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  • Were the Vikings Smoking Pot While Exploring Newfoundland?

    07/28/2019 1:19:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 54 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 15, 2019 | Owen Jarus
    Located in northern Newfoundland, the site of L'Anse aux Meadows was founded by Vikings around A.D. 1000. Until now, archaeologists believed that the site was occupied for only a brief period... In August 2018, an archaeological team excavated a peat bog located nearly 100 feet (30 meters) east of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows. They found a layer of "ecofacts" -- environmental remains that may have been brought to the site by humans -- that were radiocarbon dated to the 12th or 13th century. These ecofacts include remains of two beetles not native to Newfoundland -- Simplocaria metallica,...
  • Mother arrested for allegedly giving marijuana to her young children

    07/23/2019 10:27:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    KESQ ^ | 07/23/2019 | Jesus Reyes
    A Desert Hot Springs mother was arrested for allegedly supplying marijuana to her young children earlier this month. According to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department, several concerned citizens sent a video that was spread through social media to police on July 10. Police detectives took over the investigation and on July 17, served a search warrant in the 66600 block of Third St. Solomon added that she fears the recent legalization of marijuana might lead to a more "lax" attitude when it comes to parents and pot: “I’m sure it’s going to be something that’s going on that a...
  • Milledgeville woman orders 'Moana'-themed cake, gets marijuana design by mistake

    07/12/2019 4:04:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    WMAZ ^ | 07/09/2019 | Sabian Burse
    A miscommunication resulted in an unusual birthday cake for a Milledgeville woman. Kensli Davis is a huge fan of Disney's animated movie, "Moana." Her mother ordered a cake for Davis' celebration. They were surprised to see the cake decorated with a marijuana design. She says the cake came from Dairy Queen. The mishap didn't stop her from eating it. "I was very shocked and it was hilarious to me," said Davis. Davis posted the picture of the cake on Facebook. It went viral with more than 11,000 shares. "I was very impressed by the artistic capabilities of them to be...
  • Marijuana legalization gets bipartisan support in 'historic' hearing

    07/11/2019 11:19:58 AM PDT · by Mariner · 106 replies
    Fox Business via Yahoo ^ | July 11th, 2019 | Unattributed
    “I believe we can get this done.” Those were the words from Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Wednesday in support of removing marijuana from the Schedule I classification as labeled by the Controlled Substances Act. A group of experts testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday in favor of changing federal laws to allow for the legal sale and use of marijuana, which was largely embraced by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle throughout the hearing. Topics ranged from racial disparities among incarceration rates for possession, to the economic impact of legalizing the plant's use. Cannabis Trade Federation CEO Neal Levin, who...
  • U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar: Marijuana Must Be Legalized Nationwide to Fight Economic Inequality

    07/10/2019 3:40:55 PM PDT · by SJackson · 58 replies
    Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar called on the federal government to take the lead in legalizing marijuana nationwide, warning that legal differences between states was exacerbating economic inequality. The progressive Minnesota representative told BET that the federal government — which has long considered marijuana a medically unnecessary, illegal drug on par with heroin and cocaine — should strive to ensure consistency between states on the issue, according to the Star Tribune."What happens [without full legalization] is you will have a state where someone is publicly and professionally able to profit and the next state, someone could be sent to life [in prison]...
  • New JAMA study shows legalizing pot might discourage teen use

    07/09/2019 7:56:23 AM PDT · by luv2ski · 55 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 8, 2019 | Angelica LaVito
    Legalizing pot does not appear to encourage teen use and might actually discourage it, a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.4 million high school students between 1993 and 2017, collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its Youth Risk Behavior survey. The results show teen pot use both before and after medical marijuana laws were adopted in 27 states, seven of which also legalized recreational marijuana during the survey period. Teen marijuana use didn’t change much after medical marijuana was legalized, they found. In states that legalized recreational use,...
  • Do Cannabis Suppositories Work?

    07/03/2019 6:48:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies ^ | July 03, 2019 | Jelena Grove
    Cannabis suppositories have grown in popularity, but how and to what extent they actually work remains a mystery. With contradictory claims from proponents and skeptics regarding the rectal bioavailability of THC, intoxication (or lack thereof), and alleviation of symptoms of difficult-to-treat diseases, it’s time to get a grip on what we really know about this method of administering cannabis. Clinical research on cannabis suppositories is still limited. Much of the available data pertains to experiments conducted on animals, not on people who actually use suppositories. Despite the distinct lack of clinical studies, anecdotal accounts from patients are often very positive....
  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker should establish an Office of GSGBO (Get Stoned or Get the Bleep Out) to make[tr]

    06/27/2019 4:14:11 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/27/2019 | John Kass
    What is Illinois —the Shut Up and Take It State — truly known for? Tennessee, for example, is known for Jack Daniels, country music and that famous horse, The Tennessee Stud. Kentucky is known for bourbon and Republican Sen. Rand Paul. Wisconsin? The hated Packers. California is known for high taxes, liberal movie stars and piles of human feces on the sidewalks of its great cities. And Massachusetts is famed for the authentic Native American cuisine of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who once published her proud Cherokee recipe for “cold omelets with crab meat” in the cookbook “Pow...
  • UW to pay pregnant women on pot to study effects on unborn babies

    06/25/2019 5:26:06 PM PDT · by DFG · 32 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 06/24/2019 | Ethan Cai
    The University of Washington is conducting an experiment in which pregnant mothers will use the drug cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, to see the effects on infants. The university has received roughly more than $190,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct the study, which recruits women to take marijuana from the first to last trimester of their pregnancy, according to KOMO-TV. As the project information details, 70 total subjects will participate in the study. Half of these women will be taking marijuana at least twice a week to combat morning sickness, while the other 35 will take...
  • UMD Offers Country’s First Medical Marijuana Master’s Program

    06/25/2019 11:41:34 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 12 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 06/24/2019
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As more states legalize cannabis for medical use, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is launching the nation’s first master’s program to train students about the science and policies of medical marijuana. The two-year program, based at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, is designed for health care practitioners, scientists, regulators, dispensary owners and industry professionals. Classes will be primarily held online, with an in-person symposium held each semester.
  • Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use

    06/22/2019 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 27 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) ^ | 06/20/2019 | GENE JOHNSON
    <p>A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion scientists reached by way of the unglamorous work of analyzing raw sewage.</p>
  • California to illegal pot shops: We’re coming for you

    06/21/2019 7:50:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 21, 2019 | Michael R. Blood
    California is planning to intensify its enforcement against the state’s thriving illegal marijuana market, including launching an ad campaign Friday that urges consumers to seek out licensed shops with safe products. The state has been under pressure by the legal industry to do more to stop the illicit pot economy, which in Los Angeles and other cities often operates in plain sight. According to some estimates, up to 80 percent of sales in the state remain under the table, snatching profits from legal storefronts. “We are going to start having a more aggressive enforcement stance to come after the illegal...
  • Gee whiz: Testing of sewage confirms rise in marijuana use

    06/20/2019 6:29:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2019 | Gene Johnson
    The proof is in the pee. A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. In fact, consumption appeared to double, at least in one major city, over three years — a conclusion scientists reached by way of the unglamorous work of analyzing raw sewage. “It’s stinky,” said lead author Dan Burgard, a chemist at the University of Puget Sound. “But we’ve worked with urine, we’ve worked with wastewater, and we’ve worked with port-a-potties. It’s not as bad a port-a-potties.” The research entailed driving...

    06/17/2019 6:05:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 49 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 17,2019 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    The returns are in on Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana: (1) Large amounts of money are being made thanks to legalization, privately and by the state; (2) “horrible things are happening to kids.” The quotation is from psychiatrist Libby Stuyt. She treats teens in southwestern Colorado and has studied the health effects of high-potency marijuana. Stuyt says: “I see increased problems with psychosis, with addiction, with suicide, with depression and anxiety” stemming from legalization in the state. Stuyt’s report won’t surprise anyone who has read Alex Berensen’s book Tell Your Children, which I discussed here. Berensen noted that over the...
  • Nevada bans employers from refusing to hire those who fail marijuana tests

    06/15/2019 9:47:02 AM PDT · by indthkr · 178 replies
    CNN ^ | June 12th | Eric Levenson and Chris Boyette
    (CNN) — Starting in 2020, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.....
  • Court: California Law Allows Prison Inmates to Legally Possess Marijuana

    06/14/2019 10:48:28 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 19 replies
    breitbart ^ | 06/14/2019 | Penny Starr
    A Sacramento-based Third District Court of Appeals has overturned the 2017 conviction of five men who were caught with marijuana in their prison cells, after California passed Proposition 64 legalizing recreational use of the drug. But that doesn’t mean inmates can light up joints while behind bars.
  • Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves

    06/12/2019 7:28:00 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 35 replies
    KTVA ^ | 12 June 2019 | CHRISTINA LARSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China.In a complex of lofty tombs in the Pamir Mountains - a region near the borders of modern China, Pakistan and Tajikistan - excavators found 10 wooden bowls and several stones containing burnt residue of the cannabis plant. Scientists believe heated stones were used to burn the marijuana and people then inhaled the smoke as part of a burial ritual."It's the earliest strong evidence of people getting high" on marijuana, said Mark Merlin, a botanist at the University of Hawaii....
  • Recreational marijuana in Colorado: What the numbers say about health, safety and tax dollars

    06/11/2019 9:08:58 AM PDT · by fwdude · 89 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 30, 2019 | Robert McCoppin
    A bill to legalize recreational marijauna in Illinois needs only the signature of Gov. J.B. Pritzker to become law. Colorado has had legal recreational marijuana since 2014. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice last year came out with an analysis of the effects of the state's legalization of retail sales of marijuana since it went into effect in 2014. It found teen use had not increased, but hospital visits and fatal accidents associated with marijuana use increased. The authors cautioned that many factors can influence the statistics in the report, including people's willingness to admit marijuana use now that it's...
  • Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

    06/07/2019 7:40:00 PM PDT · by Persevero · 152 replies
    Imprimis ^ | Jan 2019 | Alex Berenson
    Most of all, advocates have told you that marijuana is not just safe for people with psychiatric problems like depression, but that it is a potential treatment for those patients. On its website, the cannabis delivery service Eaze offers the “Best Marijuana Strains and Products for Treating Anxiety.” “How Does Cannabis Help Depression?” is the topic of an article on Leafly, the largest cannabis website. But a mountain of peer-reviewed research in top medical journals shows that marijuana can cause or worsen severe mental illness, especially psychosis, the medical term for a break from reality. Teenagers who smoke marijuana regularly...
  • Why Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

    06/07/2019 3:42:37 PM PDT · by ConernedAmerican · 83 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 06-07-19 | TFP Student Action
    What are the facts about recreational marijuana?  Are you sure pot is harmless?  And should it be legal? While the multi-billion dollar marijuana lobby insists that cannabis is harmless, more and more researchers and medical professionals are reaching a different conclusion. Based on facts and up-to-date science, this post will help you cut through the fog of misinformation and discover what recreational marijuana is doing to disrupt and destroy the moral and social fabric of America. 1. Marijuana Intoxication Warps Reality Marijuana is a form of intoxication. Anyone who becomes intoxicated surrenders their ability to make sound moral decisions.  Free...