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More than 20 percent of all vets coming home from the Middle East report at least some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. For some, it shows in depression and anxiety or an inability to function normally in day-to-day civilian life. For others, it’s more grave.
After two tours in Afghanistan, Matt Kahl says the only way out he saw after returning home was through suicide. He tried and failed, and likely would have tried again if it wasn’t for one thing: cannabis.

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The press used to be so well-respected in this country that they were referred to as “the fourth estate”. In February 1891, Oscar Wilde wrote, “Somebody — was it Burke? — called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three…We are dominated by Journalism.”
Today, well over a century later, with the advent of 24-hour cable news stations, AM talk radio hero worship, and the internet, the media holds more power than ever.

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You might think that drunkenly plowing his car into the Capitol building at 3am, then going on to evade prosecution and finish out his term as a U.S. Congressman, only to become a leading voice opposing marijuana legalization would make Patrick Kennedy the biggest delta-bravo in Project SAM.
Ok, he might still be, but boy does he have some competition from his partner, and co-founder of “Smart Approaches to Marijuana”, Kevin Sabet.
The PhD associate professor has a mind-numbing piece up over at Huffington Post right now, instructing the rest of us on how to talk about pot. It’s a 5-step plan … 7 steps short of the one Patrick Kennedy is somehow above, but would have no problem imposing on you.

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Edibles selection at a Colorado dispensary.


A Denver man with anxiety and insomnia issues ate a pot edible knowing it was a pot edible, then had an anxiety attack over the buzz and had to go to the emergency room. While the panic and self-imposed hospitalization sucks for Kyle Naylor, it’s hardly major national news.
Unless you are one of the 3.1 million people who read USA Today regularly, it seems.

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Over the past few weeks, critics of marijuana legalization have drawn attention to several news stories they see as demonstrating the dangers of more accessible weed. First, the death of a college student and the murder of a mom were linked to marijuana edibles, and now, the local and national media is giving big play to reports about Greeley ten-year-olds who sold pot on the playground of their elementary school.
Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project and one of the main proponents for Colorado’s Amendment 64, sees such reactions as part of an age-old practice of demonizing cannabis that won’t derail the push for progressive marijuana policies here and beyond. Denver Westword has more.

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This week, our colleagues at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times have dispensed a ten-step program on how you can jump in on the medical marijuana craze that is expected to hit Florida soon and become a pot mogul. Or, not. Writer Francisco Alvarado went out and did all the research on what it takes to become a marijuana entrepreneur and learned it’s not as easy as it might seem. The story follows Bob Calkin, a man who runs the Cannabis Career Institute, and his packed seminars at which he teaches ordinary folks what it takes to become a pot baron.
People in Florida who are looking to delve into the business are banking on the medical marijuana amendment passing in November and forking over their money to hear Calkin’s tips. And for good reason. Medical marijuana is potentially big business. Read the entire tale of how people are making big bucks of the medical pot industry before it’s even legal in the Sunshine state over at the New Times.

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Anti-pot group Smart Colorado found this past weekend’s 4/20 celebration “shocking” — but a report from Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News juggernaut, The O’Reilly Factor, turns the event into a punchline, albeit while portraying participants as sadly clueless idiots. The report, from regular correspondent Jesse Watters, juxtaposes snippets of stoners making hazy comments like “I love chocolate bunnies,” “I wake up, smoke a bowl, go to sleep, wake up, smoke a bowl, go to work” and “I’m a trust-fund kid — I don’t do anything” with comedic film clips, like one from Dumb and Dumber in which Jim Carrey declares, “You are one pathetic loser!” That’s followed by an interview segment in which Watters acknowledges that some people at 4/20 “had real jobs — bartenders or they worked with their hands,” but they “don’t really aspire to anything.”
Check out O’Reilly and Watters’ idiocy below.

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A still from Vice’s interview with José Mujica.

Marijuana use, cultivation and sales of limited amounts is now legal in Uruguay, though the country is still working out the kinks on just how it will be grown. Uruguayan President José Mujica, 78, has made it clear that he’s never tried marijuana and that he doesn’t intend to do so, but he thinks is insane to continue arresting people for the plant.
It’s a big story: a country legalizing a plant that is illegal pretty much everywhere else around the world. So Vice Magazine sent reporter Krishna Andavolu down there to investigate and interview Mujica — where he promptly lit up a doobie in the nation’s leader’s garden.

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