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CANNABIS CULTURE – One of the most common questions people ask is, “Why is cannabis medicine?” The simple answer is that, theoretically at least, cannabis can be used as a medicine because it restores balance to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a fundamental role in homeostasis.

Many conditions are thought to arise from a deficiency of endocannabinoids (clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, or CECD), or a disruption to the ECS in some way. Phytocannabinoids can be used as “mimics” of the body’s own cannabinoids, and be used to overcome these deficiencies and restore balance to the human body.

Some people are intrigued, and decide to delve further into the science behind the ECS. Then, when they see how many diseases and illnesses cannabinoids could potentially be used to treat, they think they have a panacea (a “cure-all”) on their hands. After all, if the ECS is behind the development of every condition, surely this means that cannabis is the wonder-medicine that’s been right under our noses for thousands of years?

Here’s the thing: whilst these people are not totally wrong, they’re not necessarily completely right, either. Here’s a few things cannabis can (and cannot) do …

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The Senate has approved the federal marijuana legalization legislation in a historic vote.

Pot advocate Jodie Emery says the vote may be historic, but for lawyers, civil liberties advocates, and herself, the passing of the Cannabis Act brings a number of concerns to the forefront.

“[The Act] introduces many more criminal laws with relation to cannabis and it doesn’t look at amnesty or pardons for all of the victims of prohibition in the past.”

She says legalization should accomplish three goals: stopping the criminalization of people who use pot, stopping criminalization of the industry, and stopping the waste of law enforcement and tax dollars spent going after people for pot.

– Read the entire article at News 1130.

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This story was originally published in Straight Cannabis

Sometimes, I wish the media would just go to legendary stoner Tommy Chong for political analysis.

We would likely get a far more concise and accurate picture than we receive from all those blathering talking heads from the corporate think tanks.

I felt this way again after Donald Trump tried to bully and humiliate Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

This came after Trudeau said he didn’t want Russia in the G-7.

Of course, Trump didn’t mention Vladimir Putin or Russia in his weekend Twitter rant against Trudeau.

That’s because Trump knows that any mention of Putin simply attracts more attention from special counsel Robert Mueller.

So this is what Trump said instead.

Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

Many in the Canadian media dutifully repeated Trump’s diatribe without linking it to Putin.

However, Tommy Chong saw through the BS.

“Trump being Trump is really Trump being Putin’s bitch!” the comedian tweeted.

Trump being Trump is really Trump being Putin’s bitch! Trump gonna have to put on his knee pads if he keep this position.

— Tommy Chong (@tommychong)

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Jody Wilson-Raybould says progressive policy will replace failed model that made criminals rich.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canadians will be able to consume marijuana recreationally without criminal penalties starting on Oct. 17, 2018.

Trudeau revealed the date during question period in the House of Commons.

“We work in partnership with the provinces, and since we’ve passed these measures in Parliament we’ve been listening to the provinces who have been asking for more time to implement it,” Trudeau said in French.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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It has been just under two weeks since the Golden State Warriors’ swept the LeBron James-powered Cleveland Cavaliers out of this year’s NBA Finals. And at least one Warrior seems to be enjoying the start of his first off-season as a champion. TMZ Sports caught up with NBA star Nick Young while he was out partying and decided to talk legalization politics.

And whether or not he’s speaking from personal experience, Young had some surprising responses. He thinks countries should legalize cocaine. In fact, he thinks everyone should try it.

Nick Young Wants “The People To Pass Cocaine!”

In a TMZ Sports video, an off-camera reporter catches up with Young as he’s getting in the passenger seat of a friend’s truck.

The reporter starts by telling Young that Canada just became “the first country in the world” to legalize marijuana. (It’s not, by the way. That honor goes to Uruguay.) And before the reporter can even ask Young what he thinks about that, Young interrupts: “I want the people to pass cocaine!”

“Everybody needs to do cocaine,” Young continued. The incredulous TMZ Sports reporter stammers to come up with a reply of his own as Young shuts the door.

The conversation quickly swerves away from cannabis politics back to the League. “What about LeBron,” the reporter asks. “Where would he best fit?”

Ask a Warrior about LeBron James, and you’re bound to get an answer that takes a few shots at the King. Not one to miss an opportunity, Young says he thinks James should stay in Cleveland. “And bring all the people to Cleveland. Bring Shaq, Robert Horry, Dennis Rodman, bring all the old people.”

Is Nick Young’s Idea To Legalize Cocaine Really That Outlandish?

Multiple sources are laughing off Nick Young’s offhand remarks that “the people should pass

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Texas Republicans have come out in support of marijuana decriminalization in their official party platform. State GOP delegates also approved an expansion of medical marijuana access and support for industrial hemp at their convention.

Nearly 10,000 delegates attended the state Republican Party convention last week. Before Saturday’s vote on the platform, delegates had the opportunity to learn about cannabis policy and regulation. In a first for the convention, three pro-pot groups and one anti-pot group had booths in the exposition area.

The platform approved by delegates contained more than 330 planks covering policy issues ranging from gay rights to immigration. Of those, four are related to the regulation of cannabis.

One plank calls for a change in state law to remove criminal penalties for cannabis possession. Instead, civil penalties would apply to adults caught with an ounce or less.

“We support a change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time,” the platform reads.

Currently, adults possessing up to two ounces of pot can receive a six-month jail term and a fine of $2,000.

Another platform item seeks a federal rescheduling of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. “Congress should remove cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 and move to Schedule 2,” according to the document.

Republicans also support an expansion of the state medical marijuana program with a call for “the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to certified patients.”

Additionally, GOP delegates voted to “recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.” They also urged “the Texas Legislature to pass legislation allowing cultivation, manufacture,

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Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29.

Canada is only the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use.

Bill C-45, otherwise known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and reduce related crime.

– Read the entire article at CNN News.

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Cannabis lawyers share how things really work.

Buds, oils, tea, brownies, cookies, gummies, lollipops ― today, you can get THC in just about any form.

What a time to be alive.

Marijuana is legal in some capacity in 29 states and Washington, D.C. As long as you adhere to local laws, you don’t have to worry about the cops harshing your buzz. That is, unless you’re headed to the airport.

– Read the entire article at Huffington Post.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing to approve a drug derived from marijuana for the first time ever. But some parents of children who already use cannabis-based medicines are not sure that’s a good thing.

Many parents are worried that the FDA approving this new drug could possibly lead to problems with treating their own children with CBD medicines. They’re worried that this new drug could lead to states outlawing the CBD oils and treatments they’re currently using and only allowing FDA approved drugs instead.

And there’s actually legitimate reasons to believe that could happen. GW Pharmaceuticals, the company behind the new cannabis-derived drug under FDA consideration, lobbied in some states such as South Dakota and Nebraska to change the definition of marijuana so CBD products would be allowed and could be prescribed by doctors and pharmacies, but only if those products were approved by the FDA. Since they are the only company with a CBD-derived drug under FDA consideration, they would produce the only legal CBD product in those states.

In their defense, GW Pharmaceuticals said the new laws would be necessary in order for their new drug to be prescribed in pharmacies.

States such as California and Colorado have passed laws allowing the rules for GW Pharmaceuticals to put their drug in pharmacies, but they also included language to protect medical marijuana and CBD products that already exist in those states without FDA approval as well. That seems like it would be the best option for states going forward.

(h/t Chicago Sun-Times)

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HAMBURG, Iowa — An Elk Point, South Dakota man was jailed on misdemeanor and felony drug charges stemming from an automobile crash in southwestern Iowa that injured his passenger from Jefferson. 

According to criminal complaints and an Iowa Department of Transportation press release, 40-year-old Aaron Keuck was driving a 2013 Ford Focus northbound on Interstate 29 shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. 

The vehicle left the roadway, crossed the median and struck a rail along the southbound lane of I-29. Keuck’s passenger, 26-year-old Steven Gross of Jefferson, South Dakota, sustained serious injuries and was transported to Grape Memorial Hospital by the Hamburg Ambulance.

Gross’ condition was not immediately available.

After the accident, officers found three marijuana smoking devices in the vehicle — one on the driver’s seat, one on the driver’s floor board and one in the center console, along with a marijuana grinder. Loose marijuana was found inside a backpack. 

Keuck was arrested and taken to the Fremont County Jail, where a methamphetamine smoking device was found on him. He admitted to authorities that he had recently smoked marijuana, and according to the criminal complaint he had “red, bloodshot eyes and would fall into a hard sleep if not directly engaged in conversation.” 

He was charged with first offense OWI, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of contraband in a correctional institution. 

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