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TOP: Legalized pot in New Jersey - not so fast - Philly

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 01:07
philly.com (US) Court rulings that have an impact on everyday life. Is now in his third month in office. To see for themselves how it was working. Have approved recreational marijuana. New Jersey was expected to be in the next wave. Some New Jersey lawmakers are suggesting alternatives. Have been proposed in the Assembly. A rallying point for marijuana activists and medical-marijuana patients who say that provision will make... (Sun Mar 11 14:07:14 2018 PDT)
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UK: Gang members kidnap cop during a traffic stop in Georgia - Daily Mail Online

Bot - Cannabis - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 01:02
dailymail.co.uk (US) Putin shows world how he could start World War Three with first successful launch of 'invulnerable' nuclear missile system which flies at 10 times the speed of sound 'Life is more beautiful now': Woman. (Sun Mar 11 10:02:59 2018 PDT)
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How LSD Makes Music Profoundly Awesome

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Click here for reuse options! Researchers are learning more about how the powerful psychedelic affects the brain.

Listening to Jimi Hendrix on acid back in the day was absolutely mind-melting. The sounds transcended normal tonality—not to mention space-time—and the music itself took on deep, deep meaning. It seemed like he was plugged into the primal energies of the universe, and profound truths flickered like jagged lightning.

It wasn't just the music of the master, either—LSD had the uncanny ability to imbue even the most saccharine dreck with cosmic connotations. Any old head who suddenly "got" Terry Jacks' "Seasons in the Sun" in an acid-induced tearful epiphany knows whereof I speak.

Now, some new research helps explain why that happens. A recent study in Cerebral Cortex found that LSD changed the perception of music by altering the neural response in certain key brain regions, including those that govern emotion, memory, sound processing, and self-directed thought.

In the study, a team of researchers led by Katrin Preller and Franz X. Vollenweider of the University of Zurich interviewed 25 subjects about songs that were personally meaningful to them, then had the subjects listen to personally meaningful songs and songs that had no particular significance while given LSD or a placebo. In one session, subjects were given LSD and ketanserin, a drug that blocks LSD's ability to act on serotonin 2A receptors.

Under the influence of LSD, the researchers found, even non-meaningful songs picked up a sense of meaningfulness.  

"Music can evoke a wide range of emotions, memories, and other feelings and states of mind. We can often identify with music, and music can change the way that we feel about and think about ourselves," study co-author Frederick Barrett of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine told PsyPost. "In the same way, music also engages a broad range of brain regions involved in memory, emotion, attention, and self-directed thought. LSD increases the ​degree to which these brain areas process music, and it seems to use a brain mechanism that is shared across all psychedelic drugs (serotonin 2A receptor signaling).

"These brain changes during music listening and LSD may (hypothetically) be the mechanism by which psychedelic drugs can be therapeutic," Barrett continued. "Also, these brain changes may uncover the underlying way that our brain makes meaning, with or without music and psychedelic drugs. Psychedelics are powerful drugs that hold promise to help us to heal, understand our brains and minds, and potentially uncover the elusive basis of consciousness itself."

Barrett also noted that a growing number of studies have suggested psychedelics could be used to treat psychiatric disorders, but he urged caution.

"While psychedelic drugs can be safely administered in a controlled setting to properly screened individuals, they are still very powerful drugs that may not be safe for everyone and may not be safe in many circumstances. The degree to which these elements (music, LSD, and serotonin 2A receptor signaling) are necessary for any successful therapy has yet to be determined," he explained. "The degree to which any of these elements interacts with challenging experiences (or ‘bad trips’) has yet to be determined. Also, the degree to which we can optimize music listening during psychedelic therapy sessions has yet to be determined, though these are all active areas of research."

In the meantime, Hendrix still sounds great on acid, even in uncontrolled settings. But would it make Justin Bieber tolerable? Further research is required.

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Not high on inspiration: Ontario Cannabis Store logo derided as ... - CBC.ca

Google - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 17:36

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The Ontario government announced the name and branding for its cannabis agency Friday, and those looking for the wacky, colourful branding that has been a staple of the underground marijuana industry might be disappointed.
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WATCH: Mississippi Police Chief Gets Caught Smoking Weed

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The man who described himself on video as "the only chief of police in Lumberton that likes to smoke weed" is now out of a job after that video, which indeed shows him admittedly smoking marijuana, was shown on a local television station.

Lumberton, Mississippi, Police Chief Shane Flynt had been suspended after the video emerged, and on Tuesday, the Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to accept his resignation.

Mayor Quincy Rogers wanted Flynt fired, but the board instead accepted his resignation, with Alderwoman Audrey Davis saying the board wanted to give Flynt a chance at another opportunity.

It's unclear when the video was recorded, although Christmas music can at times be heard in the background, and the red-eyed police chief makes a reference to a red-nosed reindeer.

In a statement on Facebook, Flynt said that his wife had filmed him inside his home and that he had made "a huge mistake."

Under Mississippi law, if Flynt had been caught with the weed he was smoking, he would not have been charged with a criminal offense, but would have faced a civil violation and a $250 ticket. Mississippi has decriminalized the possession of up to 30 grams. Possession of any amount greater than 30 grams (a little more than an ounce), is a felony.

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FL: wtsp.com - Police searching for rapper Juelz Santana after TSA found gun on him at Newark Airport

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:57
wtsp.com (US) Santana pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree marijuana distribution charge as a result of that arrest, according to court records. (Sat Mar 10 19:57:18 2018 PST)
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FL: Sessions: US prosecutors won't take on small-time pot cases

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:32
mypanhandle.com (US) Despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal. (Sat Mar 10 19:32:04 2018 PST)
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OR: Astoria schools ponder bond to improve buildings - Local News - The Daily Astorian

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:32
dailyastorian.com (US) [ ...] ... (Sat Mar 10 18:32:21 2018 PST)
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FL: Florida Senate debating bill to curb opioid epidemic

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:22
wjhg.com (US) Florida Senate debating bill to curb opioid epidemic But lawmakers want to make sure Response to the opioid crisis, which kills 16 Florid... (Sat Mar 10 19:22:45 2018 PST)
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FL: Two fathers push for new gun legislation

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:22
wjhg.com (US) Lawmakers withhold salary for DOH members due to medical marijuana backlog ... (Sat Mar 10 19:22:45 2018 PST)
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OR: Company surveys users on marijuana effects - News - MailTribune.com - Medford, OR

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:22
mailtribune.com (US) OR Company surveys users on marijuana effects A Medford-based marijuana company is surveying customers to see if the claims it makes about the effects of its products hold up in the real world. (Sat Mar 10 18:22:34 2018 PST)
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TOP: Dana Rohrabacher Articles, Photos, and Videos - The Morning Call

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:19
mcall.com (US) The vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching... 29 states have legal pot. (Sat Mar 10 14:19:56 2018 PST)
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CANADA: LCBO unveils legal pot retailer's name and logo - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:19
thewhig.com (Canada) Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto on November 5. "We are confident the brand name and logo will help ensure Ontarians are able to safely and easily identify Ontario Cannabis Stores as the sole legal retailer of non-medical cannabis in Ontario.". (Sat Mar 10 02:19:53 2018 PST)
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CANADA: HT Events and#8212 Upcoming Events

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hilltimes.com (US) Here we explore important election issues including the party positions on securing federal transfers to the provinces, seniors care, a national drug policy, the impact of climate change on health, and access to family physicians among others. Here we explore important election issues including the party positions on securing federal transfers to the provinces, seniors care, a national d... (Sat Mar 10 02:17:05 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugs(90%), $drug_policy(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Bishop gets four-year jail sentence - The Chronicle Herald

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CANADA: LCBO unveils legal pot retailer's name and logo - St. Thomas Times-Journal

Drug News Bot - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:12
stthomastimesjournal.com (Canada) Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto on November 5. "We are confident the brand name and logo will help ensure Ontarians are able to safely and easily identify Ontario Cannabis Stores as the sole legal retailer of non-medical cannabis in Ontario.". (Sat Mar 10 02:12:36 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $legalization(100%), $chemicals(75%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(75%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $alcohol(75%), $cannabis(100%), $cannabis_industry(60%), $various_illegal_drugs(50%), $youth(60%), $aggrandizement(100%)]
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CANADA: Cape Breton social entrepreneur starts ramp business to break down barriers - Business - Cape Breton Post

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INTERNATIONAL: Top Stories -- World Tribune: Window on the Real World

Drug News Bot - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:04
worldtribune.com Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a decree on March 8 that grants the PMU many of the same rights as members of the Iraqi military, Middle East Eye ... (Sat Mar 10 01:04:50 2018 PST) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(75%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(55%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $gateway(55%), $propaganda_theme4(55%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $prohibition_agency(100%)]
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CANADA: CZECH POINTS: Cheechoo's seventh heaven - The Belleville Intelligencer

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CN AB: Support For Marijuana Is Divided In Poll Of Local Contentious

MAP Drugnews - Top Stories - Sat, 03/10/2018 - 01:00
Lethbridge Herald, 07 Mar 2018 - With legal recreational marijuana in the wings, Lethbridge remains divided on its use. The latest survey of city residents shows an even 50-50 split when asked if they support legalization. But support is up from 43.9 per cent in 2016 and 46.6 per cent last year, as reported by the Citizen Society Research Lab at Lethbridge College.
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