Philadelphia City Council Approves Change to Cannabis Decriminalization Measure

The Philadelphia City Council voted Thursday to move forward with a bill to decriminalize the possession of up to 30 gramphillus of cannabis for those 21 and older, making it a simple $25 ticket unless someone is caught smoking in public, wherein the ticket will be raised to $100. The Council is expected to make a final vote on the measure next week.

The Council initially approved the measure in June, though it was opposed by Mayor Michael Nutter. However, Mayor Nutter recently reversed his stance, saying that he’ll sign a bill to decriminalize cannabis as long as the ticket is increased to $100 for public consumption, and so that anyone who receives a ticket would need to appear before a Municipal Court judge (though they would receive no criminal record or jail time). Individuals would have the option of doing 9 hours of community service if they can’t afford the fine.

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Had Enough Drug War Yet? Man Suing Baltimore Police for Sodomizing Him on a Public Sidewalk

By Mike Sawyer, TheFreeThoughtProject.com

Baltimore, MD — Jermaine Lyons was riding his bike on May 3, 2013 on his way to the park when he was stopped at a store infrisk the 200 block of North Highland Avenue.

According to the lawsuit, police asked Lyons if he had any drugs on him, to which he responded, “no.”

However the police did not believe him. Baltimore Police proceeded to pull down this man’s pants, spread his legs, and conduct a cavity search in the middle of the sidewalk in full view of passersby, according to the lawsuit.

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Iowa Committee Votes to Reschedule Cannabis, Legalize its Medical Cultivation and Distribution

Iowa’s bipartisan, bicameral Cannabidiol Implementation Study Committee has voted in support of legalizing theiowa distribution and private cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. The committee also voted to recommend that the federal government and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy reschedule cannabis away from its current scheduling (schedule 1) which declares it as dangerous as heroin and other hard drugs.

The committee of five Republicans and five Democrats was established in response to a law which took effect in Iowa on July 1st; the law legalized the possession and use of cannabidiol for those with seizure disorders, though the law established no means for a patient to obtain the medicine legally.

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Colorado: Over $29 Million in Legal Recreational Cannabis Sold in July

Over $29 million of legal recreational cannabis was sold in Colorado in July, surpassing the over $28 million in medical cannabis sold during the same month. In total $29.7 million of recColorados-Recreationalreational cannabis was sold, compared to $28.9 of medical cannabis sold.

These sales brought in nearly $4 million in taxes for the state, $2.97 million from recreational sales, $838,711 from medical sales. This is according to data released by the Colorado Department of Revenue.

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New Hampshire Man Acquitted of Cannabis Felonies Through Jury Nullification

A New Hampshire man facing felony charges for the cultivation of cannabis was declaredgavel “not guilty” on Friday because the jury found that punishing him would be unjust.

Doug Darrell, who’s 59-years-old, was arrested in 2009 after a National Guard helicopter found that he was cultivating 15 cannabis plants in his backyard. Despite there being undeniable evidence of the plants being grown, and despite Darrell admitting that the plants were his, the jury found him “not guilty” of all charges, effecting acquitting him of the offenses through jury nullification.

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Study: THC May Treat Symptoms of Diabetes

A study published this month by the journal Cell Biochemistry and Function, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found promising evidence to suggest that delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may provide a safe and effective treatment option for those with diabetes.

THC molecule.

THC molecule.

For the study; “Rats were randomly divided into four groups: control, Δ9 -THC, diabetes and diabetes + Δ9 -THC groups. Δ9 -THC was administered intraperitoneally [through injection] at 3 mg/kg/day for 7 days. Body weights and blood glucose level of rats in all groups were measured on days 0, 7, 14 and 21.”

Researchers found that treatment with THC “significantly increased pancreas glutathione levels, enzyme activities of superoxide dismutase and catalase in diabetes compared with non-treatment diabetes group.. We can suggest that Δ9 -THC may be an important agent for the treatment of oxidative damages induced by diabetes.”

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Philadelphia Mayor to Sign Cannabis Decriminalization Bill, After Some Changes

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has announced that he will sign legislation to decriminalize cannabis possession, but only after the City Council makes some changes to a bill they approved in June with a 13 to 3 vote.

Under the proposal approved by the Council, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would result in no more than a $25 ticket. Mayor Nutter, however, wants the bill to be amended so that the public consumption of cannabis is an $100 ticket, and so that anyone who receives a ticket would need to appear before a Municipal Court judge, though they would receive no criminal record.

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Italian Army to Grow Medical Cannabis

Italy’s army will soon begin growing cannabis to help meet the country’s needs for cannabis-derived medications.italy

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Defense have reached an agreement that will put the military in charge of operations to cultivate cannabis and to produce cannabis-based medicines, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

According to the agreement, a military pharmaceutical plant in Florence that currently produces drugs for Italy’s armed forces, as well as other products for the market including cosmetics and spirits, is where the cannabis will be grown under strict-control.

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Study: Cannabinoids Can Prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Giving cannabinoids to an individual soon after they experience a traumatic event can prevent post traumatic stress disorder, according toptsd a new University of Haifa study, which was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

“The findings of our study suggest that the connectivity within the brain’s fear circuit changes following trauma, and the administration of cannabinoids prevents this change from happening,” researchers said in a press release.

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Cannabis Decriminalization Measure Placed on November Ballot in Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Bernalillo County commissioners have voted 3 to 2 to put a cannabis decriminalization proposal to a votecannabiscuresnausea this November. Bernalillo County is New Mexico’s most populous county.

The proposal, though it unfortunately would not be legally binding (it’s more of a public opinion poll), would ask voters whether they support decriminalizing the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for adults. Although the measure’s approval wouldn’t technically change the law, a strong vote in favor of the proposal would go a long way in convincing lawmakers that it’s the right time to reform the county and state’s cannabis policies.

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