zaterdag 12 oktober 2013

The tree of life 2

U.S. Federal government won't challenge marijuana legalization laws

A man calling himself Henry Hemp inhales marijuana using a vaporizer pen at HempCon medical marijuana show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (AFP Photo / Robyn Beck)

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the landmark decision on Thursday when he spoke with the governors of Washington state and Colorado, where recreational pot use was legalized last November.
In a memo sent to federal prosecutors, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that “the federal government has traditionally relied on states and local law enforcement agencies to address marijuana activity” under their own laws. Moving forward, feds will instead shift there focus on enforcing and prosecuting violations of eight priority areas, which include the prevention of marijuana distribution to minors, transportation across state lines where it is illegal as well and the prosecution of criminal organizations that do not have a permit to sell pot.
“This reflects a balanced approach by the federal government that respects the states’ interests in implementing these laws and recognizes the federal government’s role in fighting illegal drugs and criminal activity,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a joint statement.
The new guidelines are a significant rewrite from the Justice Department’s previous treatment of marijuana users or businesses, since prosecutors will no longer go after individuals who legally use or sell the drug.
“It’s a major and historic step toward ending marijuana prohibition,” Colorado marijuana advocate Mason Tvert told the Denver Post. “It sends a clear signal that states are free to determine their own policies when it comes to marijuana.”
But the guidelines did not alter federal laws. The Justice Department still considers cannabis a Schedule I controlled substance, a category that also includes heroin, methamphetamines and ecstasy.
“This is not the end of a story,” Kevin Sabet, a former official with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the Post. “This is the beginning.”
Sabet said that the guidance is not a federal endorsement of marijuana, but more of a prioritization of drug laws.
“This is not a free pass for states,” he added. “I think they’re going to have to be very careful in setting up their regimes.”The Drug Enforcement Administration has recently also taken steps to prevent legal cannabis dispensaries from servicing their customers, which contradicts the initiatives of the Justice Department. Earlier this month, the DEA ordered all security and armored vehicle companies to stop servicing legal cannabis dispensaries. Since the federal government previously pressured banks and credit card companies to stop working with pot dispensaries, the providers have heavily relied on armored vehicles to transport large quantities of cash. The DEA’s announcement came less than two week after Holder said he wanted to reform US drug laws to keep non-violent drug offenders out of the overcrowded prison system. But with different federal agencies taking different approaches to marijuana laws in states where the drug’s use has been legalized, pot smokers and providers might still have to exercise caution when dealing with cannabis.


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A recent study conducted by Andras Biokei-Gorzo at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany is suggesting that marijuana(or the activation of the brain’s cannabinoid system) triggers the release of antioxidants, which act as a cleansing mechanism. This process is known to remove damaged cells and improve the efficiency of mitochondria. Mitochondria is the energy source that powers cells.  The study was published in Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society, B. You can read the entire study here.
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Nearly two pounds of still-green plant material found in a 2,700-year-old grave in the Gobi Desert has just been identified as the world's oldest marijuana stash, according to a paper in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Botany.
A barrage of tests proves the marijuana possessed potent psychoactive properties and casts doubt on the theory that the ancients only grew the plant for hemp in order to make clothing, rope and other objects.
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Lead author Ethan Russo told Discovery News that the marijuana "is quite similar" to what's grown today.

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With a reported value of over six billion dollars, it's no secret that marijuana in British Columbia is big business. However, due to the recent legalization of weed in Washington and Colorado, the draconian crime laws pushed forward by the Canadian Conservative government's omnibus crime bill, and recent changes to medical marijuana regulations, the entire industry is suddenly facing an identity crisis. VICE Canada went west to talk to the people directly affected by these recent events: from the legalization activists and the large and small scale growers, to the illegal traffickers and law enforcement, we talked to the people on the front lines of the battle for control over one of Canada's most undervalued resource.

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