Police Accidentally Get an Entire Neighborhood High with Marijuana Bonfire

(HT) Indonesian police recently lit up 3.3 tons of marijuana outside their West Jakarta office, and subsequently got residents and journalists covering the incident pretty darn high.

According to local reports, the bud bonfire created a huge cloud of smoke that quickly spread to the houses of surrounding neighbors, causing many in the smoke’s vicinity to experience mild headaches and dizziness.

Kid Speaks Out Against D.A.R.E. At School, Is Arrested, Has Home Raided for Drugs

(HumanSolution) As Shona’s son listened to the misinformation given by authorities to his class during the drug education presentation, he courageously spoke up and informed them that the information they were relating was incorrect in regards to cannabis.  He was pulled from class and sent to the office for questioning by authorities without his mother present.

When he failed to return home from school, Banda contacted the school only to be told that her son had be detained by authorities.  She went to the station, where she was informed that she was not being detained, but that they were obtaining a search warrant on her home and that she would not be permitted to enter the residence until the search was executed.

During the raid, authorities confiscated an alleged mere 2 ounces of cannabis flower and 1 ounce of cannabis oil. Banda has yet to be charged and was able to go home after the raid.  Shona had a hearing, which seemed to be going her way until the judge spoke up about how many charges she was going to be facing as a result of the raid on her home.  It was recommended that her son be placed into the custody of her ex, the boy’s father.

One Statistic Debunks One of Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Favorite Myths

How much weed does it take to kill you? As it turns out, it’s probably easier to accidentally overdose on water than on ganja.

The LD50 (the dose required to kill half of the subjects in a test population) of marijuana’s active ingredient THC is in the neighborhood of 50-70 grams, which is virtually impossible for any consumer to achieve in a normal setting. Casual users need just 2-3 mg of THC to become intoxicated, and habitual tokers might need somewhere in the neighborhood of five to 10 times that amount. The University of Michigan's Mind the Science Gap estimates this means someone would need to smoke around 5,000 times their average consumption to die from THC poisoning.

Water, on the other hand, has a LD50 of 90 grams per kilogram of body weight. While that’s higher than marijuana’s, it practical terms it’s actually much easier to OD on water in the course of your daily life. In 2007, a California woman perished from water intoxication after drinking six liters (about 25 glasses) of water over the course of three hours in an attempt to win radio show water-drinking contest.

Scientific American’s Coco Ballantyne wrote that water intoxication has caused deaths from hazing rituals and Ecstasy-popping club-goers who over-hydrate, and noted that potentially dangerous levels of hyponatremia have been noted in nearly one-sixth of marathon runners.

“Thus, water’s body count,” writes RealClearScience’s Ross Pomeroy, “remains higher.”

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A Narco Polo comic by former inner-city teacher and public defender, Rob Arthur. Here’s a snippet from Rob’s website:

The Science

One way in which creativity can be described is the ability to find new and novel connections between concepts. In scientific terms the ability to find connections between words is called semantic priming. A 2010 study published in Psychiatry Research found that the use of marijuana induces a state of hyper-priming. (9) When presented with an activation word, subjects reacted faster to distantly-related words when high than when sober. (For a neuroscience journalist’s take on this study go here.) The flow of loose associations promoted by marijuana is a real phenomenon.

Credit goes to Jason Silva for introducing me to this study. His article on marijuana’s “butterfly effect” on thought can be found here.

Hemp Legalization Bill Passed By Virginia Legislature

(JointBlogLegislation to legalize hemp cultivation has been approved by Virginia’s full Legislature, and has been sent to Governor Terry McAuliffe for consideration.

“I am thrilled with the progress this bill has made and the support it gained since its beginnings eight months ago,” says Delegate Joseph Yost, the bill’s primary sponsor. “Hemp is good for agriculture, it is good for the environment and is good for jobs”. Yost explains that the bill “sets up the necessary framework for Virginia to begin immediately moving forward on researching industrial hemp and eventually moving towards full commercialization.”

Morgan Freeman Defends His Marijuana Use: “I’ll Eat It, Drink It, Smoke It, Snort It”

(HollywoodReporter) Morgan Freeman doesn’t understand why marijuana isn’t legal.

During a recent interview with the Daily Beast, the actor detailed his support for the movement to legalize pot, reasoning that pot has “many useful uses,” unlike alcohol.

“They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!’ ” Freeman said with a laugh. “My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!”

“I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana,” he continued. “They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, 'Legalize it across the board!’ ”

Cannabis History – India

Cannabis has a long history of human use whether through consumption or for more industrial purposes. It is a plant that can have a use in almost all aspects of our lives. It is a spiritual and religious tool, medicine, food, textile, source of entertainment, and many other things. This blog series intends to give glimpses into just how prevalent cannabis is in cultures all over the world. There are records of its use in countries all over the world only further proving its cultural significance. The oldest recorded use of the cannabis plant can be found in the Hindu sacred texts called The Vedas, and that is why we will begin in the country of India.

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