Hundreds Rally For an End to Marijuana Prohibition in Georgia

Today hundreds of Georgians rallied in downtown Tbilisi – the nation’s capital – to demand the legalizationReuters of marijuana.

Part of the inspiration for the protest was a recent announcement from David Sergeyenko, Minister of Labor, Health-Care, and Social Protections, stating that his ministry is discussing the possible legalization of marijuana with Georgia’s Justice Ministry.

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Hemp History Week Begins Today

Hemp is a plant with a massive historical significance, dating back thousands of years. In the U.S., it was once used as currency – in colonial times, hemp production was mandatedhemp100 in order to assure a steady supply of easily the most diverse plant on the planet.

To celebrate the history, and the future, of hemp, the 4th annual Hemp History Week will be held this week, starting today, June 3rd. The event is marked by thousands of organizations, retail outlets and activists participating in a week of educating the public on the many uses of hemp, as well as informing on its history and urging lawmakers to end this absurd prohibition that the U.S. government continually clings to.

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New Research: 48% of Americans Have Tried Marijuana

A recently-released Pew Research Center survey has found that 48% of adults have tried marijuana in their life, up from 40% just three years ago. 12% have conPeople-Press-300x200sumed marijuana within the past year.

Among that group, 47% stated that they consumed cannabis for recreational purposes, compared with 30% who cited a medical reason for its usage –  23% stated that they consumed marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Continue reading

Independence Party of Minnesota Adopts Marijuana Legalization Platform

The Independence Party of Minnesota adopted a party platform yesterday calling for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana, meaning that they not only support such a move, but will be working towards it.

Minnesota Independence Party Logo.

Minnesota Independence Party Logo.

The platform was adopted after a vote which took place at the party’s annual convention.

“Party members spoke to allowing for personal choice and individual responsibility throughout the convention,” said Kyle Lewis, Executive Director of the Independence Party. Continue reading

UFC Softens Marijuana Testing Policy

After months of outcry from fans for a change, and after the World Anti-Doping Agency recently changed its policy regarding marijuana, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has changed its testing policy to be substantially more lenient towards marijuana.Logo-the-ultimate-fighting-championship-250777_800_600

Under the new policy someone won’t have “failed” a drug test unless they have at least 150 nanograms per milliter (ng/ml) of THC in their system. Before the policy shift, the limit was 50 ng/ml. Continue reading

Pharmacists, Psychologists, Nurses and Physicians All Support Medical Marijuana in New York

A bill to legalize medical marijuana continues to gain momentum in New York as the state’s legislature pushes the measure forward, and as organizational support is on the rise. Medical-marijuana1

The measure, which would establish state-licensed dispensaries to distribute marijuana to qualified patients, has already been approved by two committees and now awaits a full Assembly vote: If it’s approved, as is anticipated, it will head to the Senate. According to the bill’s prime sponsor, the majority of the Senate is in favor.  New York’s governor isn’t in support of the proposal, but has stated he has an “open mind”, indicating he may let it become law if given the opportunity.

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76% of Physicians Worldwide Support Medical Marijuana Legalization

According to a survey published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, 76% of physicians approve of the use of medical marijuana, despite its illegality in most countriesmedical-marijuana-symbol, indicating that they’re in support of legalizing the substance for medical purposes. The study included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries including from every state in the U.S..

“We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes — even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries,” the survey’s authors wrote.

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New Research Finds Marijuana May Combat Brain Damage

New research published in the journals Behavioural Brain Research and Experimenmedical-marijuana-brain-300x225tal Brain Research has found that even miniscule amounts of marijuana may help fight brain damage.

Pharmacologist Josef Sarne of Tel Aviv University, the lead researcher of the study, found that tiny amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may protect the brain after injuries from seizures, as well as toxic drug exposure and a lack of oxygen.

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Oregon Senate Approves PTSD as Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition, Heads to Governor

By a vote of 36 to 21, Oregon’s full Senate has approved Senate Bill 281 to add post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that qualifies someone to become a medical marijuana patient.medical-marijuana-logo-hemp-beach-tv-hbtv The state’s House approved the measure recently with a 19 to 11 vote, meaning the measure will now head to the governor for final approval. If signed into law – as it’s expected to be – Oregon would join Delaware, Connecticut and New Mexico as states that allows PTSD as a qualifying condition for the medical use of marijuana.

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New Hemp Documentary Premiers in Hollywood During Hemp History Week

On Wednesday, June 5th in Hollywood, CA, organizers of Hemp History Week will be hosting a special premiere of “Bringing It Homebanner-sm, a documentary film about industrial HEMP, healthy houses, and a greener future for America,” a new hour-long documentary about industrial hemp that examines why the cultivation of a crop with so many widespread benefits is prohibited in the U.S.. The filming will be in celebration of the 4th annual Hemp History Week, a nationwide education campaign designed to inform on the benefits and uses of hemp while calling for an end to federal hemp prohibition. Continue reading