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The Shame of Equitable Sharing How local cops are still colluding with the feds to seize pot-related assets even in states with legal marijuana.

When voters in Colorado and Washington state approved legalizing marijuana in 2012, those votes undermined an abusive—and profitable—police practice: civil forfeiture. Unlike with criminal forfeiture, undercivil forfeiture people do not have to be convicted of or even charged with a crime to permanently lose their cash, cars, and other property. Police can then auction off that seized property and use the proceeds to fund themselves. In the 42 states that allow police departments to profit from forfeiture, that cash flow has funded both themilitarization of police and allowed law enforcement to make ridiculous purchases, including a margarita machine, a Hawaiian vacation, and a Dodge Viper.

In Colorado and Washington, the federal government processed more than $36 million worth of cash and other property in civil and criminal marijuana forfeitures between 2002 and 2012. Pursuing cannabis cases earned local law enforcement in Washington an additional $6 million to $9 million in forfeiture revenue since 2008. Nationwide, the Wall Street Journal reported the federal government scored $1 billion in forfeiture from marijuana cases over the past decade.

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AG Holder willing to consider dropping marijuana from same drug category as LSD, heroin and ecstasy

DENVER – Friday nights are some of the busiest at the Citi-Med dispensary, where for the moment, only green can be used to buy green.

In the eyes of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Marijuana is categorized just like heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.

It’s why most banks won’t accept money from pot sales.

Yet there may be a shift by the feds in making marijuana more mainstream.

Attorney General Eric Holder now says he’s willing to work with Congress to possibly remove pot from the “dangerous drug list.”

“We’d be more than glad to work with Congress if there is a desire to look at and reexamine how the drug is scheduled, as I said there is a great degree of expertise that exists in Congress,” Holder told the House Appropriations Committee hearing Friday, the Huffington Post reported. “It is something that ultimately Congress would have to change, and I think that our administration would be glad to work with Congress if such a proposal were made.”

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CALIF: Democratic governors resist moves to legalize marijuana

LOS ANGELES — California voters strongly favor legalizing marijuana. The state Democratic Party adopted a platform last month urging California to follow Colorado and Washington in ending marijuana prohibition. The state’s lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, has called for legalizing the drug.

But not Gov. Jerry Brown.

“I think we ought to kind of watch and see how things go in Colorado,” Brown, a Democrat, said curtly when asked the question as he was presenting his state budget this year.

At a time of rapidly evolving attitudes toward marijuana legalization — a slight majority of Americans now support legalizing the drug — Democratic governors across the country, Brown among them, find themselves uncomfortably at odds with their own base.

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Study Shows Cannabis Kills Leukemia Cells

A UK study in the journal Anticancer Research has found that cannabis derived compounds kill cancer cells in leukemia patients.

Published last October, the findings indicate that certain non-psychoactive cannabinoids “caused a simultaneous arrest at all phases of the cell cycle… [and] resulted in dramatic reductions in cell viability,” according to the abstract of the study.

Researchers grew leukemia cells in a lab and cultured them with increasing doses of six cannabinoids, including CBD (Cannabidiol), CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid), CBG (Cannbigerol), CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid), CBGV (Cannabigevarin) and CBGVA (Cannabigevaric acid).

The cannabinoids were tested individually as well as within groups to see if they were effective at killing or stopping the growth of the cancer cells.

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Mom: Medical marijuana nearly stops girl’s seizures

A 4-year-old girl who suffered from repeated and severe seizures has experienced sudden and dramatic improvement since moving last month from Georgia to Colorado to obtain medical marijuana, her mother says.

Haleigh Cox was enduring hundreds of seizures a day. That number is down to about three a day, and her mother, Jenea, credits the cannabis oil Haleigh started taking three weeks ago.

“I’m a true believer in the oil. It’s the only thing that’s changed since we’ve gotten here is the oil,” Jenea Cox said.

Haleigh takes the cannabis oil under her tongue or with her food four times a day. It’s a medicine that’s still illegal in Georgia.

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Arizer AIR Portable Vaporizer Review & Demo – YouTube

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MARIJUANA STRAINS LIKE OG KUSH ARE MEANINGLESS, EXPERT SAYS

OG Kush. Skywalker. Pineapple Express. Sour Diesel. Sour Jack.

These are the “strains” that medical marijuana consumers are sold, often at premium prices, with the promise that they’ll do something special for you.

But a foremost cannabis expert, Jeffrey Raber, who holds a PhD. in chemistry from USC, says it’s all BS. Those names don’t mean anything, and a forthcoming study he’s working on will prove it, Raber tells us. In fact …

… he even disputes the commonly held notion that the two polar types of weed, indica and sativa, produce opposing effects — specifically that indica is more of a depressant and sativa is more of an upper.

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Cannabis: Promise, risk and controversy

Cannabis is bad for you, cannabis is good for you – confused?

That’s not surprising. Complicated and controversial, cannabis is revealed by recent science to have a dual personality, with a dark side and a more positive one. Radio 4’s PM programme is this week running a whole series on cannabis, and the debate surrounding it.

Key to understanding this strange plant are two of the ingredients that make it up, known by their initials as THC and CBD.

I asked Prof Val Curran of University College London to describe how they work and she came up with a memorable answer:

“In a way, THC and CBD are a bit like yin and yang. The THC makes you stoned, but it can also make you anxious. It can also make you feel a bit psychotic, and it will seriously impair your memory.

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Medical Marijuana: A Rapidly Evolving Field of Interest

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States[1]; globally, it is the most widely cultivated, trafficked, and abused illicit drug,[2] and it has the longest recorded history of human use. As early as 5,000 years ago, early Chinese texts documented the medicinal benefits of Cannabis sativa extracts unrelated to its psychoactive properties, including alleviation of pain and cramps.[3,4]Cannabis was also familiar in the Old World (eg, ancient Greece, Rome, the Middle East, North Africa) and its use gradually spread to the New World (Western Hemisphere, including the Americas).

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How Safe is Your Vape Pen? Project CBD

The Hidden Dangers of Propylene Glycol

Jahan Marcu, PhD, reports on the hidden dangers of propylene glycol and vape pens that smolder.

Portable electronic devices, known as “vape pens,” are increasingly popular among medical marijuana patients and others because they provide a convenient, discreet, and presumably benign way to administer cannabis. But how safe are vape pens and the liquid solutions inside the cartridges that attach to these devices? Who knows what’s actually being inhaled?

It’s generally assumed that vaping is a healthier method of administration than inhaling marijuana smoke, which contains noxious substances that may irritate the lungs. Since a vaporizer heats the cannabis flower or oil concentrate without burning it, the active ingredients are inhaled but no smoke is involved. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work.

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