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Cops Thought They Killed the Security Cameras—Then They Ate the Pot

Cops Thought They Killed the Security Cameras—Then They Ate the Pot | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police officers disabled all but one of the pot dispensary’s cameras. Now they claim it was illegal to record them chowing down on the edibles.
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I would like to know if there is anybody who thinks these three dumb cops should keep their jobs. Anybody at all? As for their lawyer, well scum finds scum.

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Federal defenders barred from massive clemency drive | Al Jazeera America

Federal defenders barred from massive clemency drive | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Decision cripples Obama administration’s plan to extend clemency to thousands of low-level drug offenders
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This means that inmates who are poor and who needed public assistance at trial, who are for the most part the largest group of those who should be granted clemency, will not have legal representation. Is this simply the foolish and mean-spirited  nature of bureaucracy speaking or have we no room for compassion and forgiveness as a country. I wonder if somebody will start a charity to help pay for what should be a simple process of representation. Will lawyers volunteer their time to help?

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Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed

Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Daniel Wallis DENVER, July 3 (Reuters) - At the Native Roots Apothecary, a discreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy 16th street shopping mall, business is so brisk that customers are given a number before ...
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Whatever. Seriously, this suggests that ending at least some of the war on drugs will result in less crime, more state services, and meaningful discussion with young people about the effects on developing brains. Sounds like we should call in the troops.

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DEA obstructs research into medical marijuana: report | Al Jazeera America

DEA obstructs research into medical marijuana: report | Al Jazeera America | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Study says agency should not be in charge of scheduling drugs or giving access to drugs for medical research
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Does anybody, when running a bureaucratic agency, ever willingly agree to reduce that agency's ambit? I think not. So why should we expect the DEA to agree to meaningful research for marijuana? Legalizing pot would give them less to do, fewer jobs, and a smaller budget.

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Repeated Pot Use Linked to Lower IQ

Repeated Pot Use Linked to Lower IQ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The average marijuana user's IQ was five points lower than that of a non-user
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The reasons to not use drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, and of marijuana are clear. They are reasons of health and functioning. But we all know how Prohibition worked out in the U.S.; you can't legislate good judgment. We must educate and motivate our young people to avoid harming themselves. One of the essential ingredients in that is making sure they can see a future that is worth working towards. A sense of depression and helplessness is often the underlying cause for drug use, and that feeling comes from a world in which the young person cannot see a good future.

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America’s Only Pot Researcher Fired Before She Could Help Vets

America’s Only Pot Researcher Fired Before She Could Help Vets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After years of trying, Dr. Sue Sisley got approval for a groundbreaking study of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. Three months later, she was out of a job.
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Once again Arizona's Republican politicians show they are more concerned with kowtowing to their right wing base than they are in doing the right thing, even when that right thing is proper research designed to help veterans. I have said this before and I will keep saying it: If we want intelligent government in Arizona, we have to stop giving the GOP the reins.

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Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis use

Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis use | Upsetment | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Genes that increase the risk of a person developing schizophrenia may also increase the chance they will use cannabis, researchers said on Tuesday after studying more than 1,000 users
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It should not surprise us that those prone to neurotransmitter disorders are more prone to use neurotransmitter affecting drugs, be they marijuana, tobacco, caffeine,  alcohol, cocaine, or whatever. Do those drugs intensify the likelihood of the disorders manifesting themselves? That is a good question. Should we be screening people for genetic markers so they know the risks they face? Another question but with major civil liberties issues attached. Meanwhile, drugs are rightly a medical concern not a reason for making war on those who use them.

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Obama Administration Throwing Medical Marijuana Patients Into Federal Prison at Unprecedented Rate

Obama Administration Throwing Medical Marijuana Patients Into Federal Prison at Unprecedented Rate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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This is wrong, wrong, wrong. Why are we as a country still fighting this stupid war on drugs?

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