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FL: UF receiver James Robinson suspended for Michigan game - Orlando Sentinel

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:05
orlandosentinel.com (US) McElwain confirmed Robinson is suspended and would not play in Saturdayb s opener against Michigan after he was cited last week for marijuana possession. (Mon Aug 28 19:05:19 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Trafficking charges dismissed

Bot - Cannabis - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com SYDNEY b Charges of drug trafficking were dismissed Wednesday against a Mount Uniacke man arrested outside Baddeck in 2015. (Mon Aug 28 02:05:46 2017 PDT)
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CANADA: Trafficking charges dismissed

Drug News Bot - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:05
capebretonpost.com SYDNEY b Charges of drug trafficking were dismissed Wednesday against a Mount Uniacke man arrested outside Baddeck in 2015. (Mon Aug 28 02:05:46 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(95%), $chemicals(100%), $plants(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $cocaine(100%), $cannabis(100%), $various_drugs(95%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $jury(50%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Gangland widow Roberta Williams makes tilt at federal politics against Bill Shorten

Drug News Bot - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:05
smh.com.au (US) Convicted drug trafficker and gangland widow Roberta Williams could appear on ballot papers at the next federal election despite being bankrupt and ineligible to run. (Mon Aug 28 01:05:24 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $explicit_propaganda(70%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(75%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $msm(100%), $mockingbird(100%)]
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INTERNATIONAL: Roberta Williams runs for Parliament

Drug News Bot - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 00:05
smh.com.au (US) Gangland widow of Carl Williams and convicted drug trafficker is running for office as an Australian Peoples Party candidate. (Mon Aug 28 01:05:24 2017 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme1(100%), $propaganda_theme2(70%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $incarceration(100%)]
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Medical marijuana studied as replacement for opioids - Times Colonist

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 16:42

Times Colonist

Medical marijuana studied as replacement for opioids
Times Colonist
Growing flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are shown at OrganiGram in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. A Nanaimo-based researcher believes marijuana could help reduce opioid overdoses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward.

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Who's Growing Marijuana? - ChicagoNow (blog)

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 15:30

ChicagoNow (blog)

Who's Growing Marijuana?
ChicagoNow (blog)
The first piece of marijuana-zoned land I sold was in 2016 to a paving contractor from Texas. He had no experience in marijuana, and he hadn't even ever smoked it. I wondered why he would purchase this marijuana-zoned property in the Desert thousands ...

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Netflix promotes 'Disjointed' with show-inspired marijuana strains and a pop-up pot dispensary - Los Angeles Times

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 15:11

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Netflix promotes 'Disjointed' with show-inspired marijuana strains and a pop-up pot dispensary
Los Angeles Times
In addition to the consumable cannabis (which, under current California law can be purchased only by those 21 or over with a medical marijuana recommendation from a California-licensed doctor), a table on the way out of the pop-up offered visitors an ...
Netflix are breaking bad as they launch medicinal marijuana rangeBuzz.ie

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Native American Tribes Consider Entering Marijuana Market - VOA Learning English

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 14:03

VOA Learning English

Native American Tribes Consider Entering Marijuana Market
VOA Learning English
Native American tribes want to begin growing and selling marijuana. They hope it will help end poverty on reservations, the large areas where many Native Americans live. However, there is uncertainty about the future of US marijuana policy. Cannabis is ...

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Cannabis medicines firm GW Pharma plans UK expansion - Telegraph.co.uk

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 12:41

Telegraph.co.uk

Cannabis medicines firm GW Pharma plans UK expansion
Telegraph.co.uk
British cannabis-derived medicines company GW Pharma is planning to gear up its plant growing and processing operations in the UK over the next year. The firm, which switched a listing on London's junior market Aim for New York's Nasdaq last year ...

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WATCH: “What Are Your Thoughts On Smoking Marijuana?” 'Guru' Beautifully Answers - Collective Evolution

Google - Cannabis - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 09:59

Collective Evolution

WATCH: “What Are Your Thoughts On Smoking Marijuana?” 'Guru' Beautifully Answers
Collective Evolution
Not only that, but we aggressively try to lump people into FOR or AGAINST cannabis. I'm not here to do that. I'm simply creating a reflection point as my desire is to help shift consciousness and empower us within to create a world where we can truly ...

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California Could Become the First State to Legalize Magic Mushrooms

Alternet - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:49
Click here for reuse options! A voter initiative to do just that has been filed with state officials.

It could be up to California voters to make the state the first in the nation to allow for the use and sale of psilocybin, the mind-altering component of magic mushrooms.

On Friday, Kevin Saunders, a candidate for mayor in the Monterey County town of Marina, filed the California Psilocybin Legalization Initiative with the state attorney general's office. The initiative would exempt people 21 and over from state criminal penalties for using, possessing, cultivating, transporting, and selling psilocybin.

Filing an initiative is just the first step. The measure must be submitted for public comment for 30 days and then given a circulating title and summary by the attorney general's office before it is approved for signature gathering. If and when it is approved, campaigners then have to gather some 365,880 valid voter signatures to be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

Saunders told the Los Angeles Times that psilocybin helped him get over an addiction to heroin a decade ago. "I think we're seeing something that could literally heal our brothers and sisters," he said. "We're talking about real cutting-edge stuff."

Using the initiative process, California became the first state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. And while it wasn't the first state to legalize marijuana via the initiative process—Colorado and Washington led the way in 2012—the state legalized recreational marijuana via an initiative last year.

The initiative and referendum process has been criticized as inflexible, circumventing planning, and relying on an uninformed electorate, and it is also open to criticism as a tool for corporate interests. But it has proven invaluable for advancing the cause of drug reform in the face of state legislatures resistant to change.

All eight states that pioneered pot legalization did it through the initiative process. No state has yet legalized marijuana through the legislative process. And the pioneering medical marijuana states all did it through the initiative process as well. After California approved it in 1996, it was five years before Hawaii became the first state to okay it legislatively.

California is now poised to once again break down the walls of prohibition—this time with natural psychedelics.

 

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I Toke Thee to Be My Wife: Inside a Cannabis Wedding in California

Alternet - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:15
From a pot sommelier to cannabis buds in the bouquets, Zak Walton and Dani Geen’s ceremony was not Carmel’s typical nuptials.

It was a picture postcard California beach wedding. The bride wore white. The Pacific Ocean lapped at the altar. The violinist played Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.

Then, upon being declared husband and wife, Zak Walton and Dani Geen inclined their heads, puckered their lips, closed their eyes and took long, deep puffs of potent cannabis.

A table by the altar had all the accoutrements: pots of cannabis concentrate, a torch lighter to heat it up, and glass vessels known as rigs, through which they inhaled the vapour.

The family and friends sat before them minded not a bit. This, after all, was a weed wedding and most of them had also ingested.

Melissa Cunningham, the wedding planner, said: “The psychic effect you get from it is very calming. Dani and Zak want to be on the same spectrum going into their matrimony.”

Everybody seemed to be on the same spectrum during the ceremony on Thursday at Stewart’s Cove, a bucolic beach near Carmel, south of San Francisco.

Walton, 30, savouring his first minutes of married life with a joint alongside bridesmaids and groomsmen, all smoking, said: “I’m feeling good. Nice and relaxed, medicated.”

What had he consumed so far? “I had some dabs at the hotel, a joint, some edibles. Not too much, not too little,” he said.

It was all legal: the cannabis buds in the bouquet and floral arrangements, the goody bags with joints and cannabis vapes, the cannabis-infused munchies (“handcrafted to melt in your mind”) and the dab bar at the reception in nearby Monterey, where a pot sommelier in a three-piece suit offered guests different ways to get lightly, blissfully stoned.

California voters approved recreational marijuana last November, a landmark victory in the fight for legalisation that has paved the way for the largest commercial pot market in the US.

Activists and entrepreneurs have found ways to “weedify” multiple products and services, including weddings.

It was news to the catering guys setting up chairs on the beach before the ceremony. “A cannabis wedding, really?” said one, astonished. “Is it, like, a thing?” asked another.

To evangelists, it’s the future.

Philip Wolf, the co-founder of the Cannabis Wedding Expo, which showcases industry products and services, said: “Down the road, people won’t call it a cannabis wedding, because bud bars will be normalised. Smoking creates a bonding aspect. People did it in ancient times. It enhances conversations.”

Luna Stower, 33, a friend of the bride, said cannabis soothed nerves and made couples more romantic. Stower, the wedding officiant and sales director for a cannabis distribution company, had benefited from munching toffee hours earlier made by a company called Mind Tricks. “It’s very relaxing. An aphrodisiac and a euphoric sedative that lasts a very long time. It has organic sugar so it’s a quality high,” she said.

The high did not addle Stower’s brain. She led the ceremony fluidly, without notes, and made a quip about the the couple loving and honouring each other “till dab do you part”. Dabbing is the term for heating a dose of concentrate on a hot surface and inhaling it through glass.

Cannabis brought the Oakland-based couple together because they started out as smoking buddies, said Walton, who works on cars. “One thing led to another and here we are 12 years later,” he added.

He uses the herb to ease backache and Geen, 31, uses it for fibromyalgia, tumours and other conditions. “Cannabis has been my medicine and my saviour,” she said. Not to mention her employer: she works for Harborside Health Center, a medical cannabis dispensary.

She wanted her wedding to show that cannabis could be classy – integrated into decor and menus, with the reception hosted at Monterey’s Victorian-era Perry House – and safe, with controls to keep it away from children.

Geen laughed off the stereotype of zonked stoners, saying certain strains of pot sharpened concentration. “I’m going to remember my night better than someone who has had a lot of alcohol,” she said.

Steve DeAngelo, her boss and guest, agreed, citing Carl Sagan, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as evidence that weed did not engender low functionality.

The drug also did wonders for intimacy, he said. “It opens you to more sensual experiences. It allows men, especially young men, to match their sexual rhythm to a woman’s rhythm,” DeAngelo added.

Geen reckoned that about 60 of the 70 guests were using cannabis.

Some were exultant, like David Nevitt, 34, who dabbed, munched, vaped and toked. “We’re at a weeding! Usually at weddings you have to be discreet, do it in the car park. Doing it here right in front of everybody, it feels revolutionary,” he said.

Others were grateful. Holly Alberti, 34, said: “I’ve taken several concentrated dabs and I could use some more. The ride over was quite stressful, we got lost.”

And some, including a pair of college professors, were coy, saying they might partake. They declined to give their names lest Google for ever link them to pot.

The groom’s mother, Aurea Walton, 55, was one of the few to opt out. “I’m Catholic,” she said. “So no, I won’t partake.” Then she smiled. “Unless it’s by mistake.”

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