Jimmy Buffet Votes Yes on Amendment 2 to Legalize Medical Cannabis, “Duh!”

jimmy buffetIconic singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffet has released a video making it clear that he has voted in favor of Amendment 2 to legalize medical cannabis, which is on the November 8th ballot.

“Amendment 2. Medical marijuana — Duh!” Buffet says, chuckling. “All it took was me to fall of the stage in Australia and have to get serious medical attention afterwards. I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical-marijuana is a great cure.”

According to Buffet, this is why he’s “voting yes on.. two.” He makes his intentions bilingually clear, by adding “Si para dos”.

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Two Weeks Until Election Day: A Breakdown of the 9 Statewide Cannabis Initiatives

purpleWe are now just two weeks and a day away from the November 8th election. Nine states are voting on cannabis initiatives, including five that would legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Recent polling shows all nine measures in good position for approval, but anything can happen in these final days. This makes it vital for cannabis reform advocates to vote if they can, and spread the word either way.

Below is a breakdown of all nine statewide cannabis initiatives, starting with the recreational legalization measures:

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The Top 5 Influential Cannabis Consumers of 2016

Below is a list of the 5 most influential cannabis consumers so far this year. To clarify, we are referring to current (at least within the last year) cannabis consumers that are influential in reforming cannabis policies, not celebrities/activists who work on or promote other causes and just happen to smoke cannabis (which is great in its own right, but not what this list is about).

Given the list is exclusive to those who have smoked cannabis in the past year, we can only include those who have admitted to doing so (or have been seen clearly doing so in publicly without publicly denying or apologizing for it).

Here we go:

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Alaska’s First Cannabis Retail Outlet Now Open, Giving Away Free Cannabis

free cannabisAlaska’s first-ever cannabis retail outlet, Artic Herbery, is now officially open in Anchorage. Given that cannabis isn’t legally ready to be sold yet, the shop is currently only stocked with cannabis accessories such as pipes, bongs and rolling papers. However, the shop can – and is – giving away “free samples” to all customers 21 and older. The shop will have cannabis for sell in the coming weeks as the state’s regulatory system comes into fruition.

“When you hand someone a joint or a nug, they kind of get excited about it,” says Bryant Thorp, owner of Artic Herbery.

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Study: Daily College Cannabis Consumers Have Higher Average GPA than Average for All Students

studyCollege students who consume cannabis on a daily or near-daily basis have a higher average GPA than the average GPA of all students combined. This is according to the new Inhale Labs’ Cannabis in College study.

The study found that the percentage of college students using cannabis on a daily or near-daily (defined as consuming cannabis at least 20 times a month) basis has reached 10.1% in 2016. This is an 171% increase from just two years ago in 2014, when daily or near-daily cannabis use was at 5.9%. In 2007 the rate was barely over a third of what it is now, at 3.5%.

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Gallup Poll: 60% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Cannabis, Record High

smoking a jointAccording to a newly released Gallup Poll, 60% of those 18 and older in the U.S. believe that cannabis should be legal. This is the highest percentage of support Gallup has found for legalization since they started polling the question 47 years ago.

When Gallup first asked this question in 1969, 12% of Americans supported the legalization of cannabis. In the late 1970s, support rose to 28% but began to retreat in the 1980s during the era of the “Just Say No” to drugs campaign. Support stayed in the 25% range through 1995, but increased to 31% in 2000 and has continued climbing since then.

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Medical Cannabis Initiative Missing from Voter’s Ballot in Broward County, Florida

A scanned copy of Sallee's ballot, which she sent to the Sun Sentinel.

A scanned copy of Sallee’s ballot, which she sent to the Sun Sentinel.

Amendment 2, which would legalize medical cannabis, is one of several ballot initiatives being voted on this election in Florida. Although the election isn’t until November 8th, early voting is already underway, and at least one voter – former Oakland Park Commissioner Anne Sallee – has come forward with images of her ballot that show Amendment 2 completely missing.

Sallee, now Broward chapter director of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, told the Sun Sentinel she spent a week unsuccessfully trying to get someone at the Broward elections office to pay attention to her complaint, only to be told that she’s “mistaken”. To prove her claim, Sallee sent a scanned image of her ballot, which clearly shows the ballot go from Amendment 1, straight to Amendment 3.

Broward Elections Supervisor Dr. Brenda Snipes said yesterday that her technical staff has investigated, and found no evidence of faulty ballots being sent to voters.

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National Epilepsy Foundation Endorses Florida’s Amendment 2 to Legalize Medical Cannabis

National Epilepsy FoundationThe National Epilepsy Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of of Florida (EFF) has officially endorsed Florida’s Amendment 2, which would legalize medical cannabis and is up for a vote next month.

“Important medical decisions, such as treatments and medications, should be made by licensed physicians who know their patients best”, says Karen Basha Egozi, chief executive officer at EFF. “That’s why the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, along with the national Epilepsy Foundation, supports Amendment 2.”

Egozi continues; “Florida’s epilepsy patients should have available whatever treatment options their doctors recommend, including medical marijuana”.

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Study: Cannabinoids May Improve Cognitive Performance During Early Tobacco Withdrawal

tobacco withdrawalTobacco withdrawal is associated with deficits in cognitive function, including attention, working memory, and episodic memory, all of which result in an increased relapse risk. According to a new study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, and published online by the National Institute of Health, cannabinoids may help combat these deficits during early tobacco withdrawal.

For the study, researchers “investigated in mice the role of CB1 cannabinoid receptors (CB1Rs) in memory impairment and spine density changes induced by nicotine withdrawal precipitated by the nicotinic antagonist mecamylamine. Drugs acting on the endocannabinoid system [meant to mimic cannabinoids] and genetically modified mice were used.”

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THC-A Crystalline: The Strongest Hash in the World at 99.99% THC

By Allie Beckett, Marijuana.com

There’s a new kid on the block; her name is Crystalline, and she’s from the Hash Family.

Crystalline hash is the latest craze in the hash community, and everyone wants a taste. The demand is so high that THC-A Crystalline is going for $200 a gram in southern California dispensaries.

Testing in at an astonishing 99.9% THC, Crystalline is officially the strongest hash on the market. Other concentrates such as ice hash, rosin, and BHO range from 50-80% THC.

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