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The fifth episode of Toke Signals TV takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the past week.

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Toke TV Stories of the Week

 

Man, 70, and Woman, 60, Arrested for Marijuana in SWAT Team Raid (Toke Signals)

Sometimes, you just have to say “That’s Prohibition” and sadly shake your head. A 70-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman have been arrested after a SWAT team raid uncovered a small amount of marijuana in their home in Austin, Texas.

 

ATMs at Seattle Hempfest 2013 [Kate Waters]
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ATMs at Seattle Hempfest 2013
[Kate Waters]

Festival or Trade Show: The Battle for the Soul of Seattle Hempfest (Toke Signals)

After spending Friday, the first day of Hempfest, in the park on the beautiful Puget Sound waterfront this year — it really is a wonderful place for a pot rally — I couldn’t get rid of some disquieting feelings. The hundreds of merchandise booths lining the park and dominating the attendees’ attention at times gave the event a vibe more like a trade show than a festival; even some of the vendors were complaining to me about the sharply increased number of booths this year as compared to last.

 

New Zealand Cannabis Advocate Runs for Mayor (Hemp News)

New Zealand cannabis legalization advocate Dakta Green, who’s been jailed two times for possession of marijuana, has entered the race for mayor of the Ruapehu District.

 

D.C.: Proposed Program Would Subsidize Low Income Medical Marijuana Patients (Hemp News)

A proposed program in the District of Columbia — which would be the first of its kind in the nation — would require medical marijuana dispensaries in D.C. to put aside two percent of their profits to subsidize low-income patients.

 

U.S. Federal Agency Takes Heat for Refusing to Admit Marijuana is Safer Than Alcohol (Hemp News)

One can kill you; the other doesn’t. Seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? Well, it seems nothing is simple when it comes to federal bureaucrats, who demonstrated their tenuous grip on reality this week. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released a statement refuting a claim in a recent ad by the Marijuana Policy Project that described cannabis as being “less toxic” than alcohol. NIDA is part of the National Institute of Health, a federal agency.

 

Study: Cannabis is the Least Risky Drug for Driving (Hemp News)

A new study from Denmark confirms what cannabis advocates have said for years — marijuana is much safer than other substances when it comes to driving impairment. When it comes to driving under the influence, alcohol is still the most deadly drug.

 

Study: Heavy Marijuana Use Linked to Better Memory and Brain Function in Schizophrenia (Hemp News)

Marijuana helps patients with schizophrenia, according to new research from Canada. A study published in the scholarly journalPsychiatry Research found that heavy cannabis users performed better on memory tasks than those who avoided marijuana.

 

Must Read of the Week

Ben Whalley, middle, with Dr Gary Stephens and Dr Claire Williams of Reading University at a secret cannabis farm in the south of England in the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy [Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph]
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Ben Whalley, middle, with Dr Gary Stephens and Dr Claire Williams of Reading University at a secret cannabis farm in the south of England in the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy
[Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph]

Worth Repeating: Marijuana Is One of the Best-Studied Medicines In History by Ron Marczyk (Toke Signals)

An overwhelming amount of very promising research has been gathered supporting the use of medical cannabis for many illnesses and diseases… and the evidence is now impossible to ignore.

 

Toke TV Bud Pick of the Week

Marijuana breeder/author Farmer Tom (and his cat) in his greenhouse.  I had the pleasure of meeting Farmer Tom at Seattle Hempfest over the weekend. Farmer Tom is co-author of The Cannabis Consumers Guide, available at Amazon at other major outlets [Farmer Tom/Facebook]
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Marijuana breeder/author Farmer Tom (and his cat) in his greenhouse.
I had the pleasure of meeting Farmer Tom at Seattle Hempfest over the weekend.
Farmer Tom is co-author of The Cannabis Consumers Guide, available at Amazon at other major outlets.
[Farmer Tom/Facebook]

 Toke Signals TV is a joint production of TokeSignals.com and AWOPRadio.com

 

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