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Czech Parliament Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

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The Czech Senate Wednesday approved a bill allowing for the medical use of marijuana by an overwhelming margin of 67-2
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The DEA's marijuana mistake

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For a muscular agency that combats vicious drug criminals, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration acts like a terrified and obstinate toddler when it comes to basic science.
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LJN: BY8753-Rechtbank Breda-12/4648

LJN: BY8753-Rechtbank Breda-12/4648 | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
Datum uitspraak:17-01-2013Datum publicatie:17-01-2013Rechtsgebied:Bestuursrecht overigSoort procedure:Eerste aanleg - meervoudigInhoudsindicatie:Last onder bestuursdwang opgelegd aan coffeeshop wegens niet naleven van ingezetenen- en beslotenclubcriterium. Het ingezetenencriterium is niet in strijd met de Grondwet of internationale verdragen. Het gemaakte onderscheid tussen in Nederland wonende en buitenlandse klanten wordt gerechtvaardigd door interlokale en internationale belangen bij de bestrijding van drugscriminaliteit. Met het beslotenclubcriterium stimuleert de overheid de oprichting van verenigingen die het plegen van strafbare feiten faciliteren, hetgeen de redelijke beleidsbepaling te buiten gaat.Vindplaats(en):Rechtspraak.nl
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Controversial Pot Study May Be Flawed, Scientist Says

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NEW YORK -- A new analysis is challenging a report that suggests regular marijuana smoking during the teen years can lead to a long-term drop in IQ. The analysis says the statistical analysis behind that conclusion is flawed.
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Rihanna Blows Up Twitter With Chronic Picture Of Killer Green Bud | Kush Smoke

Rihanna Blows Up Twitter With Chronic Picture Of Killer Green Bud | Kush Smoke | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
Ri-ri has taken her hijinks to a whole new level of support for the maligned marijuana plant, blowing up Instagram with pictures of some freshly purchased chronic nugs.
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German Medical Marijuana Patients Allowed To Grow Their Own - Toke of the Town

German Medical Marijuana Patients Allowed To Grow Their Own - Toke of the Town | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
A court in Germany has ruled that seriously ill patients may grow their own cannabis for medicinal uses. However, the strict stipulations in the ruling could still prevent cultivation by some patients.
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Study: Booze Damages the Brain, Pot Does Not

 

 

December 21, 2012

 

Some new science demonstrates that marijuana may not have the harmful effects critics claim. In fact, while pot had no measured impact in a new study, the very legal and very lucratively-marketed substance alcohol actually has a worse health impact on young users.

 

Specifically, a new study of substance-using teenagers' brains shows that the regular use of alcohol had a harmful effect on the boozing group, while the toking-up group's brains suffered little alteration.

 

From Medical Daily, [3] emphasis ours:

 

"The researchers, from the University of California, San Diego and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, performed the study on 92 16- to 20-year-olds. The scientists scanned their brains both before and after an 18-month period. Over the course of the 18 months, half of the teens, who already had an extensive track record with alcohol and marijuana, continued their vices as they had before. The other half continued to abstain or drink a minimal amount, like they too had done before the study

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In addition to the brain scans, the study also required a detailed toxicology report and substance use assessment. The teens also were interviewed every six months. Researchers did not check the teens' cognitive ability, but simply took brain scans.

 

The researchers found that, after the year and a half was over, kids who had drank five or more alcoholic beverages twice a week had lost white brain matter. That means that they could have impaired memory, attention, and decision-making into adulthood. The teens that smoked marijuana on a regular basis had no such reduction.

While other studies have had less clear results, this study is important for a few reasons.

 

First, it shows that early alcohol abuse can be dangerous because it damages the tissues that influence judgement and self-control. "If teens decrease their tissue health and cognitive ability to inhibit themselves, they might become more likely to engage in risky behavior like excessive substance use," the Huffington Post quotes [4] study co-author Joanna Jacobus, postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, as saying.

The study authors also said that marijuana strains vary widely, so it's harder to determine which if any ingredients in a typical joint have positive or negative effects.

 

The study will be published in the journal  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research [5].

 

  See more stories tagged with:drugs [6],    marijuana [7] 

 

 Source URL: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/study-booze-damages-brain-pot-does-not

Links:

[1] http://www.alternet.org

[2] http://www.alternet.org/authors/sarah-seltzer

[3] http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/13623/20121221/teen-marijuana-cause-brain-damage-alcohol.htm#qi80Evlcd2TmFFby.99

[4] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/21/teens-marijuana-brain-tissue-alcohol_n_2331779.html

[5] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1530-0277

[6] http://www.alternet.org/tags/drugs-0

[7] http://www.alternet.org/tags/marijuana

[8] http://www.alternet.org/%2Bnew_src%2B


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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, December 21, 2012 9:16 PM

I expect this will inform the Restricted Substances Regulations 2008 'explanatory notes:" - without question Cannabis SAFER than Alcohol.

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Toeristen blijven welkom in Amsterdamse coffeeshop

Toeristen blijven welkom in Amsterdamse coffeeshop | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
Toeristen blijven voorlopig welkom in Amsterdamse coffeeshops. Minister van Veiligheid en Justitie Ivo Opstelten (VVD) zei donderdag in de Tweede Kamer dat het zogeheten ingezetenencriterium niet onmiddellijk gehandhaafd gaat worden in de hoofdstad.
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PERSBERICHT 13 DECEMBER 201 Nieuw gedoogbeleid net zo onrechtmatig als wietpa Burgemeesters en OM mogen coffeeshoptoeristen niet weren

Het per 1 januari 2013 landelijk geldende gedoogbeleid dat coffeeshophouders verbiedt om cannabis te
verkopen aan niet in Nederland woonachtige personen, is onrechtmatig. Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) noch
de burgemeesters hebben het recht een dergelijke eis te stellen. Dat betogen de hoogleraren Jan Brouwer
(algemene rechtswetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) en Jon Schilder (staats- en bestuursrecht, Vrije
Universiteit Amsterdam) morgen in het Nederlands Juristenblad.
Het kabinet besloot in november van dit jaar de wietpas per direct af te schaffen, maar handhaafde het
zogeheten ingezetenencriterium. Ten onrechte, schrijven de beide hoogleraren: “Dit nieuwe gedoogbeleid is
op juridisch drijfzand gebouwd.” Voor de wietpas, die coffeeshophouders verplichtte om van hun zaak een
besloten club te maken, bestond zelfs helemaal geen juridisch fundament.
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No link found between cannabis use and the proximity of coffee shops

No link found between cannabis use and the proximity of coffee shops | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
Nederlands Coffeeshop / Cannabis Nieuws-Dump , linkdump
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VIDEO: Aanbieding petitie WeSmoke aan 2e kamerleden.

Afgelopen zomer heeft Stichting WeSmoke ruim 45000 handtekeningen opgehaald. Deze petitie is aan de Tweede kamer aangeboden op dinsdag 11 december 2012. Twee...
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Rihanna Spotted at the Studio with Chris Brown Wearing a Marijuana Dress?

Rihanna Spotted at the Studio with Chris Brown Wearing a Marijuana Dress? | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
Rihanna Spotted at the Studio with Chris Brown Wearing a Marijuana Dress?
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Two Netherlands. « NolvanSchaik.nl

Two Netherlands. «  NolvanSchaik.nl | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
The Netherlands: No weed for tourists in the South, tourists welcome in coffeeshops in the North.
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My country, The Netherlands, aka: Holland, is part of the European Union and the United nations, but has been separated in two different parts, the Lower Netherlands and the Upper Netherlands. To avoid confusion, inhabitants of the Netherlands are called Dutch, or Dutchies, not Netherlanders.

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CoffeeshopNieuws.nl en Wietforum.eu organiseren in 2013 elke maand een Fotowedstrijd

CoffeeshopNieuws.nl en Wietforum.eu organiseren in 2013 elke maand een Fotowedstrijd | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it

CoffeeshopNieuws.nl And Wietforum.eu

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In samenwerking met het forum waar wij mee gelinked zijn organiseren we een leuke fotowedstrijd waarmee jullie allemaal kans maken op een paar leuke prijzen. Maandthema's: Elke maand heeft de fotowedstrijd een ander thema, probeer creatief en 'out of the box' te denken bij het maken van je fotos. We hebben voorlopig de volgende themas voor de maandelijkse wedstrijd gepland.

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USA: Top 10 Marijuana Victories of 2012

USA: Top 10 Marijuana Victories of 2012 | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
This past year was undeniably the most productive 365-day period in the history of the marijuana policy reform movement. This list focuses on the biggest marijuana-related policy accomplishments in the U.S.
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Mexico Considers Legalizing Marijuana

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The Mexican Congress was presented a bill last month that would legalize marijuana use, production, and sale from within the country.
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Marijuana Does Not Damage Brain Tissue, Study Finds

Marijuana Does Not Damage Brain Tissue, Study Finds | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
A teen who consumes alcohol is likely to have reduced brain tissue health, but a teen who uses marijuana is not, according to a new study. Researchers scanned the brains of 92 adolescents, ages 16 to 20, before and after an 18-month period.
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Gawd, I would hate to be in my death bed aged 96 dying of nothing! Let there be some sins I have to pay for!
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Video: President Obama on Marijuana Legalization, White House Christmas

First couple discusses marijuana legalization, iPad apps and Robin Roberts with Barbara Walters.
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Het failliet van de B en de I in het coffeeshopbeleid.

Vaak wordt het Nederlandse gedoogbeleid inzake cannabis een zeer vooruitstrevend karakter toegedicht. In
mondiaal perspectief is die gedachte echter tamelijk achterhaald. Per 1 mei 2012 is het Nederlandse gedoog-
beleid, in tegenstelling tot de mondiale trend, juist aangescherpt. Werden coffeeshophouders tot dan toe
strafrechtelijk gedoogd indien zij het zogenaamde AHOJG-beleid respecteerden, per die datum werden het
Ingezetenencriterium en de Besloten clubvoorwaarde toegevoegd voor de zuidelijke provincies. Bedoeling was
dit beleid per 2013 landelijk uit te rollen. Het nieuwe kabinet liet de Besloten clubvoorwaarde inmiddels vallen maar handhaaft het Ingezetenencriterium. In dit artikel wordt aangetoond dat dit criterium op juridisch
drijfzand is gebouwd, net als overigens de Besloten clubvoorwaarde dat was. Coffeeshophouders zijn juridisch
niet vogelvrij en leveren een nuttige bijdrage aan de volksgezondheid.
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Amsterdam won't enforce coffee shop tourist ban-mayo

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Amsterdam police will turn a blind eye to foreigners buying cannabis in its famous "coffee shops" when a national ban comes into force next year, the city's mayor said on Wednesday.

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President Jimmy Carter: I'm in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform

President Jimmy Carter: I'm in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana | NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform | Cannabis & CoffeeShopNews | Scoop.it
Today, speaking to a CNN panel, Former President Jimmy Carter stated that he is in favor of legalizing marijuana
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Coffeeshopbeleidsbrief-Amsterdam - 11Dec.2013

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Geachte leden van de raadscommissie, Het kabinet Rutte ll heeft op 29 oktober 2012 in het regeerakkoord nieuwe beleidsvoornemens ten aanzien van het Coffeeshopbeleid opgenomen. Op 19 november 2012 heeft de minister Opstelten van Veiligheid en Justitie (VenJ) een brief aan Tweede Kamer gestuurd waarin hij in gaat op de beleidsconsequenties van het regeerakkoord voor het Coffeeshopbeleid. l\/let uw steun ben ik sinds eind 2010 in gesprek met de minister van VenJ met het doel om lokaal maatwerk in het Coffeeshopbeleid te behouden. In het regeerakkoord en de beleidsbrief van 19 november 2012 staat aangegeven dat fasering in de handhaving en lokaal maatwerk mogelijk is. Deze positieve uitkomst is mede tot stand gekomen op basis van de constructieve gesprekken met de minister in de afgelopen jaren. Ik dank de raad voor het aan mij het gegeven vertrouwen. ln deze brief informeer ik u over de Wijze Waarop Amsterdam invulling gaat geven aan het lokale ooffeeshopbeleid. Dit gebeur

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