Florida: Medical Marijuana Measure Qualifies For 2016 Ballot

NORML | February 4, 2016

Orlando, FL: Floridians will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment this November that seeks to permit the physician-authorized use and distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.

Proponents of the measure, United for Care, collected more than the 683,000 signatures required to place the measure on the November ballot, the Florida Division of Elections confirmed last week.

The ballot measure, entitled the “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions,” will appear before voters as Amendment 2.

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Jeremy Clarkson: Parents who support transgender children are ‘poisoning their minds’

Darren Wee | Gay Star News | January 25, 2016

Jeremy Clarkson has said parents who support their transgender children are guilty of ‘poisoning their minds.’

The disgraced Top Gear presenter, who was fired by the BBC last year for punching a producer, made the comments in a column for The Sunday Times.

‘As far as I was concerned, men who want to be women were only really to be found on the internet or in the seedier bits of Bangkok,’ he wrote.

‘They were called ladyboys, and in my mind, they were nothing more than the punchline in a stag night anecdote.’

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WHO warns Zika virus will spread into northern hemisphere



RT America | January 25, 2016

With a virus that causes brain damage and under-development and has no vaccine or medication for prevention or treatment, the Director General of the World Health Organization says the virus outbreak is extremely worrisome, while the CDC is advising travel restrictions for pregnant women. The virus has been found in 21 countries and is expected to reach everywhere besides Canada and Chile. RT’s Marina Portnaya reports from Miami.

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6 states report extensive lead exposure


RT America | January 25, 2016

Water contamination is now on the mind of all Americans following developments from Flint Michigan. RT’s Ed Schultz talks to Simone Del Rosario who breaks down the issue and tells us why data on the issue of water contamination is so lacking.

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Utah Veterans for Medical Cannabis Legalizing Marijuana

The group Utah Veterans for Medical Cannabis has come together in hopes making medical marijuana legal in Utah. A June 2015 article in the American Medical Association Journal of Ethics attempted to clarify the VA’s policy on using cannabis in conjunction with opioids to treat long-term pain. Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Follow the Utah Veterans for Medical Cannabis on Facebook.

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TIMOTHY RAWLES | San Gay & Lesbian News | January 22, 2016

Jillian Michaels is one of those celebrities who you think you know, but once you delve deeper into her life, you discover that there is so much more to her than that of a primetime reality star known on the surface for being cruel to overweight people.

She is a person who always sees a finish line but rarely crosses it because there is yet another task to accomplish and she aims to do it well.

Her new E! series “Just Jillian” is an intimate, and funny no-holds-barred look into her personal and professional life that might as well be titled “The Biggest Winner” because she has everything: A great business, a wonderful girlfriend named Heidi and two precocious children; Lu and Phoenix.

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Study: Cannabis Oil Mitigates Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s-Induced Dementia

NORML | January 21, 2016

Ramat-Gan, Israel: The administration of liquid cannabis extracts containing THC is associated with the mitigation of various symptoms of Alzheimer’s related agitation and dementia, according to observational trial data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Israeli investigators assessed the use of cannabis oil as an adjunct pharmacotherapy treatment in ten Alzheimer’s disease patients over a period of several weeks. Researchers reported that drug administration was associated with a significant reduction in patients’ symptom severity scores. Specifically, cannabis oil ingestion corresponded with decreased levels of aggression, irritability, apathy, and delusions.

Investigators concluded, “Adding medical cannabis oil to Alzheimer’s disease patients pharmacotherapy is safe and a promising treatment option.”

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Study: Alcohol, Tobacco Typically Precede Marijuana Use

NORML | January 21, 2016

College Station, TX: Alcohol is typically the first substance consumed by individuals who report polydrug use later in life, according to data published in The Journal of School Health.

Researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Florida, Gainesville evaluated drug use patterns from a nationally representative sample of 2,835 12th graders.

Youth alcohol use most often preceded the use of tobacco or marijuana. Subjects’ age of alcohol initiation was the strongest predictor of later polydrug use, authors found.

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Twin Study: Marijuana Use Does Not Effect IQ Decline

NORML | January 21, 2016

Los Angeles, CA: The cumulative use of cannabis by adolescents has no direct effect on intelligence decline, according to longitudinal data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Minnesota evaluated whether marijuana use was associated with changes in intellectual performance in two longitudinal cohorts of adolescent twins. Participants were assessed for intelligence at ages 9 to 12, before marijuana involvement, and again at ages 17 to 20.

Researchers reported no dose-response relationship between cannabis use and IQ decline. They also found no significant differences in performance among marijuana using subjects when compared to their non-using twins.

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Debunking The Myth That Pot Fries Your Brain

Paul Armentano | AlterNet | January 15, 2016

Scare-mongering headlines touting the alleged adverse effects of marijuana’s impact on brain appear in the mainstream media almost daily. But a careful investigation of the relevant science reveals many of these fears to be overblown at best and illegitimate at worst.

Pot Permanently Damages the Brain

“Even occasional marijuana can change your brain.” So claimed the headlines surrounding a highly publicized 2014 study by researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Addiction Medicine. Authors took images of the brains of college-aged cannabis users and non-users and acknowledged differences in the brain morphology of the two groups.

However, because the study was based on a single set of images, researchers had no way to determine whether the differences predated subjects cannabis use or whether they would remain if they ceased using pot. Further, investigators failed to assess either groups’ cognitive or academic performance to ascertain whether these changes were associated with any adverse real-world outcomes. (All of the participants in the study were enrolled in higher education and none of the participants met criteria for drug dependence.) Nonetheless, investigators pronounced that the observed differences were “abnormal” and indicated that such ‘brain alterations’ would likely lead to more serious drug abusing behaviors down the road.

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