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Cracks In The Wall: What The Vote In Portland Maine Means For Marijuana

Cracks In The Wall: What The Vote In Portland Maine Means For Marijuana

On Election Day 2013, voters in Maine’s largest city sent a resounding message by voting to legalize adult possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana – by a massive 65%-35% margin. But while the vote was a huge win for Portland, it’s an even bigger win for the country. To understand exactly why, we must go […]

When The Drug War Pulled An Assad

When The Drug War Pulled An Assad

Everyone should be outraged by the cowardly gas attack perpetrated in Syria last month. To use chemical weapons to deliberately poison one’s fellow citizens is a despotic act of the most hideous order. Have you heard about the time the United States’ government did just that? As Deborah Blum reports, the US Treasury began a […]

Smoke Pot, Lose Weight?

Smoke Pot, Lose Weight?

In 2005, a team of medical researchers at the University of Florida published a small study which seemed to turn cannabis science on its head. Examining the charts of female adults who had been referred for obesity/weight management over a 12-month period, they found a clear inverse correlation between Body Mass Index (BMI, a common measure of […]

Hemp And America: The First Blows Of The Revolutionary War

Hemp And America: The First Blows Of The Revolutionary War

PHOTO: The Boston Massacre (death of Crispus Attucks) This excerpt from Weed the People: From Founding Fiber to Forbidden Fruit by Jeremy Daw, J.D. is published with special permission.  When Samuel Gray heard Boston’s church bells ringing furiously into the night, he assumed the town called for help with a fire. But when he discovered that […]

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

Its street names, appearing first in Europe around 2004 and in subsequent years on the streets of the United States, evoke cosmic experiences in far-off places: “K2” references the world’s second-highest mountain without any hint of the tranquility in the name of its taller neighbor, Everest; “Spice” alludes to the sci-fi novel Dune with its compelling descriptions […]

REVIEW: Weed The People: From Founding Fiber To Forbidden Fruit

REVIEW: Weed The People: From Founding Fiber To Forbidden Fruit

I was recently taken aback by a request to review Weed The People: From Founding Fiber to Forbidden Fruit, by Jeremy Daw, J.D.  Always having my “cop on,” I immediately started a Google search of the title and the author. Now mind you, I was a bit intimidated by Daw’s Harvard Law school credentials but […]