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“Hi, we’re in Delaware.”


A University of Delaware poll released this week shows that 56 percent of Delawareans would support the legalizaiton and regulation of limited amounts of cannabis.
The poll, conducted on 902 adults in September, showed a meager 39 percent opposed marijuana – that group mostly populated by old conservative voters.

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“Hi, we’re in Delaware.”


A proposal just now working its way through the Delaware House would make the possession of up to an ounce of herb legal in the state for adults 21 and up. The bill would not allow public consumption or allow for legal cultivation. So if you if procure it illegally and avoid law enforcement who can still bust you for selling and purchasing pot, at least you can smoke it in your house.

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Against their own policy, the Department of Veteran Affairs would rather treat veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder with addictive benzodiazepines tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax – instead of using prohibited medical marijuana, despite studies showing cannabis to be a safer alternative.
Current Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines caution providers from using benzodiazepines tranquilizers as a treatment for combat related PTSD. “Once initiated, benzodiazepines can be very difficult, if not impossible, to discontinue due to significant withdrawal symptoms compounded by the underlying PTSD symptoms,” the VA/Department of Defense guidelines state.

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David Stevens / Cheryl Shuman
Amendment 64 supporters Tuesday night celebrate the legalization of marijuana in Colorado

By Dr. Robert Townsend
         
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in a written statement released by his office. “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.”
The voters have spoken indeed. Legalization in the face of federal law has passed by a large margin in two states, we added the 18th medical state, we nearly got a 19th in the South, and all ballot initiatives supportive of cannabis passed in Michigan. But like the Colorado governor demonstrates, there are many politicians rushing to smoke filled back rooms to try and figure out a way to circumvent the will of the voters. 
Is he isolated in his views? We see so many examples of politicians like Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and agencies like the Department of Justice, HUD, and the ATF doing everything they can to maintain the status quo of prohibition. Private employers hide behind federal law to discriminate against the sick, adopting the position that it is OK to show up to work stoned out of your mind on oxycontin, but if you used cannabis 3 weeks ago… welcome to the world of unemployment. 

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Arizona Medical Marijuana Blog

Medical marijuana advocates in Oregon want to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the official list of conditions that qualify patients to use medicinal cannabis.

Many people with PTSD are already in Oregon’s medical marijuana program because they have other medical conditions that allow them to legally use marijuana, according to advocates, reports The Associated Press.
Medical cannabis activists said that it’s particularly important PTSD be included on the list as more and more battle-weary military veterans return home, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian.

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Dr. Bob Townsend meets with a patient in Saginaw, Michigan. “My patients didn’t tell me it helped them; they showed me by getting rid of narcotics,” Townsend said.

​One Michigan physician says that counter to what he was told in medical school, his patients have shown him that medical marijuana produces results.

“I, like most physicians, was taught that ‘medical marijuana’ was a political movement and marijuana has no medical use,” wrote Dr. Robert Townsend in the Lansing State Journal on Saturday. “But we were also taught to listen to our patients and base our decisions on evidence, not dogma.”
“Take chronic, severe pain — a qualifying condition for medical marijuana,” Dr. Townsend wrote. “IF my professors in medical school were correct, if marijuana is a Schedule I narcotic because it has no medical value, I would not expect marijuana use to result in a decreased need for pain medication.

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State troopers said this is one of the boxes of marijuana found in a moving truck after it was stopped in Wyoming on Sunday.

​Wyoming state troopers arrested a suspected marijuana smuggler after they said he ran into another car in an Interstate 80 construction zone on Sunday.

Troopers were alerted that a rental truck had hit another vehicle without stopping on the interstate west of Cheyenne, reports Wayne Harrison of The Denver Channel.
A rental truck matching the description was pulled over about 15 miles west of Cheyenne and a Wyoming Highway Patrol drug detection dog was called in after the driver “appeared very nervous.”
Driver James Richburg, 56, was so nervous, in fact, that he forgot to put his truck in park and started rolling as he was being questioned, reports Rylee DeGood at CBS 5.

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This 170 pounds of marijuana had three different owners in one night — first the smugglers, then the carjackers, then the cops.

​What would you do if you were smuggling 170 pounds of marijuana across the United States and you were carjacked? Two accused would-be pot smugglers came up with the wrong answer Friday night.

Smack dab in the middle of Wyoming, on I-80 near Sinclair, the erstwhile pot smugglers had their car hijacked, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, reports Howard Pankratz at The Denver Post. And the victims decided to call the cops.
The man and woman accused of hauling the weed are in the jailhouse now, along with one of the two male carjackers, according to Sgt. Stephen Townsend, spokesman for the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Troopers were told of the alleged carjacking at about 9 p.m. on Friday. The victims said a couple of guys in a red SUV had taken their car by force and left them sadly standing by the interstate, unharmed but weedless.

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Pretty maidens all in a row: More than 140 outdoor organic strains were displayed in this glass showcase at the Emerald Cup

​By Jack Rikess

Toke of the Town

Northern California Correspondent

Friday
Tim Blake, organizer and host of the 2010 Emerald Cup, was reminding me with a huge lopsided grin, “It’s only Friday…this is just like a sound check, a rehearsal for tomorrow night. This is the pre-party party.” 
I wasn’t sure what to expect at my first Emerald Cup except what I read on the poster.
Besides the prestigious awards for first, second and third place for the best strain grown that season, there would be awards for things like the best joint rolled, guessing the number of roaches in the roach jar, highest CBD count, biggest stalk, and — much like rookie of the year — the best new strain.

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Photo: William Kaempffer/New Haven Register
The Connecticut State Police — that bunch of Scrooges — spoiled Christmas by going ahead and opening the gifts.

​A cross-country, 100-pound marijuana shipment — wrapped up to look like Christmas presents, complete with bows — arrived at a well-kept Cape Cod house in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday morning. But Scrooge’s minions, the cops, were there, too.

State police executed a search warrant at 621 Townsend Avenue for the entire morning and into the afternoon, reports William Kaempffer of the New Haven Register
A 29-year-old self-employed musician, Julio Ramos, admitted to police that he was the intended recipient of the gift-wrapped marijuana, police said.
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