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Halloween Themed Marijuana Billboards In Phoenix (Video)

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This group did a great job on the design! If this initiative makes it to the ballot and wins, there’s a good chance recreational users will pay more for marijuana than medical marijuana patients, similar to how Colorado handles it. This of course means it’s still in your best interest to become a patient if you have a qualifying medical condition.

Via 12News:

Drivers in Phoenix may have noticed a new billboard gracing the downtown skyline.  It’s not the usual car sales and insurance billboards peppered throughout the Valley’s roadways, but a campaign advocating the legalization of marijuana in Arizona.

The sign itself is a parody of the movie “Reefer Madness” from the 1930s, and is supposed to raise awareness for a ballot initiative in next year’s election.

The group behind the initiative, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, is seeking a position on the 2016 ballot. The billboard is designed to raise awareness that, the group says, marijuana is less addictive, less toxic, and less harmful than alcohol.

“It’s time for us to regulate and treat marijuana for exactly what it is, and that is something that’s objectively safer than alcohol,” said JP Holyoak, the chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

The group plans on rolling out more billboards throughout the Valley…” [Continue Reading]

Even Sheriff Arpaio Supports Medical Marijuana Now

I had to look outside my window to see if pigs were flying after watching this video.

Via Fox News 10 Phoenix:

A meeting is scheduled this Saturday for senior citizens to educate them on all things medical marijuana, and it also will feature Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a guest speaker. Arpaio wanted to make it clear, that even though he is speaking at a meeting about medical marijuana, he will never surrender and support legalizing recreational marijuana.

“If this is one thing that really will help them, the medical part of it, and is done legitimately, no diversion, I don’t know, what’s the difference going to the drug store and getting a prescription,” said Sheriff Arpaio…” [Continue Reading]

Anti-Marijuana Politician Charged With Marijuana Possession

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The hypocrisy is sickening. Via The New York Times:

A New York State assemblyman from the Hudson Valley was charged with marijuana possession after he was stopped for speeding, the authorities said on Friday.

The assemblyman, Stephen M. Katz, 59, a Republican from Mohegan Lake, was found with a “small bag” of marijuana when stopped on Thursday, the State Police said in a statement. Assemblyman Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation that is punishable by a fine of up to $100…

…The assemblyman, who is a member of the chamber’s Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, voted against a bill last year that would have legalized medical marijuana.”

Mesa Parents Say Medical Marijuana Allowed Their Son To Live Life To The Fullest

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It’s stories like this that get our insides feeling all warm and fuzzy. This is why we do what we do.

Via AZFamily:

A Mesa couple says medical marijuana gave their young son the opportunity “to become who he was.”

Jacob and Jennifer Welton are mourning the loss of Zander. The 7-year-old died this month after battling seizures his whole life.

Brain surgeries and other procedures did not work. The Weltons said Zander was living in his own, lonely world.

They got him a medical marijuana card at the age of 5. It triggered a legal battle, pitting the Weltons against the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, other law enforcement agencies and state health officials.

‘The main argument they used in court is that you can overdose if you have a concentrated form [of marijuana]. Their stance was that only the flower and leaf were legal, but the extractions and edibles weren’t legal,’ Jacob Welton said.

The ACLU won the Weltons the right to administer condensed marijuana extracts in pill form.

Zander was autism, as well. His parents say their son showed immediate changes after they gave him marijuana with the help of a doctor.

‘His big personality came out,’ his father said. ‘We never saw any of his personality the first five years. He never interacted with anybody or looked anyone in the eye.’

Zander began interacting with pets, family members and teachers.

Though he passed away this month, his parents’ only regret is not turning to medicinal marijuana sooner.

‘Medical marijuana helped him become who he was and share who he was,’ his mother said.

They have heard from parents with children suffering similar struggles from around the world.”

What MMJ Patients Need To Know About Arizona DUI Laws

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After proposition 203 passed in 2010, there was the issue of figuring out how to deal with MMJ patients and existing DUI laws. The problem of course is that the active ingredient in marijuana (THC) stays in a persons system for weeks, sometimes months, even if you use the medicine sparingly. This means that a person can fail a urinalysis and not even be impaired at the time of the test.

This is problematic because some MMJ patients were being charged with DUI’s for failing a urinalysis. There was even a a state Court of Appeals in 2013 that gave law enforcement the right to prosecute marijuana users even if there was no evidence of impairment.

This has all changed as of April, 2014 when the state Supreme Court ruled that authorities can’t “prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop”.

Via The Huffington Post:

Authorities can’t prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the latest opinion on an issue that several states have grappled with across the nation.

The ruling overturned a state Court of Appeals decision last year that upheld the right of authorities to prosecute pot smokers for DUI even when there is no evidence of impairment.

The opinion focuses on two chemical compounds in marijuana that show up in blood and urine tests — one that causes impairment and one that doesn’t but stays in a pot user’s system for weeks.

Some prosecutors had warned that anyone in Arizona who used medical marijuana simply shouldn’t drive or they would risk facing DUI charges, a contention that drew the ire of pot advocates who claimed this interpretation of the law criminalized their legal use of the drug after voters approved it in 2010.

Tuesday’s state Supreme Court opinion removed that threat in explaining that while state statute makes it illegal for a driver to be impaired by marijuana, the presence of a non-psychoactive compound does not constitute impairment under the law….” [Continue Reading]

In conclusion, as long as you make sure to never drive for several hours after medicating with marijuana, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting a DUI. With that said, this post is not meant to serve as legal advice. You should always consult a lawyer.

Scientists Create Yeast That Produces THC

A form of yeast that was genetically engineered to produce various cannabinoids. Oliver Kayser

A form of yeast that was genetically engineered to produce various cannabinoids. Oliver Kayser

A wise man once said, ‘problems arise when people try to improve upon nature and use nature strictly for human benefit’.

Via NYTimes.com

In August, researchers announced they had genetically engineered yeast to produce the powerful painkiller hydrocodone. Now comes the perhaps inevitable sequel: Scientists have created yeasts that can make important constituents of marijuana, including the main psychoactive compound, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

Synthetic version of THC are available in pill form under brand names like Marinol and Cesamet; they are generally used to treat nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite caused by H.I.V. infection or cancer chemotherapy. Genetically modified yeast could make THC in a cheaper and more streamlined way that traditional chemical synthesis… [Continue Reading]

Arizona Medical Marijuana Patients Can Now Buy Cannabis Legally In Las Vegas & Reno

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Now we just need to get California dispensaries to recognize and honor our mmj cards.

Via Phoenix New Times:

Arizona’s medical-marijuana patients now can patronize newly opened dispensaries in Reno and Las Vegas and possess up to 2.5 ounces anywhere in Nevada.

Arizona, like some of the other 23 states with medical-marijuana laws, allows people with valid medical cards from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona, but they can’t legally buy it at Arizona dispensaries.

Nevada apparently is the only state that allows its dispensaries to sell to patients from other states. And now its dispensaries have begun to open, greatly expanding where Arizona’s 80,000 patients can legally buy cannabis.

Two Reno-area dispensaries got started in July. Las Vegas saw its first dispensary — Euphoria Wellness — open a couple of weeks ago. More dispensaries in Vegas and elsewhere in Nevada are expected to pop up in the coming months; the state has processed more than 60 dispensary applications….” [Continue Reading]

Marijuana and Coffee Are Good For The Brain (Video)

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I knew there was a reason I loved these two substances so much.

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Study: Smoking Cannabis Causes Complete Remission of Crohn’s Disease in 45% of Patients

Now here’s some good news for those suffering from Crohn’s Disease.

Via Huffington Post:

Smoking cannabis may be key in treating Crohn’s disease, research suggests.

In a recent trial marijuana was shown to induce ‘complete remission’ for patients suffering from the condition, which is also known as inflammatory bowel disease.

Scientists at Meir Medical Center, Israel, studied 21 people with severe Crohn’s disease who did not respond to various therapies.

They split the patients into two groups: 11 were given a joint to smoke twice a day for eight weeks, while 10 were given a placebo cigarette which contained no trace of cannabinoids.

A ‘complete remission’ of Crohn’s disease was recorded in 5/11 (45%) of the cannabis group and 1/10 in the placebo group.

A total of 10/11 patients in the cannabis group responded to the clinical trial with Crohn’s symptoms (which include pain, diarrhoea, tiredness and weight loss)significantly reduced…” [Continue Reading]

Arizona Medical Marijuana Milestone Reached: 80,000 Patients & Caregivers

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It’s great to see so many seek and obtain medical marijuana legally here in Arizona. The program has truly been a success! Now if we can just get the state fees lowered a bit so even more patients can obtain the medicine they need!

Phoenix New Times:

Arizona has reached a marijuana-legalization milestone, with more than 80,000 people now qualified to legally possess, grow, or sell pot for medicinal purposes.

State voters passed the 2010 Medical Marijuana Act by a slim margin, resulting in about 90 dispensaries statewide and an ever-increasing number of patients, caregivers, and registered dispensary agents.

Here are the relevant stats from the Arizona Department of Health Services latest report, which includes totals as of the end of July:

Qualifying patients (adults): 78,830
Caregivers: 597
Qualifying patients (minors): 126
Caregivers (to minor patients): 126
Dispensary agents: 1,972
Total: 81,651

Click here to see the latest report from the DHS, which includes stats on qualifying conditions, demographics of patients, and other interesting information…” [Continue Reading]

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