Walls Coming Down – Cannabis Research Ahead
Jun30

Walls Coming Down – Cannabis Research Ahead

It's about to become easier to do legitimate       research on cannabis. A regulation that had turned into a barrier is being removed -- by the White House. Is it our turn to get some help from the White House?     The Public Service Health review was created in 1999 to ensure the use of scientifically valid clinical trials, but in practice it served as a barrier to launching studies. A scientist would submit a proposal to...

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MPP Creates 2016 Voter Guide
Jun29

MPP Creates 2016 Voter Guide

Who gets the cannabis vote in 2016? The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is offering a voter guide for 2016. "Most Americans recognize that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and they think it should be made legal for adults," said MPP Communications Director, Mason Tvert. "Voters should know which candidates support rolling back prohibition and which ones are fighting to maintain it. People are becoming increasingly wary of the...

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HMJ Classics:  “Blind Elders” Keep Coming
Jun28

HMJ Classics: “Blind Elders” Keep Coming

Another installment in the "Blind Elders" series.  Enjoy.   In the 1970's the "war on drugs" was created in the mind of President Richard Nixon. This is the same President who continued the Vietnam war but created the Environmental Protection Agency and opened diplomatic relations with China. That odd mix in the man carried forward into the war on drugs which came to be despite of, and in the face of, all of these reports: 1970,...

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The U.S. Senate is Joining the Discussion
Jun18

The U.S. Senate is Joining the Discussion

For some time now, cannabis has been getting noticed in the U.S. House of Representatives. But, not in the Senate. However, that appears to be changing.   The amendment, offered by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) to the Senate version of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, prohibits the Justice Department, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, from using funds to interfere in the...

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Re-Legalization Like Pulling Teeth
Jun11

Re-Legalization Like Pulling Teeth

We are going to re-legalize the cannabis plant.  We really are.  But some days it seems like we are pulling teeth.   The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly defeated a measure 206-222 on Wednesday that was intended to prevent the federal government from interfering with state laws regulating marijuana for all purposes, including adult use. The amendment, offered by Reps. Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Jared Polis (D-CO) to the House...

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Will DEA Money Fund Police Reform?
Jun08

Will DEA Money Fund Police Reform?

Here's a good idea -- take money from the DEA and use it to fund police reform nationwide.  Read on:   In a significant blow to the United States' decadeslong war on drugs, House lawmakers voted Tuesday to strip $23 million from the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration's budget, diverting the funds toward community outreach programs, fighting police abuse and ending the DEA's controversial bulk data collection programs. With...

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