Polis Praises Legal #Marijuana In Colorado, Vows To Keep Pushing For Federal Legalization

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Vowing to pursue marijuana legalization on a federal level, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)praised the regulation of marijuana in Colorado after the first legal sales of recreational pot began in the state on Wednesday.

“By regulating marijuana like alcohol, Colorado voters hope to reduce crime and keep marijuana away from kids,” Polis said in a Jan. 1 statement. “I applaud Colorado’s efforts to implement the will of the voters and will continue my work to pass H.R. 499 to regulate marijuana like alcohol federally.”

 

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2009 Study: Occasional cannabis use improves treatment retention in treatment for opiate addiction.

From Society of Cannabis Clinicians
This study published in the American Journal of Addiction in 2009, replicates a previously surprising finding that intermittent cannabis use is associated with improved retention in naltrexone treatment among opioid dependent patients, while both abstinence from cannabis and regular cannabis use during naltrexone treatment are associated with high dropout.
http://cannabisclinicians.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/OpioidDependence2009.pdf

Cannabinoid Profile: CB1 and CB2 Receptors

Well Suited For Life

See an updated version of this post on The Leaf Online, Meet Your CB Receptors!

 

This Cannabinoid Profile will take a different approach frompreviousposts. Instead of profiling a specific cannabinoid I am going to profile the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are the main receptor sites for the body’s endocannabinoid system and interact with all currently identified cannabinoids in some way. A scientific understanding of these receptor points and how the 70+ cannabinoids interact with them and with eachother is crucial to the future of using cannabis as a medicine, for us as a society and as individuals.

Thus far the CB1 and CB2 receptors are the only receptor sites that have been identified that make up the endocannabinoid system. It is suspected that another site exists in the brain, possibly at the TrpV1 receptor or the 5HT1a receptor. Both CB1 and CB2

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Who We Are

cannafric

Cannafric is an organization that seeks to educate Africans and Afro-Diasporans about the potential for industrial cannabis to generate economically, environmentally and socially responsible development within Africa and the Diaspora.

Our aim is to dispel myths associated with the plant and provide people with the information they deserve regarding how cannabis can be used to tackle a broad range of issues in African and Afro-Diasporan communities. By doing so, we hope to provide a space for intelligent discussion on how to reform the production, regulation and utilization of cannabis to improve the quality of life of those living today and for generations to come.

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Legalize marijuana? My wheels are turning

High Plains Blogger

Some people get more crotchety in their old age.

Others get more, um, reflective; they are more able to see the big picture.

I think — at least I hope — I am in that latter group.

I’ve spent a lifetime to date believing we should maintain marijuana’s illegal status. People should be punished for using the devil weed. That was how I used to think. I’m beginning to feel differently about that — and a lot of other things — as I grow older.

The states of Washington and Colorado are about to effectively legalize its use. A recent “60 Minutes” report declared that there are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in Denver that McDonald’s and Starbucks combined. It’s going to be taxed and regulated by the state. Coloradoans will be able to purchase the stuff essentially over the counter.

My home state of Oregon also has liberalized…

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Legal Pot Sales Begin Amid Uncertainty In Colorado

CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) – A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

Two floors of pot-growing rooms will have windows showing the shopping public how the mind-altering plant is grown. Shoppers will be able to peruse drying marijuana buds and see pot trimmers at work separating the valuable flowers from the less-prized stems and leaves.

“It’s going to be all white and beautiful,” the 45-year-old ex-industrial engineer explains, excitedly gesturing around what just a few weeks ago was an empty warehouse space that will eventually house 40,000 square feet of cannabis strains.

As Colorado prepares to be the first in the nation to allow recreational pot sales, opening Jan. 1, hopeful retailers like Williams are investing their fortunes into the legal recreational pot world — all for a chance to build even bigger ones in a fledgling industry that faces an uncertain…

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