a dad of two and grandfather of four who speaks with a husky, croaky voice because of his illness, described the judge as a ‘fabulous man.’

He told how he had been reacting badly to morphine for his throat pain after radiotherapy in 2011 and then tried cannabis and found it far better and without side effects.

Many countries have legalised it, especially for medicinal use, and it is time the UK did the same, he said.

Mr Yates has lost his sense of taste and smell and cannot eat solids because of his illness.

Prosecutor Janine Wood told the court police raided Yates’ home on 9th April and found 36 cannabis plants growing in a bedroom. Itt was estimated they would have produced between £10,040 and £30,240 worth of the drug.

Yates told police it was for his own use and the only other person who knew about it or used any was his lodger, Anthony Young.

On 10th July 2012 Yates had been given a six months conditional discharge for his first offence or producing cannabis, she added.

Joe Maloney, defending, told the court “This is a man who is very, very ill indeed. The only thing he has found which ameliorates his pain is cannabis.

“He has been prescribed morphine in the past but it has caused him all sorts of difficulties. Pain relief is all he is interested in and for that cannabis seems to assist him.

“This is a man who is terminally ill, who is in considerable discomfort and pain. He obtained cannabis seeds which were given to him by his sister so he could aid his suffering himself without having to rely on drugs dealers and the illicit drug market.

“He is basically trying to self medicate with an illegal substance. He knows that it is illegal. But it is the only thing which helps with his pain.”

Mr Maloney went on “He accepts he has done this before….” and the judge intervened “And will do it again in all likelihood! He has greater things to worry about than respecting the law, I suspect.”

Mr Maloney said the reality for Yates is that if he cannot grow his own supply he will have to be involved in a ‘murky world’ of street dealers – “which frightens him as a 65 year old man who has not who is not streetwise.”

He went on “The law prevents him growing cannabis for mecical relief and that is the law. We are stuck with it and he is stuck with it. ”

Passing sentence Judge Hart told Yates “You have been suffering for some time now with a very serious cancer and you have undergone treatment which has been, I am sure, very unpleasant and very distressing. The prognosis for you is bleak.

“You find some comfort in the consumption of cannabis. You drink whisky and you also find comfort in that. The pain relief provided by doctors does not provide you with what you need.

“Someone in your position is very different to the usual defendant who comes before this court charged with this offence.”

The judge ordered destruction of the cannabis and all Yates’ drug growing paraphernalia – but allowed him to keep the box in which the equipment was kept after Yates said it has great sentimental value because it belonged to his father who died when he was two and a half.

After the hearing Mr Yates said he would have been ashamed if he had been jailed because he would have felt he was letting down his 20 year old university student daughter, who has been a great support to him. He also has a son aged 39.

“Obviously I know that cannabis is illegal in this country at the moment,” he said. “But you don’t have to look far around the world to find places where it is legal – 11 States in America, South Africa, Brazil, some parts of Australia, Holland, Turkey. They all allow growing of cannabis for its medicinal qualities.”

He said his radiation treatment in 2011 had reduced the tumour so that he is now in remission but it had left him without a sense of taste or smell and without the ability to produce saliva. He constantly has to drink water and use an artificial saliva spray.

Neither is he able to chew or swallow food and is fed through a tube directly into his stomach.

It is the pain in his throat at the base of his tongue that a nightly smoke of 3-4 joints of cannabis relieves so effectively he said.

Source:/http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/judge-refuses-jail-cancer-victim-4125347#ixzz3Bo4bbhdP

 

In States With Medical Marijuana, Painkiller Deaths Drop by 25%

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America has a major problem with prescription pain medications like Vicodin and OxyContin. Overdose deaths from these pharmaceutical opioids have approximately tripled since 1991, and every day 46 people die of such overdoses in the United States.

However, in the 13 states that passed laws allowing for the use of medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010, 25 percent fewer people die from opioid overdoses annually.

“The difference is quite striking,” said study co-author Colleen Barry, a health policy researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The shift showed up quite quickly and become visible the year after medical marijuana was accepted in each state, she told Newsweek.

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In the study, published today August 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine, the researchers hypothesize that in states where medical marijuana can be prescribed, patients may use pot to treat pain, either instead of prescription opiates, or to supplement them—and may thus require a lower dosage that is less likely to lead to a fatal problem.

As with most findings involving marijuana and public policy, however, not everyone agrees on a single interpretation of the results.

It certainly can be said that marijuana is much less toxic than opiates like Percocet or morphine, and that it is “basically impossible” to die from an overdose of weed, Barry said. Based on those agreed-upon facts, it would seem that an increased use in marijuana instead of opiates for chronic pain is the most obvious explanation of the reduction in overdose deaths.

Not so fast, said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House, a national nonprofit addiction treatment agency. He said that the immediate reduction in overdose deaths is extremely unlikely to be due to the substitute use of the herb, for one simple reason: Marijuana isn’t widely prescribed for chronic pain.

“You don’t have primary care doctors in these states [prescribing] marijuana instead of Vicodin,” he said. Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, it is only prescribed by a small subset of doctors, and, therefore, probably couldn’t explain the huge decrease in opiate-related overdose deaths.

Kolodny says the study results are more likely due to a host of factors. One example is differences in state policies to cut down on over-prescribing of opiate medications. Also, many people who overdose on painkillers are already addicted, and these individuals are naturally among the most likely to take too much, Kolodny told Newsweek. States that pass progressive laws to treat addiction may be more likely to lower their rates of overdose deaths; for political reasons these states may also be more likely to legalize medical marijuana.

“This is a good example of where policy change has gotten ahead of the science,” Barry said. She and Kolodny would probably agree on that point.

SOURCE:/ http://www.newsweek.com/

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Filed: 8/25/14 at 9:08 PM  | Updated: 8/25/14 at 11:02 PM

Consuming Cannabis Is A Crime. Well, Unless 1 Million Europeans Sign This

 

 

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Let’s open up the debate on legalizing Cannabis in Europe. Sign the first law proposal on cannabis consumption in Europe

With 1 million signatures, this law proposal may be voted by the European Parliament

To talk about cannabis is to talk about the forbidden

Despite cannabis prohibition in Europe, 77 million Europeans declare having already consumed cannabis during their lives. Among this number, 9 million young adults (15-34 years) declare having consumed cannabis during this last month. These citizens are reaching out to the only suppliers, the underground networks, and thus sustaining a black market, with all theharmful consequences it has on the economy, human lives and more. Today, this market is entirely neglected by the public authorities.

Weed Like to Talk proposes to legalise the consumption, production, and selling of cannabis, and to start a global reflection on drugs in Europe.

Today, cannabis regulation is very heterogeneous throughout Europe. Some countries tolerate certain forms of possession or consumption, others have created amendments or administrative sanctions and others still apply penal sanctions. It is worth asking whether these mixed political approaches are really effective when it comes to social justice and public health.

The legalization of cannabis is a very sensible, polemic and controversial issue. It is a topic of many fears and prejudices, source to great divides in the public debate. So what is more democratic than debating and committing to make the choice that takes into consideration the opinion and daily life of the majority?

To support Weed Like to Talk is to show that another Europe is possible, a Europe that can make simple and daring political choices by listening to its citizens.

Why sign this Citizens’ Initiative?

  1. To guarantee an equal law for all and stop discrimination among European citizens

  2. To protect consumers and ensure health safety,

  3. Stop illegal trafficking of cannabis.

If we are 1 million European citizens to sign this campaign, the European Commission will have to review this law proposal and the European Parliament will be able to vote it. Support and share this campaign for a real change on a tough issue!

CLICK HERE : Vote for this initiative

 

 

Cannabis and ALS: The Cathy Jordan Story

 

 

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ALS sufferer Cathy Jordan medicates with marijuana: “No pharmaceutical company has made a drug to help.” (tampabay.com)

The ice-bucket challenge for ALS awareness is fun and all. However, more importantly, did you know that marijuana can counter the symptoms and effects of Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

Research has shown that THC delays “disease progression by seven days and extends survival by six days in the mouse model. This corresponds to three years in human terms.”

Florida resident and ALS sufferer Cathy Jordan has worked harder than anyone to convince the medical establishment that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can be controlled by marijuana. “I never wanted to tell ALS patients to smoke marijuana as medicine,” she said in 1999. “But after fighting the drug war for 10 years, and having it fall on deaf ears and cold hearts, no pharmaceutical company has made a drug to help.”

Enter cannabis. Since 1989 Jordan has been using marijuana to combat the damaging effects of ALS. The disease, which afflicts 5,600 Americans each year, causes progressive muscle degeneration (movement, speech, swallowing, breathing).

“I asked my docs if they would take a drug if it was neuroprotective, an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. They say ‘yes’ and ask me if I know of one. Cannabis, I tell them,” Jordan explains.

 

Perhaps the best take on the ice-bucket challenge comes from Cypress Hill’s B-Real

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RAW and Wiz Khalifa Team Up

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RAW and Wiz Khalifa have teamed up to create RAW’s first branded product: Classic Khalifa: The Wiz Pack. The rolling papers come with filters and something that has been missing from rolling paper packs since forever: a poker.

So, how did this match made-in-heaven come about? Josh, the founder of RAW Rolling Papers tells HIGH TIMES:

“I remember the night very well. It was US election night 2012 and we were all in the green room of a venue in Vancouver Canada before Wiz’s show. Wiz was rolling up some pre-rolls when he turned to me and asked for a poker to pack the ends in. I didn’t have one and neither did anyone else in the room. We dug around for a pen to use but nobody could find anything to use as a poker. It was funny but eventually we had to send Big Breeze out to grab a pen from one of the security guards. That night Wiz told me ‘See, Josh you need to include a poker with my packs.’ It took me a while to find a way to keep it integrated and natural, but now we’re proud to announce the launch of the special Wiz packs with built-in tips and poking tool. May you never spend another night of frustration searching for a pen to poke with!”

SOURCE: HIGH TIMES

Earth's Strongest Strains of 2014!

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Published on Mar 11, 2014 by High Times:

It’s here! Don’t miss HIGH TIMES’ annual rundown of the world’s most potent cannabis. These strains are HIGH TIMES certified and lab tested at more than 23 percent THC! For the complete list of the strongest strains on earth, get the May 2014 issue of HIGH TIMES – on newsstands now!

LEMON KUSH – PICS & STRAIN REVIEWS

About Lemon Kush

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Lemon Kush is an amazing strain known for excellent flavors, especially when grown organically. The breeder remains mysterious, but there is nothing to be questioned about these dense, frosted buds that provide a long-lasting, lung-destroying high. This bud is a cross of Master Kush and Lemon Joy, providing a potent indica-dominant effect.

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Concentrate Basics: Shatter, Budder and Oil

As the popularity of concentrates continues to grow, so do questions about the many forms that dabs can take. In this video, we’re taking a closer look at the three main types of concentrates – Shatter, Budder and Oil.

Shatter is smooth, clear and solid. It is the purest and most potent form because it involves a second extraction process that removes fats, lipids and waxes. This can result in over 80 percent THC. However, it also means that terpenes are lost in the process.

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Budder retains more of the terpenes so it tends to be more flavorful but less potent – with THC percentages in the 70s. It has a creamy consistency from being whipped.

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Oil tends to be the least refined of the three. It is a gooey, sticky liquid that can be hard to handle. This form – also known as honey oil or butane hash oil – can retain a full flavor profile, however, THC levels tend to be less consistent.

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SOURCE : VICE MAGAZINE

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Get Paid to Smoke Weed in Denver

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Source: High Times

O.pen Vape, a Denver-based vaporizer company, recently posted a job listing on their Facebook page announcing their vigorous search for a “Cannabis Quality Control Specialist,” or in laymen’s terms, some lucky stoner to sit in a back room all day and chief out on free weed.

According to the job listing, the company is essentially scouring the ranks of high society for a professional pothead capable of sampling and evaluating the company’s cannabis products and then report to management with the documented details of their discoveries.

However, while the application process is open to any cannabis connoisseur with access to a camera and an Internet connection, Open Vape Vice President Todd Mitchem says that unfortunately, the job entails more than just a person’s uncanny ability to smoke themselves into a catatonic stupor.

“For a cannabis user, it’s a dream job, but we really do need someone who deeply understands what it’s like to use our product and can articulate that in a thoughtful and serious way,” he said.

Mitchem continues by explaining that the ideal cannabis candidate will be someone well versed in the many facets of marijuana, including extensive knowledge of various strains, concentrates, edibles and topicals.

“To apply for this position, please do the following:

For an extra bonus – Create a 1-3 minute video demonstrating why your are the perfect person for this very special job. OR send us a picture shows why.

(Make sure to tell or show us that you are O.pen! Demonstrate why we should hire you and at the end say your name and “I am O.pen!” (It helps us also if you share this video with your friends. We like our employees to be connected)

Send your resume and letter WITH link to your uploaded video or photo to: jobs@openvape.com”

So far, O.pen Vape reports receiving over 1,100 submissions, ranging from former military officers to “soccer moms,” demonstrating “varying degrees of absurdity and seriousness,” said Mitchem.

The top 20 applicants will be flown to Denver for a series of interviews, which will likely involve smoking a lot of weed and reporting on the experience… especially during the final phase of the interview process.

Mitchem adds that applicants need not worry about submitting to a drug test.

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.

 

MEET THE TWO GUYS TRYING TO BRING CANNABIS CAFES TO THE UK

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Colin Davies being hauled off by police after opening The Dutch Experience in 2001 (photo courtesy of HempCity)

There’s been a lot of talk about cannabis recently. At the end of last year, the plant became completely legal in Colorado and Washington, possession was decriminalised in Switzerland, and Uruguay became the first country to legalise the marijuana trade. But while prohibition laws are slowly being lifted elsewhere, stoners in the UK have seen no change in their government’s stance towards getting high.

What we have seen, however, are new public initiatives – individuals and groups trying out different techniques to normalise smoking weed. Activist Colin Davies is at the forefront of that movement, and this year Colin is hoping to open a cannabis cafe in central Manchester where users can congregate, smoke and socialise. The only problem he faces at this stage is UK law.

The 56-year-old was questioned by police in 2000 after handing the Queen a “bouquet” of cannabis plants, and ended up making the papers for it. Which was kind of unsurprising, considering he’d given the head of state – chosen by God, lest we forget – a bunch of what was then a class B drug. The next year he made the news again after launching a cannabis cafe in Stockport, Greater Manchester, which was open for about 90 seconds before he and his colleagues were arrested. The cafe, however, continued to operate for about 14 months. Colin told me: “They had 18 officers assigned to the cafe. Imagine the cost of policing that – they were wasting their money. This time around I want it to be different.”

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Colin handing the Queen a “bouquet” of weed (photo courtesy of HempCity)

Colin’s latest project is The New Way Cafe, which he told me “isn’t just another cannabis cafe – it’s taking a new path on tackling the laws around cannabis, working with the police and doing everything in my power to do this lawfully”.

Unlike the formation of his first cafe, The Dutch Experience – which imported and sold three strains of weed and two types of hash (and landed Colin three years in jail) – Davies is now in talks with police in the hope that he can open his new cafe legally. The New Way won’t be selling anything, but merely providing a space for weed smokers – both medicinal and recreational – to gather and smoke in public without being hassled for it.

Major figures in both the cannabis and legal worlds are now watching Colin, not least members of Britain’s cannabis social clubs, who could do with a friendly venue to host their meetings.

One of the UK’s bigger clubs is the London Cannabis Club (LCC), and they too have expressed interested in opening their own cafe. I spoke to head of the LCC, Orson Boon, about their plans. “The idea of the cafe would be a place where people can eat, listen to good music and consume good cannabis,” he said, explaining that he would also like to establish some kind of cannabis education centre, where they would “organise talks from leading experts in the cannabis community”.

Instead of following the Dutch model of smoking as much weed as you possibly can before you run out of money for coffee refills, both Colin and Orson want to apply a different approach to cannabis cafes in the UK. Orson explained: “It’s not really Amsterdam’s fault, but the cafes there have this sort of abuse culture where it’s just [about going] in and getting absolutely fucked. We’re a professional bunch of people and a lot of us are medicinal users. I can’t remember the last time I got completely off my head – it’s not really what we’re into.”

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Colin in his first cafe, The Dutch Experience 
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Approaching the issue from a medicinal standpoint, the LCC are looking into setting up a vaporiser cafe, creating a smoke-free environment and side-stepping the smoking ban. “It’s going to be a vape lounge,” Orson told me. “We wouldn’t want to – and try not to – promote smoking as much as possible.”

But regardless of which route they take, Colin, Orson and others like them are always going to run into one very important roadblock: the law. Richard Parry, a lawyer with a particular expertise in drugs, told me that, even if they open BYOC (bring your own cannabis) cafes – ones that stick to the smoking laws by only allowing vaporisers – it won’t make any difference. “Individual consumers could be arrested for being in possession of cannabis,” he said, “but the person who runs, rents or owns the cafe will fall foul of section A of the misuse of drugs act – allowing your premises to be used for the consumption of cannabis.”

And even operating a venue that doesn’t have cannabis on site – just a place where cannabis education is available – is illegal in the eyes of the law. Under section 9 of the misuse of drugs act, Richard explained, “They could be [seen as] inciting people to use cannabis.”

The thing is, it’s not as if there isn’t already cannabis being grown and sold legally in the UK. A UK firm called GW Pharmaceuticals grows weed in Salisbury to produce a drug called Savitex, a cannabinoid medicine used to treat MS patients. The firm is becoming one of the leading companies in supplying a form of legal medicinal cannabis to those who need it in the UK, USA and Europe. Orson reckons that now is the time to extend those boundaries to users, as well as international pharmaceutical companies, so that any money made goes back into the British economy. “We’ve already had two international investors approach us and say, ‘Look, we’ll talk to you about this – we’ve got the funding,'” he told me. “Furthermore, if British activists and British businesses don’t do it here, the big-shots in America will be jumping on us.”

Of course, there are others who don’t fuss over the legalities at all, instead setting up their own undercover cafes in warehouse spaces or industrial estates. These places are always packed and they’re always making money, but the problem is they’re unregulated, meaning they can get away with charging you £10 for a bag that would otherwise cost you £5 on the street. And from a government viewpoint, that’s hundreds of transactions skipping tax.

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Understandably, the owner of the London cafe I visited didn’t want to be identified and wasn’t keen on talking very much, but did tell me: “We don’t really let English people in – they’ll give it away. That’s why there are so many foreigners here.” So even if there are existing cafes to go to, they’re don’t exactly seem friendly to locals.

After many meetings and conversations with the police and council, it looks like Colin’s New Way plans might now have to be put on hold. “It was going really well, especially the relationship with the police,” he said. “But you have to look at both sides. On one side you’ve got cannabis consumers, and the other side you’ve got the police. They have a duty to abide the law, so if they see a cannabis cafe they have to close it down, whether they agree or not.”

I asked Colin what he plans to do next, now that the cafe has been nixed for the near future. “We’re provoking the discussion higher up, to the correct people,” he said. “Now, I will be lobbying the government on this so they repeal this law. It’s not the police’s fault and it’s not our fault – it’s the government’s fault.”

I contacted the Home Office to see how they would weigh in, but the only reply I got was a statement that read: “The government has no plans to legalise cannabis.” But then it was hard to expect anything else from a government that’s seemingly unwilling to even glance at the good cannabis can do for sufferers of a whole range of diseases.

Is the UK ready for its own cannabis model? Yes, and it has been for a while. Senior police figures have admitted the police are fed up with weed wasting their time and resources, and users are fed up with being hassled over something the police don’t even seem to care about. We already sell medical cannabis here and abroad, and the argument has been made countless times about the benefits the legalisation of weed would have to the UK economy.

It’s unlikely that we’ll see a cannabis model implemented in the UK any time soon. But if and when politicians start making moves in that direction, there are clearly plenty of people out there ready to jump aboard.

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Where Will Marijuana Be Legal Next? This Map Points to 5 Specific States

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When United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced that a new federal policy was in the works to make it easier for pot businesses to deal with federal banks (which was pretty major considering the current limbo state of the legal pot business economy), supporters of marijuana legalization rejoiced.

As it stands now, medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and Washington, D.C., while recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington. Legalization efforts and ballots are making real progress in a number of states including New York, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire and Alaska.

But who will actually legalize next? Allen St. Pierre, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, discussed in a Vocativ story what he believes are the five states most likely legalize either medical or recreational marijuana next.

Based on a combination of factors including polling data, the current legal frameworks in place, and ballot measures in the works, St. Pierre believes California, Oregon, Alaska, Maine and Massachusetts are the five states most likely to move forward with legal weed.

“[Legislators are] clearly responding to public sentiment,” St. Pierre said. “Eighty-five percent of the public want medical marijuana. If you are a politician not listening to 85% of the public, you are a schmuck.”

California, Oregon, Alaska and Maine all passed medical marijuana laws in the ’90s (Massahusetts’ was in 2012), and have strong records of public support. St. Pierre said that the process to legalize usually takes anywhere from four to seven years, but these five states look ready to make a change soon.

“Looking out to 2016, if Oregon does not vote to legalize marijuana this time around, it’ll be on the ballot with California, Massachusetts, and Maine,” he said. “Those are all states that are primed for the initial process to legalize.”

According to Gallup, in addition to the 85% of Americans who support legalizing medical marijuana, 73% support decriminalizing weed, and 58% support full legalization — a nearly 50% increase from 40 years ago. St. Pierre believes a number of factors have led to this change: Baby boomers (who had ample experience with marijuana in the 1960s and 1970s) are now in charge of media, corporations and government; the Internet makes publishing and sharing information on legalization much easier; the use of medical marijuana in the health field has made significant progress; and ample money can be made from legalization.

Quite simply, there’s a U.S. pot revolution afoot, but it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Besides the shift in public opinion, there’s a lot of money to be made in the legal pot business — some estimates put the numbers in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

First Ever Marijuana Superstore

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Hight Times reports lets see what they have to say:

High Times (Source Link)

http://www.hightimes.com/read/first-ever-marijuana-superstore

It will be the Menards of marijuana, the Wal-Mart of weed, or maybe the High Depot; whatever the illustrious industrialists choose to call it, Colorado may soon be the birthplace of the first ever marijuana superstore.

According to a report in Vail Daily, a Denver-based developer has submitted a proposal for a $5 million marijuana mega-complex to be built in Eagle. The facility, which will operate under the name Rocky Mountain Pure Retail Marijuana, would consist of a 6,000-square foot retail storefront that would operate self-sufficiently with the use of a 22,500-square-foot indoor cannabis farm.

In addition, the super complex would also include a 45,000-square-foot green house facility, a 3,600-square-foot extraction lab, a 3,750-square-foot “prohibition museum,” and another 12,000-square-feet of “other commercial space.”

The Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the proposal earlier this week, and while there was some skepticism, they voted to approve it under a number of stipulations. Now, it must go before the Eagle Town Board for final approval.

“There was a lot of discussion about the size of the proposal. Some members felt it is terribly large,” said Eagle Town Planner Tom Boni. “This whole project is something quite different for the Western Slope and the some of the commission members felt it is not in keeping with the character of the town.”

However, representatives for Colorado Cannabis Company, the developers requesting permission to build the facility, say they fully intend to work with the town of Eagle to ease their concerns and create “the nation’s premier retail marijuana destination.”

“Rocky Mountain Pure will be a destination that Coloradans and visitors alike will come to know as the location to not only purchase the best available products, but to learn about the wonders of cannabis and the last 90 years of prohibition, to enjoy the facilities and to even gather together for a cup of coffee in our world-class botanical gardens,” said Ethan Borg with the Colorado Cannabis Company.

A public hearing on this proposal is scheduled for February 11.

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.

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