Oregon’s Largest Newspaper Endorses Cannabis Legalization Initiative Measure 91

The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest newspaper, has officially endorsed Measure 91, a proposal on this November’s ballot which would legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.oregonian

“Measure 91, far from revolutionary, would simply allow Oregon adults to obtain something they may obtain now, but without having to stroll through a “medical” loophole or drive over a bridge to a neighboring state”, states the editorial, written by the Oregonian Editorial Board. “The measure would be worth supporting for reasons of honesty and convenience alone, but it also would raise millions of dollars per year for schools and other purposes. For that reason, it deserves support even from those who aren’t normally high on taxes.”

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Detroit: Six Police Officers Suspended for Stealing Evidence During Medical Cannabis Raid

Six members of a Detroit police narcotics unit that raided a suspected drug house that the owner claims is a medical cannabis dispensary have been suspendeddetroiy after a surveillance video caught them taking a box from the house that they never logged as evidence.

The investigation is part of an Internal Affairs probe into Detroit’s Narcotics Section, which was retooled last month after allegations of major misconduct. In total, one sergeant and five officers have been suspended (with pay, unfortunately) while Internal Affairs investigates what was in the box, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

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New Study Finds Cannabis May Help Combat Osteoporosis in Men With Prostate Disease

A new study has found evidence that cannabis may help treat osteoporosis, specifically in men suffering from prostate disease.osteoporosis

According to researchers from Konkuk University, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, a substantial portion of men with prostatic disease have an increased risk of bone loss, but activating cannabinoid receptors can help combat these effects. Scientists induced prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate gland) in rats and administered a cannabinoid agonist. The enhanced cannabinoid receptor expression caused an upregulation of osteoblastogenesis, or an increase in bone growth, while inhibiting the prostatic hyperplasia.

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Australia: Victorian Labor Party Proposes Legalization of Medical Cannabis

The Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party will seek to legalize the medical use of cannabis if it wins the election this Novembermedcannabis, according to the party’s leader Daniel Andrews.

Andrews plans to ask the Law Reform Commission to advise on how cannabis should be prescribed and regulated, with the goal of having a bill before Parliament by next year.

“I’ve spoken to many families with children who suffer forms of epilepsy, for instance, who have gone from having hundreds of seizures every day, to – once they’ve taken a liquid form of medical cannabis, a drop under the tongue – now suffer no seizures at all”, says Andrews, “You’ve got parents, and I’ve met some of them, who are put in this terrible position where they can do the right thing by their child, or they can obey the law. That’s not a choice that any parent should have to make.”

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Oregon Democratic Party Endorses Cannabis Legalization Initiative

The official Democratic Party of Oregon has endorsed Measure 91, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis for adults which will be on this November’s ballot.dpo

“A majority of Americans and large majority of Democrats now support state regulation of legal marijuana use”, says Andrew Gorry, a spokesman for the Oregon Democratic Party. “Measure 91 is the right approach to legalization in Oregon, strictly regulating use while funding law enforcement and schools. Vote Yes on 91.”

Measure 91, put forth by New Approach Oregon, would legalize the possession and use of up to eight ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets will also be authorized and regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission.

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Poll: 66% of Americans Say Private Cannabis Consumption Should be Legal

66% of Americans believe that adults should be able to legally possess and consume cannabis in their own homes, according toLos Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries a HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released earlier this month.

According to the poll, 72% of Democrats and 70% of Independents believe that the private consumption of recreational cannabis should be legal. Republicans are also in support, 50% to 39%.

55% of the survey’s respondents, including 62% of Democrats and 60% of Independents, also stated that they support statewide laws which seek to legalize, tax and regulate the production and retail sale of cannabis to adults, such as laws approved in 2012 in Colorado (Amendment 64) and Washington State (Initiative 502). Read the rest of this entry »

New Study: Cannabis Inhaler Delivers Effective Relief To Neuropathy Patients

By Paul Armentano, NORML

The administration of a single dose of whole-plant cannabis via a thermal-meteredcannabisisnotpot inhaler is effective and well tolerated among patients suffering from neuropathy (nerve pain), according to clinical trial data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.

Israeli investigators assessed the efficacy of a novel, portable metered-dose cannabis inhaler in eight subjects diagnosed with chronic neuropathic pain. Researchers reported that the device administered an efficient, consistent, and therapeutically effective dosage of cannabinoids to all participants.

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South Portland, Maine City Council Places Cannabis Decriminalization Initiative on November Ballot

The South Portland, Maine City Council has voted unanimously to place an initiative to legalize cannabis on this November 4th’s ballot. southportland

Recently activists submitted more than enough signatures to put their legalization proposal in front of the City Council, which had the option of passing the measure into law, or sending it to a vote of the people this November; they chose the latter.

The initiative, submitted by the group Citizens for a Safer Maine and supported by the Marijuana Policy Project, would legalize the possession and use of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older.

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