The Week in Weed 3-24-12 Cannabis News

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Cannabis Cheri SicardThis Week: Marijuana-Like Chemicals Inhibit Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Late Stage AIDS; Former Heart Surgeon Claims Cannabis Prevents Strokes; UN Misses Opportunity to Discuss Failed Drug War; How Legal Medical Marijuana Got One Couple’s Kids Violently Snatched Away; Marijuana Dispensaries to Open in DC; City Reimburses Woman for Ruined Pot Crop; Online Debate Breaks Global Drug Policy Reform Taboo; Stoned Driving: Manufacturing a Crisis; Connecticut Voters Strongly Back Medical Marijuana; 40 Years Ago the National Commission on Marihuana Recommends Decriminalizing Cannabis.

Sorry this post is a little late, I was busy volunteering at The Human Solution’s Freedom Fighters IV Fundraiser this weekend.

Unless you are a member of the “choir” (my affectionate name for the hard core cannabis activists who live this movement day in and day out), chances are you’re going to miss a lot of cannabis news.  It’s not that there isn’t any, things are happening in the word of marijuana all the time.  But the mainstream media never seems to make it a priority to report on it.

So, since I follow these things, and am on every cannabis mailing list imaginable, I thought it might be a good idea to do a weekly round-up of the compelling stories that came across my desk the week before.  Sometimes I might discover stories older than a week old but still timely, so I’ll pass them on too.  If you have suggestions for stories to be considered for inclusion in next week’s round up, use the Contact Us form here and let me know.

MEDICAL

Marijuana-Like Chemicals Inhibit Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Late Stage AIDS — Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers have discovered that marijuana-like chemicals trigger receptors on human immune cells that can directly inhibit a type of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) found in late-stage AIDS, according to new findings published online in the journal PLoS ONE.

Former Heart Surgeon Claims Cannabis Prevents Strokes — We know the saying about apples and your health, but one former heart surgeon is claiming marijuana is a miracle medicine.  “Eat a bud a day will keep the stroke away,” says Dr. Dave Allen . “No other medicine made by man can help in this manner.”

POLITICS/LEGAL

40 Years Ago the National Commission on Marihuana Recommends Decriminalizing Cannabis— The first and only federal commission on pot policy determined, “The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to possession offenses,  The commission’s recommendations are still, if not more, applicable today.

Marijuana Dispensaries to Open in DC —  As federal prosecutors threaten to crack down on California’s medicinal marijuana sites, Washington is preparing to open several dispensaries in the Justice Department’s backyard.  This summer, residents will be able to buy legal cannabis at dispensaries within a few miles of the White House, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

City Reimburses Woman for Ruined Pot Crop— The city of Albuquerque paid a local woman thousands of dollars for her medical marijuana after police officers wrongly destroyed her crop.

Stoned Driving: Manufacturing a Crisis — Nobody’s sure how to solve the question of when someone is just too stoned to drive, but that doesn’t keep plenty of people from offering “solutions” to the “problem” — which is now graduating from “just” a problem, thanks to sensationalist mainstream press coverage, and becoming an “epidemic” or even a “crisis.”  Welcome to legislation by press hysteria.

Connecticut Voters Strongly Back Medical Marijuana — An overwhelming 68 percent of Connecticut voters support a proposal to allow adults to use marijuana for medical purposes with a doctor’s recommendation, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Only 27 percent oppose the plan.

How Legal Medical Marijuana Got One Couple’s Kids Violently Snatched Away  — Law enforcement forced entry into the home of Daisy Bram, then violently ripped her three-week old newborn from her arms because she is a medical marijuana patient.

INTERNATIONAL

UN Misses Opportunity to Discuss Failed Drug War — While totally avoiding of the central issue of drug policy — whether prohibiting drugs is a good idea — delegates spent several days engaging in bland and uninspired discussions of drug-war-cheerleading resolutions like one introduced by the U.S. to reaffirm the three U.N. prohibition drug treaties and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Hague Opium Convention. Delegates’ proposed amendments and the discussions regarding those amendments dealt almost exclusively with form rather than substance.

Online Debate Breaks Global Drug Policy Reform Taboo
— Last year, the Global Commission on Drug Policy called for an open debate on the global war on drugs. On Tuesday night, they went a long way to achieving this objective. A live debate streamed via YouTube entitled ‘It’s Time to End the War on Drugs’ was watched by millions over the world. This pioneering method of engagement on social and political issues has given the drug war debate a global audience that was unthinkable a few years ago.

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