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Toke Signals Stories of the Week

Major Study Finds Marijuana Does Not Reduce IQ In Teens

(Hemp News)

Reefer Madness has been debunked yet again, as a large study conducted in the United Kingdom failed to find any evidence of a link between cannabis use and lower intelligence among teenagers.

The study was published online January 6 in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, and it found that any statistical association between marijuana use and decreased intellectual performance vanished when researchers took other variables into account.

The study looked at 2,235 teenagers who participated in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), a longterm study following children born in the Bristol area in 1991 and 1992. The kids had their IQ tested at the age of 8, and again at the age of 15. Nearly a quarter of the participants reported having tried marijuana at least once, and 3.3 percent had used it at least 50 times.

“The notion that cannabis use itself is causally related to lower IQ and poorer educational performance was not supported in this large teenager sample,” wrote lead resercher Claire Mokrysz of the University College London and her colleagues.

 

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Campaign Nearing Signature Goal

(Hemp News)

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Arizona is nearing its goal of 150,000 valid signatures to qualify for this November’s ballot, supporters announced on Wednesday.

The initiative would give Arizona voters the opportunity to legalize cannabis for recreational use, reports Yvonne Wingett Sanchez at The Republic. It would establish a network of licensed marijuana stores where sales would be taxed.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is just a few thousand signatures short of the 150,642 needed to qualify, according to spokesman Barrett Marson. The group is aiming for 225,000 signatures to make up for those which are likely invalid, Marson said.

“Arizonans are clearly excited about this initiative,” Marson said.

 

Oregon: Marijuana Shoppers Adjust To 25% Sales Tax

(Hemp News)

Recreational marijuana shoppers in Oregon are taking a new 25 percent sales tax in stride, according to many dispensary owners and industry observers.

The state on January 1, after a three-month tax holiday, imposed the tax on recreational cannabis sales, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian. The tax will eventually be replaced with a 17 percent sales tax, once the Oregon Liquor Control Commission takes control of the new recreational marijuana industry later this year.

While some customers have shrugged off the tax, “we have people that say they would rather go back to their ‘guy,’ so to speak, and walk out,” said Matt Price, who owns the Cannabliss chain of dispensaries.

General manager Nathan Krytenberg at Glisan Buds and Foster Buds took the unusual step of absorbing the tax. He says his “strategic decision” should generate enough additional sales to cover the 25 percent hit.

 

Maine School Board Allows Students Medical Marijuana On School Property

(Hemp News)

The school board in Auburn, Maine, this week voted to allow students to be administered medical marijuana while on school property.

Maine voters legalized medicinal cannabis back in 1999, reports Crystal Haynes at Fox 25.

Effective immediately, students in Pre-K through high school who are authorized to use medical marijuana can be administered cannabis on school property by a parent or caregiver. The policy prohibits smoking, most most children who are authorized to use cannabis use edible extracts or tinctures.

Auoburn Superintendent Katy Grondin said school districts must make sure medical marijuana doesn’t interfere with education. “It’s what the doctor and the family decides is in the best interest of the child,” she said. “We’re not getting involved in it medically.”

 

Illinois: Change.org Petition Launched To Add Conditions To Medical Marijuana Law

(Hemp News)

The medical marijuana program in Illinois just officially came online in November. Now a push to get the state to allow people with a growing number of medical conditions to legally qualify is picking up steam.

Late last year, the state Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended letting people suffering from PTSD, chronic pain and autism, among other conditions, legally use medical cannabis. The state Department of Public Health is expected to make a decision by the end of this month.

A change.org petition calling on state officials to approve the added conditions is gaining momentum, with nearly 10,000 signatures right now:

https://www.change.org/IllinoisCannabis

 

Fans Mourn Death of Longtime Cannabis Enthusiast, Music Legend David Bowie

(Hemp News)

A lifetime of music came to an end on Sunday, January 10, as music legend David Bowie, 69, died after an 18-month struggle with cancer.

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” the artist’s Facebook page announced. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

Nearly 40 years ago, back on March 21, 1976, Bowie was arrested along with rocker Iggy Pop for possession of about half-a-pound of marijuana, reports Gabrielle Bluestone at Gawker. Bowie, Pop and another man and woman were staying in a three-room suite at the Americana Rochester Hotel when they were raided by vice squad detectives at about 2:25 a.m.

All four were held for a few hours at the Monroe County Jail before they were eached freed on $2,000 bond, reports Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News. Bowie paid everyone’s bail.

 

Customs Seizes Fake Carrots Stuffed With More Than A Ton Of Marijuana

(Hemp News)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on January 10 discovered more than a ton of marijuana disguised as carrots on the border between Mexico and the United States near McAllen, Texas.

Agents first performed a search of the vehicle carrying what appeared to be a commercial shipment of carrots by using “non-intrusive” imaging technology, reports Alex Lockie at Business Insider, then took a second pass with drug-detecting dogs.

Bundles of marijuana were wrapped in orange tape, disguised as large carrots, in the shipment, which was crossing the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge. There were 2,817 carrot-shaped packages of marijuana, which agents claimed were worth $499,000 on the street, reports FoxNews.com.

“Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the US/Mexico border,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., of the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.

 

Toke Signals Must Read of the Week

Lance Gloor Medical Marijuana Trial, Day 6: Juror Taken Out On Gurney

(Toke Signals)

By Miguel AKA Miggy420

“Another day, another decision not made, one juror taken out on a gurney, perhaps due to stress of being in control of a man’s life”… Is how is how I shared the news of Day 6 of Lance Gloor’s federal trial.

Today’s plot twist is the kind of shit that you would think a fantasy writer wrote up but the shit I’m about to tell you is 100 percent true — a case involving the prosecution of a man over a plant from an over zealous and boots to fill prosecutor, a case where a man was following the same grey area practices as a hundred other shops and a present state “regulated” recreational market — a case where a man stood before a jury of his peers and one of them benefitted from what this man is accused of being a part of, medical marijuana.

Today on the second day of deliberation a juror, who also is a medical marijuana patient, had a health condition type attack in the Federal Government building and had to be taken out on a gurney because her medicine wasn’t recognized by her government. A woman whose fate it was to decide the fate of a man who helped bring her and many like her holistic medicine that works for them.

Let me reiterate this: A man is on trial for owning multiple dispensaries and being successful. During this trial one of the jurors had an medical attack which is treated with marijuana but because the federal government doesn’t recognize it, she was not allowed to treat herself, thus having an attack during the deliberation.

 

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