New Poll: 80% in Maryland Support Cannabis Decriminalization, Majority Supports Full Legalization

A new poll (the annual Goucher University poll) out of Maryland has found that an overwhelming majority of the state’s residents are in support of cannabis law reform. More specifically,Cannabis-plant1 80% are in support of removing criminal penalties for cannabis possession, replacing the charge with a ticket; this is one of the first professional polls in any U.S. state to find support for such a move to be as high as 80%. Continue reading

New Government Funded Study Using Human Subjects Finds THC May Treat PTSD

A new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and conducted by researchers at the University of MichiganMedical Marijuana, Harvard Medical School and the University of Illinois, have found promising evidence to suggest that cannabis can treat the primary symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“This study provides the first evidence that pre-extinction administration of THC modulates prefrontal–limbic circuits during fear extinction in humans and prompts future investigation to test if cannabinoid agonists can rescue or correct the impaired behavioral and neural function during extinction recall in patients with PTSD”, says Dr. Christine A. Rabinak, an author of the study who works at the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry. Continue reading

Voters in Miami Beach, Florida, Strongly Approve Medical Cannabis Resolution

Voters in Miami Beach, Florida, were asked during Tuesday’s election whether or not they support medical cannabis legalization; 64% voted in favor of the resolution, which calls on the State of Florida, as well as the federal government, medcannabisto end prohibition on medical cannabis. The resolution polled higher than the winning mayoral candidate.

This victory is seen as a huge burst of momentum for the group People United for Medical Marijuana, which is currently working on putting a statewide medical cannabis legalization initiative on the ballot next year. Continue reading

Kansas Billboard Campaign Launched To Support Marijuana Legalization

By Johnny Green,

The marijuana activist organization ‘Fire It Up Kansas’ is back in the headlines, announcing that they are launching a billboard campaign to push for legalizing marijuana.kansasbillboard The first billboard is being placed near the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, and more are expected to pop up soon. Currently under Kansas law, possession of any amount of marijuana (first offense) is a misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Any subsequent offense is a misdemeanor or felony (up to the judge), punishable by 10-42 months in jail/prison, and a $100,000 fine. Continue reading

Cannabis Possession Legalized in Lansing, Michigan, Decriminalized in Ferndale, Jackson

The voters of Lansing, Michigan (the state’s capital) have approve an initiative to legalize the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the voters of Ferndalesaved20 and Jackson have both approved initiatives decriminalizing cannabis possession, reducing the charge from an arrestable offense, to a simple ticket.

The Lansing initiative, as well as the Ferndale initiative, were approved overwhelmingly, with the proposals garnering roughly 64% and 72% of the vote. Voters in Jackson also brought forth a clear victory for cannabis law reform, approving decriminalization with 62% of the vote.

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Voters In Portland, Maine, Legalize Cannabis

In a huge victory for the cannabis reform movement, the voters of Portland, Maine, have approved an initiative (Question 1) to legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. portlandlegalThe proposal passed with roughly 70% of the vote.

Once this initiative takes effect, Portland’s cannabis policies will become one of the most lenient in the nation; by comparison, Washington and Colorado legalized just 1 ounce – the possession of 2.5 ounces remains a crime in both states (in Washington, it remains a felony). Continue reading

Colorado Voters Approve Recreational Cannabis Tax

After months of heated debate, 65% of Colorado voters have voted in favor of Proposition AA, a measure to add a 25% excise tax to recreational cannabis sales, which are expected to begin as soon as January. cannabismoney

Advocates – including many within the cannabis reform community – praised the passage of Proposition AA; “The passage of Proposition AA today completes the historic process of regulating and taxing marijuana in Colorado”, stated Brian Vincente, who worked closely on the campaign which legalized cannabis in Colorado. Continue reading

Man Given Multiple Enemas, then Sedated, for Clenching Buttocks During Police Stop

The war on drugs has led to a vicious cycle of human rights injustices, but few situations have proven as despicable as what happened to David Eckert of New Mexico earlier this year.

stopsignAccording to KOB TV-4, a local affiliate, the incident began on January 2nd, 2013, after Mr. Eckert left a Wal-Mart in Deming, and was pulled over by a police officer for not making a complete stop at a stop sign. Law enforcement believed him to be clenching his buttocks after they asked him to leave the vehicle, a sign that he was holding drugs in his anal cavity, according to the officers. Continue reading

Cannabis Can Treat Bladder Pain, Inflammation, Says New Study

A new study published in the Journal of Neurology has found that activation of the bodCannabis leafy’s CB2 receptors has the potential to treat bladder pain and inflammation, and can increase bladder urinary frequency.

For the study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison used mouse models to examine whether or not activation of CB2 receptors (something which cannabis does naturally) can treat serious bladder issues; the results were quite clear that it does. Continue reading

Former Brazilian President Calls For The End Of The War On Drugs

By Johnny Green,

Former UN Secretary General and Former Brazilian President Say Public Health, Not Criminal Justice, Approach Needed

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs in an Op-Ed on CNN this morning.wod Citing the drug war’s funding of organized crime, the cruelty of treating addiction with incarceration and the ultimate ineffectiveness of current policy, the two called on leaders around the world to adopt an approach involving regulation that puts “people’s health and safety first” rather than one involving criminalization. Continue reading