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Legalized marijuana takes hold in Maine

Legalized marijuana takes hold in Maine | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The first tangible results of state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana are being felt as marijuana becomes legal
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Does this mean there will be fewer Broody New Englanders? Am I perhaps not from a dying breed but one that will be smoked out? At any rate you can still read the book. If nothing else, it's always more enjoyable to read high fiction. https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00QCUYK12/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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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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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
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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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