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Letts used to strain blended leaf; now she blends it with fruit, yogurt and beneficial juice, keeping the whole plant in her system and adding roughage for digestive issues. [Sharon Letts]

Letts used to strain blended leaf; now she blends it with fruit, yogurt and beneficial juice, keeping the whole plant in her system and adding roughage for digestive issues.
[Sharon Letts]

A Morning-To-Night List of Delivery Options to Help You Get The Most From Cannabis

By Sharon Letts

Cannabis use can be confusing. The failed War on Drugs has ingrained negativity for the plant into the psyches of the average American for decades now, with the only enlightenment coming from those who have the insight and courage to experiment medicinally. When the plant helps, the stigma is broken and those who can are compelled to share.

That’s my story. I was the stoner from the 70s who ingested for pain, then cancer, then found the plant turned my health and life around for the better. I’m compelled to share, and share I do – daily. http://tokesignals.com/my-journey-self-medicating-with-cannabis/

Patients write to me on a daily basis from all over the world asking for help. Within the cannabis community there is compassion like no other faction, with the green recreational rush quickly turning into a green wellness train to legal states and healing.

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By Dr. Gil Mobley and Steve Elliott

A tipping point has been reached in modern medicine where the medical utility of cannabis can no longer be denied in a wide variety of diseases. It effectively treats dozens of ailments from neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy to inflammatory conditions as in Crohn’s disease and chronic pain. Miraculously, it can also stop seizures other medications can’t touch.

Dr. Gil Mobley coauthored this article with Toke Signals editor Steve Elliott. [Dr. Gil's Immediate Care]

Dr. Gil Mobley, an emergency physician living in Missouri, coauthored this article with Toke Signals editor Steve Elliott.
[Dr. Gil's Immediate Care]

Patients in 21 states and D.C. have legal access to this medicine, and efforts are underway in scores of other states where legislatures are seeking access to medical cannabis for patients with certain well-defined conditions. Public support for medical cannabis remains high throughout the country.

And recently, support for medical cannabis has soared even more after Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s series on CNN highlighted his about-face on the subject. In part two of his series called WEED that aired last month, the physician discussed his transition from a doubter to staunch advocate for the use of medical cannabis along with the need for further research.

“I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana,” Dr. Gupta said.

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By Jack Rikess

1. No shady scenes.

We’ve all been there. A 7/11 parking lot, late at night, where every Slurpee-buying shopper looks like an undercover cop. Or you’ve just parked your buddy’s car near an apartment downtown where all the neighbors know why you’re walking towards that particular door.

Or worse, a friend of a friend who just got out of jail has some killer stuff that will make the whole crosstown drive worth it.

You name it — we all have a variety of reasons why we will go the extra mile to procure the best stuff possible, sometimes even when the risks are higher than you are.

Now, my closest dispensary is eight blocks away — a small industrial trailer where they may only have seven to 12 different varieties of medical marijuana — but I go to the old reliable, my mainstay downtown on Geary. (Funny story: I was on my way home on the bus with three clones in an odorless paper bag. There were two other dudes on the bus who were also clutching paper bags. Their all-knowing nods and smiles made me feel like we all belong to the same book club.)

Going to a dispensary is incredibly safe compared to my almost 40 years of scoring on the street.

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​​By Jack Rikess

Of the supposedly 43 million Americans who smoke marijuana, there is such a small percent of us that are allowed to have safe and easy access to our drug of choice, that to complain seems to be a little elitist and even downright spoiled. Having a medical marijuana card has changed my life for definitely the better and not to be redundant, and it’s made scoring much safer.

But if you’re of a certain age and generation, because of the nature of prohibition, the only way to score our pot was to go to someone’s home.

As much as I love having a card and going to the Pot Shop, or having it delivered, I miss the interaction of the old daze.

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This Weekend: “PSYMPOSIUM 2014: The Nature of Psychedelics”
to Feature Dennis McKenna, Hamilton Morris, and DPA’s Jag Davies

Conference Will be Live-Streamed in High-Definition

PSYMPOSIUM 2014 will bring together leading researchers and experts to speak on issues relating to the role of psychedelics in culture, medicine and science. The conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on April 12 & 13 and is open to the public.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, psychedelic drugs such as LSD were considered promising treatments for a broad range of psychological and psychiatric conditions. Tens of thousands of people were introduced to them in clinical studies, as an adjunct to psychotherapy, or as part of a religious or spiritual practice.

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Susan Soares: "Quote"

Susan Soares:
“I have never profited from cannabis cultivation. I have never sold any illegal drugs or violated California law.”
[Cannabis Aware Research and Economics/CARE]

Southern California medical marijuana patient/activist Susan Soares, executive director of the patient advocacy group CARE,  is scheduled for a summary judgment hearing on Monday, April 7 in her federal civil rights case against the City of Redondo Beach and the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Soares alleges violations of her civil right to free speech, freedom of association, unreasonable search and seizure, the constitutional right to petition the government for regressive grievances, “and the right of freedom of commerce in the purchase and possession of legal substance for medical needs,” according to Michael D. Kwasigroch, her Simi Valley-based attorney.

The activist was one of five citizens who were under police surveillance, according to the lawsuit. According to the 2010-2011 Redondo Beach Police Department Budget Core Service Activities, a line item listed is “conduct surveillance of 5 known or suspected career criminals that are believed to be operating in Redondo Beach and/or adjacent cities.”

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Majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal for adults and is less harmful than alcohol for the user and society; nationwide legalization seen as inevitable

A poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center showed that for the second year in a row, a majority of Americans — 54 percent — support making marijuana legal. This represents a two percent increase in support from 2013. Only 42 percent support keeping marijuana illegal.

Three-quarters of those polled think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide.

The poll also revealed that 69 percent of respondents see alcohol as more harmful to individual health than marijuana, and 63 percent think alcohol is more dangerous to society. Read Full Article →