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Father becomes a criminal to give his 2-year-old epileptic daughter marijuana

Would you treat your child with marijuana?

Alex Repetski gives his two-year-old daughter Gwenevere oil-based medical marijuana to help control her seizures. The Thornhill girl’s epileptic seizures are being treated with cannabidiol, one of several active cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant.

Would become a criminal for your sick child?

While extracting oil from marijuana is illegal in Canada, new legislation allows the development of the medical marijuana industry. After the new law went into effect in March 2014, the Repetskis found a doctor who authorized the use of pot for their daughter. There was still one problem: Gwen couldn’t smoke or vaporize the pot, so her father learned how to make marijuana oil in his kitchen. He now gives it to his daughter three times a day. She hasn’t had a seizure since, he says.

If it works, why not use it?

 

Posted: 11th, May 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Florida school principal Krista Morton student interrupted smoking pot with student

Krista Morton, 45, is charged with possession of marijuana. She's the principal at Mavericks High School. The student in the car is a senior at the Palm Springs school.  North Palm Beach Police were called to a parking lot Wednesday around 5:45 p.m. “The caller was unsure but thought that there were people in the back seat engaged in some sort of sexual activity or being attacked,” police said.  When a sergeant knocked on the door, Morton, who has wings tattooed on her lower back, opened it and immediately said, “We're just friends,” according to police. Morton's shirt was unbuttoned, exposing her shoulders and part of her chest, the police department said.  Morton told police she didn't know the male in the car. “She continued to tell me that she had just met him, that she was lonely, she had just picked him up down the street and brought him here to get to know him,” police said.  But, the student, who is 18 years old, admitted she was his principal.  Police could smell “the odor of fresh burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle,” the arrest report says. Morton didn't admit to smoking but did say marijuana was smoked in the car. Police found a bag with marijuana, a lighter and rolling papers pushed underneath the back side of the passenger seat. The student also had a grinder, additional lighters and a small screwdriver.  Both Morton and the student were arrested.

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To Florida, where high school principal Krista Morton has been caught in a car with an 18-year-old student and marijuana – “her shirt was unbuttoned”.

Krista Morton, 45, is charged with possession of marijuana. She’s the principal at Mavericks High School. The student in the car is a senior at the Palm Springs school…

When a sergeant knocked on the [car] door, Morton, who has wings tattooed on her lower back, opened it and immediately said, “We’re just friends,” according to police. Morton’s shirt was unbuttoned, exposing her shoulders and part of her chest, the police department said.

 

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Morton didn’t admit to smoking but did say marijuana had been smoked in the car.

Both Morton and the student were arrested for the weed.

Posted: 9th, May 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Marijuana: Jack’s Amendment, Carly’s Law and Mary Ann Coleman’s fight for a drug that works

Would you give medial marijuana to your ill child if you thought it would help them? In Alabama, Mark Coleman wants to use marijuana to treat his 13-year-old daughter, Mary Ann Coleman. She has low-functioning autism.

Al.com reports:

Monday wasn’t a very good day for 13-year-old Mary Ann Coleman… The report sent home from Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center where Mary Ann attends day school shows she tried to hurt herself 337 times Monday while at school or riding the bus, her father Mark Coleman said. That number has been as high as 800; a typical day though is about 40.

“(Mary Ann) scratches herself to the point where she bleeds,” he said. “She hits herself upside the ear. She pulls her hair out. She slams her head into the wall …. She has gone through my bay window. She had gone through two windows at school.”

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Posted: 28th, April 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch Rhapsody In Blue: Ex Cops Smoking Weed

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Ex-cops smoking weed is what it says on the tin.

Anyone want to do a British version?

Posted: 27th, April 2015 | In: marijuana | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Marijuana activists fly De Blasio 420 banner one day too late

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Hats off to Animal New York and Josh Simenhoff for flying a pro-marijuana banner over Manhattan.  The legend referenced New Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose own history of toking weed never did his career any harm, and a banner ordering the mayor to “get off the pot” and quit.

The banner was due to fly earlier but because of bad weather the launch date was put back to 4/20. But that date came and went. So. The banner flew on 4/21.

Still. It was fun, as AnimalNY reports:

And so on April 21, three months after we intended it to, our tongue-in-cheek, pro-cannabis banner finally hit the Manhattan skyline. After all of the back-and-forth, it was still worth it. “I did this in the pursuit of happiness and I’m proud to be an American,” said Simenhoff. Ditto for us. Also, legalize weed.

Because weed never did Blasio ever harm, nor any of his politico pals, like Barack Obama, David Cameron, Bill Clinton (who took weed by osmosis), Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo and George W. Bush. Unless, of course, it made them nuts..?

Posted: 22nd, April 2015 | In: marijuana, News, Photojournalism | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Shona Banda: Police rip child who argued school drugs policy from medical cannabis oil using mother

 

 

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Shona Banda has a problem of location. Her Chrohn’s disease can be legally treated with cannabis in Colorado, where she’d lived for some time. Shona uses cannabis oil. She says it helps. But in the State of Kansas, her current home, using cannabis for the same condition makes her a criminal.

 

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Trouble began when Shona’s 11-year-old was at his Kansas school’s drug education class. She tells Ben Swann that the lad told the drugs expert: “Mom calls it cannabis and not marijuana.” Says Shona: “He let them know how educated he was on the facts.”

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Posted: 18th, April 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Watch two teenagers teach you how to smoke marijuana in 1997

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These two numbnuts are a cautionary tale about what you sound like when stoned.

 

 

Spotter: Death And Taxes

Posted: 16th, April 2015 | In: marijuana, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cannabis: non-psychoactive cannabidiol can curn your epileptic seizures

More evidence that marijuana can be good for you. A cannabis extract containing non-psychoactive cannabidiol cut epileptic seizures in half:

The experience of 213 hard-to-treat patients age 2 to 42, including some who were already taking a dozen drugs to fend off seizures, is a promising start for the strawberry-flavored liquid extract [Epidiolex], which may be a potent new therapy for the condition, said lead researcher Orrin Devinsky, director of the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. The findings released Monday are scheduled to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting on April 22 in Washington.

And in the UK, cannabis is outlawed…

Posted: 14th, April 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sick man jailed for possessing ‘medical’ marijuana

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David Patterson is serving 60 days in prison for marijuana possession. A Minnesota jury noted Patterson’s seven pounds of marijuana and his intent to distribute it. He’s clearly guilty.

But Patterson says his weed is for medicinal purposes. He planned to refine the cannabis into a healing oil to cure his Crohn’s Disease. He tells the judge that his tinctures can cure skin cancer in four days, which sounds wildly opportmistic  – but, then, if you had the terrible disease a marijuana rub would be worth a try, no?

He tells the court:

“I’ve got to watch my relatives die when I can’t make medicine for them. I’m not a criminal. It’s crazy that I’ve been forced to act like I am.”

Seems sane.  But what is the law on weed in that state?

Legislation passed during the 2014 Minnesota legislative session created a new process allowing seriously ill Minnesotans to use medical cannabis to treat certain conditions. Medical cannabis will not be available via a pharmacy through a prescription from a doctor. Instead, patients with one of the qualifying conditions will be eligible to enroll in a patient registry maintained by the State. Patients on this registry will be able to get medical cannabis directly from one of eight dispensaries set up around the state.

But why can’t you just grow your own and give it to your ill friends? Why is the State in control of what you can put into your own sick body?

It it because you might use it for an illness not on the approved list:

Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting.
Glaucoma.
HIV/AIDS.
Tourette’s Syndrome.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy.
Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Crohn’s Disease.
Terminal illness, with a life expectancy of less than one year, if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting.

Patterson is on watch:

He will be on supervised probation for five years. During that time, he is not to use or possess drugs and must submit to random checks.

A reporter friend was once asked by a policeman, why he was ‘picking on him’. My friend replied that he found it hard to relate to an adult who had vowed to uphold every law of the land, however wrong it was. Could you arrest a sick man for possessing a drug he thought would help his condition?

Note: Patterson was arrested recently for having marijuana in a motor vehicle, 10 days after his trial. That case is pending.

 

 

Posted: 2nd, April 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drugs confusion: woman arrested for asking if she could carry marijuana in police car

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The confused and absurd US drugs policy (plus stupidity) has caused a woman in West Volusia, Florida, to be arrested. An “extermely intoxicated” Michelle Sanford tried to take marijuana into the patrol car of a sergeant who offered her a ride to a safe place.

The officer, who was responding to reports of a domestic row between Sandford, 36, and her boyfriend, first told her that carrying her open bottle of booze in his car was against the rules.

At which point Sanford’s boyfriend, Thomas Laudenslager, 46, piped up:

“Why don’t you take your weed with you?”

Sanford thought this a good idea. She asked the sergeant if she could take her marijuana in the car and smoke a joint at her father’s house. Sanford then showed her stash to the sergeant, was arrested and charged with possession of paraphernalia and a misdemeanor drug offence.

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Posted: 29th, March 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police burning massive pile of marijuana get entire own stoned

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There’s something in the air over Palmerah, a sub-district of West Jakarta. And that something is the smoke from a 3.3-ton heap of marijuana.

When masked police torched the seized mega-stash they didn’t bank on what the smoke would do to air quality. As the cloud drifted over the town, locals got a free blowback.

It turns out that you can dope an entire town without any need for mirrrors.

Spotters: reddit Males Banget

Posted: 28th, March 2015 | In: marijuana, News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pimp My Steroptype: woman smokes marijuana with Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran

Pimp my stereotype: an occasional look at subverting racial and cultural stereotypes.

 

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capriciousyouth points us toward these photos of a young Iranian rolling a marijuana joint on a 5000 Toman banknote featuring Ayatollah Khomeini, who in 1979 made Iran the world’s first Islamic republic.

 

khomeni joint marijuana iran

 

 

Spotter: Nicola Zolin

Posted: 18th, March 2015 | In: marijuana, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police find marijuana in tub labelled ‘Not Weed’

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Villain of the day is 21-year-old Nebraska motorist Jordan Meier. When police pulled him over for a traffic offence, they searched the vehicle. They noticed a plastic tub of Land O’Lakes sour cream. They spotted that someone had written on the tub “Not Weed.”

 

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When police opened the container, they found more than 11 grams of marijuana inside.

It was weed.

 

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Meier was arrested.

Posted: 4th, March 2015 | In: marijuana, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police blotter: Man in ‘I have drugs’ T-shirt arrested had drugs

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To Florida, where John Balmer is asking “Who Needs Drugs?” The message is written on his T-shirt.

It’s less of a statement than a straight-up question. Who needs drugs? Because John Balmer has drugs. “No seriously, I have drugs.” It says that on his T-shirt, too.

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Posted: 7th, January 2015 | In: marijuana, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


States sue Colorado for legal marijuana: Feds look to North Korea for ideas

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Colorado’s legalisation of marijuana has upset two neighbouring states:

The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma have asked the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional Colorado’s law legalizing marijuana. The lawsuit states that, “The Constitution and the federal anti-drug laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed-distribution schemes throughout the country which conflict with federal laws.”

Federal law is a mess.

Many conservatives have criticized Nebraska and Oklahoma for being “fair-weather federalists” because their claims hinge, in part, on Gonzales v. Raich, a 2005 Supreme Court decision, upholding the broad reach of Congress’s power to regulate commerce.

Conservatives’ ire instead should be directed at the Obama administration’s decision to suspend enforcement of the federal law prohibiting marijuana—a decision so warping the rule of law that the complaining states’ reliance on Raich is justified and necessary. . . .

States cannot be required to enforce federal law. But as the Supreme Court held in Arizona v. United States (2012), when the federal government doesn’t enforce its own laws, states still “may not pursue policies that undermine federal law.” Colorado’s decision to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana undermines the Controlled Substances Act, giving a major boost to all segments of that business. Indeed, in an interview this month Colorado’s attorney general, John Suthers, acknowledged that his state is “becoming a major exporter of marijuana.”

American has lost the plot:

A 45-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison, after nearly 400 pounds of marijuana was found in his home. Scott Bradley Cunningham, formerly of Inver Grove Heights, was charged, along with three other people, for possession of the drugs with the intent to distribute.

It”s about the lobby:

Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) is the new CEO of a marijuana company that produces cannabis-infused products for both recreational and medical use, the company announced Tuesday.

The United States has a broken drugs policy.

Meanwhile… Let’s get bombed in go-ahead North Korea!

Outside of the United States, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana in 2013. The Netherlands allows citizens to keep and cultivate some marijuana, and police let coffee shops sell marijuana as long as they don’t sell to minors or break other major rules. Spain also permits marijuana clubs where people can use the drug, although the drug is officially illegal to sell. And according to multiple reports from experts, visitors, and defectors, North Korea either has no law restricting marijuana or the law goes effectively unenforced.

Do the Feds care about marijuana? 

Posted: 31st, December 2014 | In: marijuana | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Find Out What The Worst Drug Smugglers In The World Did

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IT’S at least an interesting entry for that accolade at least, the worst drug smugglers in the world.

So, two Brits decide to try their luck smuggling a tonne and a half of hashish from Morocco into the Algarve. Sounds like a plan: Morocco’s not that far away, the Rif and such places are hotbeds of cannabis production (they’re not just the right sort of climate, they’re also pretty lawless even today). As such the drug is cheap as chips there.

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Posted: 28th, May 2014 | In: marijuana, Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Situations Pretty Vacant: The FBI Is Hiring Pot Smokers

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THIS is rather fun. The FBI, over in the US, is one of the most staid and white bread organisations in the world. They’re cops, of a sort, yes, but the internal culture at the place is still pretty much 50’s America. Flag, Mom and apple pie. And one of the parts of that is that pot smoking is absolutely verboeten.

Yeah, we all know, half the damn country smokes it at some time or another and no one comes to any great harm. But then again the FBI is one of the organisations that has to try and track down the drug dealers so perhaps the policy isn’t entirely stupid. The law is, but given the existence of the law the FBI might not be. But even here they’ve had to relax a little bit: you can apply for a job at the FBI if you have ever smoked pot (something they wouldn’t allow if you had ever robbed a bank) but not if you’ve smoked it in the past three years.

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Posted: 21st, May 2014 | In: marijuana, Money, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Newport council gives away free cannabis in plant pots

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WELCOME to Newport, South Wales, You’ll never bother to leave. There’s free marijuana.

Council officials in Newport have yet to speak to the tourism division in their investigation into how cannabis came to feature in the town’s flower pots brightening up the city centre.

Local shopkeeper Dean Beddis, spotted the weed among the petunias:

“I had never seen cannabis growing in the wild before so it was crazy to see it. It’s actually rather a beautiful plant and stood out wonderfully. But they have gone now. I don’t know who took them. Either the council spotted them or some young type has spotted them and put them in his garden.” 

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Posted: 5th, August 2013 | In: marijuana, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Does smoking marijuana make you slimmer and control insulin? Does God make you fat?

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CAN smoking marijuana make you thin?

This report tells us:

The study looked at more than 4,600 people, 12 percent of whom said they were current marijuana users and 42 percent of whom said they had used in the past. Previous research had shown that marijuana users had a lower prevalence for diabetes and obesity, but this was the first study where scientists tried to determine if there was a link between insulin and glucose levels and marijuana usage, Yahoo Shine reported…

The study concludes: “with the recent trends in legalization of marijuana in the United States, it is likely that physicians will increasingly encounter patients who use marijuana and should therefore be aware of the effects it can have on common disease processes, such as diabetes mellitus. We found that current marijuana use is associated with lower levels of fasting insulin, lower HOMA-IR and smaller waist circumference.”

One theory:

Some research finds that highly religious people are less likely to take drugs, but more likely to be obese — perhaps because they’re substituting one compulsive behavior (overeating) for the other (smoking marijuana). So, some of the obese people in the national surveys may be religious folk, who might otherwise be heavy marijuana smokers, but are eating too much instead. That could make it look like marijuana is slimming.Also consider that one of the most popular uses of medical marijuana is to stimulate appetite in people with cancer, AIDS or other diseases. Such patients are significantly less likely to be obese than the general population — so in this case, weight loss would precede or prompt the marijuana smoking.

Is smoking weed a compulsive behaviour?

Dr. Stuart Weiss, a professor and  endocrinologist at the NYU School Of Medicine said, “We’d have to assume that there’s some compound that is involved with this marijuana smoke that causes an improvement in metabolism.” 

Other research:

New research from the University of California, Irvine — detailed in the March issue of Cell Metabolism — found that certain brain chemicals with characteristics similar to marijuana might play a key factor in helping you shed pounds without any exercise. A dream come true? Here’s a brief look at the promising discovery…

It’s an endocannabinoid compound called 2-AG. Endocannabinoids, as the name might suggest, share a similar molecular structure to the active ingredients in cannabis. Typically, high levels of 2-AG are found in the brains of mammals, and previous studies suggested that these compounds may make the body crave fat. Scientists think endocannabinoids play a key role in regulating the body’s metabolism, or the energy it makes from food.

Interesting stuff. More studies are needed…

Posted: 27th, July 2013 | In: marijuana, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adverts tells NASCAR fans to buy hangover-free, lo-cal marijuana not beer

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MARIJUANA has gone mainstream. We’ve yet to see weed adverts on the side of F1 vehicles, as we have for cigarettes and booze, but NASCAR fans heading to the 2013 Brickyard 400 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will get to see a TV advert hailing cannabis.

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Posted: 26th, July 2013 | In: marijuana, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police confiscate massive refer at UC Santa Cruz 420 weed fest

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TO Porter Meadows, for the UC Santa Cruz 420 weed fest and the chance to see the  2.5lb spliffffffffff. That is no Camberwell Carrot, my friends, that is a Dalston Daikon.

Via The World’s Best Ever

Posted: 24th, April 2013 | In: marijuana, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 1960s Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Identification Kit

CHECK out this 1960s Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Identification Kit. Created not by cool art students looking to id the good stuff, but by Winston Products for Education. This was used in schools to teach students about drugs and their many dangers. How many children go their first look at these drugs in class? “So,” they nodded. “That’s whar the blueys do…”

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Posted: 16th, February 2013 | In: Flashback, marijuana | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man arrested for selling half-eaten chicken sandwich to cop looking to buy marijuana

TO North Carolina, where Dustin Rockwell Davis, 23, of Ivey Road, Graham, has been charged with selling an undercover police officer a bag containing a half-eaten chicken sandwich.

Graham, was charged with the sell and delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance and sell and delivery of marijuana. 

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Posted: 7th, February 2013 | In: marijuana, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0