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Could Cannabis-Based Batteries Be The Future?

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Another win for the cannabis industry.

via AlterNet:

On top of its vast medicinal benefits and a “high” that’s safer and mellower than alcohol, what if cannabis could also power a cheap, sustainable super battery and forever change the energy game? It sounds like a far-fetched dream cooked up by Cheech and Chong after a bong rip or three, but it’s possible, according to a team of researchers at the University of Alberta.

During the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday, engineering professor David Mitlin (who now works at Clarkson University in New York) presented the findings. The study he led investigates the potential for industrial hemp (the non-psychoactive cannabis plant closely related to marijuana) to aid in the creation of extremely efficient batteries called supercapacitors, or “supercaps.” By heating hemp fibers, the researchers were able to rearrange the plant’s carbon atoms to create thin, two-dimensional sheets, or nanosheets.

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The UN says this country is smoking the most marijuana

No, it’s not the Netherlands or even Jamaica.

Pollinated hemp flowers. By Erik Fenderson, 2006-01-01.

Pollinated hemp flowers. By Erik Fenderson, 2006-01-01.

via AlterNet:

The people of Iceland are the happiest on Earth, according to an academic study reported by the Guardian in 2006. The UN’s latest Human Development Index ranking showed Iceland topping the charts as far as its economic and social issues go (wealth, healthcare, and education). Last month Iceland won another top world ranking: most pot smoked per capita.

The recent United Nations 2014 World Drug Report, which broke down pot use by nation, found that 18 percent of Iceland’s population (meaning 55,000 out of 320,000 people) lit up in 2012 (the year for which the data was collected). That’s more than the average in stereotypically pot-friendly Jamaica; it’s more than Amsterdam’s home country, the Netherlands; and it’s more than the US. (The UN report found 15% pot use in the US.)

In past reports New Zealand topped the list for most cannabis use per capita, closely followed by Canada and the US, as Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws), notes.

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Avoiding Dumb Marijuana Legalization

The Marijuana Debate: do we follow Colorado?

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The debate surrounding the legalization of marijuana in the US has picked up pace due to the recent results of the Colorado Marijuana experiment, in which the substance was legalized in January in order to see what the economic and social impact would be. Crime rates have lowered and the revenue generated from tax and licensing is predicted to reach $100 million within a year. However, is the approach to this legalization all too commercial? If we proceed with legalizing marijuana in the same manner we did with alcohol after prohibition, will it become just another commercial tool for the government to exploit the public?

How would marijuana make the government money?

As with everything, the government is able to tax alcohol and they can increase or decrease this depending on their needs. For example, recent budget cuts have resulted in states, such as Maryland, raising the sale tax rate on alcohol by 3% in order to increase revenue.Read the rest

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The White House Tries, Fails to Explain Why Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

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Photo: Matt H. Wade. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The New York Times and the White House are at odds over legalizing marijuana:

No sooner had the Times published its opening editorials advocating legalization of marijuana than the White House fired back with an unconvincing response on its website. It argued that marijuana should remain illegal because of public health problems “associated” (always a slippery word) with increased marijuana use.

Careful readers will immediately see the White House statement for what it is: A pro forma response to a perceived public relations crisis, not a full-fledged review of all the scientific evidence, pro and con. The White House is actually required by law to oppose all efforts to legalize a banned drug.

Besides, it is hypocritical for the White House, whose chefs brew beer for the president, to oppose legalizing marijuana, which poses far less risk to consumers and society than does alcohol.

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New York Times Editorial Board Backs Legalization of Marijuana

Fremont Solstice Parade 2008 - American joint 01The New York Times editorial board is generally not one to challenge the establishment but in today’s edition it comes out firmly in favor of legalizing marijuana in an editorial article entitled “Repeal Prohibition, Again”:

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.
The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

We reached that conclusion after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use.

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Why Marijuana Often Leads To Paranoia

Portait of a patient from Surrey County Asylum, no. 9 (8408235460)It’s no secret that marijuana makes you paranoid, but now there’s an Oxford University study proving it, as reported by WebMD:

An in-depth investigation has concluded that people who smoke cannabis are much more likely to have paranoia than people who don’t use the drug.

The study also identifies psychological factors that can lead to feelings of paranoia in people exposed to the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, THC.

The team of researchers, led by Professor Daniel Freeman, PHD, of the University of Oxford, found that worrying, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and having a range of unsettling changes in perceptions most likely lead to the feelings of paranoia.

Fearing Harm

A paranoid person is someone who has an unfounded fear that others intend to harm them. Many people have some degree of paranoia. Those who are young, poor, in bad health, contemplating suicide, or using cannabis are more prone to have paranoid episodes.

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DEA Asks FDA To Consider Rescheduling Marijuana From Schedule I Drug List

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I can’t believe we’re still having a “debate” on the topic of marijuana legalization. It’s ridiculous that I can wander into a drug store and grab sackfuls of addictive, dangerous mind-altering substances with impunity, but procuring a piece of a plant comes with the risk of prosecution. Anyway, now that congress is moving to defund the DEA, it looks like they’re going to be forced to back off on harassing medical clinics and pot-legal states.

After a historic House vote to defund the DEA’s operating budget for marijuana enforcement in the states earlier in the month passed (with a similar one now in the Senate), the government agency has now asked the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider removing marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs as defined by the Controlled Substances Act .

This classification is, most reform advocates say, a major step forward to reform required at this juncture.

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Marijuana Might Make You a Worse Driver Than Alcohol Does

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We thought the question “Is It More Dangerous To Drive Drunk Or Stoned?” had already been definitively answered in favor of alcohol being the more dangerous (although we did find a study suggesting “Smoking Marijuana Nearly Doubles Risk Of Driving Accidents“), but in a New Republic review of yet another study it seems that the answer is less black and white than had previously been thought:

Supporters of legal marijuana, medical or otherwise, are fond of pointing out that marijuana is less deadly than alcohol. Even President Obama’s deputy drug czar admitted as much in February. That doesn’t mean pot is harmless: USA Today reported Tuesday that marijuana’s role in traffic fatalities tripled between 2000 and 2010, according to Columbia University researchers. But driving stoned is still safer than driving drunk, right? Don’t be so sure.

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Do Psychedelics Have a Place in the Future of Medicine? With Brad Burge of MAPS and Army Ranger Tim Amoroso.

Via Midwest Real

“There really has been an exponential increase of media interest in what’s happening. I think that’s the result of new research, (and) the result of some major international conferences that are really establishing the field of psychedelic science and medicine.” Brad Burge of MAPS.

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It seems we’re finally at a turning point in The War on Drugs.  All it took was a few decades of indoctrination, mass-incarceration, astronomical price tags and straight-up horrific body counts. Yet, society’s transition into a deeper understanding of these substances has been far from smooth. Yes, the people have clearly spoken on the subject of marijuana, and nearly half of all U.S. states have taken notice, putting some sort of marijuana-friendly law on the books. However, when it comes to Mary Jane’s more potent psychedelic cousins, the conversation is quite a bit more nuanced and controversial. Thankfully, for the first time in decades, the dialogue surrounding psychedelics is evolving.… Read the rest

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New Zealand Cat Swipes Bag of Weed To Bring To Owner

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An unnamed woman from the Dunedin, New Zealand neighborhood of Halfway Bush called cops this week to report that her cat had dragged a baggie with about five grams of pot in it onto her back doorstep. While the cat was undoubtedly proud of his haul, his owner wasn’t very pleased and called the cops to deal with the ganja.

Cops in Dunedin, New Zealand – known as one of the more cannabis friendly cities in Kiwi-land – say this is a first for their department. It total, the cops said five grams of pot had a street value of about $100. That’s a little high compared to prices we found in the city a few years ago, but we don’t expect cops to be very accurate when trying to inflate drug bust figures anyway.

via New Zealand cat steals bag of weed, brings it home to owner | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town.… Read the rest

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