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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World’s First Airplane Made From Hemp To Be Launched Next Year

Last month, the Ontario-based company Hempearth signed a contract with the Florida-based plane manufacturing company Velocity Inc. to build the world’s first airplane made of hemp.hempplane

According to Derek Kesek, owner of Hempearth, the plane will be constructed from at least 75% hemp – including the wings, seats, pillows and outer shell. The plane will be the color of natural hemp fiber, and is intended to run on hemp biofuel.

With a wingspan of 12 meters, the 4-person plane will cost approximately $500,000 to build, according to Velocity Inc..

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Washington: Liquor Control Board Calls for Cannabis Cultivation Limit to be Quadrupled

Washington State Liquor Control Board Spokesman Brian Smith announcedcannabud Friday that the group is proposing that the state more than quadruple its legal limit for cannabis cultivation. The Board is calling for the amount of cannabis allowed to be grown throughout the state from 2 million square feet to 8.5 million.

The proposed change is in response to legal cannabis shops in the state not being able to meet demand because of the limited amount of producers. Some producers, looking to take advantage of the situation, have been charging exorbitant prices, sometimes $25 or $30 a gram. The hope is that such a large increase in allowable cannabis being cultivated will increase the competitive marketing, subsequently driving down prices for shop owners and consumers.

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New Poll Finds 56% of Those in Delaware Support Legalizing Cannabis

New polling conducteddelly and released by the University of Delaware has found that a strong majority –  56% – of those in Delaware are in support of legalizing recreational cannabis. According to the poll, only 39% oppose the move, with the remaining 5% being undecided.

“I would say the numbers suggest solid support for fully legalizing marijuana in Delaware,” says Paul Brewer, a communications professor at the University of Delaware who supervised the poll. “The results also reflect what’s going on in public opinion at the national level, where the trends show a growing majority favoring legalization.”

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Poll: Majority of Oregon Voters Support Measure 91 to Legalize Cannabis

A new OPB/Fox 12 poll released this week has found that91 a majority of Oregon voters support Measure 91, an initiative to legalize cannabis which will be voted on in less than 20 days.

According to the poll, 52% said they would vote in favor of Measure 91 if the election were held today, with just 41% saying they’d vote against the proposal. The actual election is held on November 4th.

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New Study Finds Cannabis Oral Spray Dramatically Improves Peripheral Neuropathic Pain

A new study just released out of the U.K., and recently published in the Journal of Neurology, has examined the efficacy of the THC/CBD oromucosal spray Sativex on peripheral neuropathic pain (PNP). sativex-anwendung-ms

The peripheral nervous system connects nerves from the spinal cord and brain to the rest of the body; the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy, or the damaging of these nerves, can be very difficult to treat.

Over the course of 38 weeks, researchers examined 380 patients from all over the world (U.S., U.K., Canada, Czech Republic, Romania and Belgium) suffering from peripheral neuropathic pain associated with diabetes (peripheral neuropathy is the most common side effect of diabetes) or allodynia (allodynia is pain resulting from things that normally shouldn’t cause pain, such as a light touch, mild skin temperatures or normal movement of joints and muscles).

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