2,400 Year Old Gold Bongs Discovered in Russia

By Aaron Mamlit, Tech Times

scythian-gold-bongArchaeologists have unearthed a pair of “bongs” made of pure gold that date back to 2,400 years ago.

The historic paraphernalia, which were once used by tribal chiefs to smoke cannabis and opium, were discovered along with other items made of gold weighing almost seven pounds in total when a parcel of land in southern Russia was dug up to erect power lines.

The items belonged to Scythians, which were a fierce group of nomads that once ruled over the grasslands of Eurasia. The Scythians did not put up any cities or settlements, only huge grave mounds that are called kurgans that can be found in areas from Mongolia to the Black Sea.

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Cannabis Exec Helps Victims of Illinois Tornado

A picture of some of the destruction brought forth by last week's tornado in Delavan.

A picture of some of the destruction brought forth by last week’s tornado in Delavan.

People who lost their homes when a tornado roared through their small Illinois town last week received help from a top executive of a company that grows medical cannabis in the city.

Delavan Mayor Liz Skinner said on Sunday that Tim McGraw (no, not the country singer), CEO of Revolution Enterprises, is paying for hotel rooms for residents displaced by Thursday night’s tornado.

More than 50 homes were damaged from the tornado, which at one point had a wind speed of 120 mph and tore a 1-mile path through the community of just under 1,700 residents (U.S. Decennial Census).

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Initiative Campaign to Legalize Cannabis in Michigan Launches Signature Drive

michiganJust days after legislation to legalize cannabis was announced in Michigan’s House of Representatives by Representative Jeff Irwin, activists have officially began their signature gathering effort in an attempt to put a legalization initiative on next year’s November ballot.

MI Legalize kicked off their signature gathering campaign at a Saturday event at the Superior Dome. The group has 180 days to collect 252,523 signatures to place their initiative on next year’s presidential election ballot. If they’re successful, and the proposal is passed into law, anyone 21 and older in Michigan would be legally allowed to possess and use cannabis for recreational purposes; they’d also be authorized to cultivate up to 12 plants for personal use, and purchase cannabis from state-licensed retail outlets.

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Federal Cannabis Expungement Bill Introduced in U.S. Congress

Marijuana-plant--007Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015, a proposal that creates a pathway for the following two groups of federal cannabis offenders to have their charges expunged (removed) from their criminal record: those who were federally charged for activity that was state legal at the time; and those whose offense was the possession of an ounce or less of cannabis.

“The penalties of failed prohibition policies should stop ruining people’s lives. The Clean Slate for Marijuana Offenses Act of 2015 follows Oregon’s lead to provide a pathway for expunging certain federal marijuana crimes,” said Representative Blumenauer in a press release. “People who were caught up in the federal criminal justice system for a marijuana offense that was legal under state law at the time should not carry around a drug record. I support legalizing marijuana at the federal level to put a stop to any state-federal conflicts once and for all, but it is also important that we create pathways for expungement for those who should never have been charged in the first place.”

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Over $11,000 Raised in a Month to Overturn WA’s Senate Bill 5052

mmjplantA campaign to place an injunction on, and overturn Washington State’s Senate Bill 5052 has raised over $11,000 from 118 people in just one month.

Senate Bill 5052, signed by Governor Inslee in April, makes several changes to the state’s medical cannabis law, including drastically reducing the amount of cannabis patients can possess and cultivate, establishing a patient registry and closing down dispensaries.

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Seattle: 90% of Tickets for Public Cannabis Consumption Given to Men

A new study released by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) has found that tickets distributed for thejoint public consumption of cannabis have overwhelmingly gone to men, and disproportionately to minorities.

The study found that men received roughly 90% of the 85 tickets distributed between July 1st, 2014, through the end of the year. The study also found that 90% of the tickets were distributed by SPD’s West Precinct.

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North Carolina Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

ncLegislation legalizing the medical possession and use of cannabis oil has been signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory.

House Bill 766, which was approved unanimously in the Senate, and passed with a 112 to 2 vote in the House of Representatives, allows those with seizure disorders to possess and use low-THC (no more than 0.9%) cannabis oil if they receive a recommendation from a neurologist. The measure adds explicit legal protections to neurologists who recommend the medicine. The full law goes into effect August 1st.

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Washington Governor Signs Bill Banning Open Cannabis Containers in Cars

openbagWashington Governor Jay Inslee recently signed House Bill 1276 into law, a proposal that makes multiple changes to the state’s impaired driving laws. Among the changes is a provision explicitly prohibiting open cannabis containers – such as bags and wrappers with half eaten edibles – from being located inside a vehicle.

The new law, which goes into effect September 26th, makes it so that it’s illegal to have any non-sealed cannabis container in a vehicle’s driver or passenger area. A non-sealed cannabis container is described as any package where the seal has been broken or the contents have been “partially removed”. This would apply to any cannabis not purchased at a state-licensed store, where packages are sealed and label.

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Michigan: Legislation to Legalize Cannabis Announced

Michigan Representative Jeff Irwin.

Michigan Representative Jeff Irwin.

Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin has announced that he will soon file legislation to legalize the possession and state-sanctioned distribution of recreational cannabis.

“It makes sense from a public safety and public health perspective to bring that activity into the regulated space where we can make sure that consumers are protected”, says Irwin.

“You’ve got people on the left who are saying that people should not be having their lives ruined over something like marijuana and you’ve got people on the right who are saying marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs is the granddaddy of all big government programs”.

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Study: Cannabis Improves Healing of Broken Bones, Makes them Harder to Break

boneCannabis greatly improves the healing process of broken bones, and makes the bones harder to break in the future, according to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

For the study, two sets of rats were injected with the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD), and with a combination of CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Although the combination of THC and CBD was effective in improving bone healing, researchers “found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” according to Dr. Yankel Gabet of Tel Aviv University, who led the study.

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Jamaica’s Justice Minister Signs Automatic Cannabis Expungement Bill

jamaicaJust three months after Jamaica decriminalized the possession and personal cultivation of recreational cannabis, Justice Minister Mark Golding has signed into law an order that allows for the automatic expungement of certain cannabis convictions.

The Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) (Automatic Expungement of Convictions) Order 2015 automatically expunges past cannabis convictions where the fine did not exceed J$1,000, and for charges involving the possession of cannabis paraphernalia, once a person applies for a certificate of their police record.

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U.S. Senate Committee Votes to Protect State Hemp Laws, Allow Interstate Transportation

hempAn agriculture appropriations bill that was approved Thursday by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee includes a provision to protect states that have legalized hemp from federal interference.

“Kentucky’s industrial hemp pilot programs continue to prosper, and I want to make sure our legal hemp producers can safely transport their crops between states, including to states that maintain processing facilities, so they can fully capitalize on the commercial potential for this commodity,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the amendment’s sponsor, following the vote.

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Italian Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

italy218 members of Italy’s parliament have signed on to a measure to legalize recreational cannabis which was given approval yesterday by the Intergrupo Parlamentare Cannabis Legale, a cross-party committee of lawmakers. The proposal now goes to Italy’s full 945 member parliament for consideration.

If approved into law, the measure would allow adults in Italy to possess and cultivate cannabis for recreational purposes, while legalizing cannabis retail outlets, and cannabis social clubs where up to 50 people can cultivate the plant as a group.

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D.C. State Fair to Feature Cannabis Growing Competition

cannabisplantThe D.C. State Fair will feature a cannabis growing competition this year after voters legalized possession and cultivation of the plant.

The “Best Bud” contest will join the fair’s growing list of competitions, including knitting and crocheting contests, a contest for pickled food and a contest for homebrews.

“Now that it’s legal for residents of the District to grow their own plants, we wanted a way to highlight this new freedom while also showing off the agricultural talents of the District’s people,” says Anna Tauzin, who serves as Outreach Director for the State Fair.

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Hawaii Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries

Cannbis_pill_bottle_Hawaii Governor David Ige has signed House Bill 321 into law, legalizing medical cannabis dispensaries throughout the state. The measure was signed on Tuesday, and went into effect on Wednesday.

The proposal, which was approved 24 to 0 in the Senate, and 38 to 13 in the House of Representatives, legalizes the distribution of medical cannabis through state-licensed dispensaries, which will be supplied by licensed cultivation centers.

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