The Week in Weed 8-28-11 — Cannabis News

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Cannabis Cheri SicardUnless you are a member of the “choir” (my affectionate name for the hard core cannabis activists who live this movement day in and day out), chances are you’re going to miss a lot of cannabis news.  It’s not that there isn’t any, things are happening in the word of marijuana all the time.  But the mainstream media never seems to make it a priority to report on it.

So, since I follow these things, and am on every cannabis mailing list imaginable, I thought it might be a good idea to do a weekly round-up of the compelling stories that came across my desk the week before.  Sometimes I might discover stories older than a week old but still timely, so I’ll pass them on too.  If you have suggestions for stories to be considered for inclusion in next week’s round up, use the Contact Us form here and let me know.

MEDICAL

Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis – This PBS Documentary sheds amazing light on marijuana’s cancer killing properties although it aired last week with little fanfare.

Marijuana and Aging: Researchers Study Methods to Reduce Age Changes in Brain – Exciting findings concerning the body’s CB-1 receptor and the endocannabinoid system in warding off aging diseases such as dementia.

Marijuana Not Linked With Long Term Cognitive ImpairmentTime Magazine reports of a compelling new Australian study.

LEGAL & POLITICS

Dispatches from the Field: War Without End — Cynthia’s Johnson’s fabulously well-researched article explains the entire sordid story of how marijuana became illegal in the United States and why, despite overwhelming evidence of its safety, it remains that way.

Obama Can’t Defend Drug War – The President was asked to defend his position on medical marijuana at a town hall meeting in MN.  As you can see from his ultra brief stammering response in the transcript of the encounter, he can’t.

If You Think Supporting Marijuana Legalization is Political Suicide, You’re Wrong – Huffington Post article on the surprising results one Indiana politician got when she got serious about starting a marijuana legalization debate.

Republican Nominees Tout Drug War —  Despite the findings in the article above, Romney and Perry apparently are doubling down on the “wisdom” of continuing and ramping up efforts   on America’s failed war on drugs.

Failed Drug War Skews Police Priorities and Decrease Public Safety —   Some fascinating facts and alarming statistics on actual crime from Michigan.

Referendums Turning the Tide on Pot Bans – How some California citizens are using voter referendums to fight back against unreasonable city and county bans on medical marijuana.

UPCOMING TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITIES

Rally for Vietnam Vet in Spokane, WA — A Vietnam Vet, a legal medical marijuana patient, is in jail and on a hunger strike for his medicine. Rally in Spokane, WA planned for Aug 29th.

Huge Freedom Rally for True Justice in Long Beach, CA — Sept. 15th, join The Human Solution and 100s of concerned citizens as they gather in a peaceful rally to protest California’s prosecution of medical marijuana cases, stop law enforcement abuse, and protect patient rights and safe access.

ENTERTAINMENT

Tommy Chong on In the Green Room – Chong’s turn on Showtime’s In the Green Room turned into a fascinating and surprisingly hilarious discussion of how he was set up, arrested, and did actual jail time in order to keep his wife and kid out of prison, all for selling bongs.  Kudos also to Joe Rogan for speaking out for the cause.

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