New Study Finds Cannabis Use Doesn’t Lower IQ in Children

A new study outcannabisjoint of the University College of London has found that consuming cannabis has no impact on a child’s IQ.

The study, which included 2,612 children, examined IQ scores at age 8, and again at 15. They found “no relationship between cannabis use and lower IQ at age 15,” even when other factors such as alcohol use, cigarette use and maternal education were taken into account. Researchers found that even heavy cannabis had no effect on a person’s IQ.

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New York Mayor de Blasio Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrest Crusade

By Drug Police Alliance

NEW YORK: A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project newyorkcityand the Drug Policy Alliance shows that, despite campaign promises, marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio are on track to equal – or even surpass – the number of arrests under Mayor Bloomberg. As under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, these arrests are marked by shockingly high racial disparities.

The report, Race, Class & Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s Two New Yorks: the NYPD’s Marijuana Arrest Crusade Continues in 2014 draws on data from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and shows that despite a change in mayoral administrations and police commissioners, the NYPD continues its practice of making wasteful, racially biased, and costly marijuana arrests.

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Colorado Department of Health Backs Down from Suggestion to Ban Cannabis Edibles

The Coloradobrownie Department of Public Health and Environment has backed down from a proposal to ban most forms of edible cannabis such as brownies and cookies, with lozenges and tinctures being the exception.

The proposal, which was made public on Monday before quickly being withdrawn, sparked outrage among the cannabis industry and among cannabis advocates; it also drew legal concerns from the state-issued regulatory workgroup which met Monday to review the suggestion.

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Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on Whether Cannabis Should be Removed as a Schedule 1 Drug

By Paul Armentano, NORML

Testimony regarding the constitutionality of the federal statute gavelbuddesignating marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance will be taken on Monday, October 27 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in the case of United States v. Pickard, et. al., No. 2:11-CR-0449-KJM.

Members of Congress initially categorized cannabis as a Schedule I substance, the most restrictive classification available, in 1970. Under this categorization, the plant is defined as possessing “a high potential for abuse, … no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, … [and lacking] accepted safety for … use … under medical supervision.”

Vote on Medical Cannabis Given Go-Ahead in Guam After Federal Judge Dismisses Challenge

U.S. District Court of Guam Chief Judge Francesguam Tydingco-Gatewood has dismissed a lawsuit challenging next month’s vote on the legalization of medical cannabis, officially giving the go-ahead for the vote to take place. According to Tydingco-Gatewood, the individual who brought forth the case – attorney Howard Trapp – has no legal standing.

Trapp sued the Guam Election Commission last month, challenging the government’s ability to put the legalization of medical cannabis to a vote due to “legislative submission.” In the order released yesterday, Tydingco-Gatewood says Trapp failed to demonstrate that his complaint is “distinguishable from the general interest of every citizen of Guam.”

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Facebook Tells DEA to Stop Creating Fake Accounts

Facebook recently sent a firmly written letter to the Drug Enforcementfb Administration (DEA) demanding that they stop creating fake accounts meant to trick and capture potential drug users and distributors.

The letter comes shortly after it was revealed that the DEA used a real woman’s identity – even using photos of her family obtained from her cell phone make the account seem legit – in order to catch individuals attempting to sell illegal substances. The woman was eventually wrongfully arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute; she’s now suing the agency.

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Poll: 59% of New Hampshire Adults Favor Legalizing Cannabis

A new WMURnewhampshire Granite State Poll has found that 59% of adults in New Hampshire favor the legalization of recreational cannabis, with only 35% opposed to the move. These numbers mark a 4% increase in support since the last time the question was asked in April, and an 11% increase from early last year.

According to the poll, an additional 19% support decriminalizing cannabis, and only 27% support keeping laws the way they are. If cannabis were legalized, 72% support allowing it to be sold at state-licensed retail outlets.

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Philadelphia Cannabis Decriminalization Law Takes Effect October 20th

A proposal that decriminalizes the possession of up to 30 gramsphilly2014 of cannabis will officially take effect tomorrow, October 20th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Under the new law, which was signed into law by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter on October 1st after being approved 14 to 2 by the City Council, those caught possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis will be given a $25 ticket, unless they’re caught smoking in public, in which case the ticket will be raised to $100.

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New Jersey: Hundreds Rally, Dozens Light Up Outside of Statehouse

Jennie Stormes talks with her son Jackson during Saturday's rally.

Jennie Stormes talks with her son Jackson during Saturday’s rally. They’re moving to Colorado due to their superior medical cannabis law.

Advocates of both medical and recreational cannabis legalization joined forces Saturday for a peaceful rally outside of the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, in protest of Governor Chris Christie’s position on cannabis law reform.

An estimated 250 people participated in the protest, which took place across the street from the Statehouse. At one point during the rally, some 75 people lit up joints and cannabis bowls, in what organizers call a “very bold act of civil disobedience.” No one was arrested.

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Research Reveals Frozen Princess Used Cannabis to Treat Cancer Over 2,500 Years Ago

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A reconstruction of what Princess Ukok may have looked like.

Newly-released research on the Ukok Princess, a young woman frozen in ice over 2,500 years ago and discovered in 1993, has revealed that the Siberian maiden likely used cannabis to treat her breast cancer.

Researchers discovered the well-preserved mummy in the icy steppes of the Ukok Plateau in Russia, buried in an elaborate chamber filled with a varied assortment of belongings. Included in her funerary display were carved animal figurines, a table set with a feast, several horses, a cosmetic bag (complete with a face brush and vivianite eyeliner pencil), several pieces of jewelry, a Chinese mirror and a container filled with cannabis.

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