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One of New York’s newest athletes could already be in some scorching hot water, a little less than two months after his initial arrival.

Kenneth Faried, who spent his first seven seasons as a member of the Denver Nuggets before he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a massive salary dump, was arrested early Sunday morning after getting caught with over two ounces of weed.

Unfortunately for the NBA powerhouse known as “The Manimal,” things don’t look all that peachy.

Kenneth Faried Busted

According to TMZ Sports, the 28-year-old power forward was arrested on the Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, New York at around 1:30 AM Sunday. His vehicle, allegedly, was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on Long Island, where an officer noticed that a “strong odor of marijuana was emanating from the inside of the vehicle,” per the celebrity news site.

Police searched Faried’s car and found over two ounces of cannabis, along with an undisclosed amount of cash, within the confines of the vehicle.  He was then charged with fourth-degree unlawful possession of marijuana— a misdemeanor— and taken to a local police station for processing.

He was released on $500 bail.

According to police, Faried actually received

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A Swiss cannabis company has partnered with an Israeli genome analysis firm in order to create better varieties of cannabis for patients and consumers. Gene sequencing firm NRGene, based in Ness Ziona, Israel, announced the collaboration with Pure Cannabis Research AG of Zug, Switzerland in a press release on Tuesday.

Through the partnership, Pure Cannabis Research plans to breed varieties of cannabis that are tailored to meet its customers’ needs. Researchers will focus on creating strains of cannabis that produce healthier, hardier plants that are optimized for commercial production. The new varieties will have customized cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid profiles targeted for specific therapeutic uses such as pain relief and sleep support. Strains that provide unique flavor profiles for energy drinks and products that provide an alternative to tobacco will also be developed.

The non-exclusive partnership between the two companies “will facilitate more rapid development of cannabis varieties than the current industry standard,” according to the release.

Stevens Senn, the CEO of Pure Holding Group, the parent company of Pure Cannabis, said the partnership will help his company identify desirable genetic traits in cannabis and then breed new strains that maximize the expression of those traits. The new cannabis varieties will then be

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Oklahoma Secretary of State James Williamson announced Monday that a bid to include a recreational marijuana initiative in November’s election has failed to qualify for the ballot. As required by law, the secretary of state’s office reported to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma on the petition drive to place State Question 797 on the ballot. The initiative would have legalized the recreational use and sale of cannabis in the state.

Activists for Green the Vote turned in a total of 102,814 valid signatures from the petition drive, according to the report. That number is far short of the 123,725 that were needed to successfully place the measure on the ballot.

In late July, Green the Vote reported that it had collected more than 132,000 signatures, and was in the midst of a last-minute push to collect signatures in order to ensure success before the August 8 deadline.

Numbers Reported By Activists ‘A Big Lie’

After the July update on the initiative’s progress, Dody Sullivan, a former board member of Green the Vote, said in a Facebook video that the group had falsified the numbers.

“The numbers that have been spoken are not even close to what is in the office,” Sullivan said,

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Contrary to arguments oft-used by opponents of marijuana and marijuana law reform, “cannabis use does not significantly compound the gray matter deficits associated with schizophrenia”.

This is according to a study published by the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, and conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee.

The study’s abstract starts by stating that; “Substance use may confound the study of brain structure in schizophrenia. We used voxel-based morphometry (VBM) to examine whether differences in regional gray matter volumes exist between schizophrenia patients with and without clinically significant cannabis and/or alcohol use histories compared to 88 healthy control subjects.”

Relative to controls, “patients with schizophrenia had reduced gray matter volume in the bilateral precentral gyrus, right medial frontal cortex, right visual cortex, right occipital pole, right thalamus, bilateral amygdala, and bilateral cerebellum regardless of substance use history.” Within these regions, researchers “found no volume differences between patients with schizophrenia and a history of cannabis and/or alcohol compared to patients with schizophrenia without a clinically significant substance use history.”

Researchers conclude; “Our data support the idea that a clinically meaningful history of alcohol or cannabis use does not significantly compound the gray matter deficits associated with schizophrenia.

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The “leaf extracts of cannabis sativa” has “potential for the control of both hospital- and community-acquired MRSA”, according  to a new study being published by the Journal of Integrative Medicine, and epublished ahead of print by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

“This study examined the antimicrobial activity of Cannabis sativa, Thuja orientalis and Psidium guajava against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)”, states the study’s abstract.

For the study, “In vitro antimicrobial activities of the ethanolic extracts of C. sativa, T. orientalis and P. guajava were tested against MRSA”, and the “presence of bioactive molecules in these three leaves was evaluated using biochemical assays and high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC).”

Researchers state that “A profound synergism was observed when C. sativa was used in combination with T. orientalis (1:1) and when P. guajava was used in combination with T. orientalis (1:1)”. This synergism “was probably due to the combined inhibitory effect of phenolics present in the leaf extracts (i.e., quercetin and gallic acid) and catechin, as detected by HPTLC.”

The study concludes by stating that “The leaf extracts of C. sativa, T. orientalis and P. guajava had potential for the control of both hospital- and community-acquired MRSA. Moreover, the inhibitory effect was enhanced

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While marijuana might be on the backburner for the majority of NYPD officers, the plant is still, unfortunately, considered a Schedule I drug by our very own Federal government. Sure, the stigma surrounding it has largely decreased, but that doesn’t mean people in either legal or non-legal states can go around flaunting product.

Or, in this case, conspicuously weighing it on top of a police car.

However, that’s exactly what happened over the weekend, after a viral prank video caught the ire of several high-ranking NYPD members. It’s safe to say what was intended as a comedic video certainly didn’t receive the intended reaction amongst the boys in blue.

New York Comedians Post Themselves Weighing Weed on NYPD Squad Car

The video begins with a man in a white tee-shirt with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, weighing out some buds on the back of an NYPD squad car. The man filming the video is looking to purchase the eighth.

“You, you want an eighth?” asks the man in the video.

“Yeah, I want an eighth, bro,” replied the man behind the camera.

“That’s three point six for you,” the dealer says, pointing to the nugs of weed

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A Florida political candidate has said that Wells Fargo has closed her campaign accounts because of her pro-cannabis stance. Nikki Fried, a Democratic candidate for state agricultural commissioner, said during a press conference on Monday that the move by the financial institution is “unprecedented” and “emblematic of what is wrong with our government and politics today,” according to a report in local media.

Fried said that she had exchanged emails with Wells Fargo about her support of medical marijuana and political contributions from donors with ties to the cannabis industry. When representatives of the bank then notified her that the accounts were going to be closed, Fried said at first she thought they were joking.

“I’m a candidate,” Fried said. “I am not touching the plant, I am not selling the plant, I am not producing the plant. I’m simply advocating for the expansion of medical marijuana and that was the reason for (Wells Fargo) closing me down. Secondhand, it was the fact I was taking money from lobbyists who represent the industry.”

Fried speculated that Wells Fargo may be planning similar action with other professionals and businesses connected to legal cannabis.

“And I wonder how many other accounts they are

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The growth of Canada’s soon-to-be-legal recreational pot industry is starting to create a small buzz among job hunters.

The job website Indeed has released new numbers that show cannabis-related searches, while still small, were more than four times higher last month compared to the year before. The data say weed-related searches increased to 26 out of every 10,000 searches, up from six.

Employers, the data found, have also been looking for more help within the expanding industry — from retail “budtenders,” to production assistants, to quality assurance. New help wanted ads in the sector were up threefold last month, compared to a year ago, and now make up 25 out of every 10,000 new jobs on the website.

“Cannabis-related searches and job postings remain a small corner of the Canadian labour market, but they’re growing rapidly,” Indeed economist Brendon Bernard wrote in a report.

– Read the entire article at The Hamilton Spectator.

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I was walking down a side street in Rome near the Spanish Steps when a sign leapt out at me: “Weed Shop.” Be still my Seattleite heart.

At that point I’d been traveling throughout Europe and North Africa for several months, and for all intents and purposes had been abstaining from the green-goodness. Being from a place where it’s sold recreationally with the blessing of the legislature, I’m no longer accustomed or even inclined to search out black-market sources. So when I encountered this apparently legal provider, I jumped on the opportunity.

The owner of the shop, it turned out, was from Los Angeles.

– Read the entire article at Civilized.

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