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Operation Cash Cow

Laws are very dangerous when they are used to ‘protect and serve’ the best interests of company profits. Winning government contracts to supply testing equipment is akin to winning a defence contract to supply weapons. The measurement of impairment should be the primary concern for ‘driving under the influence’ rather than being in possession of criminal saliva. Prohibition is a lawful method of discrimination and raising revenue.

The HEMP 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.

Drug-driving law fails justice test [echo]

We are a highly regulated country. If a company here tried to launch a product that was defective in its operation, based on dubious science and caused severe damage to the lives of the people it was supposed to serve there would be swift action, and probably severe penalties. Unless of course it were a government product. Then the perpetrators would line up to take credit, and spin their misinformation and dodgy statistics to the credulous media.

Saatchi & Saatchi defends $500,000 ‘Stoner Sloth’ anti-marijuana campaign [smh]

The advertising agency behind the controversial “Stoner Sloth” anti-marijuana videos, which cost taxpayers half a million dollars, has hit back at criticism, saying the campaign’s message is completely lost on adults.
After a week of relentless ridicule, Saatchi & Saatchi (S&S) has stepped out in defence of the NSW government’s latest anti-drugs initiative, which it created.

Ice War Or Culture War? [nimbinhemp]

Your saliva can light up the machine from a toke on a joint the night before, or the night before that. Or just hanging around a mate having a toke. Or eating hempseed in your muesli for brekky. The police have kept hemp seed illegal because they believe it can interfere with their saliva tests. There’s absolutely no evidence of this and we are the only country on Earth not allowed to eat it.

Which States are Most Likely to Legalize Cannabis in 2016? [leafly]

With the presidential election looming, there is guaranteed to be a massive voter turnout and the initiatives that are poised for inclusion on the 2016 ballot stand a chance to make some big changes. But which states are most likely to legalize next? Here are our predictions for 2016.

Alaska’s Pot Cafes Will Give Patrons A Taste Of Cannabis [npr]

Alaska is about to become the first state to have pot cafes where people can buy and consume Cannabis, similar to Amsterdam.
Right now, that’s not legal in other states that have recreational marijuana. Brothers James and Giono Barrett, who own a marijuana business, Rainforest Farms, in Juneau, also plan to produce a line of chocolate bars infused with pot.

Landmark Study Shows NO LINK Between Cannabis And Car Crashes [greenrushdaily]

With marijuana legalization laws continuing to roll out across the nation, and with all indicators showing that cannabis is now more popular than ever — even among teens! — the backlash and anti-weed hysteria has likewise ramped up its game. A favorite target among anti-cannabis crusaders, who have been known to link cannabis to all kinds of social ills, is the prospect of our nations highways and byways flooded with stoned drivers. But it turns out, like many of their other favorite talking points, driving stoned is not as deadly and dangerous as some have made it out to be.

Medical Marijuana Cuts Suicide Rates By 10% In Years Following Legalization [medicaldaily]

Legalization of medical marijuana has been found to correlate to a significant drop in suicide rates, providing additional evidence that the federally outlawed substance may have a positive effect on U.S. public health. The new study, which is published in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that the suicide rate among men ages 20 to 29 and 30 to 39 fell by 10.8 percent and 9.8 percent respectively following a given state’s decision to legalize medical marijuana. Although the relationship was weaker and less precise among women, the authors believe that the findings provide strong evidence in favor of medical cannabis. “The negative relationship between legalization and suicides among young men is consistent with the hypothesis that marijuana can be used to cope with stressful life events,” they wrote.

Smoking cannabis ‘helps addicts give up heroin’, study finds [medicalmarijuana411]

Researchers at Columbia University assessed the use of cannabinoids versus a placebo in opioid-dependent subjects undergoing in-patient detoxification and outpatient treatment with naltrexone, an opiate receptor antagonist. The opioid-dependent subjects undergoing outpatient treatment who used cannabis were more likely to complete their course according to data published online ahead of print in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The researchers also found that dosing patients with dronabinol – a drug consisting of the ‘active’ ingredient in cannabis, THC – helped with withdrawal symptoms.

The Puzzling Persistence of Pee Tests [reason]

The drug testing of employees isn’t so much a thoughtful labor policy as a compulsive habit. It’s something that we do because we’ve always done it, and we don’t know how to stop. Testing has become a national addiction, and it may be time to taper off.

Canada Plans to Use Its Marijuana Revenue in the Best Possible Way [attn]

The Canadian federal government appears to be taking a page straight from the Colorado legalization playbook with this latest announcement. As ATTN: previously reported, Colorado—which legalized marijuana for recreational and medical purposes in 2012—plans to use pot revenue to fund a range of social services, including addiction treatment and education programs.

Cannabis opponents take a hit as top ethicist calls for legalization [timesofisrael]

“Among the pillars of democracy are the principles of human dignity, human life and health. This means that person in pain is eligible to receive medical care, whether it be to cure what ails them or make life easier for them,” he said. “This is why, out of respect for the professional ethics of physicians, when a doctor reaches the conclusion that they right way to treat a person is cannabis, there is no reason not to authorize treatment, even if the patient did not earlier exhaust all other alternative forms of treatments.”

Illegal hashish trade popular among Bajura peasants [thehimalayantimes]

Bajura is known to have a huge crop of hemp. The barks of the hemp plants are used in making threads for clothes while the flower’s seeds are used in making chutney for food. The black resins from the leaves are used in making hashish while the dried leaves are used in making marijuana and cannabis,

‘If IS back home knew we work with hashish, they’d cut us’ [irishexaminer]

Inside a garage in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley filled with green dust and piles of cannabis, stand a woman and a 13-year-old boy, sifting through the twigs and buds of the recent harvest. They are Muslim refugees from Raqqa province — de facto capital in Syria of Islamic State fighters — and part of an extended family of about 25 that fled in the past few years to live in tents in the relative safety of a Lebanese village.

Here’s How Many People Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana Last Year [huffingtonpost]

“The rate of absolutely zero deaths from a cannabis overdose remained steady from last year, according to figures released this month by the Centers for Disease Control. But while Americans aren’t dying as a result of marijuana overdoses, the same can’t be said for a range of other substances, both legal and illicit.”

Volunteers give away free marijuana joints to the homeless on Christmas Eve in Denver [wxyz]

Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can and the one responsible for handing out the free weed, said they’re trying to raise awareness about homelessness and encourage people to donate to their cause. The cause? To raise money to buy several RV’s and provide restrooms and showers for those in need. Dicenzo said their goal is to use weed for good and to bring people together to make a difference.



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