Embassy Headlines, Issue 58

 If Cannabis was also in a pill prescribed by a Doctor, to be taken three times a day, would you feel okay about it then? Or would you still be prejudiced against people who consume Cannabis?

The Embassy Headlines are a selection of recent articles from news services and media sources primarily concerning Cannabis issues, the consequences of prohibition and the challenges for law reform.

Here are the selected headlines for this week.

Embassy Headlines 58

The straight dope: marijuana in NSW is among strongest in the world [SMH]

NSW has some of the highest-potency marijuana in the world, the first Australian research to measure the chemical composition of cannabis seizures has found. Drugs found to have the highest level of psychoactive chemicals, about 15 per cent THC, were seized in regional areas such as Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads.


California Democratic Party tells Obama to halt medical marijuana raids [Raw Story]

The California Democratic Party approved a resolution over the weekend that called on President Barack Obama to halt federal raids on marijuana dispensaries.


D.C. records its first legal pot deal in at least 75 years [Washington Post]

Fifteen years after D.C. voters approved medical marijuana, two people buy pot at Capital City Care.


Big Marijuana lobby fights legalization efforts [Politico]

Full legalization advocates, like the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, say it’s all about the money. “There are people who are benefiting financially and would prefer to see nothing change that,” said Erik Altieri, communications director for NORML’s northeast chapter. “NORML believes the only way to truly ensure access for those patients who need cannabis for medical purposes is to legalize its use for all adults,” he added. “This will provide every adult safe and convenient access to quality cannabis, regardless of whether or not their state legislators think their specific condition ‘qualifies.’”


An Unexpected Opponent Of Legalizing Pot: The Medical Marijuana Lobby [Medical Daily]

A billion dollar a year industry, medical marijuana has its own lobby too. Ironically, they work against the full legalization of pot. 


Reefer Madness – The Environmental Cost Of America’s “Green Rush” [Le Monde]

Illegal irrigation and other practices by black-market marijuana growers are drying up California’s rivers, poisoning groundwater and killing wildlife.


Why Aren’t Women at Home in the World of Weed? [NY Mag]

As Wendy Chapkis, a professor of sociology at the University of Southern Maine, writes in a new academic article, “contemporary cannabis culture [in the USA] is at once delightfully libertine and deeply sexist.”


Cannabis Time Capsule, 1915: “First ever medical drug plant farm” [West Word]

This 1915 article from the Littleton Independent shows that the U.S. government had interest in cannabis as a medicine even as some states around the country had begun to ban it as an illicit drug. Not only were they interested, they were growing it themselves.


I disagree with Pope Francis: the War on Drugs should end [Catholic Herald UK]

No Catholic should contradict the Pope, but drug legalisation would save lives.


Uruguay poised to make history on July 31 [World War D]

Ahead of an historic vote scheduled for July 31, the Uruguayan marijuana legalization initiative received the informal blessing of José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). Insulza praised the efforts of the Government of Uruguay: “I would like to publicly recognize the responsible and serious manner in which the Uruguayan State and civil society are addressing the project presented by the government on the production, sale and use of marijuana in this country.” And concluded: “Uruguay’s experience is being watched with great attention by the rest of the Hemisphere and we are convinced that whatever the outcome of this process, we can all draw important lessons from it.”


The Amazing Health Benefits of Juicing Raw Cannabis Leaves [Raw for Beauty]

Contrary to popular belief, the marijuana plant is a whole lot more than just a psychoactive drug that “stoners” use to get high. In raw form, marijuana leaves and buds are actually loaded with a non-psychoactive, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer nutrient compound known as cannabidiol (CBD) that is proving to be a miracle “superfood” capable of preventing and reversing a host of chronic illnesses.


Is Cannabis Oil a Miracle Drug? [We Are Change]

In this short documentary, Luke Rudkowski investigates medical cannabis oil use in Holland and the laws surrounding it. This video contains interviews with medical cannabis oil patients, a look into a manufacturer of cannabis oil and an exclusive interview with the 1st coffee shop owner in Holland the Pot Father.


Marijuana Cures Methadone and Heroin Addiction! [Salem News]

During the 1860’s Cannabis/Marijuana was used in the U.S. to get addicted people off alcohol, tobacco and opium, and it was very successful in doing so. Many Civil War veterans were addicted to all three of these.


‘Legal’ Cannabis Ingredient Reduces Skin Cancer By 90% In Mice [Truth on Pot]

Fully aware of the relationship between marijuana compounds – called cannabinoids – and their synthetic versions, a group of government scientists decided to test 22 different synthetics – which they isolated from “illegal drugs distributed in the Tokyo metropolitan area” – on mice with skin cancer. 


Marijuana Use in Mice May Cause Permanent Brain Abnormalities [Science Daily]

Regular marijuana use in mice, may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, according to a recent study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Researchers hope that the study, published in Neuropsychopharmacology — a publication of the journal Nature — will help to shed light on the potential long-term effects of marijuana use, particularly as lawmakers in Maryland and elsewhere contemplate legalizing the drug.


Addiction and the search for better endings [The Conversation]

Although drug use and overdose may sometimes be preceded by psychological pain, it isn’t always so. People who take drugs form a very diverse population. Importantly, not all drug users or even addicts experience themselves as sick, dysfunctional or troubled.


Pro-marijuana ad to be shown on the large screen at NASCAR race [Dangerous Minds]

NASCAR fans attending the 2013 Brickyard 400 races are being greeted by this ad on a jumbotron at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The spoof beer ad produced by theMarijuana Policy Project highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol by characterizing marijuana as a “new ‘beer’” with “no calories,” “no hangovers,” and “no violence” associated with its use.


MPP NASCAR Ad Pulled [MPP Blog]

MPP’s video ad that began airing Friday on a jumbotron outside the NASCAR Brickyard 400 was pulled later that afternoon by the media company that owns the video screen. Grazie Media, which had solicited the ad from MPP, approved its content, and accepted payment for it, reportedly came under fire from marijuana prohibitionist organizations such as Save Our Society From Drugs, which claimed the ad’s message that marijuana is safer than alcohol was false and misleading.


NIMBIN TELEVISION: Hemp Definition

Turn on, tune in and chill out! NIMBIN TELEVISION’s Hemp Definition provides information about Cannabis or hemp and its many applications including; food, fuel, fibre, medicine and pleasure. Each webpage has text and pictures with a video from youtube or other sources. NTV HD also contains video for Nimbin MardiGrass, the annual Cannabis law reform rally in May and is affiliated with the HEMP Embassy.

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