The seventh episode of Toke Signals TV takes a look at some of the biggest marijuana news stories of the past week.
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- U.S. Groups Call On Congress To Hold Hearings On The DEA (Hemp News)
- More than 120 groups from across the political spectrum and around the globe, including the ACLU, Witness for Peace, Drug Policy Alliance, and the International Drug Policy Consortium (a global network of 106 NGOs) sent a letter to Congress, calling on key legislators from the House and Senate Judiciary and Oversight Committees to hold hearings on the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
U.S.: DEA Phone Call Surveillance Database Bigger Than NSA’s (Hemp News)
Did Anybody Ever Really Believe They’d Only Spy On Terrorists? The United States federal government has access to a massive database containing 25 years of AT&T phone call data, as part of a secret program in which telephone company employees work beside federal DEA agents and local law enforcement agents to track the phone calls of “suspected drug dealers.”
25 Years Ago: DEA’s Own Judge Ruled Cannabis Should Be Reclassified Under Federal Law (Hemp News)
Twenty-five years ago, on September 6, 1988, an administrative ruling determined that marijuana has accepted medicinal uses, and for that reason it ought to be reclassified under federal law.
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) may be changing his stance on marijuana legalization, judging by his remarks during a town hall event in Phoenix on Thursday.
“Maybe we should legalize,” Sen. McCain said. “We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people.”
The Mexico City Council is discussing the legalization of marijuana and the creation of private marijuana smoking clubs, according to lawmakers. The proposals being considered include allowing adults to grow three cannabis plants each, as well as a system of “non-profit private clubs,” according to Esthela Damian, a councilwoman with the city’s ruling Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
Washington State Liquor Control Board Announces 334 Marijuana Stores Will Open In State (Hemp News)
Up to 334 retail marijuana stores will be allowed in Washington state, the Liquor Control Board announced on Wednesday, and each county in the state will have its own cap on stores.
The federal government has said it won’t sue to challenge the marijuana legalization laws approved by voters in Washington and Colorado. But ironically, many medicinal cannabis patients in Washington state say they still have plenty to fear — from the rules for recreational marijuana legalization as I-502 is implemented.
Australia’s HEMP Party — Help End Marijuana Prohibition — launched its election campaign on Monday, calling for cannabis to be legalized for personal and medical use, as it is now in Australia for industrial purposes. Members of HEMP inflated a 33-foot plastic replica of a joint outside the state police commissioner’s office in Sydney. Activists said Australia’s jails were “overflowing” with people criminalized for no good reason.
Must Reads of the WeekWild Hemp Grows Everywhere In Nebraska [Photos] (Toke Signals)
Photos by Diana Sunshine Wulf
Wild, or “landrace” strains of hemp continue to flourish beautifully in Nebraska to this day, and these hardy cultivars, bred for fiber production and adaptation to the Midwestern climate, would make some great breeding stock for tomorrow’s inevitable strains of American-grown hemp, once the insanity of our current prohibition becomes a historical footnote. Medical Cannabis Is Great For Sports Injuries and Active Lifestyles (Toke Signals)
By Ben Reagan
Weekend warriors, serious athletes, obsessive golfers, all ye with active lifestyles, if you’re reading this article you probably have first-hand experience with the side effects associated with opiate narcotics, analgesics, muscle relaxants, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) typically prescribed for sports injuries or the wear and tear from a lifetime of “staying fit” or “playing hard.”
Worth Repeating: Marijuana Treats Anxiety and Depression (Toke Signals)
By Ron Marczyk
The “cannabinoid homeostatic healing perspective” has quietly been gathering evidence over the last 10 years which overwhelmingly supports the need for human trials to test the use of medical marijuana as a psychiatric treatment. The 75 years of (mis)information we have been fed is now being shown to be unequivocally untrue.