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Oregon: Marijuana Legalization Opponent Admits He Was Wrong About Child Deaths

An Oregon physician who outraged the crowd at a Tuesday night debate on marijuana legalization when he claimed five Colorado children had died from cannabis retracted on his statement on Wednesday and acknowledged he was wrong.

“I really need to retract that statement because I can’t back it up,” said Dr. Ron Schwerzler, medical director at an addictions treatment center in Eugene. Schwerzler claimed he “might have been misunderstanding” stories of children who have been hospitalized in Colorado after accidentally ingesting marijuana-infused edibles. “Telling a whopper” seems a much more likely explanation, Dr. Schwerzler.

When Tuesday’s discussion turned to the issue of how legalization is being implemented in Colorado, Schwerzler said: “Let’s concentrate on those edibles. There have been at least five infant children deaths in Colorado that have picked up these drugs.”

 

Maine: Marijuana Legalization Advocate Challenges Police Chief To Pot vs. Booze Drug Duel

(Hemp News)

In order to prove once and for all that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, marijuana initiative proponent David Boyer challenged South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins to a drug duel. Boyer will be in the Mill Creek Park gazebo at high noon on Wednesday prepared to take a hit of marijuana for every shot of alcohol consumed by Googins to see who will be the last man standing for a previously scheduled debate for 7 p.m. that evening.

In an October 14 news story Chief Googins said, “Claims that marijuana is safer than alcohol are so bogus it’s not even funny.” He also said marijuana is too dangerous to make legal for adults because it “continues to create and perpetuate other problems.”

Chief Googins made a similar comment during a press conference at the Mill Creek Park gazebo earlier this year. He is actively campaigning against a citizen-initiated referendum on the November ballot that would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age and older under city law.

 

Texas Woman Thrown Out of Church For Using Medical Marijuana

(Hemp News)

A woman in Beaumont, Texas says she was cast out by her church for using medical marijuana.

Faith Bodle said she uses cannabis oil extracted from marijuana to treat degenerative spine disease, congestive heart failure and arthritis, reports Brittany Rainville at KBMT-TV.

Fellow church members at Beaumont Seventh Day Adventist Church became concerned after Bodle publicly supported the medicinal use of marijuana on a TV news report.

 

Two-Thirds of Americans Believe Benefits of Medical Marijuana Outweigh Risks

(Hemp News)

As Floridians get set to hit the polls on Nov. 4 and decide the fate of legalizing medical marijuana in the Sunshine State with Amendment 2, another debate is brewing: do the benefits of medical marijuana to treat chronic pain outweigh the risks?

According to a recent survey conducted online in October by Harris Poll on behalf of Miami Jewish Health Systems among over 2,000 adults, two out of three Americans – some 68 percent – believe that yes, the benefits of using medical marijuana to treat pain outweigh the risks.

When looking at age groups, those between the ages of 55-64 (74 percent) are more likely to agree with the statement “the benefits of using medical marijuana to treat pain outweigh the risks” than those age 45-54 (63 percent) and those age 65+ (59 percent). Men and women feel the same way, with 68 percent of men stating the benefits of marijuana to treat pain outweigh the risks and 69 percent of females indicating this.

 

D.C. Marijuana Initiative Gets Major Endorsements From NAACP and NOW

(Hemp News)

The Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the D.C. Branch of the National Organization for Women on Thursday came out in support of marijuana legalization and endorsed D.C.’s Initiative 71.

Initiative 71, which is on the November 4 ballot, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces marijuana for adults over the age of 21, and allows individuals to grow up to six plants in their home. D.C. laws prevent the ballot initiative from addressing the taxation and sale of marijuana; however, the D.C. Council is currently considering a bill which would account for such provisions.

Additionally, the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs on Wednesday released its groundbreaking report entitled “The Collateral Consequences of Arrests and Convictions under D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Law.” The report is the first of its kind to examine the effect of the collateral consequences associated with arrests for residents in the DMV area.

 

Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Gardens Cut Off Treatment For Kids With Epilepsy

(Hemp News)

As promising results from clinical trials are announced in the use of medicinal cannabis (medical marijuana) to treat intractable epilepsy, those lawfully cultivating the plant in California are being raided by local law enforcement. Two gardens destroyed by police in the past two months in Mendocino County and Modesto contained a rare strain of medical marijuana rich in Cannabidiol (or CBD) used by children many of whom do not respond to other drug treatments.

On August 5, unidentified men in camouflage dropped from an unmarked helicopter onto the 120-acre property of Potter Valley resident and cancer survivor Susan Schindler, cutting down her lawfully cultivated medical marijuana plants. In addition to growing for herself, Schindler was cultivating rare strains of medical marijuana rich in CBD, a non-psychotropic constituent of the plant, which were being used orally by children with epilepsy.

Schindler was also cultivating plants rich in THCV, another active constituent (or cannabinoid) that was producing positive results for a patient with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Melissa Etheridge Talks Marijuana In New Larry King Interview

(Hemp News)

Music icon Melissa Etheridge sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series “Larry King Now” to talk about the ‘panic’ in her industry, President Obama’s job performance, legalizing marijuana and her new self-released album.

As a cancer survivor, Etheridge explained how medical marijuana got her through it and why cannabis should be legal across the board. “I think it could help our society incredibly,” she said. (You can view the interview clip below.)

Of her duet with Queen Latifah, “It was so much fun, any genre anything just come knock on my door I’ll sing with you, I love playing in other people’s sandboxes,” Etheridge said.

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