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Where Will Cannabis be Legalized Next? The West Coast is On Fire

next legal statesThe tides are a changing and the major ebb and flow of changing attitudes is coming from the West.  With the exception of Colorado, the next states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana are likely to be from the west coast, as well as, many of it’s contiguous states. So what’s the connection? There is a distinct correlation between blue and red states.



Review this video from the Washington Post for a closer look.


Support is Growing for Cannabis Legalization in Maryland

Legal Cannabis on the Horizon for the State of Maryland


Two steps back and three steps forward as Maryland Senate President supports cannabis legalization. Given marijuana-leafthe current poll numbers a legislation proposal likely forthcoming.

Long-serving Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. announced today that he would support legislation to legalize cannabis similar to what was approved.


“I favor the legalization and taxation of marijuana, with restrictions,” says Miller, adding that he believes support will continue to grow in coming years. “I know where people are going to be a generation or two from now.”


Miller says a legalization proposal would have a good chance of passing the Senate.


In the House, a new legalization proposal will soon be filed by Delegate Curtis Anderson, according to a recent announcement.


If approved by the House and Senate, any cannabis legalization legislation would need to go to Governor Martin O’Malley, who isn’t favorable to cannabis legalization, but with enough public support can likely be convinced to at least not stand in the way if Maryland’s Legislature decides to take that path….

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The Total Number of Marijuana Deaths Due to Overdose


A recent article published in the Daily Current reported “Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization” cause a little stir and for cannabis opponents was confirmation that the drug should never be cannabis plantlegal.  However, as you might have guessed already the article was a satirical (joke) piece.

So really, how many people have ever died as the result of a Marijuana overdose?

In all of recorded medical literature, no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose.

Yeah, not a single person has ever died from a weed overdose. According to one frequently cited study, a marijuana smoker would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint in order to be at risk of dying.

Proponents of Marijuana legalization have long believed that cannabis is safe and it’s chemical compounds have substantial health benefits. Moreover, that it’s class 1 rating as a drug is based more on politics than fact.

None of this is to say that the nation doesn’t struggle with broader issues of drug and alcohol abuse and overdose. Drug policy reformers and activists gathered around the world last year to discuss the overdose epidemic. In 2010, overdoses were responsible for 38,329 deaths. Sixty percent of those were related to prescription drugs. In the same year, a total of 25,692 persons died of alcohol-induced causes, including accidental poisoning and disease from dependent use.  Full Story…


The Pros and Cons of The Science of Marijuana

pros and consMany people are certain as to the medical benefits of Cannabis. Nowadays there is a study published just about every month claiming the beneficial affects of cannabis in treating conditions that range from chronic pain to cancer. Currently 20 states including D.C. allow for it’s legal and regulated use, but should marijuana really be a medical option?

In 1972, the US Congress placed marijuana in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act because they considered it to have “no accepted medical use.” Since then, 20 of 50 US states and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana.

Proponents of medical marijuana argue that it can be a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions. They cite dozens of peer-reviewed studies, prominent medical organizations, major government reports, and the use of marijuana as medicine throughout world history.

Opponents of medical marijuana argue that it is too dangerous to use, lacks FDA-approval, and that various legal drugs make marijuana use unnecessary. They say marijuana is addictive, leads to harder drug use, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and injures the lungs, immune system, and brain. They say that medical marijuana is a front for drug legalization and recreational use.

Check out the detailed list of cannabis pros and cons and you be the judge: Pros and Cons

Source: MedicalMarijuana.procon.org

Unconditional Pardons: California Governor Pardons 93 Drug Offenders

California Governor Jerry Brown has given a full and unconditional pardon to 127 individuals. 93 of these california governorpardons are for drug-related crimes, many of which are for possessing, cultivating or distributing cannabis.

Each of those pardoned had “exhibited good moral character” and “lived an honest and upright life”, according to a statement released by Governor Brown’s office. “Pardons are not granted unless they are earned,” said a message from Brown’s office announcing the pardons.

Among those pardoned is 65 year old Rober Akers, who was sentenced in 1968 for selling cannabis.

The 127 pardons given by Governor Brown trumps the entire of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who only gave out 16 pardons between 2003 and 2010. Governor Brown distributed just 11 pardons in 2011, before increasing that number to 128 in 2012.

The additional 34 pardons were related to crimes such as theft, and a woman shooting her boyfriend with a pellet gun.

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Sanjay GuptaI Now a Medical Cannabis Believer

Apologizes for Past Negative Stance

Dr. Sanjay GuptaI apologized for his past unfavorable stance on weed. He sites it’s because of the fact that he didn’t look hard enough and far enough. He didn’t evaluate findings from lesser known labs in other countries working on some amazing research. More importantly, he way too dismissive of the deafening chorus of genuine patients whose problems improved on cannabis.


Marijuana Legalization has arrived in the United States and it’s here to stay. We have many people to thank for this, and Sanjay Gupta is not one of them.

Still, even though Gupta and CNN’s documentary aired eight months after Colorado and Washington’s historical moves, the profound effect the Gupta and CNN special had on the world’s perception of marijuana as medicine (and viable business) is undeniable.

Look no further than Uruguay–which the Economist just named its country of the year–and you’ll see that the international tides are changing, and that empirical data, reason, and common sense will torpedo prohibition.

There will come a day (hopefully sooner rather than later) when marijuana is federally legalized in the United States of America. Your kids’ kids will read about marijuana’s federal legalization in history books. They’re going to read about Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Herer, NORML, Marc Emery, and all the activists that helped us get there.

But there will also be a chapter titled “The Sanjay Gupta Effect.” And that’s why, it’s with great honor and some irony that we proudly present Sanjay Gupta as the Marijuana Man of the year–aka the most important man for marijuana in the year of 2013. Even if he doesn’t smoke what he preaches.

How does a TV doctor like Gupta matter so much that he was the most important person in the international battle for legalization? Let’s count the ways:

Gupta exposed–and repeated–the truth on an International stage

The craziest thing about Sanjay Gupta’s coming out party is that he didn’t unveil anything you can’t figure out from a cursory Google search or by keeping up with Google’s “medical marijuana” News section. Gupta said the same thing thousands of people say every day: marijuana is a real form of medicine with unbeknownst potential and effects on seriously ill people. But…

Gupta has the forum and the clout

Marijuana freedom fighters are filled with rhetoric. We tell the same stories and preach the same truths about marijuana as medicine on a daily basis. But it often falls upon deaf ears. What Gupta did was find those deaf ears and connect with them. No longer do moms in middle America who saw this special view cannabis as an ill to society–instead, they want it to treat their ill, epileptic children.Again, many of us preach for legalization and scream and shout at our computers when we read about people going to jail for this flower. But no one is really listening to us. Source: marijuana.com

Chocolate Chip Cannabis Cookie Recipe

Cannabis Cookie Recipe

Here’s a great sweet tooth recipe packed with a little something more than just chocolate chips.  Marijuana Cookies, or better known as “Mike’s Mom’s Massive Chocolate Chip Weed Cookies”.  Yes, the name speaks volumes and you are going to love them.  Party favors don’t get much better than this!

It’s an easy to get done recipe that just about anyone can handle.

Estimated Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10-15 cannabis cookies



2 and 1/3 cups flour (make the 1/3 cup heaping)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6oz/175g of CannaButter
1oz/29g of regular butter (1/4 of a stick)
3/4 cup sugar
1 big cup brown sugar (don’t pack down)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 and 3/4 cups chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
Beat CannaButter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in large bowl till creamy.
Add eggs 1 at a time.
Slowly add flour mix, then chocolate chips
Place in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes
Enjoy your marijuana cookies

Serving Suggestions:

Do you really need help with this?  They are awesome chocolate cookies packed with all sorts of benefits.  Eat them hot or cold it’s your choice.

The post originally appeared as “Marijuana (Cannabis) Cookies” and was featured first on The Cannabis Chef.

This Key Cannabis Compound May Help in Treatment of Psychosis

Cannabis budMore positive health findings tied to the famed cannabis plant.  European researchers believe that the cannabis compound cannabidiol (CBD) may have antipsychotic properties.  Cannabidiol is a key constituent of the cannabis plant and is second only to THC.  Though the use of cannabis has been associated with an increased risk of developing psychosis, CBD seems to have the opposite effect and may be helpful in the treatment of conditions such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia.   You will find a summary of the findings below.

Cananbidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic cannabinoid, alleviates psychotic symptoms and may hold promise as an alternative antipsychotic treatment, according to a review published in the November issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.


Investigators in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom reviewed preclinical and clinical data on the use of CBD as an antipsychotic agent. Authors reported that both animal and human studies document the ability of CBD to mitigate symptoms of psychosis. Specifically, CBD administration is associated with improved symptoms in clinical evaluations of patients with schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and ketamine-induced dissociative and psychotic symptoms.


Investigators also highlighted a 2012 double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial assessing CBD versus the prescription anti-psychotic drug amisulpride in 42 subjects with schizophrenia and acute paranoia. Authors reported that both CBD and the prescription drug were associated with “equally significant clinical improvement” in this patient population, but that cannabidiol “possessed significantly less side effects.”


Researchers concluded: “Evidence from several study domains suggests that CBD has some potential as an antipsychotic treatment. … Given the high tolerability and superior cost-effectiveness, CBD may prove to be an attractive alternative to current antipsychotic treatment.”


Previous human trials assessing the administration of CBD in healthy human subjects report that the cannabinoid is “safe and well tolerated.”


Separate investigations of CBD, primarily in animal models, have documented the cannabinoid to possess a variety of therapeutic qualities, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-cancer, and bone-stimulating properties. Recently, the FDA approved the experimental use of CBD extracts for the treatment of a rare form of intractable pediatric epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Preliminary clinical trials assessing the safety and tolerability of the compound in children are scheduled to begin imminently.

Detailed text of the findings, titled “Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for psychosis,” published by the European Neuropsychopharmacology.

Top Ten Cannabis Health Studies From 2013

Courtesy of The Weed Blog –

top ten2013 is rapping up as being one of the most informative years when it comes to Marijuana related health news.  It may be surprising to some that the majority of these findings were positive in nature and clearly in favor of the potential health benefits.  Here you will find 10 of the top health studies this year.

1. THC May Treat Inflammatory Diseases and Cancer By Altering Genes

A government funded study published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that THC may actually alter certain genes in our body, which can result in a positive effect on a number of conditions, especially cancers and inflammatory diseases. This is the first study of its kind to find such a direct link between cannabinoids, and the alteration of genes.

2. Cannabis Combats Brain Degeneration and Increases Stamina

A study conducted at the Institute of Molecular Psychiatry at the University of Bonn in Germany found that cannabis triggers the release of antioxidants, which acts as a cleansing mechanism, resulting in the removal of damaged cells and improving the efficiency of mitochondria, the energy source that powers cells, potentially increasing stamina.

“These discoveries shed new insight on how natural marijuana cannabinoids hold the capacity to literally kill the brain inflammation responsible for causing cognitive decline, neural failure, and brain degeneration”, says Gery Wenk, a professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University.

3. Cannabis Can Stop Seizures

A study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology found that cannabis can stop seizures due to its “significant anticonvulsant effects”.

4. THC Provides Protection from Heart Attacks

Research published this year in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology found that even minuscule amounts of THC can provide protection from heart attacks, as well as reduce the potential cardiovascular damage associated with suffering one.

For the study researchers administered extremely small amounts of THC; 0.002 mg/kg, which is up to 10,000 times less potent than the average joint. Despite how small the dose was, researchers found it to be effective at protecting against heart attacks when administered 2 to 48 hours before an attack, and found it to help relieve the symptoms when administered afterward.

“[THC] is a safe and effective treatment that reduces myocardial ischemic (heart attack) damage”, states the study. It concludes: ”[O]ur study provides novel evidence for the beneficial use of extremely low doses of THC, doses that do not elicit any psychoactive side effects, in order to protect the heart from ischemic insults. THC can be used as a pre-conditioning drug in cases in which ischemic insult to the heart is anticipated, such as during cardiac surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention.”

5. Cannabinoids Found to Reduce 90% of Skin Cancer in Just 20 Weeks

Researchers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Public Health had a study published this year in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, which found that cannabinoids can reduce up to 90% of skin cancer in just a 20 week period in animal models.

6. THC May Be Helpful in Combating HIV

A study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology found researchers infecting white blood cells with the HIV virus, before then exposing the cells to synthesized THC. After doing so, the cells saw a drastic decrease in the rate of HIV-1 infection.

7. Cannabinoids May Be Best Medication For Those With PTSD

A study conducted by researchers at the New York University School of Medicine, and funded by the National Institute of Health, found that those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) had a lower number of active cannabinoid receptors in the brain. According to researchers, this study paves the way towards using cannabis as an effective medication for the condition, given that cannabinoids activate the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

8. Cannabis Can Treat Osteoarthritis

A study published in the journal PLOS One, as well as by the National Institute of Health, found strong evidence that activation of our body’s cannabinoid receptors – something done naturally by cannabis – can treat osteoarthritis (OA), which, according to the study’s researchers, is “a prevalent disease accompanied by chronic, debilitating pain”. It’s the most common joint disorder.

9. Cannabis May Prevent Organ Transplants From Being Rejected

An important study published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology found that cannabis may actually prevent organs from being rejected during transplant, which often leads to death. The irony in this is that in most countries, people are refused organ transplants if their blood tests positive for cannabis, even if they’re a qualified medical cannabis patient in an area where its legal.

10. Cannabis May Grow Stem Cells, Repair the Brain After Injury

A study published in the December issue of the journal Biochemical Society Transactions, and published online early by the National Institute of Health, found that the brain’s endocannabinoid system – which is activated through cannabis use – has neuroprotective and immunomodulatory capabilities, and may actually lead to the growth of stem cells.

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Cannabis Effective in Treating Chron’s Disease – New Study

Treating Chron’s Disease with Pot Study


med-marijuanaA new clinical study published in the journal Pharmacology and by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabis is effective in treating Chron’s disease, which is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

According to researchers at the Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the Medical University of Graz in Austria; “In ancient medicine, cannabis has been widely used to cure disturbances and inflammation of the bowel. A recent clinical study now shows that the medicinal plant Cannabis sativa has lived up to expectations and proved to be highly efficient in cases of inflammatory bowel diseases.”

They continue; “In a prospective placebo-controlled study, it has been shown what has been largely anticipated from anecdotal reports, i.e. that cannabis produces significant clinical benefits in patients with Crohn’s disease. The mechanisms involved are not yet clear but most likely include peripheral actions on cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2, and may also include central actions.

The study can be found by clicking here.

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