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British Judge Refuses to Jail Cancer Patient Who Grew Over 30 Cannabis Plants

Yesterday a British judge ruled against sending 65 year old cancer patient, Jonathan Yates, to prison for growing marijuana for medical purposes. The judge was quoted as saying he would “not be able to live with himself” if he sent Mr. Yates to prison. Mr. Yates, who suffers from tongue cancer, claims...

How to “Chill out” a Hooligan

In Lisbon Portugal 2004 England was facing France in an epic battle in the Euro Cup 2004 opening game. For those of you who don’t know the English soccer fan, or really soccer fans in Europe…they get violent. They drink, they chant, the win or lose…names are spouted, fingers are shown and suddenly…a...

The Global Shift of the Cannabis Paradigm

Many of you who are reading this support cannabis; it seems that many more are jumping on the bandwagon daily. But what is the reason for this shift in paradigm? Could it be that society is finally becoming mature enough to engage in a discussion on whether it is “moral” or not to experiment with one’s...

Danish Government Rejects Request for Cannabis Legalization

Hash bars and marijuana dispensaries will not be popping up any time in the near future in Copenhagen after the Danish government rejected the city’s request to experiment with the legalizing of cannabis sales in the city. Social Democratic Justice Minister Morten Bodskov wrote in a letter to the...

Netherlands New Marijuana Ban Says “Weed Pass” Only

By contrast, most countries take the view point that recreational drugs are considered detrimental to society. However, famous for its decades of laid-back attitude towards marijuana, the Netherlands will now require coffee shops in some regions to only sell marijuana to signed-up members or citizens who...

The “Anonymous” 420 Fight For Freedom

  In 2012, the notoriously famous hacktivist group, Anonymous, was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. Now this infamous group is turning it’s attention and focusing all of its superhero energy on waging a war against pot prohibition. Determined to unveil the mask...

2011 Drug Policy Reform Conference: Prohibition Must End

Over the course of the first November weekend, the Drug Policy Alliance held its 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference at a sprawling LA hotel. Over 1200 activists from from across the globe attended to discuss the worldwide battle against prohibition and share the kind of information and know-how...

Marijuana Prohibition in America Drives Cruel Laws Abroad

As backwards and archaic as America’s cannabis prohibition may be, there’s one thing that will always be true: it could be worse. Indonesia is infamous for their harsh penalties for drugs – including marijuana – and vacationing Australians have a habit of falling prey to their strict...

Marijuana Study: Scientists Discover Why Pot Affects Memory

It is common knowledge among marijuana smokers that the herb has a noticeable effect on short-term memory and generally leaves users in a very slight cognitive fog, which many find enjoyable. Now, a team of UK scientists from the University of Bristol have conducted tests and developed a theory for the cause...

Marijuana Prohibition Corrupts the US Border

Corruption runs rampant among American border patrols, as was evidenced by a dramatic highway chase and arrest yesterday. Jason Lowery is a deportation officer who patrols the Mexico-Arizona border in search of illegal immigrants. He’s also a high-stakes drug trafficker, using his law enforcement...

Marijuana News: Czech Republic is Going Medical

As the American war on Marijuana gets a fresh new boost from President Obama and thousands of California medical marijuana jobs (along with millions in taxes) are thrown away for the sole purpose of repressing personal choice, elsewhere on earth, governments are starting to see the light. Most recently, a...

Marijuana Legalization: UK Liberal Democrats Demand Reform

Members of Britain’s Liberal Democratic Party recently adopted a new resolution supporting the decriminalization of drug possession and the regulated distribution of marijuana. They also called for an “impact assessment” of the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. They are hoping said  assessment will...

Dutch Marijuana Study Shows the Gateway Theory is a Lie

Marijuana opponents love to trot out the old gateway theory myth, that marijuana leads to harder drug use, when talking about cannabis legalization as if it was some unquestionable truism. When the counter-argument is made that there is no actual research to support this, they will often claim that a...

Thailand Plans to Double Down on its Disastrous Drug War

If there’s any shred of good that could come from the American war on drugs, it’s the education that prohibition is a completely counter-productive measure. One would hope that other countries and governments might learn from our blunder, and attempt a different approach to their drug abuse...

Marijuana Fights Microbes Better Than Most Modern Medicine

An anti-microbial is a substance that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoans. Anti-microbial drugs either kill microbes (microbiocidal) or prevent the growth of microbes (microbiostatic). Antimicrobials come in four major categories anti-biotic, antiviral,...

The Sativex Story

Most all of our modern medicines came from the isolation of a single compound (usually an alkaloid) from an herbaceous plant. Medical science develops drugs by isolating a single compound and perhaps even by modifying the chemical structure. Marinol is an example of such a medicine. From THC comes the...

Mexico’s President May be Ready to Give up on the Drug War

It’s no news that Mexico has, and has had for many years, a lot of problems – mainly with violence. And it’s also no surprise that a lot, if not most, of that violence can be attributed either directly or indirectly to the astoundingly lucrative Mexican drug trade. And in recent years, the...

Could Marijuana Have Saved Amy Winehouse?

While the cause of death of Amy Winehouse is still a mystery, her family speculated that alcohol withdrawal was to blame for her early and tragic death at age 27. The formal cause of death remains unknown and won’t be released until October. But if alcohol withdrawal truly is to blame, a new study suggests...

Cannabis Cures… Obesity?

Contrary to the stigma of pot smokers being fat and lazy, driven to chow down on Doritos and Milk Duds by the ever-so-common “munchies” effect of cannabis, new studies show that pot smokers are less likely to be obese than non-smokers. The cannabis study was published in the American Journal of...

Marijuana Research: The Amazing THCV Cannabinoid

Recently I had an interview with Subcool from TGA Genetics. During this interview he had mention the therapeutic potential of a cannabinoid known as Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabivarin or more commonly known as THCV. As this is a lesser known cannabinoid that not many people have heard of I decided it’s time to...

Canada’s Marijuana Woes

Most Americans have enough trouble trying to wade through American drug law, let alone attempting to worry about our northern comrades. Canada is known by Americans for its liberal policies, including a friendly outlook on cannabis. However that may be starting to change. For nearly a decade, Canadians have...

Smoke Weed Every Day – Live to 120

For many people, age is a scary thing. Many of us want to live life as long as possible. This was also the goal of Fulla Nayak. Living in a small village named Kanarpur in India, Fulla was said to be 125 years old when she died. However, looking at a voter photo ID card issued by the Indian government in...

What if the War on Drugs Killed 40,000 Americans in 4 Years?

Would it Then be Ended? Two thousand miles to the southwest of Washington DC, far from the petty bickering and trivial feuds, an entire country lies in near-chaos. Men are forced into criminal acts, while their families are taken as collateral. City streets become arenas for guerilla gang warfare, and the...

Israeli Government Will Grow Medical Marijuana

Israel has announced new official guidelines aimed at developing a bona-fide medical marijuana program in the small nation. While there are currently about 6,000 Israelis using medical marijuana, access has been limited to the severely ill and only granted by the authorization of a single supervising...

Study: Children Caught in the Crossfire of the War on Drugs

“We must think of the children” is an oft-heard cliché touted by anti-drug advocates. It has come to represent a frustrating ideology, used as a catch-all argument against progressive ideals. It is encouraging, then, to see studies suggesting the platitude may be decidedly false. A Canadian...

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