FBI Reports Approximately 693,000 Arrests for Marijuana Offenses in 2013

An estimated 693,481 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana-related offenses in 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report. More than 87% of those arrests were for simple possession, meaning, on average, one person was arrested for marijuana possession approximately every 51 seconds across the U.S.

However, the 2013 marijuana-related arrest numbers are down from 2012. The Uniform Crime Report from last year showed that 749,842 marijuana arrests were made in 2012.

Marijuana policy reform groups are glad to see that the arrest rates associated with marijuana offenses have fallen since 2012, but continuing to arrest people for the simple possession of marijuana should be seen as unacceptable and a call for further reforms.

According to Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“We’re pleased to see the drop, but arresting even one adult for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol is inexcusable.”

“Law enforcement officials should be spending their time and resources addressing serious crimes, not arresting and prosecuting adults for using marijuana. Every year, these statistics show hundreds of thousands of marijuana-related arrests are taking place and countless violent crimes are going unsolved. We have to wonder how many of those crimes could be solved – or prevented – if police weren’t wasting their time enforcing failed marijuana prohibition laws.”


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TJX Recalls Autumn 2013 Gardeners Eden Light-Up Decorations Due to Fire Hazard; Sold exclusively at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods Stores

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Ohio woman unknowingly drove around with pot in her spare tire since August 2013


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An unnamed Lorain, Ohio woman (that we’re going to call Debby Downer) bought a new car last August and, up until now hadn’t really needed her spare. But we think it’s safe to say that someone else did need it. Really, really bad.

After taking her car in to have the flat spare tire replaced, mechanics found eight pounds of ganja wrapped around the rim. Yes, we were surprised the mechanics didn’t keep the herb for themselves as well.

The bigger story here (at least to us) is that the mechanics were honest. See, Downer didn’t need a new spare – her old one just needed air. When the mechanics filled it up and drive the car, they heard a thumping coming from that corner of the car due to the highly unbalanced (and slightly skunky) wheel.

Detective Lonnie Dillon of the Lorian County Sheriff’s office said the car was built in Mexico, so he assumes that’s where it came from. He said the pot was done by someone who “knew what they were doing” according to local reports.

But that clearly isn’t the case. Someone really fucked this up or else the pot wouldn’t have been in the tire. Downer isn’t a suspect in the case, apparently she was pretty blown away by the situation herself.

Even more hysterical than the dumb reaction from the cops was the reaction from the community.

“I can’t believe this especially around the Amherst area,” said one local resident, Gabriel, who refused to give his last name.

Others called it “shocking”.

Police estimate the haul to be worth about $ 12,000 on the street in Ohio.

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DreamWorks Reports Profits for Q4 2013

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DreamWorks Animation announced a profitable final quarter for 2013, as income outside the feature film market compensated for losses associated with Turbo.

For the quarter, the company reported total revenue of $ 204.3 million and net income of $ 17.2 million, which includes impairment charges and a gain on the sale of technology in the quarter.

For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, DreamWorks reported total revenue of $ 706.9 million and net income of $ 55.1 million, or earnings per share of $ 0.65 cents on a fully diluted basis.

The company’s fourth quarter 2013 results included an impairment charge of $ 13.5 million, or a loss of approximately $ 0.12 cents of earnings per share, related to the Turbo feature film, as a result of its performance during the last two months of the quarter. DreamWorks also recorded an impairment charge of $ 6.7 million, or a loss of $ 0.06 cents per share, related to other content.

Additionally, other operating Income of $ 6.4 million, or a gain of approximately $ 0.05 cents per share, was recorded in the quarter related to the sale of a consumer social app that was in development.

“We made significant progress in 2013, transforming and positioning DreamWorks Animation for long-term success as a diversified family entertainment company,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. “Beyond our feature films we plan to continue to invest in our television, consumer products, digital and location-based entertainment businesses, where we believe there are significant growth opportunities for our company going forward.”

The company plans to release three features in 2014, led by Mr. Peabody & Sherman on March 7, followed by the highly anticipated How to Train Your Dragon 2 in June, and Home in November.

The feature film segment contributed revenue of $ 127.9 million and gross profit of $ 53.4 million to the fourth quarter.

Turbo, which was released theatrically on July 17, reached $ 282.6 million at the worldwide box office. The film contributed feature film revenue of $ 1.6 million in the quarter. Turbo was released into the domestic home entertainment market on November 12. The film reached an estimated 3.3 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the fourth quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

The Croods contributed feature film revenue of $ 59.7 million in the quarter, primarily from home entertainment. The film was released into the domestic home entertainment market on Oct. 1, and reached an estimated 6.7 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the fourth quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Rise of the Guardians contributed feature film revenue of $ 8.5 million to the quarter, primarily from television and home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 5.2 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the fourth quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted contributed feature film revenue of $ 11.4 million to the quarter, primarily from home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 8.8 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the fourth quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Library titles contributed feature film revenue of $ 46.8 million to the quarter.

The television segment contributed revenue of $ 47.1 million and gross profit of $ 7.3 million to the fourth quarter, primarily from Classic Media and DreamWorks specials holiday content, as well as DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk on Cartoon Network.

The consumer products segment contributed revenue of $ 12.4 million and gross profit of $ 2.0 million to the fourth quarter, primarily from Classic Media.

The segment consisting of all other items contributed revenue of $ 16.8 million and gross profit of $ 2.3 million to the fourth quarter, primarily from streaming rights related to Shrek The Musical.

The company’s full-year 2014 results are expected to be driven primarily by the performance of Mr. Peabody & Sherman and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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World of Warcraft subscriptions on the rise, ended 2013 at 7.8 million

Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG World of Warcraft ended 2013 with 7.8 million paying members, which is up from the 7.6 million figure announced in November. That’s right, more than 9 years after release, the game is actually continuing to grow.

Of course, 7.8 million is down from a milestone of more than 12 million subscribers achieved in 2010 following the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. All the same, it’s impressive that the game has been able to not only stem subscriber attrition, but actually grow this late in a product lifecycle.

World of Warcraft’s fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, was announced during BlizzCon in November and is expected to launch later this year. The subscriber numbers were announced as part of Activision Blizzard’s latest earnings report today detailing fourth-quarter and full-year sales.

Other highlights from the earnings announcement today included Activision Blizzard revealing that Call of Duty: Ghosts was the best-selling title in terms of units and dollars during the quarter ended December 31. It was also the best-selling game on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in terms of units and dollars, Activision Blizzard said.

As of December 31, the Skylanders franchise has generated more than $ 2 billion in worldwide sales, Activision Blizzard said. The company has sold around 175 million Skylanders toys worldwide, according to internal estimates.

For the year ended December 31, Activision Blizzard posted revenue of $ 4.34 billion, down from $ 4.99 billion in 2012. Digital net revenue was $ 1.57 billion for year and made up 36 percent of total. For the quarter also ended December 31, revenue was $ 2.27 billion, compared to $ 2.60 billion last year.

Looking ahead to 2014, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said it is looking forward to launching titles like Bungie’s Destiny and new entries in the Call of Duty and Skylanders franchises, as well as Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls on March 25. Also in 2014, Activision Blizzard will release three free-to-play games: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, and Call of Duty Online. Kotick said these games have “great global potential.”

“Free-to-play as a business model has now achieved scale, both in the West and in China. Hearthstone, which released in open beta on PC last month and which Blizzard Entertainment plans to expand this year to tablets and smartphones, is already attracting millions of players with strong engagement and monetization in the West and China, putting it on track to join World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft as their fourth mega franchise.”

Activision is currently holding a call to discuss these results and answer questions. Check back soon for more.

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eSports league pays out $2.5 million in prizes in 2013

European eSports organization the Electronic Sports League (ESL) paid out $ 2.5 million in prize money in 2013, a year the group described as a “truly global year of competition.”

Throughout the year, the ESL held tournaments in 21 cities across 15 countries and five continents, the group said.

In 2014, the ESL will host the EMS One Katowice Counter Strike: Global Offensive Championship at the IEM World Championships in Katowice, Poland. The action will take place at the Spodek Arena, where bands like Pearl Jam and Deep Purple have recorded live albums, with a prize pool of $ 250,000.

“The last 12 months have brought about enormous changes in the eSports landscape. With production quality reaching ever-high levels and viewership growing at immense rates, public discussion has shifted away from critical evaluation of eSports to the simple question of ‘how fast will it continue to grow?,'” ESL CEO Ralf Reichert said.

The eSports scene is no doubt on the rise, but the competitive gaming phenomenon has not won over traditional sports media journalists just yet. HBO’s Real Sports recently took on the eSports scene, and a roundtable of journalists largely dismissed cyber-athletes and their profession.

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2013 Year In Review – PlayStation

This generation has turned completely around. And it all started in 2009. 360 ruled until then, but after that, the exclusives started to disappear on the 360, many going multiplatform, while the PS3 library just kept on growing and growing. I went with PS3 this generation as usual, and will do again with PS4, and I’m glad I didn’t get a 360, since so far no exclusive has ever come out that I had interest in. I did miss the best version of Bayonetta.. But hey, no matter how much I love it, it wasn’t worth a whole new console just for it.

Hopefully this generation Nintendo and MS step up their game, create new interesting IP’s, so that this time around I get all consoles.

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2013: A Chronic Year In Review — NORML’s Top 10 Events That Cultivated Better Marijuana Policy

#1 Public Support For Legalizing Marijuana Hits Historic Highs
An unprecedented 58 percent of Americans believe that marijuana ought to be “made legal” for adult consumption, according to survey data reported in October by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever recorded by Gallup, which has been inquiring on the issue since 1969, and marks a ten percent increase in voter approval since 2012. Regional polls conducted this year in several states, including CaliforniaLouisiana, and Texas, also reported majority support for legalization.

#2 Nation Of Uruguay Passes Legislation Regulating Cannabis Use
Lawmakers in the South American nation of Uruguay enacted legislation authorizing the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to all citizens age 18 and older. Residents will be able to legally purchase up to 40 grams of cannabis per month from state-licensed stores at a price of $ 1 per gram. Uruguay is the first country in modern history to officially legalize and regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis.

#3 Feds Pledge Not To Interfere In State-Licensed Retail Sales Of Cannabis
Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a three-page memorandum in August affirming that the US Justice Department will allow Colorado and Washington to move forward with statewide efforts to license and regulate the adult marijuana market. Cole later reaffirmed the agency’s position in testimony before the US Senate, stating, “We will not … seek to preempt state ballot initiatives.”

#4 States Finalize Regulations Governing Adult Cannabis Sales
Regulators in Colorado and Washington this fall began accepting applications from businesses seeking to engage in the licensed cultivation, production, and retail sale of cannabis and cannabis-infused products. In Washington, several thousand applicants have applied to pot business licenses. In Colorado, regulators have begun approving licenses and several commercial establishments are expected to be open for business on January 1, 2014.

#5 Record Number Of Statewide Marijuana Reform Measures Enacted Into Law
Lawmakers in a dozen states approved some 20 pieces of marijuana law reform legislation in 2013. Specifically, lawmakers in Colorado and Vermont enacted legislation licensing commercial hemp production; Illinois and New Hampshire legalized the use and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes; Oregon and Nevada approved regulations allowing for the establishment of medical cannabis distribution facilities; and Oregon and Vermont significantly reduced marijuana possession penalties.

#6 Cannabis Dispensaries Open In Washington, DC
Medical cannabis facilities opened for business in Washington, DC in 2013. The establishments are licensed and regulated by the District of Columbia, which finally unveiled its long-awaited medical marijuana program earlier this year. State-authorized dispensaries also opened for the first time this year in New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Lawmakers in four states, Illinois, Oregon, Nevada and New Hampshire, enacted legislation in 2013 allowing for the establishment of medicinal cannabis facilities.

#7 Study: Blacks Arrested For Pot Offenses At Rates Four Times That Of Whites
African Americans are far more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession offenses than are whites, according to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report released in June that analyzed arrest data from 945 counties nationwide. The report found that blacks were approximately four times as likely as whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in 2010, even though both ethnicities consumed the substance at similar rates. Authors reported that the racial disparity in arrest rates had grown significantly over the past decade and that in some states African Americans were nearly eight times as likely as whites to be arrested for cannabis possession.

#8 FDA Approves Clinical Trials Of CBD In Cases Of Pediatric Epilepsy
The US Food and Drug Administration this fall granted approval for the importation of cannabidiol (CBD) extracts as an experimental treatment for a rare, intractable form of pediatric epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Preliminary clinical trials assessing the safety and tolerability of the compound in children are scheduled to begin in early 2014. Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has been documented to possess a variety of therapeutic qualities, including anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, anti-cancer, and bone-stimulating properties.

#9 Study: No Association Between Cannabis Smoking And Lung Cancer
Subjects who regularly inhale cannabis smoke possess no greater risk of lung cancer than do those who consume it occasionally or not at all, according to data presented in May at the annual meeting of the American Academy for Cancer Research. UCLA investigators analyzed data from six case-control studies, conducted between 1999 and 2012, involving over 5,000 subjects (2,159 cases and 2,985 controls). They reported, “Our pooled results showed no significant association between the intensity, duration, or cumulative consumption of cannabis smoke and the risk of lung cancer overall or in never smokers.”

#10 Members Of Congress Introduce Legislation To End Federal Pot Prohibition
Members of Congress in February introduced historic legislation, HR 499: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, to remove cannabis from the control of the Drug Enforcement Administration and authorize the US Department of Treasury to license state-authorized retail marijuana producers and distributors. Although Congress refused to vote on the measure in 2013, it was the most-viewed legislation on the Congress.gov website.

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The Ten Best Cannabis Research Studies of 2013

2013 has been a sweet year for cannabinoid-related research, one in which study after study of peer-reviewed investigations have shown marijuana and its cannabinoids to be beneficial for humans; not only for relaxing the masses safely, but also providing new hope in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, PTSD, Cancer, traumatic brain injury and a host of other life altering health issues.

As 2013 get’s ready to go out in a cloud of smoke, let’s celebrate 10 of the more significant marijuana studies published the past 12 months:

1.  HIV/AIDS: Gov. Backed Study Shows Cannabinoid Receptors Are Key To Fighting DiseaseIndeed, the use of cannabinoid drugs in patients with HIV is associated with an increase, rather than a decrease, in CD4+ T cell number and has been shown to reduce viral load in SIV infected rhesus macaques. It is possible that novel CB2R-specific agonists and allosteric modulators that exert potent anti-viral activity without inducing immunosuppression could be identified. Further study of cannabinoids and other neuroendocrine regulators that selectively modulate immune function may result in the discovery of new anti-viral drugs that can also mitigate AIDS-associated symptoms.

2. Harvard Medical School: Government Backed Study Using Humans Finds THC Could Treat PTSDA recently performed randomized, study backed by the National Institute of Mental Health, and conducted by researchers at; University of Michigan Harvard Medical School University of Illinois have discovered promising evidence pointing to the cannabis plant cannabinoids as a potential treatment for the primary symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

3.  Marijuana Research: CBD Cannabinoid Have Neuroprotective EffectsScientist from the University Hospital Puerta de Hierro Majadahonda, located in Madrid, Spain, studied the effect of CBD cannabinoids when applied to a hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury model (most common in instances such as cardiac arrest, when blood flow stops or slows, and oxygen can’t effectively reach the brain). 

4. Marijuana May Be A Gastroprotectant, According to New StudyA sweet new study preformed by scientist in Hungary have discovered evidence that indicate marijuana / cannabis may beneficial as a gastroprotectant. Per the Oct, 2013 study; “Stimulation of central angiotensin AT1 receptors via activation of cannabinoid CB1 receptors [something which cannabis does naturally] induces gastroprotection in a DAGL-dependent and vagus-mediated mechanism.”

5. Cannabidiol, a Non-Psychoactive Cannabinoid Compound, Inhibits Proliferation of Glioma CellsA recent study from an Italian University and published by the National Institute of Health has reported that marijuana’s cannabidiol – the non-psychoactive CBD cannabinoid – has been shown to have ruthlessly attack tumor cells– prohibiting advancement – by altering “multiple tumoral features and molecular pathways.”

6. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia Classified Marijuana as a Botanical Medicine: In an historic move, the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) released the first installation of a two-part Cannabis monograph yesterday that classifies cannabis (marijuana) as a botanical medicine, alongside many other widely accepted Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Written and reviewed by the world’s leading experts, the Cannabis monograph brings together an authoritative compendium of scientific data, including long-awaited standards for the plant’s identity, purity, quality, and botanical properties. The monograph provides a foundation for health care professionals to integrate cannabis therapy into their practices on the basis of a full scientific understanding of the plant, its constituent components, and its biologic effects.

7.CBDV Cannabinoid Represses Seizures, Claims a New StudyNew research out of the United Kingdom, and published by the national Institute of health have discovered that the CBDv cannabinoid – another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which naturally occurs in the marijuana plant – may potentially decrease the severity of seizures in both adults and children.

8. Alcohol Vs. Weed: Oct. 2013 Study Shows Booze Causes More Car Accidents Than PotAccording to the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Transport; “It is concluded that among psychoactive substances alcohol still poses the largest problem in terms of driver risk of getting injured.”

9. Harvard Research Shows Cannabis Does Not Cause PsychosisHarvard – New research published in the journal Schizophrenia Research has discovered evidence that marijuana smoking, despite how often or in what amount, will not lead to an increase in schizophrenia, despite decades of false claims to the contrary.

10. New Research: Marijuana’s Activation of the Endocannabinoid System May Help Grow New Stem Cells: Explosive new research published in the December issue of the Journal biochemical Society transactions – and also published by the national Institute of health, discovered that the brains endocannabinoid system has incredible neuroprotective qualities…and could well lead to the growth of new stem cells

 

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The American Dream Is Green: NORML’s 2013 Annual Report

 

Dear NORML members and supporters, for all and intent purposes since the good people of California voted in the majority in 1996 to create legal access for qualified medical patients to cannabis, the pace of public advocacy work in support of cannabis law reform at NORML has been, in a word, manic–with one political victory after another piling up at the state level.

As we turned the calendar from 2012, where voters in the states of Colorado and Washington had just elected to end cannabis prohibition, to 2013, I was confident that the then coming year would be the busiest and most productive in the organization’s forty-three year history.

Thankfully for cannabis law reform in America (and the world), I’ve been proven correct.

The Future of Marijuana Legalization is Happening Right Now, Finally!

This annual report briefly summarizes the many advances gained by NORML in 2013, and the progress made in general by the ever-increasing popularity for cannabis law reform in the country.

When NORML was founded in 1970, Gallup polling indicated less than 10% support for legalizing cannabis. Today, Gallup polling reveals that 58% of the American public favor cannabis legalization over its continued prohibition. The prestigious Brookings Institute commenced an educational policy series in 2013 on cannabis prohibition laws, and concluded that the massive change in public attitude in favor of cannabis legalization is likely irreversible as the reforms are increasingly popular with nearly all demographics.

 

The Future of Marijuana Legalization is Happening Right Now, Finally!

The Future of Marijuana Legalization is Happening Right Now, Finally!

Most of the substantive cannabis law reforms today are affected at the state level–with 21 states having medical cannabis access laws, 16 states have decriminalized cannabis possession for adults and 2 states have crossed the legalization Rubicon. This is placing terrific upward political pressure on a recalcitrant federal government, who otherwise would try to maintain the untenable status quo of cannabis prohibition.

Federal Government Says ‘Uncle’, More States and Countries To Soon Follow

In September, federal officials and leaders in the Senate pushed forward with memos and public hearings making it clear that the Obama Administration was not going to interfere with states adopting cannabis legalization, and were in fact publishing criteria allowing pro-reform states to move forward with implementing full legalization schemes for cannabis.

This monumental decision by the Department of Justice was historic in every sense of the word, and likely marks the death knell for cannabis prohibition in America (and around the world).

To wit, seeing American voters chuck now unwanted cannabis prohibition laws, replacing them with ‘tax and control’ laws that allow retail access for adult consumers, in mid-December, following America’s lead, the country of Uruguay became the first country in modern history to replace prohibition laws with legalized sales of cannabis.

Today, more and more elected policy makers, as well as those ascending into politics, are contacting NORML at record levels seeking public endorsements, asking the organization to prepare reform legislation and campaign funding.

The number of actual legalization bills offered for passage demonstrates another prime example of how mainstream politicians from both major political parties are increasingly embracing cannabis law reform. In 2007, no American politician was willing to work with NORML on a cannabis legalization bill. In 2014, NORML’s lobbying staff anticipates fifteen states will be debating cannabis legalization bills (up from ten states in 2013).

NORML By The Numbers

When I was hired in 1991 to work at NORML, the organization had five basic revenue streams, was in chronic financial dire straits, had numerous liens on bank accounts, rent had not been paid in over a year and the IRS was raking it over the coals in a particularly harsh financial audit.

I was asked to “help right the ship”. My parents thought I’d lost all my senses forgoing opportunities to work in corporate America for a then struggling and politically-lost-in-the-woods non-profit organization.

Keeping the organization fiscally sound, compliant with non-profit regulations, and transparent (financial tax forms are posted annually to NORML’s webpage) for the public have been organizational priorities for over twenty years.

In 2013, the budget for the organization is nearly four times the size of the one I inherited in the early 1990s. The organization now has over twenty five revenue streams, 150 chapters, 600 lawyers on the NORML Legal Committee, the staff conduct well over 2,000 media interviews annually and NORML’s online presence, as well as size of its opt-in social network have no peer in the drug policy reform movement. Despite having larger annual budgets secured by a few billionaire donors, NORML’s webpage traffic and number of Facebook and Twitter followers dwarfs most all of the other pro-drug policy reform groups’ online footprint, combined.

In a recent Zogby poll, when the American public is asked ‘what does the acronym N.O.R.M.L stand for?’, 25% percent responded with an answer like ‘NORML is the marijuana lobby group.’ So well known in American culture, the organization was featured as a question on the December 13, 2013 broadcast of Jeopardy! (So too in 2005 edition of Trivial Pursuit). Annually, NORML signs numerous trademark agreements with major TV networks and movie production companies who want to employ NORML’s apparent cachet in their film and TV productions.

NORML’s Unique Role and Vexation

For NORML, America’s most recognized and respected cannabis law reform organization, these are heady days witnessing and helping to end cannabis prohibition. Especially serving as public representatives for cannabis consumers, to help shape what legalization is ultimately going to look like in our country.

Also unique to the organization is NORML’s dual mission of not only advocating for policy changes to occur post haste, we provide help and legal assistance to the victims of these long misguided cannabis prohibition laws as well. We lend support to many of the millions of men and women busted, prosecuted and incarcerated for what never should have been crimes in our freedom-loving, free-market oriented democracy.

Bittersweetly, NORML’s staff is viciously whipsawed between phone calls from citizens in states with legal cannabis laws seeking help on procuring a permit to sell or cultivate the herb, while the very next phone call is from a fellow cannabis consumer busted in a pot prohibition state for a minor amount, facing serious, life-altering consequences.

For forty-three years NORML has been standing loud and proud, publicly favoring cannabis law reform. The American public is now squarely in NORML’s corner. We’ve helped change our country (and the world) for the better.

Please help us finish the job at hand.

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2013 – Three Strains That Mattered

A growing number of people are now beginning to understand that the Marijuana/Cannabis flower is an amazing medicine. The plant which produces the bud/flower has long been considered a proverbial outlaw, thanks to propaganda, ignorance, and intolerance. The plant requires thinking people to bend laws which have been created based on greed and morals, rather than science or statistics. Creating criminals from citizens, and making medical advocates of parents, forced to fight for their sick kids.  

Demonized, outlawed, condemned and embattled – 2013 is the year marijuana fought back – with the help of a strong supporting cast, these three strains helped to  prove weed can be both a beneficial medicine, as well as a creative activity.

Harlequin:

A Sativa dominant hybrid (approximately 75/25 Sativa to Indica) recognized within the MMJ world for its high CBD to THC ratio, and often recommended as the ‘go to’ flower for many medical marijuana patients around the country. Harlequin has a long history of helping patients with spasms, anxiety, nausea, pain and stress. The flavors provided by the terpenes of the Harlequin plant provide a subtle yet satisfying exhale, laced with spiced fruit and essence of earth.  Due to the THC to CBD percentage, the high allows for clear thinking, while the CBD cannabinoids work behind the scenes, healing a multitude of ailments.

Girl Scout Cookies:

A genetic Frank-n-seed, created by some of the mad breeders in northern California; Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) lineage reeks of both ominous warnings (Durban Poison) and delicious invitations (Cherry Kush) at the same time…sort of an oxymoron of weed. Straight from the lab, this OG Kush x Cherry Kush x Durban Poison was then further enhanced by being backcrossed with another potent OG Kush father, firing up another legend in the annals of northern California cultivation. For medicinal purposes this strain is perfect for helping those that suffer from stress, depression, insomnia, nausea, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and pain related to PMS. Vegetate your ladies as long as you want (size permitting), once they’ve been switched to their flowering cycle, in approximately 10 weeks you will have flower rich in THC (low 20%) and CBD (approximately 1%) cannabinoids.

Amnesia Haze:

A predominantly Sativa hybrid from back in the bad old days of 2004, when the only place to compete in a High Times Cannabis Cup (for recreational purposes) was in Amsterdam, Amnesia Haze killed it at the 2004 HTCC – winning first place for the Sativa highbred division. A predominantly lemon tasting, citrus centric flavor dominates this strain, leaving the consumer filled with creative thoughts, energetic impulses, and a modified euphoric take on the world around them. Amnesia Haze is beneficial for those trying to push back on the stress of daily living and those occasional migraine headaches that can stop a day in its tracks. Most medical marijuana patients have given this strain multiple ‘thumbs-up’, though paranoids beware. As this is a Sativa hybrid, some patients have issues with amplified anxiety and paranoia. Producing buds that range in the low 20% for THC, Amnesia Haze will complete her flowering cycle, and be ready for harvest in approximately 12 to 13 weeks.

 

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Troubled Launch of ‘Obamacare’ Tops Health News for 2013

FRIDAY Dec. 27, 2013, 2013 — As 2013 nears to a close, the year’s top health news story — the fumbled debut of the Affordable Care Act, often dubbed Obamacare — continues to grab headlines.

The Obama administration had high hopes for its health-care reform package, but technical glitches on the federal government’s HealthCare.gov portal put the brakes on all that. Out of the millions of uninsured who stood to benefit from wider access to health insurance coverage, just six were able to sign up for such benefits on the day of the website’s Oct. 1 launch, according to a government memo obtained by the Associated Press.

Those numbers didn’t rise much higher until far into November, when technical crews went to work on the troubled site, often shutting it down for hours for repairs. Republicans opposed to the Affordable Care Act pounced on the debacle, and a month after the launch Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Americans, “You deserve better, I apologize.”

Also apologizing was President Barack Obama, who in November said he was “sorry” to hear that some Americans were being dropped from their health plans due to the advent of reforms — even though he had repeatedly promised that this would not happen.

However, by year’s end the situation began to look a bit rosier for backers of health-care reform. By Dec. 11, Health and Human Services announced that nearly 365,000 consumers had successfully selected a health plan through the federal- and state-run online “exchanges,” although that number was still far below initial projections.

And a report issued the same day found that one new tenet of the reform package — allowing young adults under 26 to be covered by their parents’ plans — has led to a significant jump in coverage for people in that age group.

Another story dominating health news headlines in the first half of the year was the announcement by film star Angelina Jolie in May that she carried the BRCA breast cancer gene mutation and had opted for a double mastectomy to lessen her cancer risk. In an op-ed piece in The New York Times, Jolie said her mother’s early death from BRCA-linked ovarian cancer had played a big role in her decision.

The article immediately sparked discussion on the BRCA mutations, whether or not women should be tested for these anomalies, and whether preventive mastectomy was warranted if they tested positive. A Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll conducted in August found that, following Jolie’s announcement, 5 percent of respondents — equivalent to about 6 million U.S. women — said they would now seek medical advice on the issue.

Americans also struggled with the psychological impact of two acts of horrific violence — the December 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead and the bombing of the Boston marathon in April of this year. Both tragedies left deep wounds on the hearts and minds of people at the scenes, as well as the tens of millions of Americans who watched the carnage through the media.

Indeed, a study released in December suggested that people who had spent hours each day tracking coverage of the Boston bombing had stress levels that were often higher than some people actually on the scene.

Major changes to the way doctors are advised to care for patients’ hearts also spurred controversy in 2013. In November, a panel from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology issued guidelines that could greatly expand the number of Americans taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

One month later, an independent panel of experts issued its own recommendations on the control of high blood pressure — guidelines that might shrink the number of people who take blood pressure drugs. Both recommendations ignited controversy as to their validity, and debate on these issues is likely to continue, experts say.

Contraception is another medical issue that’s no stranger to controversy. In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sparked both applause and outrage when it moved the Plan B “morning after” pill to over-the-counter status, with no age restrictions in place. The move came after protracted legal battles, led by the Obama administration, to prevent such access.

Other stories making headlines in 2013 included:

  • Higher numbers of children diagnosed and treated for ADHD. One in every 10 U.S. children is now diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in November, although the agency also said the years-long rise in cases has begun to slow. And while some experts say better diagnosis of ADHD is long overdue, many Americans worry that children are being “overmedicated” for psychological issues.
  • The ongoing epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Early in 2013, a federal government report found that abuse of prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin now trails only marijuana use as a form of drug abuse, and 22 million Americans have abused a prescription painkiller since 2002. Reacting to the crisis, the FDA in October announced tighter restrictions on Vicodin and painkillers like it.
  • Pro football and head injuries. The 2012 suicide of retired National Football League star linebacker Junior Seau, followed by the 2013 death of former Michigan college quarterback Cullen Finnerty — both of whom had suffered concussion-linked brain damage — helped spark a national debate on the dangers of head injury in amateur and professional sports. By year’s end, the NFL announced that it was partnering with the U.S. National Institutes of Health on a major study into the long-term effects of repeat head injuries and better concussion diagnosis.
  • CDC anti-smoking campaign beat expectations. Perhaps one of the most positive health stories of the year was the success of the CDC’s hard-hitting “Tips From Former Smokers” ad campaign. The ads often focused on the difficulties in breathing or managing everyday tasks faced by people ravaged by smoking-induced disease. CDC officials said the campaign spurred a 75 percent jump in calls to a stop-smoking hotline and a 38-fold rise in visits to the campaign’s website.
  • A new focus on “friendly” tummy bugs. A number of high-profile studies were published in 2013 highlighting the role of “helpful” microbes living in the trillions in the human digestive tract. New research is suggesting that the human-microbe relationship may have a big impact on conditions ranging from infant colic to obesity. Successful “fecal transplants” were also described, which allow patients sickened by dangerous gut bugs to import disease-fighting microbial communities from healthy donors.

Posted: December 2013

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