Cannabis May Not Be a Miracle Cure, But This is What it Can Do…

CANNABIS CULTURE – One of the most common questions people ask is, “Why is cannabis medicine?” The simple answer is that, theoretically at least, cannabis can be used as a medicine because it restores balance to the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which plays a fundamental role in homeostasis.

Many conditions are thought to arise from a deficiency of endocannabinoids (clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, or CECD), or a disruption to the ECS in some way. Phytocannabinoids can be used as “mimics” of the body’s own cannabinoids, and be used to overcome these deficiencies and restore balance to the human body.

Some people are intrigued, and decide to delve further into the science behind the ECS. Then, when they see how many diseases and illnesses cannabinoids could potentially be used to treat, they think they have a panacea (a “cure-all”) on their hands. After all, if the ECS is behind the development of every condition, surely this means that cannabis is the wonder-medicine that’s been right under our noses for thousands of years?

Here’s the thing: whilst these people are not totally wrong, they’re not necessarily completely right, either. Here’s a few things cannabis can (and cannot) do …

A way to reduce or

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The Work’s Not Done Yet: Legal Pot Advocate

The Senate has approved the federal marijuana legalization legislation in a historic vote.

Pot advocate Jodie Emery says the vote may be historic, but for lawyers, civil liberties advocates, and herself, the passing of the Cannabis Act brings a number of concerns to the forefront.

“[The Act] introduces many more criminal laws with relation to cannabis and it doesn’t look at amnesty or pardons for all of the victims of prohibition in the past.”

She says legalization should accomplish three goals: stopping the criminalization of people who use pot, stopping criminalization of the industry, and stopping the waste of law enforcement and tax dollars spent going after people for pot.

– Read the entire article at News 1130.

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Tommy Chong to Justin Trudeau: Trump is “Putin’s Bitch”

This story was originally published in Straight Cannabis

Sometimes, I wish the media would just go to legendary stoner Tommy Chong for political analysis.

We would likely get a far more concise and accurate picture than we receive from all those blathering talking heads from the corporate think tanks.

I felt this way again after Donald Trump tried to bully and humiliate Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

This came after Trudeau said he didn’t want Russia in the G-7.

Of course, Trump didn’t mention Vladimir Putin or Russia in his weekend Twitter rant against Trudeau.

That’s because Trump knows that any mention of Putin simply attracts more attention from special counsel Robert Mueller.

So this is what Trump said instead.

Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

Many in the Canadian media dutifully repeated Trump’s diatribe without linking it to Putin.

However, Tommy Chong saw through the BS.

“Trump being Trump is really Trump being Putin’s bitch!” the comedian tweeted.

Trump being Trump is really Trump being Putin’s bitch! Trump gonna have to put on his knee pads if he keep this position.

— Tommy Chong (@tommychong)

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Trudeau Says Pot Will Be Legal as of Oct. 17, 2018

Jody Wilson-Raybould says progressive policy will replace failed model that made criminals rich.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canadians will be able to consume marijuana recreationally without criminal penalties starting on Oct. 17, 2018.

Trudeau revealed the date during question period in the House of Commons.

“We work in partnership with the provinces, and since we’ve passed these measures in Parliament we’ve been listening to the provinces who have been asking for more time to implement it,” Trudeau said in French.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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NBA’s Nick Young Wants Cocaine Legalized

It has been just under two weeks since the Golden State Warriors’ swept the LeBron James-powered Cleveland Cavaliers out of this year’s NBA Finals. And at least one Warrior seems to be enjoying the start of his first off-season as a champion. TMZ Sports caught up with NBA star Nick Young while he was out partying and decided to talk legalization politics.

And whether or not he’s speaking from personal experience, Young had some surprising responses. He thinks countries should legalize cocaine. In fact, he thinks everyone should try it.

Nick Young Wants “The People To Pass Cocaine!”

In a TMZ Sports video, an off-camera reporter catches up with Young as he’s getting in the passenger seat of a friend’s truck.

The reporter starts by telling Young that Canada just became “the first country in the world” to legalize marijuana. (It’s not, by the way. That honor goes to Uruguay.) And before the reporter can even ask Young what he thinks about that, Young interrupts: “I want the people to pass cocaine!”

“Everybody needs to do cocaine,” Young continued. The incredulous TMZ Sports reporter stammers to come up with a reply of his own as Young shuts the door.

The conversation quickly swerves away from cannabis politics back to the League. “What about LeBron,” the reporter asks. “Where would he best fit?”

Ask a Warrior about LeBron James, and you’re bound to get an answer that takes a few shots at the King. Not one to miss an opportunity, Young says he thinks James should stay in Cleveland. “And bring all the people to Cleveland. Bring Shaq, Robert Horry, Dennis Rodman, bring all the old people.”

Is Nick Young’s Idea To Legalize Cocaine Really That Outlandish?

Multiple sources are laughing off Nick Young’s offhand remarks that “the people should pass

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Texas Republicans Come Out in Support of Marijuana Decriminalization

Texas Republicans have come out in support of marijuana decriminalization in their official party platform. State GOP delegates also approved an expansion of medical marijuana access and support for industrial hemp at their convention.

Nearly 10,000 delegates attended the state Republican Party convention last week. Before Saturday’s vote on the platform, delegates had the opportunity to learn about cannabis policy and regulation. In a first for the convention, three pro-pot groups and one anti-pot group had booths in the exposition area.

The platform approved by delegates contained more than 330 planks covering policy issues ranging from gay rights to immigration. Of those, four are related to the regulation of cannabis.

One plank calls for a change in state law to remove criminal penalties for cannabis possession. Instead, civil penalties would apply to adults caught with an ounce or less.

“We support a change in the law to make it a civil, and not a criminal, offense for legal adults only to possess one ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time,” the platform reads.

Currently, adults possessing up to two ounces of pot can receive a six-month jail term and a fine of $2,000.

Another platform item seeks a federal rescheduling of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. “Congress should remove cannabis from the list of Schedule 1 and move to Schedule 2,” according to the document.

Republicans also support an expansion of the state medical marijuana program with a call for “the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to certified patients.”

Additionally, GOP delegates voted to “recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agricultural commodity.” They also urged “the Texas Legislature to pass legislation allowing cultivation, manufacture,

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Canada Becomes Second Nation in the World to Legalize Marijuana

Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29.

Canada is only the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use.

Bill C-45, otherwise known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and reduce related crime.

– Read the entire article at CNN News.

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Can You Fly With Weed You Bought Legally?

Cannabis lawyers share how things really work.

Buds, oils, tea, brownies, cookies, gummies, lollipops ― today, you can get THC in just about any form.

What a time to be alive.

Marijuana is legal in some capacity in 29 states and Washington, D.C. As long as you adhere to local laws, you don’t have to worry about the cops harshing your buzz. That is, unless you’re headed to the airport.

– Read the entire article at Huffington Post.

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Summary of C-45, the Bill That Legalized Cannabis in Canada

Here’s the summary of Bill C-45, the legislation passed by Canada’s Parliament on June 19 that legalizes marijuana:

“This enactment enacts the Cannabis Act to provide legal access to cannabis and to control and regulate its production, distribution and sale.

“The objectives of the Act are to prevent young persons from accessing cannabis, to protect public health and public safety by establishing strict product safety and product quality requirements and to deter criminal activity by imposing serious criminal penalties for those operating outside the legal framework. The Act is also intended to reduce the burden on the criminal justice system in relation to cannabis.”

The Act

“(a) establishes criminal prohibitions such as the unlawful sale or distribution of cannabis, including its sale or distribution to young persons, and the unlawful possession, production, importation and exportation of cannabis;

“(b) enables the Minister to authorize the possession, production, distribution, sale, importation and exportation of cannabis, as well as to suspend, amend or revoke those authorizations when warranted;

“(c) authorizes persons to possess, sell or distribute cannabis if they are authorized to sell cannabis under a provincial Act that contains certain legislative measures;

“(d) prohibits any promotion, packaging and labelling of cannabis that

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What You Need to Know About Canada’s Cannabis Act

Yesterday was a historic day for Canadians, as the Cannabis Act passed through the Senate after two years of intense debate. The landmark decision makes Canada the first G-7 country to legalize cannabis recreationally, with the first legal stores expected to open by September.

The bill passed on a vote 52 to 29, with several opposing Senators cited concerns that legalization for non-medical cannabis violated the UN drug control treaties.  Yet despite heated opposition, Bill C-45 is now making its way into law and is expected to come into effect 8-12 weeks after Royal Assent which is expected by the week’s end.

Independent Senator Tony Dean who sponsored the bill was elated celebrating the end of cannabis prohibition in Canada, “We have seen in the Senate tonight a historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition of cannabis in this country, 90 years of needless criminalization, 90 years of a just-say-no approach to drugs that hasn’t worked.” Dean emphasized, “I’m proud of Canada today. This is progressive social policy.”

Amendments that were originally proposed by the Senate were struck down by the House of Commons, could have been disastrous for the industry. Originally, the Senate had proposed a ban on all cannabis swag, including t-shirts and tote bags and attempted to reinforce the province’s ability to ban homegrown cannabis.  Under the Cannabis Act, every Canadian can grow up to 4 plants which certain Senators complained would increase children’s access to cannabis. Senators ironically also attempted to decriminalize adults giving their children cannabis as young as age 16.

The Senate has also originally proposed disclosure of foreign investment, as millions of dollars poured into float Canadian cannabis companies from offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands. These amendments were struck down by the House of Commons and did not make it

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