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Agricultural Innovation with John-Paul Maxfield

Agricultural Innovation with John-Paul Maxfield | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
John-Paul Maxfield founded Waste Farmers in 2009, with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security.
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Cannabis? Gateway to Sustainable and Climate Friendly Farming Practices.
 
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Colorado Starts a 'Cannabis Conversation' On Driving While High

Colorado Starts a 'Cannabis Conversation' On Driving While High | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
More than half of marijuana users surveyed said they "consistently" drove while high in the last 30 days.
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The primary driver of change in Cannabis regulations in Colorado was Alcohol use in the at risk demographic, binging related harms amongst University students and risk taking Young Drivers.

Consider the following (as it also approximates, is close too NZ's population)

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) says that there were 36,135 arrests for DUI in Colorado (population: 4,301,261) in Y2K (2000 baseline)


36,135 arrests for population: 4,301,261 in 2000
29,022 arrests for population: 4,935,213 in 2008.
23,323 arrests for population: 5,189,458 in 2012.
21,745 arrests for population: 5,540,545 in 2016.

Now there is a trend well worth noting....
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Colorado Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of Cannabis Legalization

Colorado Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary of Cannabis Legalization | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Five years ago, Coloradans voted Amendment 64 into reality. The “legal cannabis experiment” has been going on for half a decade now
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Yep, and in about fifteen more years some bugger will find something bad to say about all this......  ;-)
 
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Northern Michigan University begins nation's first medical marijuana degree program

Northern Michigan University begins nation's first medical marijuana degree program | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Northern Michigan University began the country's first college program designed to train undergraduate students for the medical marijuana industry this month.
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
The 100 day MedPot agenda espoused by Labour, Greens, United Future et al... has been seriously compromised.

We can only hope that the due process around a Green Party bill [drawn from the ballot] gives the medicinal use of cannabis issue sufficient headroom to see that reform was not without considerable support. 

ALCP aka the Cannabis Party consistently polled around #6-8th in voter choice, many times that of United Future, and beating off in many seats the Maori Party, Mana, Internet Party,  Outdoors, Ban1080, Democrats, Peoples Party and others.

It was the big little Party.



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The UN and WHO just called for drugs to be decriminalised

The UN and WHO just called for drugs to be decriminalised | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The United Nations and World Health Organisation have issued a call for drugs to be decriminalised. Buried in a joint release on ending healthcare discrimination, the organisations called for the “reviewing and repealing punitive laws that have been proven to have negative health outcomes” by member states.
Via ReGenUC
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Mean while politicians are being brought up to speed, oblivious to what this means....   (WGN July 6th)
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ReGenUC's curator insight, July 5, 2017 1:23 AM
It has taken a lot of work by many, many people around the world to get to this point. It is a small but significant step towards meaningful global drug policy reform.
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Is Spain becoming Europe's cannabis garden?

Is Spain becoming Europe's cannabis garden? | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Spain, once considered an entry point for cannabis to reach Europe, is now increaisngly producing the drug on home soil.
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Spain: Home of the exemplar "Social" Cannabis Clubs. Like mini-Daktories.  We might also know them as HomeGrown Solutions.
 
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NSW to spearhead medicinal cannabis cultivation research

NSW to spearhead medicinal cannabis cultivation research | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The State Government will spend $21 million on cannabis research ahead of a legal medicinal cannabis industry being set up.
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New Zealand has a few spare heads that could be researched. Indeed both the Dunedin Study and the Christchurch Health and Developments study may prove to be one of the best tools we have for researching the cohort of cannabis related issue.
 
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MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, July 25, 2016 9:46 AM
It not about researching cultivation, its the opportunity to study populations where the gems are to be found. 
Eric Larson's curator insight, November 22, 2016 8:06 AM
Medicinal cannabis?
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Medicinal cannabis
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Medicinal cannabis offers ‘a new horizon’ for treatment of epilepsy

Medicinal cannabis offers ‘a new horizon’ for treatment of epilepsy | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Experts asked by health minister to give opinion on the merits of licensing cannabis and laws needed
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Aargh! the luck of the Irish!
At least they are getting credible pathways to allow the light to shine in....
 
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Marijuana advocates sceptical about Canada path to legal pot - BBC News

Marijuana advocates sceptical about Canada path to legal pot - BBC News | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Canada moves ahead with plans to legalise recreational pot but marijuana advocates are sceptical.
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
Reform is not reforming without those who are the architects of that reform. It is incumbent on those who have resisted reform to indemnify and embrace those who brought effect to that change. Anything else is more of the same and no reform at all.
 
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Resolve the Tensions - RadioNZ

Resolve the Tensions - RadioNZ
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(as submitted to SUNDAY- Radio New Zealand)

The law in respect of Cannabis as it is applied 'in force and effect' with ageist, sexist, and racist overtures. Yet, statistics shows that if you don't use, or have never used cannabis you live next door to someone who does. The Christchurch Health and Development Study revealed that 80% of childbearing age adults on this gold standard world class research have used Cannabis more than five times. The law is in disrepute. As a reformer since prior to the 1975 MoD Act the debate is welcomed. It is however deeply shameful that it has taken this long... the tensions must be resolved.  / Blair Anderson
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NSW to spearhead medicinal cannabis cultivation research

NSW to spearhead medicinal cannabis cultivation research | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The State Government will spend $21 million on cannabis research ahead of a legal medicinal cannabis industry being set up.
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It not about researching cultivation, its the opportunity to study populations where the gems are to be found. 
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Medicinal cannabis?
MildGreen Initiative's curator insight, February 19, 2017 8:35 PM
New Zealand has a few spare heads that could be researched. Indeed both the Dunedin Study and the Christchurch Health and Developments study may prove to be one of the best tools we have for researching the cohort of cannabis related issue.
 
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Researchers find medical marijuana decreases migraines

Researchers find medical marijuana decreases migraines | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
(NaturalHealth365) Medical marijuana has been shown to help those suffering with chronic migraines. Find out what the research proves about this remedy.
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
There is a litany of testimonials for the efficacy of this use!  
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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 11, 2016 9:13 AM
Chronic migraine solution?
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The war on drugs is long lost, so why are we still fighting? (Aus)

The war on drugs is long lost, so why are we still fighting? (Aus) | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Prohibition is not the answer, so what are the alternatives?


Via ReGenUC
MildGreen Initiative's insight:

Harm reduction = Legal. Because something is legal doesn't make it laudable. Is that too hard?

 

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ReGenUC's curator insight, October 10, 2015 10:45 PM
Greg Denham argues for drug law reform and a rebalancing of Australia's Harm Minimisation policy model, with a greater emphasis on harm reduction and treatment.
Devyn Mode's curator insight, March 24, 2016 2:49 PM

Greg Denham argues for drug law reform and a rebalancing of Australia's Harm Minimisation policy model, with a greater emphasis on harm reduction and treatment.

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Cannabis Treatments for Alzheimer's Blocked by Bureaucracy 

Cannabis Treatments for Alzheimer's Blocked by Bureaucracy  | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

Seniors are the fastest growing group of medicinal cannabis users in the country, and a growing number of nursing homes from coast to coast [USA / Ed.]are tolerating use of tinctures and extracts to combat dementia, insomnia and related ailments. Patient testimony is now backed up by research, with scientists identifying the mechanism by which cannabinoids slow the deterioration of neurons in the brain. But federal strictures continue to pose an obstacle to investigation — leaving medicinal users in the cold under U.S. law.

 
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Lest We Forget?
 
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Ontario Wants To Fine Illegal Cannabis Businesses Up To $1 Million After Legalization

Ontario Wants To Fine Illegal Cannabis Businesses Up To $1 Million After Legalization | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
One million dollars.<br />
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That could be the fine slapped on businesses that sell cannabis illegally after the Ontario government installs its own retail network next July – assuming newly tabled legislation goes through.<br />
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The proposed law is aimed at eliminating Ontario’s illegal cannabis dispensaries, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said.
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Ontario Wants To Fine Illegal Cannabis Businesses Up To $1 Million After Legalization -

Now that looks remarkably like a protection racket..... /Blair
 
 
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Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report

Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids – ranging from their therapeutic effects to their risks for causing certain cancers, diseases, mental health disorders, and injuries. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report considered more than 10,000 scientific abstracts to reach its nearly 100 conclusions.
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
A useful report important for as much what it doesnt say as for what it does....   look in particular for words like 'limited evidence for'
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Cannabis Decriminalization Offers Opportunity for Reparations | Cannabis Now

Cannabis Decriminalization Offers Opportunity for Reparations | Cannabis Now | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
The legal cannabis industry has almost everything; billions of dollars in sales, hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue — fuel for schools, drug-abuse programs and police — and thousands of new jobs. What it doesn’t have is meaningful diversity. he green rush is still overwhelmingly white, and everybody knows it — nobody (honest) …
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Reparations are how you say Sorry!
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Canada Ponders an Unusual Drug Problem: a Shortage of Marijuana

Canada Ponders an Unusual Drug Problem: a Shortage of Marijuana | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it

The biggest challenge for Justin Trudeau’s forthcoming legal recreational marijuana market is a shortage of pot, the finance minister of Canada’s most-populous province says.


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Cannabis, Not enough is the problem!
 
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ReGenUC's curator insight, June 26, 2017 9:00 PM

Given the 'active and aggressive' expansion of local cannabis companies, it's unlikely that supply will be the main problem for long.

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Police swoop on $10k bank account deals

Police swoop on $10k bank account deals | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
NZ Herald article as seen below: Police say new rules key cog in crackdown on financial crime but ch
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
Money 'laundering' in this context? Jeez Wayne! Money isn't guilty, it is just, money.

 Someone in drug intel needs to talk to someone in 'civil society'.

 "He who gives up liberty, in exchange for security, deserves neither."

 If there was a connection, there would be a legacy of such transactions, clearly associated with terrorism events, exacted or otherwise. That not being the case, we can assume that the multi-billion dollar drug trade has been giving police a bit of a hard time 'getting caught'. And this is the Police's go to when they are bereft of good ideas.

 Here's the news fellas. Drug "King Pins" employ very very good financial advisors and cryptography works for them.

You, Police or anyone else from Internal Affairs down have no idea, who, when or how much....

 So stop pretending you're the smart boys on the block....

This is dumb policy.... creating problems where there are none. A gullible public will reckon that you all doing a great job and need to go covert to get your man. Politicians reckon it is about striking a right balance.

 The truth is... you and your government minders are all on a hiding to nothing in the so-called war on drugs.

 The best thing about smashing your head against a brick wall, is, when you stop.

 Prohibition sucks money...... more than you can count!
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Traffic fatalities decline in states with medical marijuana laws (USA)

States that enacted medical marijuana laws, on average, experienced reductions in traffic fatalities, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. Overall, states that passed medical marijuana laws saw an 11 percent reduction in traffic fatalities, on average, after enacting the laws, and had 26 percent lower rates of traffic fatalities compared with states without the laws.

Via ReGenUC
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
Offsetting alcohol related driving harm is one thing....  Displacing it by a less harmful alternative is, it seems, unbearable to the high priests of prohibition, making them complicit in the difference. They may as well have driven drunk themselves! 

The fact that cannabis impaired driving is still illegal as it is impairment that is against the law, as it should be, escapes these ning nongs.  However, cannabis doesn't impair the executive decision to drive, whereas alcohol does. Cannabis for the greater part is not responsible for drugged driving even when alcohol is involved, for it is alcohol that is the GREATER component in the irresponsible behaviour...

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ReGenUC's curator insight, December 21, 2016 6:45 PM

More material for the ongoing debate about cannabis and drug driving.

Eric Larson's curator insight, January 26, 2017 11:42 AM
Decline?
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New Study: Cannabis Helps Drug Addiction & Mental Health

New Study: Cannabis Helps Drug Addiction & Mental Health | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Candian researchers have discovered that cannabis, as it turns out, may help treat addiction and mental health disorders.
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
What happens when you remove the roadblocks?,
Gaps close.
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Helps drug addiction?
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This members-only social club offers organically-grown marijuana

This members-only social club offers organically-grown marijuana | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
VIDEO: This members-only marijuana social club is raising the standard with it's organically grown cannabis.
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Organically grown, goodness. Social Club lifts the game....
 
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Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis - Culture Magazine - Cannabis Lifestyle and News Magazine

Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis -  Culture Magazine - Cannabis Lifestyle and News Magazine | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
RT @iReadCulture: Cannabis Fights Cartilage Loss in Arthritis - https://t.co/v93APiuNfu #cannabis #iReadCulture #arthritis https://t.co/59V&hellip;
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We need Better Joints, JK!
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THC: Everything You Need To Know About Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol

THC: Everything You Need To Know About Delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
How much do you know about delta9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC?
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Where do you get cannabis 'to study'....  just ask you ning nongs!
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Cannabis Found to Destroy Toxic Protein That Leads to Alzheimer’s Disease | Humans Are Free

Cannabis Found to Destroy Toxic Protein That Leads to Alzheimer’s Disease | Humans Are Free | Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform | Scoop.it
Scientists may have just found an ingredient in cannabis that could help people with Alzheimer’s
MildGreen Initiative's insight:
It would be fair to say there is a bit of 'I told you so' though some might think this somewhat arrogant or self congratulatory. If it wasn't for pressure being brought to bear on a system reluctant to do this kind of research, indeed having structural impediments and a process of review so crucially faced, this is welcome news as it demonstrates how far we have come as much as it does give import to why research may offer some insights into the mechanisms that unfettered longitudinal epidemiology is going to provide. 

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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 11, 2016 9:12 AM
Alzheimer's disease solution?